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Thought-Provokers: Northwest 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 Northwest Side that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Mariela Ryan

At heart, I am an artist and feel happiest when I am creating. My goal with every client is to bring out their inner beauty, the beauty they can’t see see but which their families and loved ones see every day. Read more>>

Justin Maas

I like to think that my journey as an artist is still in the early stages but when i look back to my time in Chicago I realize im a little further up the path than i thought i was. Read more>>

Heather Michelle Chinn

Over the last 5 years I’ve come back to my oil roots by now offering oiled portraits on canvas as a wholesale painter to studios all over the country, again, behind the scenes, as the ghost behind the easel. Read more>>

Joseph Renda Jr

My work has become a life time exploration as I strive to gain a better understanding of the world around me and myself. Read more>>

Anthony Lewellen

Even with a solid background in graffiti art, from the very beginning I have always just thought of myself as an artist the need to categorize what I was doing never seemed as important as the work it self. Read more>>

Bruce Thorn

I earned a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1975 and an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1987. My work has been exhibited in the United States, Czechoslovakia, Canada and the Netherlands. Read more>>

Kat Birmelin

I’ve loved drawing as far back as I can remember, and that’s probably because art tends to run in the family. My father and sisters all had their own areas of interest when it came to drawing, but I was the only one who not only stuck with it, but pursued it as a career. Read more>>

Gail Green

I traveled the book publishing route but my job as a book designer disappeared with the digital age and the result of combining 3 separate jobs into one with the birth of the graphic designer category. Read more>>

John Vernon Forbes

By observation and childish questions my father explained to me the basic concepts of depth, perception, and shading. Read more>>

Janet McDonnell

Like many 18 year olds, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life when I started college. I knew that I liked to read, write, and draw, so I considered journalism, advertising, and visual communications before settling on an English major and an art minor. Read more>>

Vesna Jovanovic

My background is somewhat varied. I spent many years exploring various fields and letting my curiosity guide me through various projects and interests. Read more>>

Nick Pyle

I drew constantly and copied my favorite artists. After some frustration about my ability to build any technical ability, I stopped reading comics and drawing entirely after starting a DEEPLY unpleasant punk band that required zero skill to p
perform. Read more>>

Kara O’Connor

A little over 18 years ago, I was working in LA, fresh out of college at my first “real” job. I struck what I thought was employment gold, working for a large syndicated, national TV show. Sweet! Read  more>>

Brittany Nacole

My peers and fans accepted it with open arms as they listened to me sing about my personal problems, my love life, and self love. Since then I have still been performing all over Chicago and have dropped several music videos from “Earf Gurl”. Read more>>

Fiona Vachachira

I have always loved to take pictures ever since my early teen years. Every time I would have a get together with my friends or if there was an event at school, my point and shoot Canon camera would be in my hands. Read more>>

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