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

Kristine Nelson

I never in a million years would have ever imagined this would be John’s and my reality. This is not the life that I planned, hoped and dreamed of living. It is hard to get out of bed every day and put one foot in front of the other. This photography business of mine is so much bigger than pretty pictures. Read more>>

Sam Arnold

My first passion was art education. I loved my students at Simeon Career Academy! Unfortunately, after four years of teaching, I was diagnosed with several autoimmune diseases which required me to leave teaching behind. Read more>>

Laurie Smith

I spent the last several years learning, experimenting, and again entering fairs and small competitions, honing my skills and actually garnering some recognition locally. It wasn’t until 2016, it dawned on me, “This is my passion; I was not meant to just work, pay bills, and die. THIS is what I was meant to do.” Read more>>

Derrick A Turnage

I am a self taught filmmaker and have been for the last four years. I remember being in high school and all I wanted to do was play football and no aspirations to do anything else with my life in the next ten years or so. Read more>>

Kay Tate

I believe my future work will express the journey of learning who you are and the exploration learning who you are and who you can become. The heights you can reach when you’re aware of who you are. Expressing confidence. Being fully alive and not just living. I want to motivate and intrigue other into thinking about something with a dash of fantasy. I’m still figuring it out. I just don’t want to paint or photograph pretty things at face value. Read more>>

Daniel McKenzie

To me, my art isn’t just taking a picture or filming someone just because they look good, It’s about capturing a moment in time, preferably moments that come naturally. When I make my images, I want my work to say something to people when they’re looking at it. Read more>>

Dale L Popovich IWS

After a nine-hour major brain surgery removing a cyst on my optic nerves, I had to learn how to walk and write again. With vision restored, I realized I had to do something with this life-altering gift. It was the catalyst to do something with my site. You might say I had a career redirect – I was an apprentice plumber by day and going to college at a suburban college by night. Read more>>

Christen Weaver

My message or inspiration is to spread awareness and love through a story or portrait. I hope people look at my photographs and feel emotion, almost as if they were there in that moment. I hope they feel challenged and touched by the story! I love color, movement, emotion, and engaging with my subjects. Read more>>

Sonny Trill

Well, i am an up and coming hip hop artist from the south side of Chicago. I was Introduced to music at a very early age, my mother and older siblings exposed me to a wide variety of artists: the temptations, Smokey Robinson, Micheal Jackson as well as hip hop artists such as Bone Thugs and Harmony, Tupac, OutKast and many more.  Read more>>

Natalia Yarbrough

Growing up, I lived with my dad and his wife at the time. In our basement he had an art studio, and while the basement wasn’t for us kids, he’d let me come in his studio and watch him paint every once in a while. I painted my first canvas piece when I was about 7 years old, it was a painting of my family. After that, I always knew I could, it just came natural. Unfortunately at the age of 8, my life turned into a roller coaster and I didn’t even think about art. Read more>>

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