Wabash Arts Corridor | Darryll Schiff Installs First Illuminated Photography Mural in the Wabash Arts Corridor
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12 Jan Darryll Schiff Installs First Illuminated Photography Mural in the Wabash Arts Corridor

“Descending to Heaven” Funded Through Unique Kickstarter Campaign with Help from Chicago Arts Community

(Chicago, IL)- Chicago-based fine art photographer Darryll Schiff brings the first illuminated photography mural to the Wabash Arts Corridor (710 S. Wabash).  The 24 x 56 foot vinyl mural of his photograph “Descending to Heaven” will be installed on January 25, 2016 and celebrated at a special reception at the Elephant Room Gallery (704 S Wabash) on January 28. In a unique method to fund this project, Schiff began a Kickstarter campaign where he called for donations from the arts community. The project was completely funded by the people within the community and will help add to WAC and Chicago’s growing artistic reputation. 

“I am so thrilled to join the distinguished group of artists who have contributed to the Wabash Arts Corridor’s mission to create a space for artistic connections,” said artist Darryll Schiff. “This project is extremely important to me and presents an amazing opportunity to give back to my community. The goal of this project is to create something special for the public to experience and enjoy every day, completely free of charge.”

“Descending to Heaven” is part of Schiff’s “To Heaven” series which depicts visitors to the Art Institute of Chicago interacting with Indian artist Jitish Kallat’s 2011 site-specific LED text installation along each of the risers on the Woman’s Board Grand Staircase. Noted for his distinct vision and ability to capture movement and light, Schiff’s images brilliantly catch the visitor, shown in shadow, in quick motion while the LED light bounces throughout the frame.

“Descending to Heaven” Reception

To celebrate the installation of this unique piece joining the Wabash Arts Corridor, a special reception will be held at the Elephant Room Gallery on January 28. Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as they mingle with the artist and those who helped to make this exciting installation possible. Reception begins at 5:30 PM

About Darryll Schiff

Darryll Schiff’s career in the fine arts began at the early age of 8 years old, taking classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. He went on to study photography at the Institute of Design under Arthur Siegel, Joseph Jachna, Gary Winnogrand and Aaron Siskind. He was one of only three undergraduates represented in the famed Student Independent Portfolio.

Following the Institute of Design, Schiff pursued a successful commercial photography career, including shooting assignments for Los Angeles Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, Rolling Stone, Women’s Wear Daily, Stern, Geo, Beverly Hills Magazine, Pepsi, Capitol Records and Charles Jourdan. His list of celebrity clients includes Tea Leoni, Lisa Marie Presley, Mark Harmon, Chazz Palminteri, Jason Patric, Jasmine Guy, Robin Williams, Holly Robinson Peete, Regina King and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Approximately 10 years ago Schiff decided to focus solely on his fine art. His work appears in many noteworthy institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, George Eastman House, Norton Simon Museum Pasadena, Museum of Contemporary Photography and in many private collections.


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