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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.

Siarra Price and Ben Brinker

We are what makes S. Price Media, which is a videography and photography business in the southern Illinois and St. Louis area, but we love traveling all over the bi-state area for weddings! Read more>>

Audrius Plioplys

In many ways this blending process has been successful with over 50 individual art exhibits and over 100 group shows. My works are in many museum collections internationally including Chicago’s Art Institute and Museum of Contemporary Art. Read more>>

Brett Ward

I’ve always had the desire to capture and share with others, though it’s always just served as a hobby; and quite honestly, I’ve been selfish and kept most of my captures to myself in fear of criticism. Read more>>

Tim Kowalczyk

I did what anyone would do and I went to art school and worked in a warehouse storing the boxes my family made. When it came to thesis time it only seemed natural to think about cardboard as a subject matter. Read more>>

Christina Villa

I’ve been drawing and painting ever since I was a kid. I’m the oldest of nine and making art was my “me” time. In high school, “real classes” came first and art was just the hobby. Read more>>

Brittany Thurman, GingerGypsy Face Painting & Body Art

I have been making Art of some kind ever since I could hold a crayon, pencil, hot glue gun, or paintbrush. Making things and being creative is what makes me feel alive. I remember trying my hardest to win coloring contests in day care. Read more>>

Judith Barath

I’ve been determined to follow my passion for art since I was a young child. The only question I had was which field of art I was meant to pursue. As a contestant on a yearlong children’s television contest, a variety of my artistic skills were tested, from mosaic making to sculpting, drawing to watercolor. Read more>>

Venise Keys

When I am in my pure creative zone that is Lashon Fouché coming out of me and she teaches me a great deal about being one with the universe. I feel so fulfilled in my purpose in those moments. Read more>>

Katie West

I began to realize that clay was a slow learning process that I needed to have the patience and motivation to grasp, which luckily I did. When I finally became familiar with the techniques of the wheel, glazing, and the rules of clay, it all felt very natural to me. Read more>>

Tori Anians

I spent three years studying business before I realized you can’t force yourself to like something. So i took a big leap, and switched my major to studio art, and it was like fireworks went off. Although I enjoy all areas of art, ceramics is where I feel that I thrive. Read more>>

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