March 2017 | Official Press Release for Unpresidented

SPACE 900 and James Deeb present:
Unpresidented: Art in Common Cause
A pop-up benefit exhibition
March 17th-19th, 2017

1042 Wesley Ave.
Evanston IL 60202

For centuries, artists have relied on support from the community to make their work. In light of the current political climate, and with the NEA in danger of being defunded (among other important government agencies and nonprofit organizations), artists are eager to find ways to give back and support the institutions that they hold dear. Unpresidented: Art in Common Cause is a benefit pop-up exhibition inviting artists to present their work in order to support the institutions of their choosing. The majority of the sales of each donated piece will be given to each artists’ chosen charity or organization. With over 20 participating artists from the Chicagoland area, showing a broad range of aesthetic styles, and supporting local, national, and international causes, Unpresidented gives artists agency to mobilize their community. Eventually, event founder James Deeb hopes to spark a series of exhibitions nationwide that continue to help artists to use their artistic passions to directly affect positive change.

The venue SPACE 900 is an art collective and exhibition space, located in Evanston’s burgeoning West Village Arts District. The space supports its core members, while also creating community exhibiton opportunities for the Chicagoland area. (

Curator and event founder James Deeb is an Evanston-based artist, who has shown his paintings and monotypes across the Midwest and select locations throughout the country. (

The participating artists: Ken Avick, Jane Barthès, Jeff Bauer, Maureen Claffy, Colleen Conley, Rory Coyne, James Deeb, Clark Ellithorpe, Sam Farchione, Judith Roston Freilich, Lisa Goesling, Ellen Greene, Susan Hall, Deanna Krueger, Gunjan Kumar, ATYL/Alexandra Lee, Lauren Levato Coyne, Bert Leveille, Chandrika Marla, Bert Menco, Karen Perl, Joyce Polance, Nancy Rosen, Allison Svoboda, Diane Thodos, Tamara Wasserman, and Fotios Zemenides