Cultivating an Artistic Community at Vista Tower

Magellan Development Group strives to cultivate an environment that embraces and enhances the creative community in Chicago. Before even reaching completion, Magellan’s Vista Tower has made waves in the design and architecture communities. Beyond the apparent artistry of the rapidly-rising exterior, the project already features works of fine art, currently housed in the Vista Sales Gallery, just steps away from the tower. While used as a space to share information about the residence with potential purchasers, the Vista Sales Gallery also uniquely doubles as an art gallery, housing a rotating collection of works of acclaimed artists.

These collections were pulled together in partnership with Tony Karman, president and director of Art Expo Chicago. The works chosen by Karman have created an environment that showcases the various facets of the design community in Chicago. Collections have included a variety of work from oil and acrylic paintings from artists like Andrew Holmquist and Claire Sherman to cut photographic prints from Curtis Mann.

An Andrew Holmquist painting

A Claire Sherman painting

A Curtis Mann picture

Andrew Holmquist, artist behind I Can Do Anything Better Than You (left), often finds inspiration for his work through pop culture and everyday life. While loyal to working with oil paints, Holmquist will often integrate unusual materials, like pizza crust, into his work.

Using nature as a subject, Claire Sherman of Rock Wall (center) highlights details often overlooked in an outdoor landscape. Sherman uses clumps of dirt and pieces of grass as subjects for her abstract paintings to bring light to the environment that surrounds us.

Curtis Mann, the artist behind sweater (right), uses his background in mechanical engineering to construct one-of-a-kind pieces that use a collection of photographs to create a larger work of art. By manipulating photos with materials like bleach and varnish, Mann can highlight individual elements in the various photos that speak to the theme of his overall piece.

The wide range of pieces allows the gallery to encompass a variety of trends within the art community and creates a creative, stimulating environment in the Vista Sales Gallery. To see masterpieces currently on display, stop by at 345 E Wacker Drive.