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.