Chicago Sculpture Exhibit
Founded in 2001 as the Lincoln Park Community Art Initiative, this project was created by then Alderman Vi Daley to enhance and enrich the neighborhood by publicly exhibiting works of local sculptors.
Over the past 18 years, the program has grown from eight sculptures the first year, to 59 sculptures in 2019. Installations can be seen as far north as Edgewater and Edgebrook, as far south as Back of the Yards and the Major Taylor Bike Trail, from the lakefront on the east, to the Lawndale, Humboldt Park, and Avondale neighborhoods on the west. CSE is proud to boast that artists come from every corner of the U.S., and this year celebrated the first international artist in the show, from Colombia, South America.
All of the installations are outdoors where they are on temporary display for one year, and are returned to the artists at the completion of the show. For anyone interested in learning more about the artists or about a particular piece in the Exhibit, or in buying one of the sculptures at the close of the show, CSE is happy to provide contact information. Many of the artists also work in other media and can scale to size if the sculptures are too large for personal consideration.
The Chicago Sculpture Exhibit is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation funded by charitable contributions from both the private and public sectors. Success is
possible thanks to the many sponsors including neighborhood organizations, chambers of commerce, local businesses, individual residents, and cultural institutions. Their dedication to improving Chicago communities through public art is the heart of this program.
Thank you to the artists, sponsors, partners, and contributors, whose assistance and support make CSE possible. Chicago’s communities are that much stronger because of their participation.
Visit the Chicago Sculpture Exhibit website and download the Otocast app to find out more about each artist and the locations of all the installations in the neighborhoods.
Please enjoy this opportunity to experience these 3D sculptures that capture the imagination and allow us to marvel at the intersection of engineering and art.