City Hall Announces Artists For Public Art Projects In All 50 Wards

By Rachel Cromidas in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 23, 2017 8:50PM

The city has commissioned local artists and art groups to place public art around the city in all 50 wards, as part of a new project celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of Chicago's most famous public installations: the Picasso in Daley Plaza, and to commemorate the the Wall of Respect, a historic mural devoted to African-American History which once stood in Bronzeville.

You can check out some of the past works from some of the artists in the gallery above.

The project is called 50x50, and is part of the city's Year of Public Art. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the names of the artists' participating at a press conference Thursday, saying: "In every neighborhood in Chicago there are talented artists, working across all mediums, who can add to the cultural fabric of their communities."

Expect to see the new art start to go up around the city this summer and fall, according to the Mayor's Office. The projects will be highlighted during a citywide Public Arts Festival in October

Additionally, DCASE, opportunities for a Public Art Youth Corps paid internship program as part of One Summer Chicago. New in 2017, youth and young adults are being matched with community organizations to work on public art projects in neighborhoods across the city.

The list of participating 50x50 Neighborhood Arts Project artists (and groups of artists), who were selected by local aldermen and community members, are here:


· John Adduci - Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd)
· Ruben Aguirre - Ald. Michelle Smith (43rd)
· Olusola Akintunde - Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd)
· Sandra Antongiorgi, Andy Bellomo and Sam Kirk (Team) - Ald. Tom Tunney (44th)
· Archi-treasures - Ald. Sophia King (4th), Ald. Debra Silverstein (50th)
· Jim Bachor - Ald. Michelle Harris (8th)
· Rahmaan “Statik” Barnes - Ald. Anthony Beale (9th), Ald. Howard Brookins (21st)
· Nicole Beck - Ald. Jason Ervin (28th)
· Steven Carrelli - Ald. Michelle Smith (43rd)
· Chicago Mosaic School - Ald. Derrick Curtis (18th)
· Dorrell Creightney Photography - Ald. Emma Mitts (37th)
· Erik Debat - Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd)
· Miguel Del Real - Ald. Proco Joe Moreno (1st)
· Mitchell Egly - Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41st)
· Annette Elliot - Ald. Michelle Smith (43rd)
· El Paseo Community Garden with Eric J. Garcia, Katia Perez and Diana Solis- Ald. Daniel Solis (25th)
· Green Star Movement - Ald. Willie Cochran (20th), Ald. Patrick O'Connor (40th). Ald. Tom Tunney (44th)
· Industry of the Ordinary - Ald. Emma Mitts (37th)
· Bryant Jones - Ald. David Moore (17th), Ald. Milly Santiago (31st)
· Sam Kirk - Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th)
· BJ Krivanek - Ald. Margaret Laurino (39th)
· Davis McCarty - Ald. Matt O’Shea (19th), Ald. Joseph A. Moore (49th)
· Erica Mott - Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson (11th)
· Port Ministries - Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th), Ald. Willie Cochran (20th)
· Northwest Arts Connection - Ald. Ariel Reboyras (30th)
· Erik Peterson - Ald. Harry Osterman (48th)
· Cheryl Pope - Ald. Harry Osterman (48th)
· School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Ald. Michael Scott (24th)
· SkyArt with Jeff Zimmerman - Ald. Susan Garza (10th)
· Allison Svoboda - Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th)
· Territory - Ald. Deb Mell (33rd)
· Amanda Williams - Ald. Walter Burnett (27th)
· Bernard Williams - Ald. John Arena (45th)
· Yollocalli Arts Reach - Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd)