Chicago Loop Alliance is a member-based business organization that represents Chicago's most dynamic mixed-use district—the Loop—and advocates for the rapidly growing central business area.
Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) announced today the May artists showcased in its Pop-Up Art Loop program, which transforms vacant Loop storefronts into vibrant temporary art galleries. A free First Thursdays gallery walk will be held on Thursday, May 2 from 5-8 p.m. to open the new exhibitions. Additional First Thursdays gallery walks are scheduled for June 6, July 11, Aug. 1, Sept. 5 and Oct. 3 from 5-8 p.m. Pop-Up Art Loop is always free to the public; the gallery walks are self-guided tours of the many new exhibits throughout the Loop, and include complimentary wine and Smilebooth photo booths. For more information, please visit www.PopUpArtLoop.com.
CLA is partnering with contemporary art network ArtSlant.com throughout 2013 to host several winners from the site’s annual ArtSlant Prize Showcase Series at the Pop-Up Art Loop gallery at State and Adams Streets (202 S. State), beginning with an exhibition of work by Jerry Shevick in May. A panel of art professionals from across the country selects the winning entries each month; in May, that team was Jefferson Goddard of Aspect Ratio (Chicago), Robert Greene of Greene Exhibitions (Los Angeles) and Thomas Jaekel of 532 Gallery (New York). Chicago artists are invited to enter the ArtSlant competition, which will ultimately award three artists with exhibition space in ArtSlant’s booth at Aqua Art Miami during Miami Art Week 2013. More information is available at www.artslant.com.
(Image: Chicago Loop Alliance’s First Thursdays gallery walk at the Inland Steel building in July 2012; Photo courtesy of Chicago Loop Alliance)