Block 16

Block 16 has been one of my absolutely favorite restaurants ever since I moved downtown. It is not an exaggeration to say that their short rib french dip sandwich has made such an impact on my kids that it has…

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Expo Chicago

Just over one year ago, I got a surprise studio visit from museum director Don Bacigalupi which led to an opportunity to exhibit at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. My trip to the opening of the show, State…

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You Are Here

For the past year, I have been working on a project with InCommon Community Development in the Park Avenue neighborhood of Omaha, Nebraska. The idea which emerged in collaboration with InCommon and leaders in the Park Avenue neighborhood was to…

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Mapping Leadership

Several years ago, I took part in a community development training called Leadership Omaha. As I participated in the year-long program, I must admit that I felt a little out of place. Wearing my nicest studio clothes, I felt conspicuous amongst a…

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Renew: The Reader Cover

A couple weeks ago I got a call from John Heaston, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Reader, Omaha’s longest-running alternative newspaper. After 20 years, the Reader is undergoing a redesign, transitioning from a weekly newspaper to a thicker monthly publication with a…

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Sowing the Seeds of Justice

Next Thursday, October 23rd, I will be one of the co-hosts for enVISION, the gala for Justice For Our Neighbors. I’ve known them for a little over a year now. Casual conversations with the executive director, Emiliano Lerda, led to…

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Celebrate People’s History

In 2003, I had a newly minted MFA, had moved back to Chicago from Washington, D.C., and started adjunct teaching at DePaul University hired by my mentor and collaborator, Jim Duignan. I was teaching a class in the Education department…

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Revolve

About a year and a half ago a good friend of mine, Stuart Chittenden, told me I should go out to lunch with someone that I had never met. Specifically, it was a young woman who was in the midst…

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