For the inaugural Elmhurst Art Museum Biennial, Chicago Statements will include a diverse selection of artists from the Chicago area who represent the exceptional work being produced in and around the city. This year’s Biennial is inspired by EAM’s mission to underscore the relevance of visual art in our society. To that end, the exhibition will include artists whose work addresses current events, social and political subject matter and everyday realities. While the list of artists is still in development, participants include Lise Haller Baggeson, Tom Burtonwood and Holly Holmes, Matthew Hoffman, Jesse Howard, Jenny Kendler, Kirsten Leenaars, Faheem Majeed, Billy McGuinness, Christopher Meerdo, Cheryl Pope, John Preus, Alison Ruttan and Aram Han Sifuentes. Topics explored by these artists include feminism and motherhood, new technologies, community building, race and power, gun violence, gentrification, poverty, war, environmentalism and immigration, among others.