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 aestheticizing the architecture and interiors of the school. During 1997, 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 a creative, intelligent enterprise namely in an attempt to build an arts curriculum. The neighborhood was used as an artistic laboratory where work could be produced that was technical, conceptual, and relational. In 1999, artists and the work were 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.
Sarah Whipple, Jackie Terrassa, Tom McDonald, Susan Peterson, Renee Dryg, Jim Duignan, Carla Arocha, Adelheid Mers, Michael Piazza, John Arndt, Barb Weisen, Steve Luecking, Patrick Collier, Robert Jake Jacobs, Lavie Raven, Jo Hormuth, Celeste Duignan, Janine Patten, Steve Harp, Juan Venta, Hector Sanchez