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Holland Taylor. Photo by Linda Matlow/PIXINTL "Art makes everything else in life work. Without art, we are broken." --- Holland Taylor You may not recognize her name, but you'll definitely recognize her face and that distinctive voice. Over a decades-long career Holland Taylor has...
Gregory Pardlo. Photo by Thomas Sayers Ellis Gregory Pardlo. Photo by Thomas Sayers Ellis. "We tend to underestimate the psychic costs of writing lyric poetry. It’s already a dangerous effort that requires considerable amounts of character and self-awareness." --- Gregory Pardlo...
Theaster Gates. Photo by Lloyd DeGrane, University of Chicago Magazine "Artists have to live passionately and deeply, share what they want, do what they can." --- Theaster Gates As you'll learn in the interview below, for Theaster Gates , there is no clear division between canvas and...
Kara Walker. Photo © Chuck Close. "I think there are many open-ended questions that artists can pose and we can ask communities to feel empowered enough to reply, respond, rebel, and feel amazed by the relentless spiraling of thought and image and action that is the artist's...
Kim Roberts. Photo by Dan Vera. "I think place exerts a powerful influence over what we write, how we write it, and how we see ourselves." --- Kim Roberts Poet, editor, historian---Washington, DC writer Kim Roberts wears many hats with aplomb. Roberts' reputation is international: her...
Beate Minkovski. Photo by Jennifer Bisbing "I was a rebel before Woman Made Gallery was born, and I am a rebel because of it." --- Beate Minkovski Chicago artist Beate Minkovski never meant to start an art gallery. She and fellow artist Kelly Hensen were just looking for a storefront to...
Zhou Zan. Photo by Katie Schulze "though shaped like banners, the women/never indulge in dancing in the wind --- from "Wings" by Zhou Zan Zhou Zan, a native of China's Jiangsu Province, is a poet, translator, and scholar. She edits the journal Wings , which is devoted to women...
Linda Pastan. Photo by Oliver Pastan In her poem "Traveling Light" award-winning poet Linda Pastan writes, "our lives have minds/of their own." And it is these minds that Pastan illuminates in her deceptively quiet poems in which we are revealed by what we take notice of, by...
Desmond Mason paints live for guests at the 2011 POP! ARTini fundraiser. The finished piece was auctioned at the end of the evening with proceeds benefitting Allied Arts. Photo by Bryan Cook. "A thriving art community is the heartbeat of any city; there's no question about that." Even...
Jane Comfort. Photo by Lois Greenfield "Art works. Just let it." --- Jane Comfort Since 1978 Jane Comfort has created more than 45 dance theater works for her eponymous company. Melding the vernaculars of dance, theater, and literature, Comfort creates profoundly moving works that defy...

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