Meet Kim and Nick Fuller, curators of the 2015 West Chicago Community Banner Project
Getting (and staying) involved in community life was a natural for Kim and Nick Fuller. Up until a year ago, the Fullers called West Chicago home and connected with organizations such as People Made Visible, a not-for-profit organization which seeks to facilitate community through dynamic art and social endeavors; and with the City of West Chicago’s Environmental Commission. They have remained involved, even after moving to another community. Initially, their individual passion for the arts and the environment led them to find a network of like-minded individuals where they have been contributing to the quality of life for themselves and their neighbors ever since.
Their interests dove-tailed recently and they were chosen to curate the 2015 West Chicago Community Banner Project. The theme of the outdoor public art display, A Picture of Health, coincides with the launch of Healthy West Chicago, a citywide wellness initiative.
West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission Chair Anni Holm explained why they were the perfect jurors to select the winning designs this year. “Kim and Nick bring a great amount of experience to the project and the theme of community sustainability through health and healthy lifestyle choices. They each understood what the Commission was hoping to accomplish through the chosen theme, A Picture of Health, and have selected 16 pieces of vibrant art that succeed in communicating it.”
The couple enjoyed their important role in the project and in seeing how artists, both novice and experienced, translated the theme. Nick found submissions ranged from endearing to captivating. “The artists used inventive perspectives that I would have never thought of in a million years, but that’s probably why I’m not an artist. I also enjoyed seeing my wife in action with her judging hat on,” he said.
More on Kim and Nick Fuller
Kim is an accomplished artist whose media include 2D oil and watercolor painting, as well as 3D jewelry-making. Recently, her focus has been experimenting with encaustic painting and jewelry which involves the use of heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. She is a high school art teacher at Dundee Crown High School in Carpentersville.
Nick’s environmental interests lean heavily towards native landscaping and the preservation and management of natural areas. In 2014 he started Natural Communities Native Plants, which sells plants at the retail level for native landscaping. He is the Natural Resource Project Coordinator for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County where he works as a project manager on such local natural assets as the West Chicago Prairie and the West Branch of the DuPage River. For about 5 years, Nick served on the West Chicago Environmental Commission and contributed in many ways on this active Commission. Although no longer a resident in West Chicago, he still remains very active with the People Made Visible community garden initiative. He is involved with promoting, expanding, maintaining and fundraising for the community garden effort.
The 2015 West Chicago Community Banner Art Project artists will be announced later this week and the actual banners will be installed on the lamp posts that line Main Street in downtown West Chicago east to west from West Washington Street to Sesquicentennial Park in time for Blooming Fest and the launch of Healthy West Chicago on Saturday, May 16, 2015.
A Walking Tour Brochure and an Interactive Mobile Map will soon be available to provide information and location for each banner. Visitors may pick up ballots to vote for their favorite banner at the City Museum, 132 Main Street, and Gallery 200, 200 Main Street during the event. A People’s Choice Award will be presented to the winning artist at the conclusion of the outdoor art exhibit in September.
For more information about Gallery 200, or the community garden project, please visit www.peoplemadevisible.com.