Wabash Arts Corridor | Columbia College Exhibition: Cargo Space: Chicago/Milwaukee
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12 Aug Columbia College Exhibition: Cargo Space: Chicago/Milwaukee

A+D Gallery presents mobile exhibition at gallery spaces and on a bus

CHICAGO (July 29, 2014) – Columbia College Chicago’s A+D Gallery presents Cargo Space: Chicago/Milwaukee, running Aug. 14 through Sept. 20. The exhibition will take place in galleries in Chicago and Milwaukee and on a refurbished 27’ diesel transit bus traveling between the cities. This artist-centered experiment promotes an alternative model for social, creative and curatorial engagement and connects artists and art organizations across state lines.

Part tour bus, part utility vehicle, the bus forms a mobile platform for dialogue, creation and community among artists. Founders Christopher Sperandio and Simon Grennan conceived the project in order to promote exchange between artists from cities outside of the major art centers. Houston-based Sperandio proposes, “by building a mobile living space, it’s possible to jump beyond the confines of real estate and fixed demographics, to take art and artists to unexpected places.”

Cargo Space: Chicago/Milwaukee is organized by Sperandio and Duncan MacKenzie, assistant professor at Columbia College Chicago and founding member of Bad at Sports. They will travel across the Midwest on the bus, making stops at the Walker Art Center’s Open Field and The Poor Farm in Manawa, WI. They’ll close the trip by setting up shop at two sites: INOVA in Milwaukee and A+D Gallery in Chicago. Select artists from each city will collaborate on exhibitions and programs that run simultaneously. The exhibition at A+D Gallery will constantly change as the residents create work and when the bus is in Chicago it will be parked at Columbia College Chicago’s Papermakers Garden as a part of the Wabash Arts Corridor.

WHEN: Aug. 14 – Sept. 20 Reception: Sept. 19, 5-8 p.m.

WHERE: Averill and Bernard Leviton A+D Gallery 619 S. Wabash Ave.

WHO: Organized by by Christopher Sperandio and Duncan MacKenzie Participating artists Chicago: Judith Brotman Alex Chitty Heather Mekkelson Erik L. Peterson John Sparagana Wacom TX

Participating artists Milwaukee: Sara Daleiden Sarah Gail Luther Ashley Morgan Paul Druecke Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg

Exhibition Contact: Meg Duguid, Gallery Director, 312.369.8686, mduguid@colum.edu.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: noon-5 p.m.; Thursday: noon-7 p.m. For more information, visit: www.colum.edu/ADGallery

The Averill and Bernard Leviton A+D Gallery is part of the Art + Design Department at Columbia College Chicago. The gallery’s mission is to present professional exhibitions and educational programming that encompasses the broadest possible definition of visual art and design. This is a direct reflection of the pedagogical diversity of the Art + Design Department and the vast array of ideas, media, and techniques explored by artists today. The gallery presents emerging and established artists whose work reflects any of the disciplines taught in the department including Fine Arts, Interior Architecture, Illustration, Advertising Art Direction, Product Design, Graphic Design, and Art History.

Columbia College Chicago is an urban institution that offers innovative degree programs in the visual, performing, media and communication arts for more than 10,000 students in 120 undergraduate and graduate programs. An arts and media college committed to a rigorous liberal arts curriculum, Columbia is dedicated to opportunity and excellence in higher education. For further information, visit www.colum.edu.

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Media Contacts: Cara Birch, 312.369.8695, cbirch@colum.edu

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