Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

WPA - Gabriel Villa's Mural Destroyed

As part of Version>09 and the Bridgeport WPA artist Gabriel Villa created an astonishing mural at the corner of 31st and S. Keeley Street in Bridgeport.

Early May 14th the mural was illegally painted over by the city.
Alderman James Balcer (Ward 11) told WBEZ that he called
the city’s Streets and Sanitation Department to have it destroyed.

This type of blatant censorship is sad and frightening.
It has sparked an enormous amount of dialogue through out the community.

Coverage ::
Chicago Public Radio's (WBEZ)
Eight Forty-Eight
NBC Chicago
CBS Chicago
Huffington Post

Gabriel's mural before


Monday, April 20, 2009

Project Treehouse

As part of the WPA Kathleen Tieri and Wade Tillett have created Project Treehouse. Look for and here we are silkscreened fabric signs placed out in the streets of Bridgeport in an effort to promote reflection on the present place, moment and body.

They will also be at outside the Benton House on April 25th and 26th conducting surveys, collecting audio recordings and showing documentation of the project.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Printing Posters

The wonderful Reba Rakstad has been helping us print WPA posters over at No Coast.
Poster Show is only a week away!

Amazing Art for next to Nothing! THIS FRIDAY

The Version Festival User-Directed Super Raffle and
V-Bay Buy-it-Now Art Auction!

Giant Seripop prints

Silkscreen by Adrianne Goodrich


Friday April 17, 2009 7pm to midnight
@ Country Club
1100 N. Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

The awesome must-have works and services are available due to the generosity of Version festival friends and participants. You can win something pretty amazing for just a few bucks. Or buy the work right off the wall.

The deal: Donate at the door and get raffle tickets ($5 for 2 tickets/ $10 for 5 tickets)
Put tickets in the cups underneath the items you want (art, objects, dates, services.) At 11:30pm, a winner will be drawn from each cup. You must be present when your ticket is drawn, or another winner will be chosen.

Or, if you really must have it, pull the ticket with the "BUY IT NOW" price, bring it to the Reception desk and pay cash (or check) on the spot.

more info on how this works:

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Volunteer at Version!

We need volunteers for the festival. Please sign up. Tons of perks for donating your time. We need door people, wood humpers, installers, muralists, builders, clean-up crew, floors for artist to sleep on, food prep and more.

Please fill out our VOLUNTEER SURVEY and our Volunteer Coordinator (Heather Mitchell) will let you know where, when and how you can be of use.