Winter Open House and Survey Exhibition Opening

Join us this Saturday from 1-3 PM for our seasonal open house – tour our facilities and workshops as we celebrate a selection of new works in the Survey exhibition developed over the past year by Janet Austin, Stephan Bossert, David Curry, Donna Hapac, Victor Nelson, Julia Paloma, and Jeffrey Visotsky.

Image above: Stephen Bossert, Eleven Roses, Sheet metal and bar stock, 2016.

Exhibitions: Final Week for Country, Life & Economics

The current Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center exhibition Country, Life & Economics will be on display through Saturday, September 3. If you haven't had a chance to visit yet, plan to come in this week, Monday through Thursday 9 AM to 3:30 PM and 7 to 10 PM, or on Saturday between 9 AM and 3:30 PM, and enjoy the installation views below!


Erik Newman Toronada Machine – Chicago Schwinn saddle, bicycle parts, oak, plywood, miscellaneous (2005)

Carla Bruni Cold Month Project – Salvaged Craftsman drill, lamp parts from stage lighting, form mold (2016)

Julia Paloma This is Part A or The Reappearance of Sentiment – Bronze (2016)

Brian Blankstein and Emily McCormick Twist Wrench – Fire poker handle, wrench (2016)

Jeffrey Visotsky Kangaroo Tongs – Kangaroo bone, wooden spoon, clay, bronze (2016)

Laura Miracle Alley Trellis – Found chairs, macaroni tin, mason jar, soil, pothos (2016)

Members who are interested in being a part of our next exhibit, check out the call for entries for Demo.

Opening Reception: Country, Life & Economics

Join us this Saturday from 4-6 PM for the next Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center exhibition: Country, Life & Economics. Featuring creations by Brian Blankstein and Emily McCormick, Carla Bruni, Laura Miracle, Erik Newman, Julia Paloma, and Jeffrey Visotsky, the exhibit focuses on design efforts undertaken to breathe new life into old materials – giving the available means a fresh purpose for practical applications. 

The exhibition will highlight items crafted for domestic use, where previously there had simply been parts and the individual drive to make something work. Join us to celebrate the new creations coming from the CIADC workshops!

Detail of a sculpture by Laura Miracle

Detail of a sculpture by Laura Miracle