In April my gallery sold for four prints from my series "The Commuters"; a few weeks ago I learned the collector was the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago, a historic venue of Beaux-Arts architecture dating to 1910. The hotel has a long and rich tradition of collecting both historic and contemporary art, and had recently undergone a major refresh. Their acquisition of my work was part of that project.
The hotel curated works with an eye to mixing its colorful past with a modern creative lens. Pieces were placed on each elevator landing and other public spaces. My images found their new home in the Concourse Level meeting rooms - appropriately called the "Train Rooms", each named for a different local train line.
Last week I was pleased to attend an event that the Blackstone hosted, celebrating their new artists and showcasing their work. Called "We Heart Our Art(ists)", it was a great opportunity to meet other local artists across multiple media. It took place in their Art Hall, a space open to the public that holds a rotating collection of contemporary art. If you're in Chicago you should check it out.
They made up an attractive catalog that showed a thumbnail of each artist's work with their name, the title of the piece, and where it was located in the hotel. It was a really nice touch. As you can see, they saved the best for last :)
Thanks to the Blackstone for supporting local, emerging artists. It's an honor to be in their company!