WHAT IT IS: MDW Fair, Chicago, IL, 04/23/11 - 04/24/11

April 16, 2011

WHAT IT IS will be in attendance at the MDW Fair next weekend at the GeoLofts, 3636 S. Iron, Chicago, IL, 60609. Please come on by. For a map and directions please click this link.

On Saturday Tom will be leading On the Road a conversation about artist run / dealer led art fairs + expos, creating new markets, and inviting attendees to discuss the pros and cons of producing a similar satellite event outside of Chicago.

On  Sunday 24th, at 2pm,  Holly and Tom will both be participating in Better Together: A two-part conversation moderated by Jamilee Polson, Twelve Galleries Project Director, with panelists Garry Alderman and Ellen Hartwell Alderman of Alderman Exhibitions/Method Bicycle Company. The panel discussion focuses on curatorial collaboration and negotiation between partners within a fixed space.

We will be exhibiting the following artists:

Lise Haller Baggesen
Tom Burtonwood
Lauren Carter
Colleen Coleman
Theodore Darst
Anni Holm
James Jankowiak
Patrick Lichty
Sabina Ott
Rob Ray
Andrew Rigsby
Stoic Swine
Anthony Vizzari
Michelle Wasson


Public Media Institute, Roots and Culture and threewalls announce:



Visual Arts Landing in Chicago


April 23rd & 24th, 2011
Geolofts, 3636 South Iron Street, Chicago, IL, 60608

Saturday, April 23rd: 1-10pm

Sunday, April 24th: 1-6pm


CHICAGO: threewalls, Roots and Culture and Public Media Institute are excited to announce The MDW Fair, a first annual gathering of independent art initiatives, spaces, galleries, publishers and artist groups from the Chicago metropolitan area and beyond. With over 50 participants, The MDW Fair demonstrates the diversity, strength and vision of the people and places that make up the rich art ecology of our region.


Held April 23-24, 2011 at The Geolofts, 3636 S. Iron Street, Chicago, the fair features 501(c)3, commercial and unincorporated galleries, independent curatorial projects, publishers and media groups in over 25,000 square feet of exhibition space that includes a 8,000 square foot sculpture garden with work by local artists. In addition to exhibitions by participating spaces, local podcasters Bad At Sports will host a live game-show and panel discussions will be scheduled throughout fair hours chaired by Britton Bertran, Jamilee Polson, Lorelei Stewart and Steve Ruiz.


The MDW Fair is a manifestation of the collective spirit behind the region’s most innovative visual cultural organizers, focusing on the breadth of work done here by artists and arts-facilitators alike. Please join us and see why Chicago remains a center of ingenuity and talent. Participants include: Twelve Galleries, Peregrine Program, Western Exhibitions, Alderman Projects,  ACRE, 65 Grand, Roots and Culture, Lloyd Dobler, Flat 9 Prelude, Adds Donna, Johalla Projects, Devening Projects, Linda Warren Gallery, Green Gallery, Sidecar Gallery, Pentagon Gallery, Post Family, Iceberg Projects, Slow, Reuben Kincaid, The Hills Esthetic Center, Ebersmoore, Antenna, University of Illinois at Chicago, LVL3, No Coast, JNL Graphic Design, Roxaboxen, Packer Schopf Gallery, Monument II, Stockyard Institute, Harold Arts, Heaven Gallery, The Suburban, ZG Gallery, Regional Relationships, The Storefront, Hornswaggler, University of Chicago, 2nd Bedroom/TAG TEAM, Chicago Arts Review, Oxbow, Bad At Sports, What It Is, The Hyde Park Art Center, threewalls, The Cultural Center, Rebuild Foundation and  The Chicago Urban Art Society.

For press inquiries, contact Ed Marszewski at edmarlumpen@gmail.com

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