Art, Events, Venues


The Fifth annual 2nd Floor Rear DIY Arts Festival is an annual, weekend-long, multidisciplinary contemporary arts festival that celebrates Chicago’s vibrant community of alternative art spaces and DIY creative practices. Chicago, IL- 2nd Floor Rear 2016, the fifth annual festival of art in alternative spaces, will take place in Avondale, Logan Square, Bucktown, Humboldt Park, and Wicker Park on Saturday, February 6th and in Pilsen and Little Village on Sunday, February 7th. Festival events run morning to late evening on Saturday and Sunday, and are held various locations throughout the neighborhoods listed above. A map and schedule of event times and locations is available online. Printed guides will be distributed at festival events. All 2nd Floor Rear 2016 events are free and open to the public. Check their website for event descriptions, specific times and locations, and other details: http://2ndfloorrear.org/2nd-floor-rear-2016/ 



2016 Featured Curators, Collaboratives, Ongoing Series and Artists Producing Solo Projects include: 

Fidencio Martinez, Richard Medina, Hank & Tannaz, WITCH Collective, Katie Vota, Alejandro T. Acierto, Lauren Leving & Elizabeth Lally, Victoria Bradford, Potluck Salon, Etc. Gallery, Angela Davis Fegan & Brett Swinney, Lindsey French & Willy Smart, Dao Nguyen, VAM STUDIOS, The Wretched Nobles, Meghan Borah + Calla Dobmeyer + Elaine Rubenoff + Hannah Cushing, The People of Ieya, 3A, John Harness & Grace Needlman, Stella Brown & Liz McCarthy, Apt 512, Matthew Silva, Malik Lemon + Lindsey Sherman + Gordon Pond, Alex Palma + the Dojo Collective, Uptool, and PiNK EYE


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Exhibiting and Participating Artists include:

Na Chainkua Reindorf, Grace Kubilius, Soheila Azadi, Sherwin Ovid, Grace Cross, Soo Hyun Kim, Chiara Galimberti, Elizabeth Cambron, Falak Vasa, Fontaine Capel, Lauren Clark, Bohrer, Jessie Brett, Lyra Hill, Scott Merchant, Ray Rehberg, Leanna Savoie, Carina Yepez, Katia Perez, Lulu, Christopher Allman, Efren Arcoiris, Jerry Boyle, Laura Callier, Amanda Joy Calobrisi, Heather Gable, Here, Molly Hewitt, Sara Heymann, Jose Hernandez, Kiam Marcelo Junio, Manal Kara, Ly La, April Lynn, Peter Overman, Jenny Pulse, Isabel McGuire, Charles E. Roberts III, Olive Stefanski, Amanda Stilwell, Julia Zinn, Alex Palma, Rachel Bell, Daniel Kyri, Julia Klein, Curt Miller, John Szczepaniak, Sofia Moreno, Molly Hewitt, Zachary Hutchinson, Rebecca Ladida, Armando Lozano, Low Life Scum (Selma Dye + Fryd Resting, BERLIN), Efren Arcoiris, Here Marie Vernon, IMP Queen, Caleb Yono, Ariel Zetina, and more TBA.


Featured Exhibition Spaces include:

The Whistler, Box Gallery, Corner, Hume, Hairpin Arts Center, The Storefront, TUSK, OuterSpace Studios, Slow Pony Project, Templehead, Salon, Eco, The Dojo, naomi FINEARTS, and 1618 Gallery 2nd Floor Rear 2016:



We Are Here is curated by 2016 Associate Curator Jesus Gonzales Flores and 2016 Curatorial and Production Fellows Erin Delaney and Egon Schiele in collaboration with Creative Director Katie Waddell. 2nd Floor Rear is FREE and welcomes all audiences. To learn more about 2nd Floor Rear, visit: www.2ndfloorrear.org.