SAIC alums discuss the distinct characteristics that make Chicago a rewarding destination for artists.
SAIC alums discuss the distinct characteristics that make Chicago a rewarding destination for artists.
February 22

Artists Find Freedom in Chicago

In an article posted by Atlantic magazine blog Atlantic Cities on February 15, David Zarley argues that despite perceived drawbacks, Chicago is quickly becoming the next great city for America’s artists. “The art market here is smaller,” states Jason Foumberg (MFA 2006), SAIC alumnus and contributing art editor at Newcity and Chicago magazine.  But, as fellow alum artist Megan Duguid argues (BFA 1999), that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  “A firm believer in Chicago as a place for an artist to flesh out his or her work,” Duguid says the abundance of small-scale DIY spaces and apartment galleries in Chicago provide artists more freedom than cities like New York.  “Stop asking yourself why you're not New York City, and focus on being Chicago," she urges artists.  The article, published on February 15, also spotlights the sound and video show Luminous Field by SAIC alumni Petra Bachmaier (BFA 1999) and Sean Gallero (BFA 1993–98) which was projected at Cloud Gate in Millennium Park last spring.