Darryll Schiff, Descending to Heaven, 24 x 56 foot vinyl mural

Photographer Darryll Schiff to Illuminate Chicago's Wabash Art Corridor with Vibrant New Mural

Chicago-based fine art photographer Darryll Schiff will bring the first illuminated photography mural to the Wabash Arts Corridor (710 S. Wabash).  The 24 x 56 foot vinyl mural of his photograph Descending to Heaven will be installed on January 20, 2016 and celebrated at a special reception at the Elephant Room Gallery (704 S Wabash) on January 27. In a unique method to fund this project, Schiff began a Kickstarter campaign where he called for donations from the arts community. The project was completely funded by the people within that community and will help add to WAC and Chicago’s growing and innovative artistic reputation.  

“I am so thrilled to join the distinguished group of artists who have contributed to the Wabash Arts Corridor’s mission to create a space for artistic connections,” said artist Darryll Schiff. “This project is extremely important to me and presents an amazing opportunity to give back to my community. The goal of this project is to create something special for the public to experience and enjoy every day, completely free of charge.”

Descending to Heaven is part of Schiff’s “To Heaven” series that depicts visitors to the Art Institute of Chicago interacting with Indian artist Jitish Kallat’s 2011 site-specific LED text installation along each of the risers on the Woman’s Board Grand Staircase. Noted for his distinct vision and ability to capture movement and light, Schiff’s images brilliantly catch the visitor, shown in shadow, in quick motion while the LED light bounces throughout the frame.

To celebrate the new installation in the Wabash Arts Corridor, a special reception will be held at the Elephant Room Gallery on January 27. Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as they mingle with the artist and those who helped to make the installation possible.

Darryll Schiff’s career in the fine arts began at the early age of 8 years old, taking classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. He went on to study photography at the Institute of Design under Arthur Siegel, Joseph Jachna, Gary Winnogrand and Aaron Siskind. He was one of only three undergraduates represented in the famed Student Independent Portfolio.

What followed was a successful commercial photography career, including shooting assignments for Los Angeles Magazine, San Francisco Magazine and Rolling Stone, among many others.

Approximately 10 years ago Schiff decided to focus solely on his fine art. His work appears in many noteworthy institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and in many private collections.