Dec 30th 2011

The Art Museo

@ Art Museo

5300 N. River Road (Inside InterContinental Chicago O'Hare)

Opening Friday, December 30th, from 12PM - 3PM

On view through Saturday, March 3rd


Rotating Exhibit Showcases Chicago’s Top Fine Art Students, Schools

Rosemont, IL (December 16, 2011) – The Art Museo at the InterContinental Chicago O’Hare (ICO) is inviting the public to experience the future of Chicago’s art scene. With Chicago: A Resource of Young Artists, works from recent and soon-to-be graduates of Chicago’s top schools of fine arts are hand-picked and featured within the same gallery space that boasts masterpieces from world-renowned artists.

A collaboration with Schneider Gallery in River North, Chicago: A Resource of Young Artists originally opened to the public in September 2011 with a presentation of eight extraordinary artists from Columbia College. Sponsored by Lulu B, the exhibit is rotating every quarter for one year, displaying a well-rounded taste of Chicago’s best young talent. Beginning December 30th and running through April 3rd, the exhibit platform shifts from Columbia to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

“With the art world of Chicago shrinking, losing talent consistently to New York and the West Coast, can these young artists be the future of our area, or will they find more fertile ground somewhere else?” asks chief curator Martha Schneider, who hand-picks the represented student talent. “This exhibit at the Art Museo rewards exceptional works from Chicago’s finest art students, encouraging them to remain here so we can benefit from their creativity.”

The featured artists representing SAIC in Chicago: A Resource of Young Artists are either graduates of the December 2011 class or May 2012, and they include:
Yo Ahn Han from Seoul, Korea, who gets inspiration for painting through a battle with disease.
William Joyce, who specializes in painting with video installations.
Minky Kim from Seoul, Korea, who explores her own self through photography.
Youjeong Kwon from Seoul, Korea, who focuses on portrait paintings.
Dyne Sophia Lee from Columbus, Ohio, whose tapestries reflect her childhood in Korea.
Eileen O’Donnell from Elmhurst, whose oil paintings depict observational narratives.
Nick Schleicher from St. Louis, whose paintings reflect the act of confrontation.
Noelle Sharp from Salt Lake City, who expands space and environment through fiber installations.

ICO offers a unique cultural experience in the arts that sets it apart from anything in the local hospitality industry. The Art Museo concept showcases the hotel’s embrace of the arts – sculpture, canvas, architecture, photography, and music – enhancing guests’ stay and fueling a passion for experiencing culture.

From the hotel’s conception a few years ago, art was at the heart of the ICO. The property is essentially a series of art exhibition halls with meeting spaces and guest rooms built around it. A stay or visit to ICO includes a complimentary education in art. Guests are invited to immerse themselves in the artistic ambiance the hotel provides and are encouraged to roam the hotel to admire original works – most also available for sale. Complimentary gallery tours are available upon request.

Touted as one of the “greatest airport hotels” by USA Today and Orbitz, the ICO offers a variety of entertaining and cultural experiences that set it apart from its competitors and increase guest loyalty. The design-forward, 560-room hotel attracts leisure travelers, business professionals and local residents alike. Home to a nationally-acclaimed art gallery cared for by two full-time curators, three on-site restaurants including McCormick & Schmick’s and The Capital Grille, and the Montrose Room live music venue, the ICO is in a league of its own among large hotels in the area and offers entertainment that rivals the best in the region. For more information on the ICO, visit, or, or call 847/544-5300.


(editor’s note:  this is the greatest press release I’ve ever read)

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