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.

April 2018 - First performance of The Layered Sounds Project with Melanie Brown and Ryan Ingebritsen

March 2018 - Group Show with Cody Roberts, Nate Stevens, Miranda Monarch, and Poetry Reading with Max Johnson


Zapatos Rojos

We at the Annex were able to collect and paint 22 pair of shoes to contribute to the upcoming Zapatos Rojos project - this is the work of the artist Elina Chauvet. She began doing installations with red shoes in 2009. They have become a symbol used around the world to protest violence against women. This year the shoes will be part of a multi-site installation in Chicago. The date of the installation will be March 8th (details of the time/locations as they become available).

Don Southard and Mary McCarthy: Collages and Combinations - January 2018

Chicago artists and partners McCarthy and Southard exhibit work together at the Annex. Combination, variation and recombination are themes both artists explore in their work. This show gives visitors a look into their most direct processes of collage (Southard) and small paintings (McCarthy).

You Me; A Show of Current Work - Grace Mattingly


Grace is a graduate of Columbia University. She did further study at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently she is doing a residency at The Vermont Studio School.

November 21st, 6-8 pm








Look Up!

Group Exhibition Fundraiser: Friday, October 13th, 5 - 9 pm

Sponsored by: Show Up Stand Up

Benefits go to: The Chicago Bond Fund and Growing Home

RSVP Required -


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.