This is the second year The Site of Big Shoulders has presented Art+Poetry Chicago. In 2010, The Site of Big Shoulders worked with RHINO poetry magazine to provide poems for artists to match with their art. "This year, we decided to also host a poetry contest," said Executive Director Justin Kerr. "We received a number of great submissions from local poets, and it's been very interesting seeing what kind of art comes in based on the poetry."
The Art+Poetry Chicago project culminates in a poetry reading featuring accompanying projections of submitted artwork, as well as a reception following the event. The reading and reception will take place Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, starting at 7 p.m. in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago. The location, 1543 N. Milwaukee Ave., Second Floor, is a loft overlooking Milwaukee Avenue that also plays host to regular meetings of the staff of The Site of Big Shoulders. This event is free and open to the public; attendees may choose to help The Site of Big Shoulders offset the costs of the event by making a $3-$5 donation upon entry.
In addition to poets reading their winning submissions, submitting artists are invited to say a few words about themselves and their work. The Site of Big Shoulders Art and Classical Music Critic Robert Kameczura will also be on-hand to provide comments about the artwork. Following the reading, attendees, poets and artists are welcome to hob nob, listen to the sounds of DJ SOBS and enjoy light refreshments. The reception is BYOB; succeeding entertainment is TBD.
1543 N. Milwaukee is located on the north side of Milwaukee Avenue, about 1/2 block south of North Avenue. Street parking is usually available, more readily so south on Milwaukee or west on North. The closest El station is the Damen Stop on the Blue Line El, which is right around the corner from the event location. Other public transportation options include CTA bus routes 50 (Damen Avenue), 56 (Milwaukee Avenue) and 72 (North Avenue)
"We hope that everyone will enjoy this unique melding of Chicago-specific visual art and poetry," Kerr said. "This is the second year we are producing Art+Poetry Chicago, and we hope to make it an annual tradition."
The Site of Big Shoulders is a 501 not-for-profit organization that has been featuring Chicago arts since 1996. It is run by an all-volunteer, Chicago-based staff and regularly publishes new arts content on its Web site at http://sobs.org.