by Alison True
Artists Jeremy Scheuch and Reader assistant editor Lauri Apple are still taking applications for their Chicago Aldermen Project, which will culminate in an exhibit called 50 Aldermen/50 Artists, featuring portraits of all 50 Chicago aldermen. It's sponsored by the Reader and set to open Friday, March 19 (7-11 PM) at the Wicker Park gallery Johalla Projects (1561 N. Milwaukee).
Apple and Scheuch have asked artists to meet at least once with their alderman of choice as part of the art-making process. Reader contributor Jim Newberry and Jennifer Greenburg are among the artists who have agreed to participate (and have ponied up the $20 registration fee).
Two aldermen (Vi Daley and George Cardenas) attended the project's kick-off party at the Debonair Social Club on February 5. They and the rest of the Chicago Council will be invited to the opening reception. The League of Women Voters of Chicago will be on hand to register people to vote, and Old Style will provide refreshments.
Ten alderman remain unclaimed. Artists can pick one and get on board at firstname.lastname@example.org.