Welcome to Arts of Life

Arts of Life advances the creative arts community by providing artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities a collective space to expand their practice and strengthen their leadership.

Meet Our Artists

We were founded with the idea that the studio belongs to its artists. The guiding principle behind our studio is to give people an opportunity to shape and be a member of an artistic community; a community that changes with the growing needs of the artists and one that is a contributing member of the larger society.

Join Our Studio

Arts of Life offers artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities an alternative career path designed to help enrich their lives as working artists. 

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Tim Stone

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Pouya Bagherian

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David Krueger

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Marianne Wehr

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Stefan Harhaj

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Carol Pyes

Upcoming & Recent Events

Human Resources

July 5 - August 29
Chicago Artist Coalition

State Fair

June 7 - July 7
Pop Gun
Mermaid Movie Night

Community Night: Mermaid Movie Night

June 2 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Arts of Life – North Shore

Graphic Non-Violence

June 1 - July 1
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News and Announcements

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Bring More To Life

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What's Happening on Instagram

Arts of Life and Chicago Artist Coalition @cacoalition are pleased to present Human Resources an exhibition of 12 artists who utilize and work for the Arts of Life studio program. Please join us for the Opening Reception on Friday, July 12th, From 5-8pm at Chicago Artist Coalition.

Featured Artists:
Renata Berdes, Austin Boehs, Andreana Donahue, Rio Goodwin Perez, Payton Harris-Woodard, Aaron Kleeblatt, David Krueger, Laura McManus, Travis Morehead, Ingrid Olson, Susan Pasowicz, Tim Stone

About Human Resources:
There’s a particular quote by Gustave Moreau (b. France 1868 – d. France 1898) the famed Symbolist painter and teacher that goes “I am the bridge over which certain of you will pass”.  Expressed to some of Moreau’s students, this sentiment is simultaneously hopeful and troubling.  Bridges help people to cross something otherwise impassible, but if a person is a bridge, that means they often spend their life getting walked on.  The utility of this thought lies in the realization that we all use each other to a certain extent.  And, most certainly, it is in the recognition of those moments when we become aware of the fact that another artist’s painting or writing or performance has become a bridge between oneself and the crossing of some raging river of self-doubt, or some impossibly deep canyon of inactivity.

When:
Opening reception
Friday July 12, 2024
5-8 pm

Where:
Chicago Artist Coalition
2130 W Fulton St. Unit B, Chicago, IL 60612

Image Description - A painting by Aaron Kleebatt of Actor/Comedian, Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley in the movie Beverly Hills Cop. The portrait shows a side view of Axel Foley wearing a lettermen’s jacket with the Number 61 on the shoulder and he is holding a gun. 

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#RenataBerdes #AaronKleeblatt #DavidKrueger #LauraMcManus #SusanPasowicz #TimStone #ChicagoArt #ChicagoArtEvents #ChicagoArtShow #ChicagoGalleryEvents #ChicagoGallery #CircleContemporary #Chicago #ChicagoArtists #ChicagoEvents #ArtExhibition #ChicagoArtExhibition #ChicagoArts #UpcomingExhibition

Arts of Life and Chicago Artist Coalition @cacoalition are pleased to present Human Resources an exhibition of 12 artists who utilize and work for the Arts of Life studio program. Please join us for the Opening Reception on Friday, July 12th, From 5-8pm at Chicago Artist Coalition.

Featured Artists:
Renata Berdes, Austin Boehs, Andreana Donahue, Rio Goodwin Perez, Payton Harris-Woodard, Aaron Kleeblatt, David Krueger, Laura McManus, Travis Morehead, Ingrid Olson, Susan Pasowicz, Tim Stone

About Human Resources:
There’s a particular quote by Gustave Moreau (b. France 1868 – d. France 1898) the famed Symbolist painter and teacher that goes “I am the bridge over which certain of you will pass”.  Expressed to some of Moreau’s students, this sentiment is simultaneously hopeful and troubling.  Bridges help people to cross something otherwise impassible, but if a person is a bridge, that means they often spend their life getting walked on.  The utility of this thought lies in the realization that we all use each other to a certain extent.  And, most certainly, it is in the recognition of those moments when we become aware of the fact that another artist’s painting or writing or performance has become a bridge between oneself and the crossing of some raging river of self-doubt, or some impossibly deep canyon of inactivity.

When:
Opening reception
Friday July 12, 2024
5-8 pm

Where:
Chicago Artist Coalition
2130 W Fulton St. Unit B, Chicago, IL 60612

Image Description - A painting by Aaron Kleebatt of Actor/Comedian, Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley in the movie Beverly Hills Cop. The portrait shows a side view of Axel Foley wearing a lettermen’s jacket with the Number 61 on the shoulder and he is holding a gun.

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📣 Exciting Update!

Thanks to a generous $200,000 grant from Smith-Tieken, we have built a state-of-the-art Archive to preserve and celebrate our artist's work. We are thrilled to introduce Gareth Kaye, our new Lead Archivist at Arts of Life! Gareth and his team will be responsible for bringing all current and past artist’s work from all 3 of our studios into the future.

As a previous Co-Founder of his own gallery, Apparatus Project, Gareth brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for art preservation and history. We can’t wait to see the full impact of his expertise on our Art collection. Join us in welcoming Gareth to the Arts of Life family!

Watch the video till the end to learn more about Gareth and our new Archive. Stay tuned for more updates on our newly built archive space as well as progress from Gareth and his team!
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📣 Exciting Update!

Thanks to a generous $200,000 grant from Smith-Tieken, we have built a state-of-the-art Archive to preserve and celebrate our artist`s work. We are thrilled to introduce Gareth Kaye, our new Lead Archivist at Arts of Life! Gareth and his team will be responsible for bringing all current and past artist’s work from all 3 of our studios into the future.

As a previous Co-Founder of his own gallery, Apparatus Project, Gareth brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for art preservation and history. We can’t wait to see the full impact of his expertise on our Art collection. Join us in welcoming Gareth to the Arts of Life family!

Watch the video till the end to learn more about Gareth and our new Archive. Stay tuned for more updates on our newly built archive space as well as progress from Gareth and his team!
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