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Experience some of the best and most cutting edge art that chicago has to offer.

Open Studio Visitors will have the rare opportunity to chat with the artists directly, purchase and privately commission work and learn about future projects in a relaxed atmosphere. Special artists talks will be scheduled throughout the weekend for a more in depth exploration of the artist’s process and viewpoints.

Among the artists in the 17th annual Albany-Carroll building are  Claudine Ise’s independent project space Goldfinch, featuring a group show with Nazafarin Lofti, Rana Siegel, Tina Tahir; and Barbara Koenen’s UNUM exhibit space with work from her series, Buddha at the Hot Dog Stand. Peter N. Gray/Metal-i-Genics Studio, an artist and scientist who captures the inherent aesthetics of genetics, microbiology and physics in sculpture and paintings; and Sharon Bladholm/Opal Glass Studio, with botanically-inspired art glass, ceramic and bronze sculptures and works on paper are based on scientific expeditions in the Amazonian rain forest.

In the West Carroll Art Studios, artist and designer Lacy Coligan uses “unintentionalism”—an approach to artistic endeavors that focuses on energy release and self expression;  site-specific performance artist Carron Little, whose recent projects include Neighborhood Magic in Chicago’s Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhoods; sculptor, collagist and bookmaker Dutes Miller and painter Arielle Marq.


Special Talk + Tour

A special addition to open studios this year will be a talk and a tour by City of Chicago Cultural Historian Tim Samuelson. On Saturday November 12, Samuelson will give a talk, “From Grommets to Dr. Strangelove, the history of the Albany-Carroll Buildings.” Learn about the pianos, rivets, staplers, bombsites and other innovations and products that hailed from these buildings and this hard-working neighborhood. Then on Sunday, November 13, Samuelson will lead a walk along this stretch of "Eclectic Industrial Wright, Hieroglyphs and Varnish Makers." featuring Frank Lloyd Wright, and Egyptian-Revival architecture.  Both begin at noon in the Albany-Carroll building.

2016 Participating Artists

West Carroll Artist Studios (3200 W. Carroll):

Jonathan Ascolese, Stephannie Benhamu, Bridget Bolger, Ellen Campbell, Lacy Coligan (Lacy Coligan Design), Wendy M. Conlan, Ben Dimock, Jean Fitzgerald, Stacey Lee Gee, Azadeh (Azi) Gholizadeh, Kelly Kaczynski, Suk Ja Kang, Carron Little, Arielle Marq, Esau McGhee, Susan McPherson, Bobbi Meier, Dutes Miller,  Katie Mills/Lady Faye Jewelry, Ahavani Mullen, Judith Mullen, Jazmin Rodriguez, Jennifer Scott, Elana Tenner, Diana Torres, and Andy Young, among others.