Sep 22nd 2017

On Friday, September 22nd at 7pm, Abbye Churchill, Keeley Haftner, David Hall, Greg Ruffing, and Ellery Royston will launch Public Access. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

This event is free.

Public Access is a partial and soft selling multi-use project space collaboratively tended to by Abbye Churchill, Keeley Haftner, David Hall, Greg Ruffing, and Ellery Royston. Public Access is launching their first publication series where each publication corresponds to an exhibition held during Public Access’ first season. Each publication is available for purchase at Public Access and Sector 2337.

Willy Smart is an artist who works in presentational and propositional forms. Willy makes lectures, sculpture, and publications that propose extended modes and objects of reading and recording. Recent exhibitions and performances have taken place at BFI Miami, The Luminary, St. Louis; Essex Flowers, Willy directs the conceptual record label, Fake Music (

Sherae Rimpsey is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. She has exhibited her work internationally, most notably at the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Poland; the Zentral Bibliothek in Zurich, Switzerland and National Library of Buenos Aires, Argentina as a contributing artist in Luis Camnitzer’s El Ultimo Libro – The Last Book project; and the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany where she was awarded the prestigious Solitude Fellowship. She is the recipient of a Philadelphia Foundation Grant, as a Flaherty Fellow and a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship and Residency. She has a BFA in Technology & Integrated Media with an emphasis in Visual Culture from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Elena Ailes is interested in that which makes here a better person and a worse person, especially in theory. In reality, she is an artist and writer living and working in Chicago, IL. She received a MFA in Sculpture and MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has presented her texts, videos and installations widely, including at ArtPOP (Montreal), the Harvard Graduate School of Design (Cambridge), and 4th Ward Project Space (Chicago.) She is the co-founder of jeux d’été, an artist-run curatorial project, and currently teaches at SAIC.

Brandon Alvendia is a Chicago-based artist, curator, and educator. His interdisciplinary practice playfully engages spatial and social architectures by creating platforms for experimentation, discussion, and collaboration. He is the founder of multiple Chicago alternative spaces: artLedge (2004-2007 w/ Caleb Lyons), BEN RUSSELL (2009-2011 w/ Ben Russell), The Storefront (2010-2014), and art-publishing house Silver Galleon Press (2008-present). He attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA ‘03) and University of Illinois at Chicago (MFA ‘07).

Greg Ruffing is an artist, writer and independent curator working around topics of spatial politics, architecture, and material culture. He has organized exhibitions and programming at venues such as The Perch, Public Access, SPACES (Ohio), and the upcoming Terrain Biennial. He recently completed a dual degree MFA in Photography and MA in Visual & Critical Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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