The City of West Chicago is proud to celebrate the work of all artists included in this year’s Community Art Banner Exhibit, Home, by highlighting two or more each week on the City’s website and social media accounts.
A total of seventeen artists gained entry to the juried exhibit this year and have their art displayed on banners that have been installed on Main and W. Washington Streets, and will remain hanging through early September. An interactive map will help residents and visitors identify the location and artist of each banner.
The following artists have contributed to this year’s public art banner project, which has become an art staple in downtown West Chicago each summer: Lewis Achenbach, Margaret Bucholz, Krystal Fuller, Annie van Gorkom, Anni Holm, Krista Kimme, James Lauro, Christopher Lucero, Kathy Manning, Buddy Plumlee, Laurie Pollpeter Eskenazi, Cassandra Reymundo, Bridget Simbila, Janelle Standinger, Kathy Steere, Emese Toth, and Bruce Treudt.
The theme Home was chosen by the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission, which has coordinated the project for more than ten years. When themes were being considered among Commission members last summer, Home seemed like a natural pick as a companion to the 2019 City Museum exhibit of the same title. Little did anyone dream at the time that 2020 would bring such a deliberate focus, and in some ways new meaning, to the theme of home given the ongoing pandemic.
Residents and visitors may vote online for their favorite banner through the online People’s Choice ballot found at www.westchicago.org.
This Week’s Featured Banners
Home Is Where Your Heart Is, a photograph taken by Krystal Fuller (above), shows the iconic downtown landmark of the West Chicago water tower artfully framed by the hands of her daughter forming a heart. Krystal shared the image represents their love of West Chicago.
Homegrown is a detailed line drawing by artist Annie van Gorkom which intricately features a few of the beautiful, historic old homes in West Chicago, blooming flowers, and butterflies.
For more information, and a retrospective of previous Art Banner Exhibits, visit the Public Art section of the City’s website.