The “Building Blocks” series brings together an exciting mix of artists, makers and thinkers to explore ideas around and beyond the built environment as well as notions of what constitutes place (literally and figuratively, physically and virtually) in their work. 

Charles Dickens once wrote, “Home is always the impossible subject.” In this edition of the Building Blocks series, noted panelists look at often competing notions of home and belonging through art, architecture, and the built environment. 

This program is curated by the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

Camille Brewer’s unique fiber art, created under the name “Erik Van Wert” in honor of her family’s early weaving and dyeing business in late 19th-century Ohio, has been widely exhibited across the country. 

Faheem Majeed’s work as artist, builder, and curator often looks to the material makeup of his South Shore neighborhood and surrounding areas as a catalyst for his studio practice and as an entry point into larger questions of race, activism, and civic engagement.

Edra Soto and Dan Sullivan are artists and Co-Directors of the Franklin, an artist-run project space located in their Chicago home’s backyard. The Franklin has been selected as one of the top art galleries in the city. 

Tricia Van Eck left the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago after 13 years as Associate Curator to open 6018North, a venue for innovative art and culture housed in a formerly dilapidated mansion in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood.