Public Media Institute, Roots & Culture and threewalls have created The MDW Fair, a first annual gathering of independent art initiatives, spaces, galleries, publishers and artist groups from the Chicago metropolitan area and beyond. With over 50 participants, The MDW Fair demonstrates the diversity, strength and vision of the people and places that make up the rich art ecology of our region. Launched at Version 11: The Communit…y, The MDW Fair is a rare chance to encounter the creators of the vibrant art ecology of our region.
Held April 23-24, 2011 at The Geolofts, 3636 S. Iron Street, Chicago, the fair features 501(c)3, commercial and unincorporated galleries, independent curatorial projects, publishers and media groups in over 25,000 square feet of exhibition space that includes a 8,000 square foot sculpture garden with work by local artists.
In addition to exhibitions by participating spaces, local podcasters Bad At Sports will host a live game-show and panel discussions will be scheduled throughout fair hours chaired by Britton Bertran, Jamilee Polson, Lorelei Stewart and Steve Ruiz.
The MDW Fair is a manifestation of the collective spirit behind the region’ s most innovative visual cultural organizers, focusing on the breadth of work done here by artists and arts-facilitators alike. Please join us and see why Chicago remains a center of ingenuity and talent. Participants include: 2nd Bedroom/TAG TEAM, 65GRAND, ACRE, Adds Donna, Alderman Exhibitions, Antena, Bad At Sports, Chicago Arts Review, The Cultural Center, Devening Projects, ebersmoore, Flat 9 Prelude, Green Gallery, Harold Arts, Heaven Gallery, The Hills Esthetic Center, Hornswaggler, Iceberg Projects, JNL Graphic Design, The Hyde Park Art Center, Johalla Projects, Lloyd Dobler, LVL3, Monument 2, No Coast, Oxbow, Packer Schopf Gallery, Pentagon Gallery, Peregrine Program, Post Family, Rebuild Foundation and The Chicago Urban Art Society, Regional Relationships, Reuben Kincaid, Roots & Culture, Roxaboxen, Sidecar Gallery, Slow, Stockyard Institute, The Storefront, The Suburban, threewalls, Twelve Galleries, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Linda Warren Gallery, Western Exhibitions, What It Is, ZG Gallery.