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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.

Christopher Anderson

Although my photography has evolved, I have never found one specific genre to profile myself and my style. If it’s worth capturing I will go and photograph it, from skateboarding to sunsets, travels all over the Pacific Northwest to my hometown and its wonderful people. Read more>>

Liberty Cameron

I have always loved photos. My dad always carried around his “big” camera and took photos at every family event. I’m the oldest in my family, so there are lots of photos of me. When my son was born 19 years ago, I wanted to document everything, just like a new parent should! Read more>>

Lauryn Schalk

I was always the photographer who said I didn’t want to do weddings. They are tons of pressure and high stress. But in 2012, after photographing families and high school seniors for two years, my aunt and uncle asked me to photograph their wedding. Read more>>

Chris Diamond

Art was a hobby of mine up until late high school when I was forced out of sports by a heart condition. I shifted my focus from soccer and wrestling to slam poetry, dancing, and singing. I joined a choir and an acapella group with my high school called “Echo Effect.” I danced for a couple of companies. Read more>>

Tajalli Missaghi

I always wanted to have fresh flowers in my home, but store-bought bouquets never made the cut. When I lived in Minneapolis, I would visit a small flower shop down the street from my apartment that sold flowers by the stem, by the bucket, and by the bunch. Read more>>

Cheri Charlton

My first commercial mural came out of the need to borrow a truck. I needed to move some large pieces of artwork to an exhibition I was part of on south side of the city. Two friends of mine who had an art gallery in Ukrainian Village had a truck. In exchange for them moving my artwork I painted them a mural. Read more>>

Barbara Cornett

I have always been fascinated by the way light and colors fill a room from a stained glass window. I love watching the vibrant colors and hues as the light in the room changes with different times of the day. Read more>>

Abigail Lemenager

I pretty much fell into newborn photography by accident. A client asked if I would be interested in photographing her baby and I was so new to this concept of newborn photography I had to actually Google it. I was blown away. Read more>>

Julianne Green

Food was a way for me to show and connect with those that I love, to express myself. When I had children, life in a 5 star kitchen quickly faded, but my drive to connect with people to create something lasting was still very strong. Read more>>

Peter Wano

While I worked hard to get where I am, it would be foolish to not give credit to all of the people who helped build me brick by brick and inspire me to become the artist that I am today. I can never repay them, but I can at least make some work that hopefully makes someones day better. — Read more>>

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