Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Big Color dance is set for April 2nd and we are looking for a few more artists to fill out the dance card. Last day for submission is tomorrow.This is an opportunity to demonstrate your talent for working in color and in a large format.

The Big Color dance will treat visitors to a big, bold display of colorful artwork. The art will be strategically hung on the winding, interior walls of the Flat Iron Arts Building so that every twist and turn will be a surprise and a delight. We anticipate a good turnout for this fun show.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

It's exciting to announce today our first two confirmed judges! Since its a widely read, rather looked at, page on our website we KNOW you want to know!

Janet Alberti - Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Barbara "Basia" Krol - Artist/Educator, Chicago, IL.

There are more out there that we will announce as the "ink dries" - so keep checking back here, or on our website at!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Call for Artists

Amidst the planning for the March 5-7 Spring smART Show to be held at the Flat Iron Arts Bldg, we are also announcing our call for artists for a show to open April 2 and run though that weekend!

"the BIG COLOR dance" will contain 24 2D works with a minimum measurement of 4' x 6' and utilization of a "bold sense of rhythmic use of color" - see the call at ! Join the fun, or at least place BOTH dates in your calendar!

March 5th - 6pm-10pm - Opening Reception for the spring smART Show - then continuing on Saturday until 10pm where many studios also "host" ;-) open houses (again!), then Sunday until 5PM.

April 2 - 6pm - 10pm - Opening Reception, "the BIG COLOR dance"- then continuing on Saturday and Sunday, 1pm-5pm - Join the Call for Artists - or come see some BIG Art with BIG Color!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Well, If you didn't see it...You didn't did you? As promised, at 10PM that night, the walls were covered (mostly) forever. In all 100 gallons of paint and primer were used over the 6 weeks of ramping up, and covering the show!

If you missed it, well, there will be more coming, but you can see some footage at:,37947/


Now what happens one wonders. It's gone, never to be seen again - well rumor has it that a new Call for Artists was posted today on both Craigslist and Chicago Artists Resource for another competition, this time with CASH prizes! Rumor also holds, that if you go to - one might find some information regarding it!

In the meantime, the Flat Iron Artists' Association is also readying the building for the March 5th opening of the Spring smART Show - that and more details at

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

We've got a wide range of artists contributing to the "Now You See It, Now You Don't" wall art project at the Flat Iron Art Building this Friday, February 5th. One of the artists you'll see is Sebastian Napoli. I've admired his sticker art and now we get to see him work large on the wall. Here's a sneak preview of what he's been painting, along with some of his other work.

Howaard Webb is another artist musician with a gallery in the Flat Iron Art Building. Many of his works include references to music or instruments:

For the "Now You See It, Now You Don't" show, Howard says, "I have always loved some Chinese art as you can see in the accompanying images. Given a wall space I took advantage of using an ink drawing Landscape near Nanking by Shih-t'ao as a departure for my wall image. Translating the subtleties of an ink drawing to the pastel hues of latex wall paint was trying, but I have enjoyed the challenge."
Contributing to the "Now You See It, Now You Don't" project is artist Kelly Jensen.

She says, "a biomedical engineer by trade I am innately drawn to form and structure but am also intrigued by curves and chaos. My mind views the world in a very linear manner even when it’s not in an obvious way. My art tends to reflect that. Photography is my first artistic passion but I also paint and experiment with other forms of artistic expression. I am drawn to images with stark contrast and distinct lines and in most of what I do those two elements can be seen."

I'm excited to see what this creative scientist brings to the walls of the Flat Iron Building!