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Thought-Provokers: North Side

Chicago has always had an artistic soul. The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community. Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive. Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around the North Side that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Wright Gatewood

You’ve got Boystown for all your “never leaving my twenties” dreams. Logan is that one-night-stand turned love affair you always needed. Lincoln Square, the nostalgic Taurus down the road that is just so freaking comfortable you’ll never leave… I draw inspiration from my environment constantly. The music I make is almost always where I am. Read more>>

Natalie and Justin Younger

The Banditry Co. is a full-service animated video production company. We specialize in 3D animation and strategic, creative storytelling. Our work is primarily in the commercial space, creating video marketing tools for brands and non-profits to use on the web and social media, in apps, at live events/conferences/tradeshows, internally for training or onboarding, and beyond. Read more>>

Nelia Miller

I push myself across the fourth wall with simplicity, humor, and awkward gesture as an artist in a nod to Meredith Monk, Laurie Anderson, Pina Bausch, Yoko Ono, and Karen Finley. I engage the audience on all levels until the uncomfortable journey of reconciling the body and voice is allowed rather than negated. Read more>>

Janet Howe

I have similarly focused my work as a director on immersive, interactive, and site-specific theatre. Even when directing a more ‘traditional’ play these elements will always be a part of my work. If I’m honest with myself, it’s always been in my work, I just have the words now to explain it to others. Read more>>

Dylan Harris

You learn to listen more carefully to people and appreciate their wants and needs with more sensitivity. Including your own. You learn to pay attention to what the little details are whispering and when to trust your instincts about what’s happening behind the curtain. Read more>>

Ken Scaglia

The paintings create the illusion of a color photograph. I tend to give myself challenges in my work to keep me on my toes and consistently interested. I work only from my original photographs, only in acrylic and only on canvas. Oil paint and smooth panel are used by many of the best photorealists, but I have found both my limitations and comfort level. Read more>>

Raymond Kunst

I wanted to be an architect. Every class I took from high school onward was geared toward this goal. I studied architecture for three and a half years at the University of Illinois at Chicago (Circle Campus) before changing my majors to graphic design and photography. Read more>>

Deb Anderson

I now live in Glenview and show my work in art fairs and galleries. I’ve been honored to receive numerous awards for studio and plein air work, and have sold paintings around the country and internationally. I love teaching art classes for adults and children at Insight Fine Art Studio in Skokie. Read more>>

Scott Gustafson

I grew up in a small town in northern Illinois, and came to Chicago to attend the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and later, Columbia College. Originally, I had aspirations of becoming an animator, but as things unfolded, I realized my temperament and abilities were better suited to illustration. Read more>>

Adamm Photography Story

While at the University of Illinois, I studied International Relations and Linguistics, which is why I speak nine languages. However, nearly all of my free time was spent honing my photography skills through photography clubs, meet-ups, help from my mentor and test shoots with local models and actors. Read more>>

Yako Brugger

I stayed most of my life in the south west of France in a small medieval village named Mirepoix with my father who is himself a jeweler. I helped him since I was a young boy around the workshop, that is where I learned the fundamentals of metalsmithing. I recently moved to Chicago where I’m continuing my metalsmithing journey! Read more>>

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