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Harrington College of Design Foundations instructors Duffy O’Connor and Megan Sterling both have work that will be featured in an upcoming group show!

An Unwholesome Attachment
The Charnel House
3421 West Fullerton
September 29 – October 17

Opening reception (open to the public):
Wednesday, September 29
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

An Unwholesome Attachment is an exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints by Sari Maxfield, Duffy O’Connor, Megan Sterling and Victoria Szilagy.  The title suggests both an unhealthy obsessiveness as well as a strong connection to the things we make.  It may manifest as an attraction to the superficial or a refusal to let go of something. 

This attachment is not by definition a bad thing at all, merely a focused concern for the process of creation or the meaning we wish to suggest.  As artists we feel the compulsion to make things and, being creators, become attached to those things.  But the process of making art can lead the artist to an unwholesome attachment, the time spent and the details becoming burdens.

An Unwholesome Attachment explores the complexity of the attachment we have to our work and its meaning with this exhibition. 

You can find out more about Duffy’s work in my recent blog feature.  Duffy was also recently interviewed and featured online on the Examiner… check out the feature here! 

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The Chicago Loop Alliance and Chicago Artists’ Coalition will transform the Loop into an interactive, multi-venue public art exhibition with the inaugural Art Loop Open, October 15-29, 2010. 
Art Loop Open will offer the opportunity for artists to win cash prizes (including a first price of $25,000) as well as the valuable opportunity to reach new audiences. Work will be seen and voted on by potentially 500,000 daily visitors to the Loop, presented in such high profile venues as Macy’s, theWit Hotel, Palmer House, The Hard Rock Hotel, Block 37, Cadillac Palace, Oriental Theatre and more. The winners, as chosen by the public, will be announced at an awards ceremony, Friday, October 29.          
 To ensure the highest quality of artwork on display for public voting, all submissions will be vetted by an expert jury led by Shannon Stratton (Founder, three walls Gallery),  which includes Mary Jane Jacob (School of the Art Institute, author and curator), Tricia Van Eck (Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art), Theaster Gates (Director of Arts Development, University of Chicago), and Susan Aurink (independent curator and former Director, Flatfile Galleries). The Jury will then curate the selected work into the venues.
Artists may submit their application between August 1 and August 31, 2010. For more information, including qualifications, entry process and fee structure, please visit ArtLoopOpen.com.

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