Joliet, Unwell. – The College of St. Francis (USF) Art Gallery will open a new exhibit that includes the function of artist and USF professor Michael “Chester” Alamo-Costello, MFA, beginning on Monday, August 23.

The Chicago Portrait Task, a collection produced by Alamo-Costello, stems from his 2018 book, Somewhere In-Among Chicago and is a selection of portraits of artists, musicians, and relaxed passerby contrasted with imagery manufactured in city streets and fringe environments since the mid-1990s. These is effective offer you perception into the metropolis as a resourceful natural environment and the several of socio-political concerns it has encountered in excess of the previous 30+ decades. The Chicago Portrait Undertaking is supported by grant from the Illinois Arts Council. Grant cash were being employed to generate the exhibition and to hire USF art and layout college students Austin Hines and Odessa Villarreal.

The exhibition will operate as a result of Tuesday, October 5, at the USF Art Gallery, which is situated at 25 E. Van Buren Road in Joliet. The gallery is open to the public each and every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A public reception for the exhibition and a cookout will also be hosted at the gallery on Thursday, August 26 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Take a look at for extra facts.

About the Artist

Michael “Chester” Alamo-Costello is an American artist, educator, publisher and writer dependent in Chicago, Unwell. He is most acknowledged for his prolonged-operating, global “Art Fall” sequence (1998 to existing), which places artwork into non-common options, these as public parks, and for his photographic publications, which have been observed for their rawness and daily immediacy. He has principally demonstrated his operate in the public domain in nations throughout Europe, the United States and Canada he has also had displays at the Museum of Modern day Images and the Hyde Park Art Heart. His photography and jobs have been reviewed or released in the Chicago Solar-Instances, Chicago Tribune Magazine, De Telegraaf (Amsterdam), The Globe and Mail (Canada), New Artwork Examiner, Museum of Contemporary Artwork Chicago Magazine, Nerve, and on Chicago Community Radio. Alamo-Costello’s textbooks of photography, artwork and writing consist of: Somewhere In-Between Chicago (2018), The World (2010), and Grandpa Danny (2008). Alamo-Costello is also the publisher of, and a contributor to, The COMP Magazine, a digital artwork and style and design journal. He is a professor and former chair of the Section of Artwork and Layout at the College of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill.

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