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

The Perfect Cadence

As two fairly social Chicago natives who came up in similar circles, George and I had been around each other for much of our lives but never had a chance to officially meet until our late 20s. Read more>>

Stefanie Taranto

Art is my meditation. It has been since childhood- before I knew what meditation was. It brings me great joy to create art and share it. It is my way of communicating, much like an author does with their work. Read more>>

Lauren Iacoponi

I identify as an artist, maker, self-starter and independent curator. My practice incorporates curation, writing and public outreach. Inclusivity is important to my curatorial practice. Read more>>

Rita Garcia Sindelar

I am a self taught artist and have always loved painting in particular; I have learned other things like screen printing, jewelry making, and linocut only in the last few years. Read more>>

CJ Hungerman

In 2013 one of CJs’ pieces won the Alice & Arthur Baer Award from the Beverly Arts Center. 2014 was the first year he received a grant from the Illinois Art Council Agency in order to exclusively produce art. Read more>>

Miguel Morna Freitas

With 20 years of a successful corporate career, in the Fall of 2010 I decided to fully pursue my passion in photography. Loving the outdoors, I started by going on many sunrise and sunset walks mostly at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle and focusing on nature photography. Read more>>

Camryn Simmons

I started messing around in photography in 2010 just with a point & shoot camera, but I was gifted my first official DSLR in 2012 by my parents. From that point, that camera never left my side and I was shooting anything and everything I saw. Read more>>

Aurtiro Houston, Kid-Ro

BLACK PARADISE started out as a music platform for rising/ and artist that don’t get the opportunity to be put in front of 100’s of real Music fans. Helping others helped build my own artist fan base. Read more>>

Sarah Bachrodt

“Sarah has an interesting background,” says Kraig Antoniou, her agent and managing director of CGB Fine Art Management. “She has never stopped painting despite a somewhat troubled personal life. Read more>>

Viktoriia Yumatova

Sometimes was difficult and scare but then made friends and found our favorite place in Chicago. The favorite is Chicago Art Institute and Garfield Park Observatory. Read more>>

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