RED BULL CURATES: THE CANVAS COOLER PROJECT

 
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CHICAGO, Ill., Thursday Night, July 26th, 2012, Last night, the local community showed strong support for Chicago artists during Red Bull Curates: The Canvas Cooler Project event and exhibition hosted at the Chicago Urban Art Society (CUAS). The second leg of the four-city tour, drew more than 500 VIPs and art enthusiasts who attended and voted for their favorite custom-designed Red Bull coolers, crafted by 20 urban, contemporary and street artists. The functional pieces of art will be installed in top venues throughout the city.

During the much-anticipated finale, works by GOONS and Hebru Brantley received top honors by the curatorial panel, which included Candida Alvarez, Interim Dean of the Graduate Studies program at The Art Institute of Chicago; Robyn Farrell, a writer and curator who serves as the Assistant Director at the Donald Young Gallery; and Daria Brit Shapiro, the current cultural engineer for the internationally renowned SCOPE Art Show. The audience choice went to Don’t Fret.

Winner by vote of luminary panel and overall crowd favorite, Hebru Brantley said “Red Bull Curates does great things for the arts of Chicago where otherwise it would not be seen; other cities cannot compare to the unexpected and spontaneous pieces that were put together tonight and Chicago delivers an uppercut in the last round to the international art world.”

All three artists will receive an all-expense paid trip to Miami during the Art Basel season to participate in the Red Bull Curates group show alongside artists from Los Angeles, New York and Miami, where they be able to exhibit and sell works from their own collections.

For more information on the featured artists and where their works will be displayed in Chicago, please see below:

Artist                                                    Venue

Ruben Aguirre                                  Frontier

Hebru Brantley                                The Wit

Uriel Correa                                       Delilah’s

Codo                                                     Salud

Bonus Saves                                      The Pony

SARO                                                    Bottom Lounge

Revise CMW                                      The Owl

Tess Kisner                                        Boiler Room

Chantala Kommanivanh              Subterranean

Don’t Fret                                           The Flat Iron

Christina Long                                  Standard

STAL                                                     Easy Bar

Rashayla Marie Brown                 People Lounge

SOLO RM                                            The Burlington

GOONS                                                 Cole’s

Czr Prz                                                 Simone’s

Joey Potts                                           Beat Kitchen

CLS                                                        Estelle’s

Yams                                                    Crocodile

Jake Castro                                         Emporium Arcade Bar

Red Bull Curates: The Canvas Cooler Project will make its next stop in New York Cityin September 2012 before culminating in Miami in December. Find out more about how Red Bull gives artists wings at www.redbullusa.com/curates.

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Chicago Urban Art Society (CUAS) is an emerging art, non-profit organization based in East Pilsen’sCermak Creative Industry District. CUAS is a multi-use art and creative center that promotes the works of contemporaryartists and creative arts practice. It is located at 600 West Cermak Road, Unit 1B, Chicago, IL. Connect with CUAS at info@chicagourbanartsociety.com.

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