Community members invited to “Meet the Artist” and share feedback next week at the 28th Ward monthly community meeting
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) invites members of the neighborhood surrounding the Kedzie Green Line station to come to next week’s 28th Ward community meeting hosted by Alderman Jason C. Ervin. During this meeting, attendees will have an opportunity to meet renowned artist Erin Curtis and provide input on new artwork she has been hired to commission for the Green Line station.
In October 2016, the Chicago Transit Board approved the award of this contract as part of CTA’s ongoing commitment to have artwork at all rail stations within the City of Chicago and other key transit locations. Ms. Curtis’ work at the Kedzie station will enhance the travel experience for commuters while further adding to the character and vibrancy of the surrounding community.
To assist the artist as she begins preparing her project renderings, CTA will collect feedback on the future artwork from riders, residents, students and neighbors at the following community meeting:
28th Ward Community Meeting
Tuesday, May 9 – 6:30 p.m.
Garfield Park Fieldhouse*
100 N. Central Park Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60624
*Facility is accessible to people with disabilities.
CTA issued a Call for Artists in February 2016 seeking local, national and international artists to submit their qualifications and portfolios for consideration. Chosen from a competitive field, Ms. Curtis was selected by an evaluation committee based on her artistic merit, qualifications, professional recognition and her written statement of interest.
Under the leadership of Mayor Emanuel, CTA’s collection of public art has nearly doubled since 2011 – currently boasting more than 60 works of art across all eight rail lines. It includes mosaics, art glass and sculptures created by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, many of whom are local. Over the next few years, CTA’s public art collection will further expand to include nearly a dozen new works of art.
About Artist Erin Curtis
Erin Curtis is an Austin, TX-based artist whose work explores geometric abstraction, decoration, repetition, and ornamentation and their historical roots in weaving, architecture, ritual, and body ornamentation. Finding inspiration in textile art and collage from around the world, Curtis received her BA from Williams College and her MFA from University of Texas at Austin. In 2009 she was a Fulbright Scholar in Jaipur, India and in 2010 she studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has had solo exhibitions throughout Texas at The Contemporary Austin; David Shelton Gallery, San Antonio; Conduit Gallery, Dallas; and Champion Gallery, Austin. Curtis is a 2013 recipient of the Idea Fund Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation.
Recent Works by Artist Curtis