Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
AJ McClenon performs at High Concept Labs’ Fall 2017 Open House at Hairpin Arts Center (photo by Yenyen Chou).
Chicago-based arts service organization High Concept Laboratories NFP (HCL) recently announced its Spring 2018 Open House, taking place Wednesday, April 11 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Constellation| Links Hall (3111 N. Western Avenue). The biannual art party invites people of all ages to enjoy drinks, appetizers and special performances from HCL’s Sponsored Artists sharing works-in-progress across music, dance, installations and multimedia art forms.
“Facilitating connections between artists and audiences is a central part of our mission at High Concept Labs,” noted Steven Wang, executive director of HCL. “The Open House is not only an opportunity for students, fans, patrons, fellow artists and the general public to engage with the truly unique and innovative art happening right now in Chicago.”
HCL has invited the public to its Open House since the organization’s formation in 2009, including the event as a core feature of the HCL Sponsored Artists program, which hosts a full range of no-cost support for artists to promote their long-term growth.
Each Open House includes new works and installations by present and past Sponsored Artists, providing hundreds of participants the opportunity to interact with new creations by leading artists from Chicago and abroad, highlighting their impact and interaction with the city’s dynamic arts community.
Participating artists for the 2018 Spring Open House include Jan Bartoszek (dance); Aquil Charlton (music); Amir George (video); Aram Han Sifuentes (performance/installation): Meg Leary (performance); and Nicole Mauser (mixed media), among other artists from a variety of media and genres.
General admission for the event is $20. Cash bar will be available. To purchase tickets and learn more about the participating artists, visit highconceptlabs.org/spring2018/.
High Concept Laboratories NFP promotes a mission to support artists and facilitate dialogue between artists, audiences, and staff, increasing access and transparency to the artistic process and fostering transformational experiences in an environment of experimentation and discovery.