| Jun 11, 2012
| 8:32 AM
As obvious as this may sound at first, the 28th annual Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest, which concluded Sunday afternoon and drew an estimated 130,000 attendees and 200 authors to the South Loop on a sweltering, cloudless weekend, was not the kind...
| Jun 20, 2012
| 9:55 PM
LeRoy Neiman, a wildly successful American artist who was famous for his colorful portraits of athletes in motion and who became an artistic fixture at such major sporting events as the Olympics and the Super Bowl, has died. He was 91.
Neiman, who was...
| Jul 7, 2012
| 1:42 PM
Inspiration is a fragile thing — an infant's frank gaze, a thought-provoking conversation, the last book you read.
We spoke to three women in the world of fine arts about what moves them to create.
Claire Sherman: It's all in the experiment...
| Jan 22, 2013
Throughout his 30-year career, game designer Ron Gilbert has been ahead of the times, behind the times and, perhaps most ......
| Sep 13, 2009
Dennis Paul's garden grew out of worry.
It was the mid-1990s. It was just a plot of plain old lawn, surrounded by maybe a 1-foot border of humdrum annuals. "Just a square in the back. A green square," says Paul, a sculptor and figurative-art instructor...
| Sep 27, 2009
We board the Brown Line at its farthest northwest stop, Kimball. We're headed downtown. We're on a mission to prove that Audrey Niffenegger, who grew up in Evanston with few friends and is at work on a novel about a 9-year-old girl...
| Oct 15, 2010
| 6:18 PM
This is a short story about a long story, a story so long it arrived on my desk in pieces, in two Joseph Conrad-size chunks, presumably for easier handling. This was the early galley of "The Instructions," Chicago native Adam Levin's first novel. It's...
| Jun 17, 2010
A week into his hospitalization at the Elgin Mental Health Center in Illinois, Jeffrey Eppard was given pencils and paper and invited to draw anything he wanted. The subject he chose was his left arm.
He outlined it in a blur of charcoal, then filled...
| Dec 17, 2010
| 3:01 PM
While isolating himself on a Las Vegas veranda during his honeymoon, Edward remembers a summer of his youth spent in California, visiting the grieving family of his deceased pen pal — a boy killed by bees, or perhaps something worse. In...
| Jan 21, 2010
L.A. native Jasmin Shokrian launched her eponymous collection in 2002 after earning her degree in film, painting and sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Twelve collections later, she's definitely hit her stride, creating chic,...
| Jan 21, 2010
I imagine that wearing a dance costume designed and fabricated by Chicago artist Nick Cave would be like transforming oneself from a ragpicker into royalty. You wouldn't leave behind the earthy spirit of making do with whatever you can scavenge,......