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Celebrating the Arts at Friedman Place was a resounding success last year! Thank you to all of the artists who contributed their artwork for display and to everyone who came out to celebrate opening night with us.

The Third Annual Celebrating the Arts at Friedman Place exhibition will be displayed at Friedman Place for two weeks, with the opening occurring on Wednesday evening, October 23, 2019. It is expected that the artwork will be viewed by 500 people or more during the entire period of the exhibition.


· 2D / flat work only (e.g., painting, drawing, photos, printmaking, fabric, brief written work, etc.)

· Must be framed or otherwise ready for hanging when delivered to the exhibit

· The theme of the art must be somehow related to vision, blindness, or disability or the artist must have a disability.

· If accepted, the work(s) must be delivered to Friedman Place, 5527 North Maplewood, Chicago, on October 13, 14, or 15 and picked up (or mailed at owner’s expense) on November 8 or 9.

· Work will not be available for sale, but if the artist chooses, their contact information and in their statement may indicate its availability for sale will be provided to visitors to the exhibit.

Instructions to Submit Work
· Digital photographs (2-3 per piece) plus title, medium, dimensions, artist’s name, address, and phone number must be received by email to alexander@friedmanplace.org by September 22.

· Artists may submit up to 3 pieces for consideration. Please include the artist’s name and title of the work in the subject of the email and a brief paragraph about the artist and/or statement about the work (which will be posted next to the work if exhibited) in the body of the email. Up to 3 submissions per artist will be considered but please include only one piece per email (e.g., if you submit two works for consideration please submit them separately in two emails, each with the artist’s name and the title of the piece in the subject line, artist’s statement, etc).

· Artists will be notified by email if the work has been accepted by September 29.

Need more information? Contact Alexander Brown at 773.989.9800 or alexander@friedmanplace.org

Masks by Friedman Place Residents, "Friedman Place Family Tribe"

“Friedman Place Family Tribe” by Friedman Place residents

The art work exhibited in Celebrating the Arts at Friedman Place is related to vision, blindness, or disability. Several of our residents submitted artwork – projects were made in our therapeutic weaving program and crafts put on by our activities department. Some of our residents work on art in their rooms from painting to clay sculpting. Pictured are three masks that are part of a collection of masks created by a few of our residents for a collective piece titled Friedman Place Family Tribe. Many of the woven pieces displayed will be for sale along with many other pieces at our upcoming weaving sale in November!

Resident touching painting

“Lou’s Lament” by James E. Williams

Last year several artists in the community submitted art for exhibition. Artist James E. Williams keeps accessibility to those who are blind or visually impaired in mind when he does his paintings by creating a variety of hills and valleys, smoothness and roughness with the paint. Phrases such as, “Don’t touch the art!” are not in his vocabulary and he invited our residents to interact with his paintings by touching them.

"Never Enough Love" by Susan Dickman

“Never Enough Love” by Susan Dickman

Susan Dickman, became fascinated by Braille when she first began studying to become an educator for the visually impaired and explores it by playing around with size and pop art color in her art such as this one titled Never Enough Love. “Braille creates literacy, bonds, and connection with the world” she said.

Community Woven Tapestries

Community Woven Tapestries

We were also excited to debut our community woven tapestries: My Mind’s Eye Sees What My Regular Eye Cannot. This is a project funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Residents and staff in our therapeutic weaving program teamed up with artist and educator, John Paul Morabito, to collaborate and create woven tapestries that explore color and the experience those who are blind or visually impaired have with it.

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