San Miguel Arts Project
June 5 – July 2, 1999.
Gallery 400 UIC, School of Art and Design
College of Architecture and the Arts
400 S. Peoria, Chicago, IL 60607.
During the summer of 1997, when the realization of a permanent school building for San Miguel was secured, artists were invited to deliberate and propose ideas for influencing the architecture of the school. That year some 100-125 artists, musicians, and cultural workers met at the site to talk, propose, collaborate with students, donate work to the project and to assist in establishing a climate for creative, intelligent enterprise. The neighborhood was used as artistic laboratory where work could be produced that was intelligent, conceptual, real, technical, and relational. In 1999, artists and the work was invited in a solo exhibition at Gallery 400, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. They invited us to highlight the entire body of work produced by youth and artists since 1995.