October Artist News

published: Sept. 28, 2022
Image of a surrealist landscape featuring hands, mountains, and a seascape. Andrea’s use of color allows viewer to notice the similarities in shapes between motifs, but makes them distinctly their own elements in the work. Exit by Andrea Carlson, 2018. Screenprint, Highpoint Center for Printmaking Editions



CAULEEN SMITH (2013 3Arts/Lydia Yun Lee & Lisa Yun Lee Awardee)

Cauleen Smith received the prestigious Heinz Award, intended to recognize extraordinary individuals for their achievement in finding solutions to critical issues in areas that were important to founder Senator John Heinz: the arts and humanities, the environment, the human condition, public policy, and technology, the economy, and employment. The award includes an unrestricted cash prize of $250,000.


GINGER LANE (2017 3Arts/Community Awardee)

On October 11, Ginger is being honored by See Chicago Dance with the Distinguished Service to the Dance Field Award in recognition for her “groundbreaking artistry and advocacy, establishing Chicago as a city at the forefront of dance and disability.” She will be publicly recognized along with other honorees at the 2022 See Chicago Dance Community Celebration & Awards Presentation, in-person at Venue West (221 N. Paulina Street) from 5:30 to 8:00pm.




ALBERTO AGUILAR (2011 3Arts Awardee)

Now through February 12, Alberto presents Yo Soy Museo, a new body of work in a solo exhibition in the Xicágo Gallery at the National Mexican Museum of Art in Pilsen. “With a series of self-portraits, a wall painting and an installation, this exhibit refers to the artist's body as a holder of objects and ideas as well as considering the role of museums and the objects they collect and accumulate.”


DAVID LEGGETT (2009 3Arts Awardee)

Now through October 23, David presents work in the group exhibition, What It Could Be, at the Stony Island Arts Bank. Co-curated by Anthony Gallery founder, Easy Otabor, and curator, art historian, and educator, Antoine J.” AJ” Girard, the exhibition features work by 24 contemporary artists selected for “their unique perspectives and occasional satire to demonstrate the inspiration in their work.”


BRIAN BALCOM  (2020 Bodies of Work Fellow) and CHRISTINE PASCUAL (2018 3Arts/Lakeside Bank Awardee)

Now through October 30, Writers Theatre presents Tiger Style!, directed by Brian and featuring costume design by Christine. “Award-winning playwright Mike Lew (Teenage Dick) pens this hilarious comedy about Chinese American heritage and belonging that will leave you howling with laughter. Travelling the globe from California to Shenzen, Tiger Style! uproariously tackles the immigrant experience, cultural stereotypes and what it really means to feel successful and at home.”


STEPHANIE MARTINEZ (2015 3Arts/Restoration Hardware Awardee)

On October 1, as founding artistic director of Para.Mar Dance Theatre, Stephanie is presenting a performance of her choreographed piece Dos Lados at Auditorium Theater. The company was selected as the Theater’s inaugural Prelude Artist, an initiative to showcase emerging dance companies in Chicago. (Use promo code PARAMAR50 for discounts, while tickets last!)


SHANTA NURULLAH (2021 3Arts/ SIF Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation Awardee)

On October 1, Shanta is performing at the Chicago World Music Festival, one of three fall music festivals presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Her set takes place at the Humboldt Park Boathouse at 2:30pm.


MARCELA TORRES (2019 Make a Wave Artist)

On October 1, Marcela will be premiering their Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist project, entitled Iyapokatzin; the venerable tobacco smoke, at Pilsen’s El Paseo Community Garden (944 W. 21st) and again on October 2 at Little Village’s Malinalli Garden (S. Ridgeway Ave. & 28th St). “This choreographic work honors the history of tobacco from a Mexican perspective through Torres’ years of research and devotion to tobacco as a deity. Iyapokatzin is a Nahuatl (Uto-Aztecan language) word and its English translation, venerable tobacco smoke highlight the intentions of this ritual.” This production with collaborator, Izayo Mazehualli combines performance with sculpture, taking place at the sites of Torres’ outdoor adobe monument Xochiotia (funded in part on the 3AP project support platform), and features live music by Chicago DJ LA Spacer.


SANDRA DELGADO (2018 3Arts/Community Awardee)

On October 6, Sandra presents a one-night reprise of her previously sold-out Sandra Delgado Experience as part of Dominican University’s Lund-Gill Lecture and Latine Heritage Month Keynote. Sandra will perform a night of Colombian music, stories, and connection, taking audiences on a tour of the lively and varied musical expressions of the "gateway to South America."


BEN LAMAR GAY (2018 3Arts/Stan Lipkin & Evelyn Appell Lipkin Awardee), CAT MAHARI (2021 3Arts/Walder Foundation Awardee), and CRISTAL SABBAGH (2021 Make a Wave Artist)

On October 7-9, these artists are among the featured performers in Elastic Arts’ Afrofuturist Weekend. “The event is a weekend-long celebration of Black artists making forward-looking work that envisions radically positive futures for Black people.” Find more information on the lineup, locations, and ticket pricing via elasticarts.org.   


ANDREA CARLSON (2020 Make a Wave Artist)

On October 8, Andrea’s exhibition Andrea Carlson: The Waves May Break Here Still opens at the Arts Club of Chicago. The work is “a printed mural of a painting by the same title that celebrates the potential impermanence of the human-built environment.”


KRISTA FRANKLIN (2017 Make a Wave Artist) and CAULEEN SMITH (2013 3Arts/Lydia Yun Lee & Lisa Yun Lee Awardee)

On October 8, Krista and Cauleen will be in a conversation about artistic collaboration at the DePaul Art Museum, moderated by Ionit Behar, in conjunction with Krista’s exhibition Solo(s): Krista Franklin on view at the museum now through February 19, 2023. Tickets to this free event are available via Eventbrite.


KEYIERRA COLLINS (2020 3Arts/Walder Foundation Awardee), RIKA LIN (2017 Make a Wave Artist), MONIQUE HALEY (2012 3Arts/McCormick Family Foundation Awardee), IVELISSE DIAZ (2019 3Arts/Community Awardee), ANNA MARTINE WHITEHEAD (2018 3Arts/HMS Fund Awardee), AYAKO KATO (2016 3Arts/ Reva & David Logan Foundation Awardee), KIA S SMITH (2021 Make a Wave Artist), RAHILA NAOMI STADEM COATS (2021 Make a Wave Artist), AALIYAH CHRISTINA (2021 Make a Wave Artist), and more 

From October 13-16, these artists will participate in Elevate Chicago Dance, a festival of works exploring what’s now and what’s next in Chicago through a cross-town festival of dance made in the city. 


MEAGAN MCNEAL (2020 3Arts/Walder Foundation Awardee)

On October 14, Meagan performs live at Chicago’s City Winery. An onstage favorite, Meagan’s last show at this beloved venue sold out quickly. She’ll be backed by her band and will perform an evening of classic, jazz, soul, and original material.


ROBERT SCHLEIFER (2013 3Arts/Siragusa Foundation Awardee)

From October 21 through November 27, Robert is in the cast of Measure for Measure at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. The play takes place “in the turbulence of 1959 Cuba, during the pivotal moments before Fidel Castro seizes power.” 


AMANDA WILLIAMS (2020 Next Level Spare Room Awardee/ 2014 3Arts/Stan Lipkin & Evelyn Appell Lipkin Awardee)

On October 27, Amanda will discuss her work in conjunction with Monochrome Multitudes, a group exhibition now on view at the Smart Museum of Art. The talk begins at 6:00pm and is free to attend with registration via Eventbrite.