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

Becca Waterloo

It begins with my parents. My dad is an engineer, and my mom is an artist. Put the two together, and you have a hybrid of someone that got the right and left sides of the brain. Read more>>

Ruslana Lichtzier

We experience and see the world in a very different way​S​, which makes our relationship and collaborative work so unique. In 2016 we started doing Triumph School Manual Project, a summer weekend event in Triumph, IL, and in 2017 we opened Triumph, Chicago, a gallery space in Pilsen. Read more>>

Denise Fontana Hoover

My paintings are large with a few small thrown in on occasion. I work on paper and canvas with acrylic, spray paint and black-walnut pulp from my property and often on more than one body of work at a time. Read more>>

briana soria

I remember when I sold my first painting and started making tee shirts and posters to sell with the help of my supportive boyfriend now husband. Family and friends going to art shows I was in or hosted. Southside friends always having my back. Read more>>

Antonio Fadonougbo

I never really knew how it came about, but i just randomly kind of fell into thinking about photography. i knew i was always a tech savvy person, and i enjoy taking pictures, but never deeply though about photography. Read more>>

Mike Daniel

I took photo class during that time and shortly afterwards I started shooting weddings with my mentor as an assistant photographer. I was determined to be a pharmacist and planned on doing photography as a secondary source of income. Read more>>

Megan Diddie

I was fortunate to have art as a significant part of my life since childhood. In my art practice I’ve always worked from sketchbooks, works on paper, the book form, and had a pretty heavy influence from film and fiction writing. Read more>>

Ryan Deloney

Seeing my work hung along side some amazing art pieces was the moment I realized that photography might be my thing- the thing I spent much of my life trying to find. Read more>>

Brittany Sanchez

What makes me happy? Capturing moments with my canon & being in front of the lens. I need the world to see my soul. Read more>>

Marcus Sisler

Obsessed with creating through my early years, I’ve gone through stages, starting with photographing and making music. I did not start painting until I was about 18 years old. Read more>>

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