Made in Chicago: Site Specific Sculpture

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Spotlight Gallery | August 15-September 13

FREE and open to the public: Tue–Sat, 11am–5pm

From its dazzling public art and architectural jewels to some of its most recognizable landmarks, Chicago’s iconic cityscape comes to life in this colorful exhibition of architectural miniatures, three-dimensional structures, and small-scale sculptures by guest artist Terry Karpowicz and Project Onward’s Ricky Willis, Ken Bortman, and Bill Douglas.

For decades, Chicago-based sculptor Terry Karpowicz has been creating monumental works of art for locations throughout Chicago, the Midwest, and the world. Karpowicz returns to his own backyard as a guest artist with the group show “Made in Chicago,” featuring his small-scale sculptures alongside works by Project Onward artists Ricky Willis, Ken Bortman, and Bill Douglas. Inspired by Chicago’s distinctive architecture, landscape, and civic character, each of the featured artists embraces the notion of “site-specific” in different ways. Karpowicz makes public art that is designed to have a concrete interaction with its surroundings. Willis’ iconic water tanks, created with cardboard, wood, and tape, are recreations of real places, but they could just as easily be models for monumental works. Bortman’s wall sculpture captures the fury and raw energy of Lake Michigan, while Douglas’ clever assemblages of trophies, shells, and found objects speak to the lonely city dweller’s nostalgia.

Join us for an opening reception on Friday, August 15, from 6-9pm.

All the artwork in this exhibition, our other galleries, and throughout our studio are for sale, with profits from all sales benefiting the artists; for inquiries or to purchase art, click here to email us.

The Project Onward gallery, located at the Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th St., 4th Floor, is open to the public Tuesday–Saturday, from 11am-5pm, and on the 3rd Friday of each month until 9pm.