March Artist News

published: Feb. 24, 2023
Artwork by Dorian Sylvain of Paul Laurence Dunbar. Paul's face sits in the corner of the canvas and he stares pensively off to the side. His hand rests on the side of his face and his body is a mixture of purples and blues. Surrounding him are vines. Paul Laurence Dunbar, Dorian Sylvain (in collaboration with Celia Bonito and Kari Black) 2022



BARAK ADÉ SOLEIL (2016 3Arts/Denise & Gary Gardner Awardee)

Barak was recently welcomed as the new Director of Emerging Curators Institute (ECI), which aims to foster critical dialogue around curatorial practice and provide opportunities for Minnesota-based emerging curators. 




SULYIMAN STOKES (2021 Make a Wave Artist), ANWULIKA ANIGBO (2021 Make a Wave Artist), and DERRICK WOODS-MORROW (2021 3Arts/Gary & Denise Gardner Fund Awardee) 

On view now through March 25, A Promised Land On The Horizon is a group exhibition that re-imagines “stories of city life and the Great Migration through the decolonization of the lens, Southern rooted influences, movement, family archives, and portraiture” at the South Side Community Art Center. On March 11, exhibiting artists will join South Side Community Art Center Exhibitions Manager and Curator Lola Ayisha Ogbara in conversation about the exhibition. 


DORIAN SYLVAIN (2020 3Arts/Southwest Airlines Community Awardee)

On view now through September 2023, Dorian presents a newly-commissioned portrait of Black poet Paul Laurence Donbar (1872 – 1906) at the American Writers Museum as part of their exhibition, Dark Testament: A Century of Black Writers on Justice. Dorian is one of four Chicago artists invite to create portraits for this exhibition, which can be experienced in-person or online. 


WILLIAM ESTRADA (2016 3Arts/Community Awardee) and SAM KIRK (2017 Make a Wave Artist)

Opening on March 3Citizen is an exhibition exploring “the complex perspectives of residents of the United States of America as many communities struggle for justice, freedom and basic human rights” and it features work by William and is curated by Sam. The exhibition will be on view at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts through June 16.  


WINIFRED HAUN (2022 3Arts/Walder Foundation Awardee) and SARITA SMITH CHILDS (2022 3Arts/Stan Lipkin & Evelyn Appell Lipkin Awardee)

On March 3-5, Winifred Haun and Dancers present FIRST DRAFT: New Works by Chicago Dancemakers at Links Hall. The event will showcase eight new works by eight Chicago area choreographers. Winifred Haun and Dancers’ performance will celebrate its 25th Moonstone Season and Sarita will also present a series of new works. 


SHANTA NURULLAH (2021 3Arts/SIF Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation Awardee)

On March 3, Shanta is the featured performer in Women of Chicago Jazz, a concert presented by the Jazz Institute of Chicago. She will headline with her quintet. The night will have a special opening act by a member of the Jazz Links Student Council, Alfie Jackson. The performance takes place at 6:30pm CT at the Garfield Park Conservatory. 


ARAM HAN SIFUENTES (2021 Next Level/Spare Room Awardee and 2016 3Arts/Stan Lipkin & Evelyn Appell Lipkin Awardee)

On March 9, Aram presents a lecture on their art practice and its trajectory as part of the VOICES series at Gallery 400. “Many of her projects, such as the ongoing Protest Banner Lending Library, aim to make art more accessible to the disenfranchised, especially immigrants of color. Since 2016, Sifuentes has brought communities together to sew protest banners, creating a creative outlet of resistance for those who cannot attend protests for their own safety.”


MIGUEL AGUILAR (2016 3Arts/Siragusa Foundation Awardee)

On March 18, Miguel (aka Kane One) leads a free, in-person workshop at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) for educators as part of his involvement with the Graffiti Institute. Attendees will learn how to blend conventional and non-conventional materials using water-based spray paint and paint markers as examples. Learning Series events at the MCA events are part of the museum’s immersive and collaborative professional development programs for educators. 


DAMON LOCKS (2019 3Arts/Reva & David Logan Foundation Awardee), NICOLE MITCHELL (2011 3Arts Awardee), and TOMEKA REID (2016 3Arts/Southwest Airlines Awardee)

On March 24, the Experimental Sound Studio and International Anthem record label join forces to present a one-night, immersive performance at the Adler Planetarium of Rob Mazurek’s Exploding Star Orchestra, which features an all-star ensemble including Damon (voice, samplers), Nicole (flutes, voice), and Tomeka (cello), among others. Directed by Mazurek (trumpets, bells, electronics), the evening will include exploratory music by the group as well as well as a preview of Mazurek’s abstract video work “presented in epic proportions across the canvas of the sky dome” at the planetarium. 


TARA MALLEN (2017 3Arts/William Franklin Grisham Awardee) and MEIGHAN GERACHIS (2021 Make a Wave Artist)

From March 24 through May 6, Tara and Meighan perform in Rivendell Theatre Ensemble's production of MOTHERHOUSE, a "wickedly funny, wickedly human story about the painful, messy momentum of grief."