Free Chicago Art Show – 50 Artists / 50 Alderman — Mar 19-Apr 2

Ready to see governance as free art?  A free Chicago art show features portraits of Chicago’s 50 city aldermen by 50 Chicago artists using media such as painting, photography and poster art. Images are presented along with biographical information on the governing person. This is an ambitious and potentially provocative free art exhibition opening Friday March 19 for two weeks at the Johalla Projects space at 1561 N. Milwaukee Ave.

“50 Aldermen/50 Artists” is the brainchild of Lauri Apple, an assistant editor at the Chicago Reader, and Jeremy Scheuch.  They put the call out and very quickly — through — artists picked an alderman (there are actually 48 currently serving in the council now that Manny Flores (1st) left to become head of the Illinois Commerce Commission and Ike Carothers (29th) pleaded guilty to accepting bribes). Apple and Scheuch expect the galley walls to be filled with a wide and perhaps wild variety of 16-by-22-inch portraits, for which the artists were able to use their media of choice.

Artist Katy Keefe's portrait of 15th Ward Alderman Toni Foulkes is part of a collaborative exhibition./Credit: Alex Parker

Each artist had to try to interview their council member (good luck with that).

This show, which is scheduled to run for only two weeks, has received a lot of attention and understandably so. The artist’s efforts will be showcased starting March 19 through April 2 at the Johalla Project, 1561 N. Milwaukee. All 50 alderman – or in the cases of indicted 29th Ward Alderman Isaac “Ike” Carothers and Flores, their wards – will be portrayed, as well as Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Cook County Board President Todd Stroger.

When:   Opens Friday, March 19 : 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

The Johalla Project

1561 N. Milwaukee

Free Admission



  1. I think the Mayor will probably be painted as a parking meter with two beady eyes and a tie!

  2. What will Mayor Daley’s picture look like… One giant turd!!!!

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