Public Works

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Public Works
1539 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60622
Venue Type: Gallery
Wallo Villacorta
Open hours
Tue-Fri 2-5; Sat 12-5

Public Works is a contemporary art gallery featuring artists whose work transcends the ubiquitous art/design dialectic.

Our artists are producers within the pocket of independent preoccupations that so efficiently fuel creative industry. By bucking convention and erasing delineations between work and art, these artists widen our common aesthetic landscape and map newly-imagined frontiers – it’s the present and the future of visual expression.


Public Works Speaker Series seeks to create a real, live knowledge base for making a life in the independent arts. We’re bringing in internationally recognized artists and creative entrepreneurs to speak to what we know to be true: ”Art makes work; work makes art.”

Our guests will discuss the creation and continued success of their endeavor, introduce their work, and share stories relating to the work and their processes. Each speaker presents for 45 minutes followed by a question and answer period. The night is meant to educate and inspire, and to answer the basic questions “What do you do?”, “How do you manage to do this?”, and “What does this bring to the community at large?”

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