The Annex

The Annex is a space where approximately once a month we host one-time exhibitions and other creative events. It is available for 2-hour group or solo shows, studio or curator’s visits, or musical/performance events. The space can accommodate up to 25 guests at a time. Sales are handled directly by the artists themselves – we do not take a commission or charge a fee.

Bailey Lecat show

Bailey Lecat is a recent graduate from Columbia College, a fashion photographer with a focus on portrait and editorial work. Her work is influenced by retro fashion with an emphasis on pattern, color, and texture. In March 2017 she held her "Since August" show in the Annex.

Cody Roberts

Cody has had two shows in the Annex space. Cody is a visual artist. He graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago a couple of years ago. On November 4th, he invited his friend and fellow SAIC graduate Steve D'Onofrio to show with him and they showed work with botanical themes.

In March 2017 Roberts, Steve d'Onofrio, and David Heo showed a group of new paintings. Additionally, they held a poetry reading.

The One Hundred Show

On December 1st, 2016,  I showed work done during 2015 when I was part of a group of artists who were trying to do drawing-a-day for the year. It was the only New Year’s resolution I have ever enjoyed. It was a great experience. How did I get out of the habit of drawing everyday?

I did 360 pieces and on the evening of the 1st I displayed 100 of them. They were available for $100 each, and 20% of proceeds went to The Chicago Community Bail Fund and The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights

Judy Koon


We were delighted to host Judy’s watercolors based on Islamic patterns. She began making them last year as part of a drawing-a-day project we were both involved with. These works on paper led her to cast ceramic plates in order to continue to explore the designs. We planned this evening’s event as a kind of studio visit to show what this new work look(ed) like. It is a pause in the action as Judy was about to begin using different kinds of clay and firing processes. 

Tree Show


The Chicago Tree Project held a networking event in the space in November, 2016.

The Wallpaper Show


On Wednesday, September 28th, I invited 5 Chicago artists to work with a repeating pattern and create a roll of wallpaper. We will be hanging the rolls on the wall beside the original sketch or image that inspired them – opening up conversations about their creative processes. All of the artists used the Spoonflower website and their patterns can be ordered as wallpaper, fabric or giftwrap.