Horses of Honor is a public art installation benefitting police-related charities. The program features life-size statues of Mounted Patrol Unit Horses that are each artistically designed by local artists.
Below is information about the artists that have participated in the program to-date.
Artists interested in participating in this program can contact us HERE.
Sheila Swann is a painter, illustrator, graphic designer and writer, living in Chicago.
Currently art director for three North Side newspapers, Swann has been a working artist on a tight deadline for over thirty years.
Painting on walls, fabrics, glass and canvas, or illustrating concert posters, design is what she does. Commissioned work and freelance … Swann paints, draws, creates logos / identities and lays out ads, magazines and newspapers. She’s even done some graphic design for a few CPD mounted policemen in her past.
Swann has put her artistic touch on just about every job she’s ever had … and she’s thrilled to have painted a Horse of Honor and to honor Officer Michael Bailey.
Jaime Foster is a self taught painter and photographer, currently living just outside of Chicago. Her work has been shown in galleries throughout the Pacific Northwest and in the midwest. Her photographs and paintings are displayed in private collections, as well as public, such as the Batavia Fine Arts Center, Fresh Paint Magazine and Artist Portfolio Magazine.
Rich is a self-taught artist who has been painting for over 35 years. He began painting as a child and started in 1986 in high end residential fine house painting faux finishes. “I can pretty much reproduce anything to match with paint. I also do wall murals in homes. I’m illustrating a children’s book right now a German Christmas book and have one other called Eutopia. I’m very proud to be part of Horses of Honor — it’s for a great cause.”
After School Matters
After School Matter is a non-profit organization that offers Chicago high school teens innovative out-of-school activities through Science, Sports, Tech, Words and the nationally recognized Gallery programs.
We provide these programs through a network of public and private partnerships that include Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Park District, the Chicago Public Library, and community organizations throughout the city. We have been recognized nationally for our innovative approach to coordinating city resources and delivering unique and diverse programs. Our hands-on, project-based programs expose teens to rewarding careers and help them develop marketable job skills.
Marcy Kennedy Anderson
Marcy Kennedy Anderson was born in Alton, IL, a small town just north of St. Louis. She moved around quite a bit as a child before settling on a farm in Hamel, IL, where she began painting to pass the time at the age of ten. Her parents recognized her gift and immediately enrolled her in oil painting classes at a local art shop. In high school, she became involved in their Art Club, which allowed her to paint murals for the school and win awards at The Illinois Rembrandt Society Convention. After taking a break from her education to soak in the beautiful landscape of Charleston, SC, she returned to Illinois to continue her education at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and receive her BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Marcy has been inspired by art of all genres, influenced by artists including Edward Hopper, Roberto Matta, Gerhard Richter, and Edgar Degas. She enjoys painting landscapes from life with gouache, surreal and abstract images with oils, and drawing with charcoal. Her exhibits can be seen throughout the galleries of Chicago.
Rae Whalen is a Chicago area portrait artist working in the traditional realist style. A custom picture framer by trade, painting was seen as a hobby for many years as there were always bills to pay. Deciding to take a chance on a lifelong dream of being a full time artist, Rae began an intense schedule of working by day and studying painting at night. After building an impressive body of work, she left the 9 to 5 job and devoted all her time to her art.
Rae’s artist statement reads: “Raised in the suburbs of Chicago, I have always felt most at home among the trees and rivers of the rural countryside. Through my travels I draw endless inspiration that compels me to create. Painting is the perfect medium for me. It allows me to express the quiet solitude that I enjoy so much, and to share with others. My work is a balance between my desire to convey an emotion and my love for the precise detail of high realism.“
I am a graphic designer working on page and screen. Relying heavily on my research, I strive to produce work that improves our lives. I’ve studied many things adjacent to design, like art history, photography and glass blowing. If you are interested in collaborating on a project or would just like to grab a beer, please drop me a line. I love talking to strangers.
Sally Ko was born in Seoul, Korea in 1971, and immigrated to the United States with her family when she was two years old. She grew up in the city and north suburbs of Chicago and now lives in Chicago. She has attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Academy of Art. As a young immigrant girl growing up in a Korean household, Sally was the object of competition – both between Korean and her new US culture, and between Korean and her adopted English language. Sally soon found that art provided a means to bridge the gap between cultures and methods of verbal communication. Her varying styles — ranging from figurative to abstract, from minimalist to busily complex – are a continuation of this attempt to express herself in a manner accessible to everyone. Sally’s style has evolved continuously though a few common themes and techniques continue to run through her work. Initially painting with the customary brush, Sally eventually abandoned the brush and began pouring paint and manipulating it through natural means to create the current loose, yet controlled sensation of her paintings. The frequently organic patterns and appearance of her paintings reflect not only the actual theme or content of the particular painting in which they appear but also the mental process that gives life to the work.
Sally’s style has evolved continuously though a few common themes and techniques continue to run through her work. Initially painting with the customary brush, Sally eventually abandoned the brush and began pouring paint and manipulating it through natural means to create the current loose, yet controlled sensation of her paintings. The frequently organic patterns and appearance of her paintings reflect not only the actual theme or content of the particular painting in which they appear but also the mental process that gives life to the work.
Othello Anderson & Grace Moore
Othello Anderson is a prominent Chicago-based artist who received his BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His academic training also included four years of course work at the University of Chicago.
Mr. Anderson also completed one year of post graduate studies in 20th Century Art Theory and Criticism at SAIC.
Over a period of 25 years he held full-time faculty positions as Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Architecture at both the University of Illinois and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
In addition to his endeavors as a working artist and educator, Mr. Anderson was a founding member and president of N.A.M.E. Gallery –
Chicago’s first alternative gallery to show works by artists from around the world.
As a veteran artist who has delved into a wide variety of subject matter from earthly environmental issues to deep space phenomena, Othello Anderson has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally.
For the past ten years Othello Anderson has also been a senior partner of Grace Moore Associates, Inc. – Chicago’s premiere corporate concert production company.
Susan Kissinger Design Studio
Susan is a Chicago based visual artist whose studio is located on the city’s West Side. Her specialties include collage, acrylic painting, murals, and public art installations. Her artwork can be found throughout the United States in various homes, businesses,and galleries.
Susan is originally from Kansas City, MO, where her passion for art was initially nurtured. She studied art and art history at Creighton University, earning her B.F.A. with a focus in painting in 2007.
Marcy Kennedy Anderson
Marcy Kennedy Anderson was born and raised in Alton, Illinois. Having a passion for drawing beginning at the young age of three, she started painting with oils at ten.
She moved to Chicago in 2001 to study and receive her BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Being from a small town, Marcy was immediately overwhelmed by the high energy and constant stimulation of her surroundings. Returning to her roots, she began finding solace in nature. Her work evolved into biomorphic forms weaving into one another to create surrealistic images. She has been exhibiting her paintings throughout Chicago since 2005.
When I moved from the rich redwoods of California to the harsh graffiti streets of Chicago as a child, my living conditions went down but the quality of my art was about to go way up.
Most say my art is like water, a dream, surreal, and anatomical, but I enjoy it most when people express surprise that I paint, sculpt, carve, faux finish, airbrush, make collages, do photography, and create jewelry. As far as why and what I paint I guess I’m a environmental here and now painter.
What makes me different from my artist friends? I would say studying form and versatility through anatomy. For years I built the entire skeleton bone by bone, 8-9 hours a day, solid then hollow. I built bones by memory, blindfolded, and carved some from wood. My teacher, George Sotos from The Drawing Workshop, also made sure I learned to draw both left and right handed.
My father, William Alexander, “The Mad Man of Oak Park”, took me to every art show and museum in Chicago. I grew up joining him at the Chicago Gold Coast Art Fair for about 12 years. He was a painter and sculptor who gave Oak Park a renaissance that has continued for years by starting the Harrison Street Art Co-op. Dad didn’t have much money, but bought me all of the art supplies I needed when possible.
The artist’s life is hard, but honest. It is what you make of it, truly with your own hands. Art is a also a lifetime of study. Hardcore is a term used for artisans that make a living from their art and I have taken the road less traveled by. I rise everyday wondering how to produce the visions in my head for all to see.
Here are some place’s I have shown: Gold Coast Art Fair Chicago, Artistic Genius, Murphy Hill Gallery, Oakbrook Fine Art Show, Leawood Fine Art Gallery, Plaza Art Show KCMO, Quay, Mars Gallery, Glenwood Art Show, Avondale Art Walk, Around the Coyote, B1E gallery, Full Spectrum Art Show, Lotus Keep, A1 gallery, Trattoria225, Jackson Jung Gallery, Hyde Park, Oak Park Artist Co-op, Great River Road Museum of Contemporary Art, and GOD’S living room.
Maja Bosen, a dreamer, gypsy, artist, whose present mixed-medium includes various mundane objects she encounters each day, emerging technologies and encaustics transforming them into fanciful bits of magical whimsy.
“Interested in the interconnectivity and mechanics of all living things, cycles of life and death, the stories, which rise, fall, evolve and ultimately dissipate. Inspired by the intricate complexity of life, our relationships with each other, technology, plants which grow in my garden, birds in flight, the luminous creatures deep within our seas – all of this influences my drawings, paintings and sculptures.”
As well as having received her BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, Maja has also studied at Parson’s School of Design and the New School for Social Research in NYC. She has exhibited and performed in Chicago, San Francisco and New York in both solo and with groups at various times throughout her creative career. Maja is proud to call, the ZhouB Arts Center in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood, home.
Graffitti Zone Kids
Graffiti Zone is an after-school arts program for underserved youth. Its purpose is to create a safe environment in which kids can connect with themselves and their community through art making and arts promotion. Graffiti Zone aims to make use of art as a powerful tool for change in the West Humboldt Park community of Chicago. Programming will be based on a youth-centered approach in which program participants identify personal goals and have a voice in program structure. Individual goals will be identified within the following program areas: Academics, Artist development, Building Community , Leadership, and Personal growth. Learning in each area will be benchmarked by identifiable measures ranging from creation of a unique piece of art to hosting a community event. Graffiti Zone will take the unique approach of empowering youth to engage the public, express their distinct voice, and earn income from their own artwork by using art making as a tool for self-expression and arts promotion as a tool for empowerment.
• Provide a safe space to be creative
• Provide access to a variety of art mediums and art resources
• Provide opportunities for students and volunteers to show and sell their work
• Guide students through the beginning steps of fundraising and event planning
• Host workshops to learn from and about other artists from diverse backgrounds
• Share resources and collaborate with artists of all ages
• Partner with other organizations and businesses
• Engage the community in the arts
• Provide supports for academic success
• Encourage secondary education and provide supports
• Provide income potential
• Introduction to beginning business and money management skills
• Provide opportunities to learn beginning and advanced computer skills
Humboldt Park is plagued by gangs and violence. The hours after school are the most dangerous for kids however, studies like America After 3 show that 14.3 million children in America take care of themselves after school. Graffiti Zone was founded in a direct response to this need. Our name “Graffiti Zone” was chosen to reflect the need for kids in low income areas to have a place that is safe to be creative and share their story. Unfortunately, many public schools have lost major funding for the arts. New programs were started to help improve test scores in math and reading leaving less time for kids to be creative and have opportunities to express themselves in a social environment. Unfortunately, many of our kids are still below average in reading and math and are lacking basic social skills. Graffiti Zone provides our kids with opportunities in the arts after school to help make up for the cuts in our schools and give kids a safe space to be creative.
Yva Neal (b.1973, England) is a creative radiator and one of Chicago’s leading installation artists. Her 20-year career in product design, visual retail design and landscape design realizes a dense skill set matched only by her warmth and passion for her work.
Yva’s studio is located in the world-recognized Zhou B Art Center in Chicago’s Bridgeport Neighborhood. Her current focus, creating awareness through interaction, stems from her forays into studying plant medicine and mycology in Illinois and the Amazon.
Many of Ms. Neal’s pieces are experiential, from her fine art series of rock-stacking cradles inviting a Zen-like meditation to a “fun-art” mushroom themed inflatable bounce-house designed to allow adults to find their inner child through bouncing. Her MOSSome installations use natural materials to create color and texture while she transforms space with nature.
Rich Lo is a professional artist that combines technical excellence with uncompromising imagination. Creating works of art that have unlimited potential to provoke intellectual stimulation. His work can be found in books, national brands and public venues. Rich has recently published a children’s book, Father’s Chinese Opera. He works out of his studio at the Fine Arts Building in Chicago.
At an early age, Mr. Chris Campagna knew how to draw and paint. Being in the hospital for most of his early childhood, painting, reading and drawing were a few of the things that he could do. Chris Campagna sold his 1st painting at the age of 5 to a doctor of his Opened Heart Surgery team; and than another and another. Chris Campagna sold numerous paintings before he was 7 years old. At the age of 8, Mr. Campagna’s father died, (Frank Campagna I) leaving him and three other brothers to be raised by a single mother (Recently passed away Virginia). He discontinued to draw and paint at that time.
At the age of 10 he suffered another traumatic blow when he was burnt over 90% of his body. It took him over 2 years and several operations to relearn how to use his arms. Mr. Campagna’s heart stopped twice that day. Chicago – based Artist, Chris Campagna (Designer, Fine Artist, Muralist, Painter, Sculptor ) took up painting again at the young age of 25, realizing his purpose in life; to create, to BECOME “CAMPAGNA” the Artist.
Mr. Campagna is quoted: “I am an artist. Between here and there I have flat-lined on a hospital table 3 times for over 23 minutes. That has morphed me to what I have become today. I have always been an artist. When I pass, my task will be to create the sunrise and the sunset for the big guy upstairs. As an artist for many years; I have found that I have intertwined my personal destiny into the destiny of mankind and evoked in us all of those beneficent forces that ever and anon have enabled humanity to find refuge from peril and to out live the longest night. I try to instill HOPE in the hearts of men…. Through perseverance and hard work I drive my force into the moment and encapsulate art that a 3 year old as well as a 93 year old can comprehend. I believe that The Common goal for mankind is the Common good for mankind and I wield my paintbrush as my sword. My battle cry is “Onward and Upwards”. Mr. Campagna currently resides and has a studio in Historic Pullman with his lovely wife and son; He wife has another boy on the way due in September. He is creating not only visually, but presently also writing a series of books and for the most part spending time with his family.
SCULPTURES: CoolGlobes – (Chicago), 5 sculptures for Pigs on Parade – (Seattle), 3 Sculptures for the Miami Grand Opera House – (Miami), 2 Sculptures for the Return of the Pigs on Parade – (Seattle),
4 sculptures for The Great Chicago Fire Hydrants – (Chicago) 2 of the sculptures are permanent at Michigan Ave. and Chicago Ave.plus more not listed.
MURALS AND DESIGN: The underwater murals at the Navy Pier McDonalds, the giant mushrooms at the Rainforest Cafe – Chicago, The Macy’s – Marshall Field’s State Street Christmas Horns, Countless murals and exhibits at the Museum of Science and Industry, Murals and sculptures at the Miami Grand Opera House, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park Zoo, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Murals at the Hard Rock Cafe – Las Vegas, The Royal George Theatre, The Jeremy Piven Theatre, the faux finishes at Quarttino’s on State street, Pompeii Bakeries, Leona’s, Prima La Pizza as well as Sweet Baby Ray’s in Wrigley.
CHARITIES: Mr. Campagna has donated and sat on the Board of Director for many charities, Non for Profits and 501s including: Inspiration Cafe, One Inspired Night, TPAN, Art Therapy Connection, Frontline’s Hooked on Art. He has also created 7 Pigs on Parade sculptures for Seattle’s Pike Place Market Foundation, the featured “Atlas” sculpture for Coolglobes where he was featured on the front page of the Chicago Tribune Thursday, May 3. 2007. His art has been in 4 books at this time.
Onward and Upwards.
Nancy Pochis Bank
Nancy Pochis Bank is a Chicago based visual artist whose studio is located in the heart of the Ravenswood Industrial Corridor. Nancy’s specialties include watercolor, oil painting and chalk art murals. A recipient of the multi-year Chicago Neighborhood Arts Program Grant, Nancy provides fine art instruction to seniors and high school students. In addition to her work in arts education, Nancy completes several commissioned portraits and murals each year, and her artwork has been exhibited in numerous venues throughout the United States.
Nancy started her professional career in business, earning a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Chicago. In 2000, after twelve years in management consulting, she turned toward her lifelong passion for painting, enrolled in the Continuing Education Program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and studied with Chicago artist Ed Hinkley.
Nancy is an active arts advocate: she dedicates her time and art skills to benefit her community and raise awareness for a range of social issues through public artworks such as five “Cool Globes”, two Great Chicago Fire Hydrants, Literary Chicago, and the annual Art Therapy Connection’s Chalk Festival. She is a regular participant in the annual Ravenswood ArtWalk for Chicago Artists’ Month. You can read more about Nancy under Press & Media.
In order to commemorate one of Chicago’s fallen police officers through art, I focused on the memory of Officer Eddie N. Jones Jr. and his lasting presence in the thoughts of those he left behind. I was moved by the star-crossed nature of Officer Jones’ sacrifice and chose to honor him with artwork that suggests Van Gogh’s famous Starry Night, swirling dream-like over our Chicago skyline. On the saddle, I hand-lettered words taken from the mission and values of the Chicago Police Department. They describe the ideals for which Officer Jones made the ultimate sacrifice. Thanks to my summer intern, Grace Brandt, who helped with the initial concept.
Mimi Zaphiratos is a Paris-raised, Vietnam-born, Chicago-based artist who works with numerous mediums. Her latest masterpiece is a 6 foot by 6 foot fiberglass horse “Lady” painted for the Horses of Honor fundraising project, – commissioned by The Chicago’s First Lady Cruises -, and will be displayed on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago. Frequently working with oil paint, Mimi’s paintings range from abstract depictions of whimsical worlds, to darker and more introspective figurative pieces. Mimi also paints on porcelain dishware, transforming it into functional art fit for Versailles. She has also worked with fashion, painting on leather garments and shoes. Her studio is located in downtown Chicago and she currently exhibits at the 4Art gallery in the Zhou B Art Center.
Sandra Bacon is a classically trained and versatile artist. Residing in the Chicagoland area, she is an accomplished and versatile painter, draughtsman, and sculptor. “Color, sensitivity, and wit… combined with very real draughtsmanship skills, add to her technical expertise”. Her artwork draws upon mythology, and observations of the natural world.
From showing in galleries (Dandelion Gallery, ARC, Avrahm Eisen and Anita Miller Galleries in Chicago as well as in New York, California and Wisconsin), to public artwork shown nationally and internationally, she has been an innovator in the art/environment movement. She has recently been commissioned for artwork for the Peggy Noteabart Nature Museum, the Madison Zoo, L.L.Bean’s “Chairs for Charity”, Crystal City , Va, “Crystal Flight” and “Bucky” as well as her painted, sculptural “Cool Globes” travelling nationally and internationally. Her artwork is in the collections of The Chicago Department of the Environment, the Clinton Climate Initiative Commission, Field Museum and is showing in galleries in Chicago, California and New York.
Ashleigh M. Adams
Attended and graduated from Lafayette Jefferson High school and enjoyed its renowned arts programs. Graduated from Illinois Institute of Art, with a Bachelors Degree in Interior design. Manager of Catering at the Congress Plaza Hotel & Convention Center.
“My father was my first influences in art, as he would draw and paint many animals or charters for myself and my brothers. My elementary art teacher Ms. Bud inspired me by teaching us fun and different techniques of art from pottery to water colors with crayons. This insight into the arts inspired me to take numerous art classes when I attend Lafayette Jefferson High School. I was fortunate enough to attend a high school that thrived within the arts and provided classes such as photography, graphic arts, interior design, auto cad, and a fibers class. After graduation I moved to Chicago to attend the Illinois Institute of Art and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Interior design in the summer of 2009. I now am a Catering Manager for the Congress Plaza Hotel, I use a lot of my skills within the arts by assisting my clients with helping make their wedding or social event most memorable.”
Sukka & Jeff Gorski
Born in Chicago, Sukka began his art influences once he could see the world. After receiving a degree at The Illinois Institute of Art with a major in media arts, Sukka began using his artistic skills in the corporate world, taught multimedia for several years and also became involved in small businesses that would allow him to express his artistic talents. But at the end of the day, it always came back to the fine arts…no computers, no keyboards, no software, no mouse. Drawing and painting are the foundation of this artists work, mentally taking creative ideas and converting them into visual works to share. His love for cartoons, music and pop culture mainly became the subject matter. “I find the subject matter and the way it’s represented, can mean deeper than words. I like to look at everything as a perspective and what is more important than sharing your perspective on life.”
An aspiring filmmaker and a photographer by trade, Jeff’s keen eye for detail and passion for all things pop culture guides his aesthetic. He specializes in custom-painted dolls, mixed media canvas work and illustration.
BFA The American Academy of Art
Studied at The University of Illinois, The Art Institute, with Charles Vickery, Barbara Niches, Zolton Szabo, Don Anderson & others.
Professional Experience (Teaching):
The American Academy of Art – The Fundamentals of Art, Architectural
Rendering and Watercolor (18 years)
Morton College – Life Drawing classes
The La Grange Art League – Drawing and Watercolor (indoor & plein air)
The Center, Palos Park, IL – Drawing and Watercolor (indoor & plein air)
Currently teaching at The Center and in studio
Traveled with a sketch book in Europe, North, Central and South America, The Caribbean, Alaska and Hawaii. I draw and paint House Portraits, have filled over 100 sketch books, have demonstrated and conducted workshops for various art and civic groups and have had numerous one person shows. My work is in private and public collections.
Painted “Planet Chicowgo” for Cows on Parade in 1999 and a suite of furniture for Home Suite Chicago in 2001.
Jerry was born outside of Paris and attended the National School of Fine Art in Lublin. He was worked as an interior decorator and painter in Lublin and Chicago.
Some of his work includes:
INTERIOR DECORATOR-SHOPPING CENTER “CENTRUM” LUBLIN
ART PAINTER -LAUREN MERYL HANDPAINTED -CHICAGO
ART PAINTER- YOLANDA LORENTE -CHICAGO
2001-PROFESSIONAL FREELANCE ARTIST
Diana Leviton Gondek
Majoring in Fine Arts to becoming Art Director at Northwestern University, my early artistic path was only a hint of my evolving future. After Northwestern came a family, work on a children’s book and commissioned pieces. It wasn’t until a few years had passed that I was asked to paint in oil. Specializing in watercolor in college, I jumped at the challenge and fell in love with oil. I was quickly accepted into the Chicago art scene. I starting participating in Group Shows, had a Gallery representing me, multiple publications and then my own studio at the Zhou B Art Center.
Coming off a three month Solo Exhibition at North Central College in Naperville. Between more Group Shows and another Solo Show in Pilsen, I was asked to design and paint a horse for Horses of Honor. Truly honored to be part of this important Art Installation while using my art to help others.
Brittney Leeanne Williams
Originally from Los Angeles, Brittney Leeanne Williams, now a Chicago based artist, works as a freelance artist making visually stunning work throughout the Chicagoland area. Her works range from commercial based commission to finely rendered paintings that dialogue about identity. Her exploration of materials is just as broad. Her works range from traditional oil paint to elaborate spay painting pieces and even sculptural installations. Her in house studio is located in Logan Square where she creates various works.
Tony Passero is a mixed media artist and muralist, who not only paints on traditional canvas but also uses a wide variety of found objects (such as dumped doors, discarded windows, abandoned furniture, scrapped street signs, etc.) as the base for his works.
His work is often executed in series or set formats as he explores themes through repetition. The majority of his artwork is centered on a unique mash up of a Latin, Creole and Tribal tones blended with a bit of a linear organic cubist and expressionist styles. His work often has a textured quality as a result of building up of layers from the various mediums he uses (ink, oil, acrylic, custom dyes, etc.) and the various devices he uses to apply the mediums. With each new theme undertaking, Passero makes a point of exploring different and new painting techniques to aesthetically complete and compliment the theme of each project he engages.
From a mural perspective, Passero has conceived and painted his own murals at locations in Chicago such as the Whoot Mural on Belmont Avenue, the Manifest Mural at the Pulaski Blue Line exit, the CrossCuts Mural at the Addison Kennedy Expressway Exit, the Positive Babel Mural at the Irving Park Metra Station and the Hep Cat Mural on Cicero Avenue. He has also participated as was one of the lead artists on the Addison and Avondale Rafael Lopez Mural and Police Memorial Mural on Montrose.
The 4Art Gallery Team
Robin Monique Rios
Robin is a Chicago native and is the founder and director of 4Art Inc Gallery. Robin graduated with honors from the Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago, with a Bachelors degree of Fine Arts in Visual Communications in June 2003. While attending the Institute, she found her passion in photography. Using Photoshop like a painter uses canvas and a pallet of paint, Robin discovered the outlet through which she could be the most creative. She isn’t your typical digital artist. She’s a Digital Painter. One of Robin’s most notable body of works has been her “Observation Series” which she has been working on for nearly a decade: a thought provoking series which has been exhibited in many galleries and museums, solo and group shows. Robin’s work has been collected nationally and internationally. Robin challenges herself through her art, not only as a nature and architecture photographer/digital media but in her sculptural and mixed media work as well. She has never been afraid to delve into the unknown and strives to experiment and challenge her creative spirit. Robin is also concerned with the future of emerging artists and, through her gallery, she shares her experiences in assisting artists in their creative process and motivates them to become familiar with the business of art.
Christopher E. Galvin
Artist and graphic designer Christopher E. Galvin has an undeniable appreciation for the City of Chicago. Native of the south suburbs, his admiration is expressed through vibrantly colorful paintings – depicting pedestrian scenes and iconic images throughout Chicago. His graphic, eye-popping style has undoubtedly been influenced by his fifteen years in the design industry. Notable projects include The Beans and his Chicago Pedestrian Views.
Robert W. Pockmire
I was born July 31, 1951 and raised in Toledo, Ohio. After a year and a semester at The Ohio State University, I headed north to Grand Rapids, Mich. and 3 years later received a Diploma in Illustration in 1973. Moved to New York City and lived in Brooklyn and worked in Manhattan for Norcross cards in 1974. Moved to Uptown in Chicago and became furniture Illustrator for L. Fish Furniture. Worked for Victory Gardens Theater as House Manager, techie and Graphic Designer. Then I was hired by Diamond Toymakers in 1985, who are now Flix Candy/Imaginings 3. Will celebrate 30 years next year as Production Designer/Prototypes/Sales Samples and product photography. Restarted painting around 2010 while painting at The Edge Gallery. I now have a studio in the Uptown Arts Center. I live in East Lakeview. My most recent paintings can be seen at 4Artinc Gallery in the Zhou B Art Center.
Richard Koranda & Rosemary Fanti
Richard Koranda is a partner with TWO Advertising.
Koranda drives creative strategies for his A-list clients like American Express, Bank of America, CitiCard, VISA, Chase, and Diner’s Club. With over 65 industry awards under his belt for multi-channel marketing with innovative concepts, Richard continues to knock it out of the park for his clients with spot-on bottom-line revenue results.
Rosemary Fanti is a partner with TWO Advertising and fashion/event illustrator.
Fanti creates gorgeous portraits and sketches for both individual and business clientele. Rosemary specializes in illustrating fashion, weddings and events, partnering with upscale and notable clients including The Four Seasons Hotel, Neiman Marcus, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine.
I have been drawing ever since I could hold a crayon. It fascinated me to create the illusion of something real or tangible and freeze it in time and two dimension. When I was in high school my art teacher encouraged me to enter a water color painting I was working on into an art competition for the 5th congressional district art contest. To my surprise I placed third.
After high school I was accepted at Ray College of Design now known as The Illinois institute of Art. I had a bunch of great instructors, and was well on my way with a fundamental academic approach to drawing and painting, and earned a degree in fine art/illustration. A few years out of college I was hired by a Chicago based company called Skyline Design. While working for skyline I was able to hone my skills and had the ability to learn many other trade craft skills.
When the Cows on Parade became public, Skyline was able to design and paint several cows. Most however were designed by other firms while skyline would execute the painting part of it. I had the privilege of being the person that painted all the cows that came through the door.
Time passed and I decided that I wanted to make art more personal. I wanted to pave my own road into the art world, so to speak. But I needed to take a break from creating commercial art at that point, and re-focus my thoughts on what and how to do it. So I changed full time job careers, in order to think outside the box, and I became a Chicago Police Officer. Being a police officer has allowed me to see more of Chicago and it’s people, which helped me focus more about what I want to do with my art. I believe that my art is another way to tell people a story or an image of beauty.
While in the academy I met Wendy, also a recruit in the training process. Wendy and I eventually married and we have two wonderful daughters. Wendy has always given me her full support to create art. Wendy has great managing skills and a good eye in efforts to help me pave the way I envision the art I create.
Thirteen years have gone by and within that I have done a few freelance jobs illustrating. Within the last year I have decided that I need to put more action into getting my art more publicized and specifically into competitions, juried shows, and galleries. I’m currently working on a theme of paintings to accomplish this. Last year I joined the American Watercolor Society, and I’m exited to be an associate member at this point, with ambitions of moving up to a signature member.
Paul Fujihara has been developing engaging environments for events, meetings, trade shows, permanent installations, mobile marketing programs and presentations for more than 20 years. He combines audience research, strategy, industrial and graphic design, and marketing to develop branded experiences. He brings a unique philosophy and grounds the creative process. Paul’s focus is on the total user experience.
Patrick Skly has a variety of art experience throughout his life from painting murals, portraits and landscapes to designing movie sets. Most recently, he is focused on sharing his passion for art as a teacher at Herget Middle School (Aurora) helping to mold the future artists of America.
Patrick is honored to be selected to participate in this project to benefit the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation given his long line of family members in the Chicago Police Department. He currently resides in Naperville with his wife and three children.
Irish American artist Lori Murphy, a dual national is a resident artist of the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago. She has studied art and technology at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, sustainable building design at Harvard University and holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in Vermont. Painter, photographer and designer of energy independent buildings, her work lies at the intersection between the fine arts and human geography.
Engaging with the interaction of the body with the natural and built environment, her work focuses on the human experience of the world from a sensory phenomenological perspective. Subjects involve migration, place and displacement, the search for home and happiness, cross cultural identity, the syncretic and change over time. She is currently funded by a grant to teach studio art to a young adult with autism. Recent work has been shown in Boston, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, and Chicago.
Layne Jackson was born in Dallas, Texas and privately taught art as a child. Formal art education included design school, three years working in France, and art and art history degree from University of Texas at Austin. Since 1997, she has resided in Chicago in a 19th century house in the Ukrainian village of Chicago, and teaches and paints in a storefront on Ashland Avenue. Jackson created and organized the East Village Arts Walk from 2002-2006 with over 60 artists participating each year. She has taught at the Latin School of Chicago, LaSalle Language Academy, MARWEN and in Chicago Public Schools leading mural projects with over 600 children. Solo and group exhibitions include the Chicago Cultural Center, Union League of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Art, Koehline Museum, MexiCarte Museum, Daughters of the Republic of Texas museum, NOVA Art Fair, Music Garage, Merchandise Mart, Judith Racht Gallery, Barrington Area Arts Council, Irish American Heritage Center, and 50 Alderman/50 Artists, a collaborative art project organized by Johalla Projects.
Awards and recognitions include an Artists’ grant from the Illinois Arts Council, artist-in-residency at Ox-Bow, representing the USA at the 23rd International Artists Symposium in Kriva Palanka, Macedonia. Public art projects and commissions include the Bloomingdale Mural Project, Chicago Avenue Mural Project, Paris 25 Nightclub, Solar Street LIght design for Houston Power and Light company, Dell Computer installation in Austin, and her work has been included in publications A Day in the Life in Cyberspace, Women’s Business Source (cover), SIGNS, Journal of Women in Culture and Society and Open Studio Magazine.
Kevin Riordan is a lifelong Chicagoan and long time staff and faculty member of Columbia College Chicago. A primarily graphic artist, he published Stare magazine and other artists books include The Big Wasteland, Way Wrong, Division, Misdirection, Make No Plans, 1948, Autosuggestions, and most recently Past Up, presenting his paintings of Chicago as it appeared in earlier days. For more information visit kevinriordan.com, the only website liable to give you a paper cut.
He calls the horse Darwin in memory of an officer who died too young and did not meet enough horses.
Chicagoan Jenny Learner has been making art her entire life. Classically trained at the American Academy of Art and self-taught in interior, surface design & photography. For over 30 years this multi-faceted artist has been designing custom room dividers, screens, hand-painted wall coverings, fabrics, murals, & site-specific art for interior designers and architects. She exhibits, teaches, curates, and juries locally and nationally. She has her studio and gallery at the Zhou B Art Center in Bridgeport.
After an introduction to encaustic she fell in love with the ancient medium of fusing fire with beeswax and pure pigment. Encaustic became her elixir of life. Imagine painting and sculpting within the wonderful realm of flowers and honey. The medium’s luminosity, transparency, aromatherapy, alchemy, with the unexpected results constantly surprise her.
She gains inspiration for her new work from earth’s multiple landscapes and wonders including raw gemstones, outer space, medicine, life, & dreams. Further curious and fascinated with evolution, anthropology, architecture and time, as an artist Jenny is grateful to be living in this digital age with resources at her fingertips. The photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand and the Hubble telescope’s imagery of the Universe endlessly muse her.
InJung Oh is a Chicago based visual artist. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her most recent solo exhibition was at Bluerider Art Gallery in Taipei City Taiwan. Reviews of her works have been featured in the China Times, China Post, NowNews, Youth Daily News, and ETtoday among others. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Spain, Italy, Mexico and the US. Her work can be found in private and public collections of the Government State of Illinois, Zhou B Art Center, among others.
InJung Oh explores the power of relationships between the sexes and cultural challenge using dynamics symbolism. Her work searches to find answers to find answers to questions about the dichotomy of her ‘dual’ condition as a Korean-American woman, while embracing inspiration from those tensions between opposing energies within society, culture and gender. InJung’s work presents an always-changing personal narrative of self-discovery.
Oh’s recent works focuses on “Volossom.” It is a continuation of King and I Series, where flower, petals, and stamen as symbolism for life and the existence, continuation, mortality, and rejuvenation of the subject. “Volossom”, which is a term created by Oh, means “manifestation of wish or will.” The predominant form symbolizes both; positivity against adversity and perseverance. Oh suggests the importance of the human spirit as an uncompromising reality, offering a unique artistic point and worldview.
Chicago artist Gregory Gove has been creating works of art for a wide variety of environments for over 20 years. Raised in St. Louis, Mo., Gregory attended the Columbus College of Art and Design, graduating with a B.F.A. in 1990 before relocating to Chicago in 1992. Notable public art and commercial clients include Denver Light Rail System (RTD), General Motors, Miller Coors, Whirlpool, Hilton, Marriott, and The Drake Hotel, as well as the University of Chicago Children’s Hospital, Addison Public Library, and the Signature Room at the top of the Hancock Tower. He was a Curator’s Choice at the 2009 Chicago Art Open at Zhou B Art Center and was featured in Studio Visit Volume 11 in 2010. In addition to commercial and public art projects, Gregory continues to develop his personal work and has recently launched a startup clothing brand called Ox&Free.
I think of my painting process as a kind of excavation. Forms are created and evolve as they are repeatedly covered, uncovered, shaped, and carved out. Environments emerge that pulse with energy and conflict, as the “natural” world acclimates to the by-products of human life.
Born and raised in the Chicago area Fred Moss was drawing and sketching the world around him from an early age. He grew up visiting the Chicago Art Institute, often admiring the outstanding impressionistic and classical painting collection. He attended the College for Creative Studies after receiving a partial school grant and earned a bachelor’s degree. After graduation he studied with renowned painter Romel De La Torre, who helped him convey on canvas his thoughts and feelings. He also studied at the Florence Academy of Art in his grandparents’ native country, Italy. There he found a subject matter that inspired him—the scenic towns and countrysides of Italy. Fred
painted Florence, Lake Como, Venetian canals, and hiked the mountains of the Cinque Terre looking for scenic views to capture on canvas.
In 2007 he was accepted into the American Impressionist Society’s Annual National Juried Exhibition for his painting of “Springtime Flowers” which was held at Hilligoss Galleries in Chicago. In 2008 he was accepted into the American Impressionist Society’s Annual Juried Exhibition for his painting of “Rose Garden” which was held at Coda Gallery in California. In 2008 he had a solo show at the North Charleston City Gallery.
In 2011 he had a painting in ArtPrize, which is a global art competition held in Grand Rapids Michigan. In 2014 he had a solo exhibition at the Harold Washington Chicago Library of “Impressions of Chicago Gardens”. He has exhibited in several galleries and shows which include the Hinsdale Center for the Arts, Beverly Art Center, Karen Solem’s Gallery, 7013 Studio, Hinsdale gallery, Arlington Heights Historical Museum, Elmhurst Artist Guild, Mainstreet Art Center, and Silhouettes Fifth Annual Exhibit. During 2004 and 2005 he participated at Art in the Barn, a juried art show. He has also painted Chicago and Italy cityscapes for limited edition prints which were signed, numbered, then distributed and sold in the Chicagoland area. Chicago city hall has one of his prints hanging there.
Erika’s artistic journey began while pursuing a BFA in Studio Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Erika has been painting murals and commissions for residential and commercial clients throughout the Chicago land area. Her notable work, a Chicago White Sox mural in her Chicago home, was recognized in 2005 on FOX Thing in the Morning LIVE with David Navarro and Tamron Hall, and NBC5 News interview with Charlie Wojciechowski. Most recent commercial work can be seen adorning the walls of the operating rooms, therapy room, and Chicago White Sox Playroom at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. She also participated in the 2013 Great Chicago Fire Hydrant, while her painted 5’ hydrant earned the 100th Club and CFD charaites in over $2,000 at Live auction.
Erika’s passion for art and her joy of sharing her talent is also reflected in CPS schools around the city helping Chicago Cares create community murals. She tailors custom art parties to both children and adult groups and works in the field painting murals, creating hand painted wine glasses, and custom canvas work. She looks forward to every art endeavor she attains, but her true masterpieces are her 3 beautiful children; Mason, Phillip, and Lucia and her loving husband, Mark.
In a mix of bright colors and different techniques, Erika Doyle’s artwork is inspired by pre-Columbian cultures, some samples of primitive art from other nations which are combined with elements of Indian, Japanese, Mayan, Argentine tango and other cultural heritages. Being exposed to the multicultural coexistence in Chicago, Doyle’s greatest influence has been that in the 14 years she has lived in Chicago, she has met people from many countries. She states that “the mere fact of living in this city makes you a cosmopolitan, open to learn and appreciate other cultures.”
Erika has been painting since the age of fifteen, but then other events put this activity on hold for a while. She emigrated from her native country, Argentina in 2000, settling with her family in Chicago.
The young artist, who is also a writer in her free time, leads and conducts literature workshops in Spanish for Café y Literatura entre Nosotros, a literary-artistic society based in the city of Chicago. The mission of this project is to develop and establish a literary and bohemian society that allows us to connect to our Latin America culture through writing workshops. Besides this, she holds a BA in Political Science and a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University.
Doyle intends to continue experimenting in painting by combining techniques and discovering more things that amuse her creative mood.
Don McClelland, a life-long Chicago area resident, grew up on the city’s south side with a passion for art. He used his talents to attend Bradley University and graduate in 1995 with a degree in Graphic Design.
Across nearly 20 years of experience, including seven years as a designer and Senior Art Director for the Chicago Wolves Hockey Team and nine years as designer and Creative Services Manager with Chicagoland Speedway®, McClelland has honed his skills designing trade show displays, sales merchandise, outdoor signage, fleet graphics, logos, print advertisement, direct mail and more.
Since 1999, Don’s own company, Macmasks.com, combines his love of art with his favorite sports – ice hockey and racing. Macmasks.com has provided custom-airbrushed hockey goalie masks for the NHL, AHL, NCAA, Comcast SportsNet host David Kaplan and even the Chicago White Sox. His painted Chicago Wolves masks can be seen on display at Haray Caray’s restaurants throughout Chicagoland. McClelland participated in the Great Chicago Fire Hydrant Project last year and is excited to again use his talent to benefit police and their families this year.
CJ is originally from Pittsburgh. He attended West Liberty State College and West Virginia University. Upon completion of each undergraduate college he received a B.S. in Graphic Design and a B.F.A. in Painting, respectively.
CJ went on to graduated school at Northern Illinois University receiving his Masters in Painting studying under Gordon Dorn, Josh Kind, and Ben Mahmoud. He has completed many public art projects in Chicago such as one of the 2012 Ryder cup large-scale golf balls displayed on Michigan Avenue and two five foot Chicago Fire Hydrants displayed at various fire houses in Chicago. Recently he has collaborated with INDIEWALLS for two fantastic public art projects in Chicago. One of CJs’ pieces won the Alice & Arthur Baer Award in October 2013. Currently his work can be seen at the new Fulton Market Kitchen hanging with artists Erik Debat, Hebru Brantley, Franklin Riley, Erni Vales, Rory Coyne, and Dominic Sansone.
New works can be seen through out the year at FM Gallery, Chicago.
Andrea Jablonski is a Polish born, Chicago based multi disciplinary artist. Though having studied briefly at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, she is primarily self taught having apprenticed under Tony Fitzpatrick, a well known Chicago based artist and under Constance Trojnar, a local artist and interior designer.
Jablonski has a thriving commercial painting business and has worked on many well known establishments over the last decade including Carnivale, Giocco, Park 52, Thalia Hall, Kaiser Tiger, and the Matchbox[Silver Palm]. She has been featured artist for Chicago Artists’ Month 2013 and was featured in the Chicago Reader end of year People Issue 2011.
Jablonski works with local galleries such as Johalla Projects on various site specific installations. She has worked on many public commissions such as Cows On Parade, Oak Park Green Line Mural, Pitchfork Music Festival Art Installation, and Activate! and Figment Art Festival.
She has traveled all over the world researching and seeking out various forms of art and creative tradition. She has received many grants and worked on several residency, most notably with Arts Of Life.
Jablonski’s work ranges from whimsicle installations that take everyday objects such as inflatables or life size hunting decoys and transforms them to realistic portrait style work She enjoys working with scrap/reclaimed materials and initiated a vacant lot sculpture project in her neighborhood using these throw aways. She continues to exhibit art regularly and is also a well respected musician.