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"Where History and Progress Meet: A 'junction' of local history and art"

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  • A postcard created by the West Chicago City Museum, features some elements of its upcoming exhibit, "Where History and Progress Meet: a 'junction' of local history and art".

      A postcard created by the West Chicago City Museum, features some elements of its upcoming exhibit, "Where History and Progress Meet: a 'junction' of local history and art".
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Rosemary Mackey

West Chicago: Since September of this year, Sara Phalen, Director of the West Chicago City Museum, and Anni Holm, guest curator and internationally displayed Danish artist, have been working with 14 contemporary artists on a new exhibit "Where History and Progress Meet: A 'junction' of local history and art" which will open on Friday, Dec. 6, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m.

Artists featured include Andrew Coppersmith, Brian Dortmund, Mark Joshua Epstein, Angeline Evans, Diane Exavier, Kathryn Fimreite, Clark Hosp, Allison Lacher, Jason Pallas, Niema Qureshi, Jody Servon, Beth Shadur, Eden Unluata, and Rachel Weaver Rivera.

After an introduction to West Chicago's rich history and the vast City Museum collection, the artists picked either an artifact or an historical topic to use as inspiration for the creation of a new art piece or pieces. The original art will be featured alongside the local history that inspired it. Historical topics and artifacts that provided inspiration include: Turner Junction/West Chicago's long railroad history, household gadgets, local businesses including Lindsay Light & Company, early settlement in DuPage County, the Bolles Opera House, local clubs and organizations, the Hayward family, the West Chicago Prairie Forest Preserve (former home of the West Chicago C&NW stockyards), leisure and travel souvenirs, Woman's Club member and early organizer for a West Chicago public library Harriet Hills, and local photographer Zelda DeTray Dunbar.

The exhibit will run through Saturday, April 12, 2014 and will be featured as part of Frosty Fest on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Please contact the City Museum with any questions at (630) 231-3376 or museum@westchicago.org.

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