Joe Mangrum (BFA 1991) creates high-profile installations on view this summer at a pair of downtown locations. Photo by Sergio Gomez
Joe Mangrum (BFA 1991) creates high-profile installations on view this summer at a pair of downtown locations. Photo by Sergio Gomez
June 14

SAIC Alum's Sand Paintings Sweep into Chicago

The intricate ephemeral work of SAIC alumnus Joe Mangrum (BFA 1991), most recently created in a pair of prominent downtown Chicago lobbies, was the subject of a full-page article on page 4 of the June-13 Chicago Sun-Times by Neil Steinberg. The news columnist chronicled the eight-hour improvisational process of creating a 17-by-12-foot symmetrical "sand painting" on the floor of the busy lobby at 300 S. Riverside Plaza downtown. Chicago Tonight reporter Jay Shefsky also covered the artist for a five-minute segment that aired the same day on WTTW, noting Mangrum's description of the process as, among other things, a "visual rebellion against the urban grid." Mangrum also created work at Linda Warren Gallery on June 8. The busy artist completes approximately 150 sand paintings per year.