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Cornelia Arts Building

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Cornelia Arts Building
1800 W. Cornelia
Chicago, IL 60657
Venue Type: Alternative Space

other (outside main areas)

May, 2016 Cornelia Arts Building May 2016 Open Studio Event
FIRE ARTS, Michael Benz, Doug Birkenheuer, Sarah Boyle, Judith Brotman, Jeanne L. Carava, KATHERINE DRAKE CHIAL, Gary D., Marco Fleseri, Tracy Frein, Friends of the Arts, Doug Frohman, Josh Garber, Phillip Hartigan, Beth Kamhi, 
Reed Kirst, John Otto Kuhlmann, RICHARD LANGE, Lisa Larson, JUDY LICHTENSTEIN, Lindsey Liss, Gregory J. Matthews, Jason Messinger, Matt Nichols, Alexandra Paez-Quijano, The Arts Palette, James Parenti, BAHAR PARTOW, Madeleine Philbin, Meka Hemmons of SpiderMeka Photography, diane ponder, Melissa Porter, Alyson Poston, PAM ROBINSON, Randi Russo, Marianne Scanlon, Jordan Scott, Susanne Siegal, SCOTT SIMONS, Tiphanie Spencer, Eric Steele, Scott Stevens, Michelle Stone, Sandy Stranz, Tiffany Stronsky, Kevin Swallow, Fraser Taylor, Frances Temchin, Teri Tito, Alexander von Agoston, Eileen Walsh, 
Eric Weinstein, Karla Wheeler, Joey Wozniak, Judy Zeddies

An artists' studio building since 1986, the Cornelia Arts Building provides space to over 40 local artists whose work spans disciplines including painting and drawing, sculpture, photography, print-making, jewelry design and more.

Building-wide open studio events occur each October (for Chicago Artists Month) and various events and open houses are coordinated throughout the year.

The Cornelia Arts Building has provided space for working artists from Chicago, across the US, and abroad to develop their work since 1986. Located in the Ravenswood/Roscoe Village neighborhoods, the building has had a vibrant history. Built in 1910 as an ice blockhouse manufacturing company, the portion that jets out from the building on the south side were stables - ice was delivered by horse-drawn carriage.

Somewhere between that time and the 1970’s it became a clay factory (and a major supplier for Lillstreet Studios), the building also manufactured airplane parts, and was a pipe bending operation before it was converted to artist loft spaces in 1986.

In 1987, the first neighborhoood "art walk" was held. In 1988, Friends Of The Arts (, a not-for-profit arts support group specializing in emerging art & artists, was established and located in the Cornelia Arts Building.

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