Sep 17th 2021

LOCUS: VIII – a gallery show ft. visual + literary artist pairings

@ The Martin

2500 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Opening Friday, September 17th, from 7PM - 10PM

On view through Sunday, September 26th

LOCUS celebrates its 8th iteration with 24 artists in our first in-person exhibition since LOCUS: II in 2019!

LOCUS is a quarterly gallery show and micro-grant program combining visual & literary artists in an anonymous pairing creative conversation. On September 17th + 18th come to The Martin to see the result of anonymous creation for these twelve pairings, witness artists meet each other for the first time and hear about their process in an artist talk led by LOCUS Founder & Curator, Whitney LaMora.

Six pairs of artists will be featured each evening in the artist talk series – specific artists & their nights to be announced closer to the event to keep anonymity!

All guests will be required to be masked and prove vaccination at the door. For any guests 21+ a card-only bar will be available. The Martin & Split-Rail are ADA accessible- if you have any questions on accessibility please don’t hesitate to reach out.

A virtual build of the exhibition will be available for any guest unable to attend in person – launching September 17th!

Donations collected for the show will go toward the future of the LOCUS project as well as our community partner for this exhibition, Brown Books & Paintbrushes, who work to empower, develop and educate all young children- through art, literacy, social justice and civic engagement programming; pertaining to the African-American culture and healthy racial identity.

FEATURED LITERARY ARTISTS: Maiya Corral, Amanda Dee, Morgan Eklund, Meggie Gates, Emily Rose Goldstein, Nicholas Alexander Hayes, Darshita Jain, Kelsey Keaton, Charles Payne, Kristina Tokar, Alexander Utz, Joy Young

FEATURED VISUAL ARTISTS: Reevah Agarwaal, Meredith Bardo, Bridgette Bramlage, Mellissa Montezuma Colón, Andi Crist, Sophia Karina English, Andrés Galván, Jonathan Randall Grant, Shannon Kay Lewis, Ashley Lusietto, Carisa Mitchell, Neeyah Muhammad

CURATOR: Whitney LaMora


LOCUS 2021 BOARD MEMBERS: María Mendoza Cervantes, Alyssa Cuffie, Amay Kataria, Julia Koreman, Azul Nogueron, mo Santiago, Sarah Thomas, Madelaine Walker

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