Storytelling Series: Artist Tony Fitzpatrick
Join us the Wednesday leading up to Chicago’s Art EXPO weekend, where Naomi Huffman of Featherproof Press leads a Storytelling session with Chicago-based Artist Tony Fitzpatrick.
Tony Fitzpatrick is best known for his multimedia collages, printmaking, paintings, and drawings. Fitzpatrick’s works are inspired by Chicago street culture, cities he has traveled to, children’s books, tattoo designs, and folk art. Fitzpatrick has authored or illustrated eight books of art and poetry, and, for the last three years, has written a column for Newcity. Fitzpatrick’s art appears in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the National Museum of American Art in Washington DC. The Neville Brothers’ album Yellow Moon and Steve Earle’s albums El Corazón and The Revolution Starts Now also feature Fitzpatrick’s art. In 1992, Fitzpatrick opened a Chicago-based printmaking studio, Big Cat Press, which exists today as the artist exhibition space Firecat Projects. Before making a living as an artist, Fitzpatrick worked as a radio host, bartender, boxer, construction worker, and film and stage actor.
Naomi Huffman is a writer and editor whose interviews, book reviews, and essays have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Newcity and Bookslut. She’s the editor-in-chief of Curbside Splendor and the managing editor of featherproof books. Naomi is the director of Book Fort, an organization that creates opportunities for independent presses to reach unique communities, and is the co-founder of two reading series, The Marrow and Lies! In 2017, Naomi will curate Printer’s Ball. She’s at work on a novella and a collection of short stories.
About the Storytelling Series
The Chicago Athletic Association Storytelling Series shares compelling stories and interviews from some of the Chicago’s most interesting and inspiring movers, shakers and visitors. From artists, musicians, innovators, adventurers and visionaries with a great story to tell – the series gives an inside look into the experiences, moments and memories that have shaped the speakers, their work and their lives. CAA is known for its rich history, and while the walls can’t talk, the Storytelling Series continues the tradition of welcoming Chicago’s finest talent into its halls to make lasting memories. Only now, we’ll record and share those moments so worth remembering.