Dates: September 15 – October 20, 2017
STREET LEVEL, The Wabash Arts Corridor’s 2nd Annual Public Art Exhibition kicks off at Columbia College Chicago’s Hokin Gallery on Friday, September 15, in conjunction with EXPO Chicago, the Chicago Architecture Biennial and the City of Chicago’s Year of Public Art. Following the success of WAC Big Walls in 2016, which presented two dozen new public works in the downtown area and celebrated cutting-edge styles of street art, STREET LEVEL features public art encounters that are designed for accessibility and to surprise casual passersby. This year’s program expands artist, community and media inclusivity with an exciting line-up of artists and engagements including: a dozen new murals with local, national and international artists; three weekends of public performances in partnership with Threewalls; video works projected from a roving box-truck; and a pop-up WAC visitor center/exhibition offering a preview to upcoming projects and community events. The culminating event is the annual WAC Crawl on Friday, October 20, where the entire community of cultural and academic institutions, restaurants, hotels and businesses, residents, students and artists come together to celebrate the great cultural vitality of WAC and the city of Chicago.
STREET LEVEL Featured Artists:
Shelby Gahm (Columbia College Student Mural)
Mat Rappaport (Projection)
Melanie Vazquez (Columbia College Student Mural)
WAC STREET LEVEL Exhibition:
STREET LEVEL is a living and breathing exhibition that will grow and change with the happenings of Wabash Arts Corridor (WAC). This welcome center in the Hokin Gallery utilizes multi-media to give visitors a behind the scenes look at the conception, planning, and production of the murals that adorn our neighborhood.
STREET LEVEL aims to create an engaging environment by giving visitor’s a deeper look at the process of creation for WAC murals. The exhibition features the work of Sandra Steinbrecher, a Chicago based freelance photographer who has recently photographed projects about public art and education, including the documentation of WAC Big Walls 2016. Sandra is continuing to shoot the WAC processes this year in the STREET LEVEL initiative.
This exhibition also displays personal preparation materials and equipment used by WAC muralists, alongside interactive community projects that allow visitors to leave their own mark on WAC.
Visit STREET LEVEL to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the passion and spirit of the entire Wabash Arts Corridor community.
STREET LEVEL September 15, 2017 – December 15, 2017 at the Hokin Gallery on the first floor of 623 S. Wabash!
To learn more about Sandra Steinbrecher’s work, visit her website Sandra Steinbrecher Photographer
STREET LEVEL Creative and Production team:
Jenni Button – Funding and Engagement Coordinator and Co-curator
Sara Dulkin – Artist Liaison and Co-curator
Abie Vasquez – Production Coordinator
Meg Duguid – Curatorial Collaborator
Sandy Steinbrecher – Independent Photographer
Emily Gallaugher – Undergrad Curatorial Assistant
Jeffreen Hayes – Threewalls Performance Series Producer and Curator
Keith Giles – Community Partner
Robert Blandford – Practicum Supervisor and Faculty Partner
STREET LEVEL Partners and Sponsors
Columbia College Chicago, The Joyce Foundation, Chicago Transit Authority, The Fogelson Foundation, Threewalls, Cirque du Soleil, Blick, Sherwin Williams, Roosevelt University, NDP Electric, Chicago Truborn, Fête Esthète + The Art Party, Eleven City Diner, Spray Planet, Vertical Gallery, Sunbelt Rentals, Baderbrau Brewing Company, Keith Giles LLC, CA Residential, James McHugh Construction Co., Artist and Craftsman Supply,Choose Chicago and DCASE, City of Chicago.
Press Contact: Danielle Wilcox – Manager/Editor of News Office at Columbia College Chicago – firstname.lastname@example.org