Clifton Avenue Street Art Gallery

The Clifton Avenue Street Art Gallery in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood is an outdoor art gallery just steps from the CTA Wilson Station. Partially funded by the Uptown Special Service Area and developed by Uptown United in 2019, the Gallery is a partnership with community members and with artists from all over the globe. It’s a unique street art destination, currently showcasing 12 murals by 12 artists – and growing!

The Gallery includes 12+ outdoor large-scale murals, all in one block, an “open gallery” walkway. Visitors have the opportunity to walk through this unique Chicago street and soak in the tranquility of art in the middle of a diverse and vibrant urban neighborhood. Located between Wilson Avenue and North Broadway, this formerly less traveled block, now is a beautiful, cultural destination that enhances
the area’s overall visual appearance, pedestrian activity, and safety.

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Steven Teller  –  If You Only Knew
Both human and natural strength is represented through Steven Teller’s beautifully stunning mural outside Cornerstone Community Outreach. The empowered female figure is an emblem of hope, resilience, and natural elegance. Hardy Blue Asters which surround the young woman, are a symbol of strength. The image is intended to bring hope and inspiration to the families and single adults who are moving to safe, stable housing through Cornerstone Community Outreach.  steventellerarts.com | @steventellerarts

 

 

Anthony Lewellen  –  Garden Hope
In his formative years, Anthony Lewellen was an innovative figure within Chicago’s graffiti culture and is still active to this day. Early on he made a name for himself in the Midwest and beyond hallmarked by street work that featured a simple bold palette and emotionally complex characters born out of direct observation and digestion of life in the city. His work has come to include a growing body of large-scale public murals along with numerous private commissions.  anthonylewellen.com | @antckone

 

 

David Heo  –  Inhale, Exhale
David Heo is a Chicago-based artist. He recently received his Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Focusing on themes of casual intimacy and nightlife culture, his works reflect on the irregular rhythm of pleasure and leisure, fleeting moments and mundane relationships, while simultaneously addressing the complexity of Asian American identity. davidheo.com | @davheo

 

 

Jenny Vyas  –  HowWillYouRISE
The mural captures phoenix rising from the ashes and inspires people to rise from adversity, pain, and hate in life. Women and children who are experiencing homelessness and currently sheltered at Hannah House applied the paint splatters found in HowWillYouRISE. Jenny is highly influenced by beauty in complex human emotions and the human condition, and attempts to reveal them through multiple nuances in expressions through her art.  jennyvyas.com | @jennyvyas

 

 

Jeremy Novy  –  Koi
Jeremy Novy’s unique brand of street art is ripe with thoughtful social examinations. Novy has combated a homophobic lack of representation with a celebration of gay iconography, bringing joviality and warmth to disused urban spaces. Since graduating from Pecks School of the Arts, Novy’s art has been featured in numerous films, books, publications, and collections. His stencil work is cogent in its messaging and remarkably complex for its compositional simplicity.  jeremynovystencils.com | @jeremynovy

 

 

Rodney Duran  –  Bison
Chicago artist Rodney Duran works with softer lines and dramatic shading to portray dreamlike and surreal human-esque figures and to put music into visual form. He represents a spirit of imagination and the exploration of how we see ourselves and each other. The juxtaposition of his work, the carefree creativity and the penetrating visions create a perfect balance, a show that will satisfy. Rodney has a vision of his own to change the world using art and music.  rodneyduranart.com | @rodneyduranart

 

 

Mara Baker  –  Chameleon Blind
Chameleon Blind is an ongoing multi-disciplinary body of serial work combining wood, metal, light, fiber processes, and animation to create multi-dimensional “light paintings” in storefront window spaces throughout the city of Chicago. Designed to be visible 24 hours a day the installations light up each night at dusk allowing commuters and pedestrians to experience the work as it transforms from day to night. Over the last six years, Chameleon Blind has had nine iterations in both traditional and non-traditional gallery spaces across the city of Chicago.  marabaker.com | @mara_j_baker

 

Christian Paz  –  Lakefront
Christian beautifully combines spray paint and street art gradients with colors found in nature. His work is inspired by iconic scenes found in city life. His mural located on Leland Avenue just north of Clifton Avenue pays homage to Uptown’s Lakefront, which provides some of the most stunning views of Downtown Chicago year round.  @paz_312

 

 

Bachor  –  Alley Cat
In the ancient world, mosaics were used to capture images of everyday life. Using the same materials, tools, and methods of the archaic craftsmen, Bachor creates mosaics that speak of modern things in an ancient voice. His work locks into mortar unexpected concepts drawn from the present. By harnessing and exploiting the limitations of this indestructible technique, his work surprises the viewer while challenging long-held notions of what a mosaic should be.  bachor.com | @bachor

 

 

Brett Whitacre  –  Ode to the Messenger
Brett’s imagery always has a retro feel which he attributes to growing up in the 70’s and 80’s and watching loads of TV and movies. Intense colors and color gradients are typical of his aesthetic. There’s always an element of whimsy, as his sense of humor naturally comes through his work. Forward movement is also a theme. Brett is constantly propelled to create a new site or happening. In his work positivity is present almost to a fault as he often glasses over health situations or dangerous conditions for the sake of progress. brettwhitacre.com | @brettwhitacreart

 

 

Michelle Lytle  –  Essanay
Michelle Lytle is an experienced and skilled photographer working out of the Chicagoland area. She has studied at Columbia College Chicago as well as the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where she built on her experience in both digital and film mediums. In addition to her work with weddings, she also has a passion for photographing animals. In recent years she has enjoyed turning her camera on her own family as she raises her one year old daughter, Sunny.  michellelytle.com | @thelytlehouse

 

 

Frank Quintero  –  Home in Uptown
Through the years, while participating in the creation of murals across his hometown city of Chicago, art has allowed Frank to develop a dialogue about expression, social change, and the diverse transformation occurring in our communities. Frank sees firsthand how the youth in our neighborhoods are immediately drawn to a mural when it’s painted. They’re always eager to participate, paint, and learn more about art.  thefqart.com | @fqart

 

 

Uptown United  –  Uptown Love
An experiential mural located underneath the Wilson CTA station. By day the mural reads “UPTOWN” and “LOVE” by night. This LED street art designed by Justin Weidl and installed by TFA Signs is the perfect place to show your L-O-V-E for Uptown.  exploreuptown.org | @exploreuptownchi

 

Be a Part of the Art – How to Support

The Clifton Avenue Street Art Gallery is especially unique in that it is a partnership with the entire community – and every tax-deductible contribution makes a difference!

It takes tens of thousands of dollars to create and maintain this massive arts destination, and we couldn’t do it without financial support. All donations are tax-deductible and sponsors will enjoy chances to meet the artists, get behind-the-scenes, and promote their brands, all at once. No matter the size of your tax-deductible donation, your contribution will help us bring more art and energy to Clifton Avenue and Uptown!

For more information contact Justin Weidl by phone at (773) 878-1064 or by email to justin@nullexploreuptown.org.

BENEFACTOR: $10,000
MURAL SPONSOR: $5,000
PAINT SPONSOR: $1,000

Uptown United is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Your donations may be tax-deductible.

 

Thank You (About) Our Partners

Uptown Ace Hardware

As your local Ace Hardware, we are one of 5,000+ Ace stores locally owned and operated across the globe. But we are not just about numbers. We are about helping neighbors, because each one of our stores is a part of your community. We are all committed to being “the Helpful Place” by offering our customers personal service, quality products and a convenient shopping experience from the local experts who know you best. As the helpful hardware folks in your neighborhood, we promise that helping you is the most important thing we have to do today.

Cornerstone Community Outreach

Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO) was founded in 1989 to raise the quality of life for low-income residents in the Uptown area of Chicago. Over the last twenty-four years, CCO’s programs have expanded to serve nearly 500 men, women, and children daily. With Cornerstone’s help these families and individuals can begin to build a new life, one step at a time.

FLATS

At FLATS, we know how to live well, always. We scour the world for great finds and ways to bring these ideas home. We design our own spaces. We are often small but are always mighty. The FLATS life is to create. To rearrange and rearrange again. To be nimble, yet heard. To pioneer. To love community. To have a home with a soul. Value, individuality, and character make us tick. Authenticity is our drug of choice. We are anything but expected. We create our own finishes. We thrive on bicycles and great coffee. Dogs keep us running. We believe that living well is a necessity and we spend our lives curating what we simply call the FLATS life.