Chicago’s museums are excellent destinations for those who want to view classic masterpieces and special exhibitions. But to discover hot new artists, there’s no better spot than Johalla Projects. Located in the city’s West Town neighborhood, this venue provides gallery space and other resources for emerging and mid-career artists. The James Chicago is pleased to partner with Johalla Projects as part of our commitment to supporting local artists.

Supporting Emerging Artists

Established in 2009 by producer Anna Cerniglia, Johalla Projects is a collective space that collaborates with artists, writers, and curators. In addition to presenting exhibitions in its gallery, Johalla organizes and executes public art projects in neighborhoods across the city of Chicago and nationwide. Every exhibition and project undergoes a thoughtful selection process, assuring that each show presented by Johalla Projects is comprised of the finest contemporary work.

Taking public transportation during your stay in Chicago? You can enjoy an original mural created by artists Nick Adam and Thor “The Thundercircus” Goodlife in collaboration with Johalla Projects. Located at the Logan Square CTA bus terminal at Milwaukee Avenue and Kedzie, the colorful mural serves as a visual expansion of “home” to include the neighborhood. It raises awareness and is a reminder that our public space is where we live as well. Johalla Projects has also collaborated on public art installations displayed at various local music festivals, including Pitchfork and Lollapalooza.

A Passion for Art

At The James, we’re passionate about fostering the cultural communities that surround us by promoting works from a variety of established and up-and-coming artists in both our public spaces and guest rooms. Our cocktail lounge JIMMY also partners with Johalla Projects on a rotating artist series that will highlight a new notable local artist quarterly. The series kicked off in April with a large-scale, unique works by fine artist and photographer Daniel Hojnacki. His project installed at JIMMY includes and riffs on materials and objects that would not be out of place in one’s home. In line with his usual methods, the prints are purposefully weathered and distressed, evoking degeneration or agedness. We want visitors to experience the best that Chicago-area artists have to offer as part of our #artatthejames and #jamespublicart programs.

Enjoy a carefully curated selection of memorable artwork from emerging artists by booking a room at The James Chicago.

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