Chicago’s Brilliance Captured on Film

Visions Since 2002

At the first photo exhibition, in 2002, 17 artists participated, 51 photos were framed and 408 photos were taken in all.

Since then, an average of 70 artists participate each new season, with approximately 30% of them being new artists. Returning artists display four framed photos in the photo exhibition, and new artists display three photos that they have taken. Well over 1,000 artists have participated, in total since 2002, over 4,100 photos have been framed and thousands more photos have been taken.

Chicago Landmarks, new/improved since 2002, that the artists have taken photos of  include: Millennium Park; Cloud Gate “Bean sculpture”; Riverwalk; U.S. Cellular Field; Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool Gardens of Lincoln Park Zoo; Vietnam Veterans Memorial; Chicago River Museum; Michigan Avenue Bridge; Trump Tower; residential skyscrapers such as Aqua; and the Modern Art building extension of the Art Institute.

Chicago Landmarks that have closed/been demolished since 2002, that were photographed by artists in the earliest years of ASV include: Hull House; South Shore High School; Pickford Theatre; Washburne Trade School; Lathrop Homes; Robert Taylor Homes; and Cabrini Green.

Chicago is a world-class city with beautiful, natural settings and many buildings with architectural and historical significance. It is an exciting, ever-changing landscape in which the artists can continuously explore new heights of creativity and imagination.

“As I was taking the pictures a new world opened up, right before my eyes. It’s something that I will cherish for a long time. I have a new hobby now.”  – A Guest Artist


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