December 21, 2016

We're back! Good News Only has been on hiatus but we are starting our programs back up in early 2017. You can enhance the lives of Chicago high school students with art by making a 100% tax deductible gift to Good News Only, one of Chicago’s most unique youth arts organizations. Please consider making a gift to our annual fund, which is essential to sustaining our programming.

Your philanthropic contribution will be used to give students the opportunity to get behind the scenes in the art industry. We're not the only ones who think this exposure is important - the Ford Foundation says diversity should be a top priority for cultural organizations.

Please make a year end gift to support Good News Only so we can continue to teach career development in the arts while enhancing and celebrating neighborhoods. Your support is important to us, and we hope you will be as generous as you can.

We are also excited to announce that we will be selling t-shirts and tote bags adorned with our logo. All proceeds will go toward our programming. More details coming soon!

This is an important time for Good News Only as we relaunch our program in the new year, and we hope you will become part of it. To make a contribution online, click here.

March 31, 2014

Good News Only is pleased to announce its current exhibition curated by high school students entitled Hole In The Wall. Please join us at our pop-up exhibition and reception on Saturday, April 5th from 2-6pm. Teen curators Ashley Busse, Michael Rumas, Mariah Munoz, Claudia Tisdale-Dollah, and Madison Tenney will be available to answer questions. The pop-up exhibition and reception will be held at 6018North, a non-profit arts organization located at 6018 N. Kenmore in Chicago. Describing the exhibition, curator Ashley Busse says: "This exhibition was cool because we got to work in a new, alternative gallery space and meet tons of professional and emerging artists."

Hole In The Wall is a unique exhibition inspired by the physical space of 6018North - a dilapidated 100-year-old private residence in Edgewater. In researching the show, the student curators decided they would transform the first floor of the house, which has been partially stripped of its walls and ceilings, and fill in gaps and empty spaces with art of a similar material. The show highlights artwork that incorporates the use of raw and organic materials related to residential construction. The Good News Only curators were inspired by the remnants of what used to be and what is to come for the gallery at 6018North.

February 10, 2014

Good News Only has started the spring 2014 after school session! We have an amazing group of Senn Arts students! We're very pleased to announce that our exhibition will be at 6018North in Edgewater in early April. We will post updates about our upcoming exhibition as the teen curators brainstorm the theme, title and selection of artists over the next 8 weeks.

November 8, 2013

Good News Only would like to announce the completion of 'Link', a new public art mural by Heather Hancock and Sarah Laing co-sponsored with Eco-Andersonville. The mural is located on the southeast corner of Bryn Mawr & Clark Street in Andersonville. This busy pedestrian corridor features a signature Andersonville public gathering space with wrought iron benches and planters on the generous sidewalk. The new art installation, Link, now adds a vibrant visual experience to this inviting outdoor space. Special thanks to Adriatic Cafe (5553 N. Clark Street) for their support of this project and for hosting an Artist Reception on Thursday November, 21st from 6pm - 8pm. Please join us in celebrating this wonderful addition to our public art community.

September 27, 2013

Good News Only is participating in the EdgeUP festival this weekend! The festival, curated by Tricia Van Eck of 6018North, is part of Chicago Artists Month and celebrates Uptown and Edgewater as successful melting pots. It spotlights these neighborhoods’ unique diversity of people and commercial, cultural and culinary establishments. Through artistic interactions and encounters at the lakefront, in gardens, on the streets, and in public spaces EdgeUP connects neighbors to art, artists, and ideas.

On Sunday, September 29th from 11am-3pm artist Justus Roe will be on site tweaking his massive public art mural at 5600 Ridge. The mural, sponsored by GNO, spans both sides of the historic flatiron building at the Ridge/Bryn Mawr/Broadway intersection in Edgewater. The mural references architecture, city grid systems, and landscapes, and Justus will be available to answer questions during the afternoon.

September 8, 2013

Good News Only is pleased to announce its largest public art mural to date at 5600 Ridge by artist Justus Roe. The mural spans both sides of the historic flatiron building at the Ridge/Bryn Mawr/Broadway intersection in Edgewater. Justus Roe works in a variety of visual media including painting, large scale murals, and sculptural installations. His work references architecture, city grid systems, and landscapes. His stylized forms, mark-making and color palette develop work that is at once reminiscent of aerial perspectives and metropolitan environments. Justus will continue to add detail to the 5600 Ridge mural during the month of September. He will be onsite during the opening weekend of Chicago Artists Month (September 28-29), so come by and watch him at work! Special thanks to Supera Asset Management for supporting this project.

We are teaming up with Eco Andersonville again this fall to bring two murals to North and South Andersonville walls. The first of these two murals will be going up on the side of Adriatic Cafe near Bryn Mawr and Clark sometime this October. The RFP is currently available, please send submissions to elizabeth@gnonly.com or bbonanno@andersonville.org.

July 26, 2013

Good News Only is thrilled to be back in the saddle promoting public art in Chicago. We are excited to be working on several public art murals in Edgewater and Uptown this summer and fall. Locations and details are still in the works, so we will post more information as soon as it becomes available. GNO plans to get the after school program running as soon as possible too. Thanks for your patience these past months while our founder, Elizabeth Shank, took some time off to learn how to be a mom to her new baby girl.

November 9, 2012

It's the time of year when we are carefully thinking about how our generosity can make an impact on others. You can enhance the lives of inner city students with art by making a 100% tax deductible gift to Good News Only, Chicago's newest youth arts organization. In our first year, we have accomplished so much - touching the lives of participants and viewers. Please consider making a gift to our annual fund, which is essential to sustaining our programming.

Your philanthropic contribution will be used to assist student curators with the opportunity to continue to organize exciting exhibitions of work by contemporary artists, such as our summer show Forgotten Ones with Project Onward.

And your donation will be used to fulfill our mission of bringing art to the community to encourage dialogue, for example our city-wide installation of Candy Chang's Before I Die. With over five strategic locations around the city, thousands of Chicagoans responded to Chang's piece.

Please make a year end gift to support Good News Only so we can continue to teach career development in the arts while enhancing neighborhoods. Your support is important to us, and we hope you will be as generous as you can.

View a short video about Good News Only.

This is an important time for Good News Only, and we hope you will become part of it. To make a contribution online, click here.

By mail, checks can be made out to Good News Only, and sent to: Development Office, 1275 W. Victoria Street, Chicago, IL 60660.

September 4, 2012

As of August 31st, Good News Only has moved out of the gallery storefront at 5604 N. Ridge in Edgewater. The building owner will be renovating the entire building shortly, so we decided to let our lease expire. Despite being without our own storefront for a few months, Good News Only will be hard at work producing public art projects this fall/winter as well as running several workshops inside Senn High School - resulting in an exhibition with Senn student artwork and curators. We will post updates when we have exact dates for the exhibition.

In the meantime, we are pleased to announce our partnership with the Andersonville Development Corporation. Together we are producing a mural by Ruben Aguirre on the Clark Street parklet in Andersonville. Ruben Aguirre will install the mural this Friday, September 7th. The parklet has already been reviewed by the Chicago Tribune - and Ruben's artwork will make this 'people spot' even more enticing.

Thanks to everyone who supported us at our first gallery space at 5604 N. Ridge. We are looking forward to opening a bigger and better space in the neighborhood in spring 2013! And check out Neighborland if you have ideas to offer the building owner at 5600 Ridge on what you want in the renovated space.

July 23, 2012

Good News Only is pleased to announce its current exhibition curated by high school students entitled 'Forgotten Ones'. Please join us at the opening reception on Thursday, July 26th from 6-8pm. Teen curators Karla Almazan, Mikayla Garner, Jackie Mauleon, and Ellie Medel will be available to answer questions. The exhibition runs through August 24, 2012.

Good News Only is incredibly honored to have collaborated with Project Onward this summer. Project Onward is a studio and gallery dedicated to the creative growth of artists with mental and developmental disabilities. Located in the historic Chicago Cultural Center, Project Onward provides workspace, art materials, professional guidance, and opportunities for exhibition and sales to artists who have exceptional talents but face challenges ranging from autism to mental illness.

June 19, 2012

Good News Only will be open by appointment only during the summer. Please email to set up a visit any day of the week.

June 9, 2012

Good News Only is pleased to announce its current exhibition curated by high school students entitled 'A lot of you care, but not enough'. Please join us at the opening reception on Friday, June 15th from 6-8pm. Teen curators Samuel Choi, Theo Covey, Kimberly Hernandez and Katherine Rumas will be available to answer questions. The exhibition runs through July 20, 2012.

Good News Only is offering a five week summer session for teenagers. Students in the summer session will curate a show exclusively with Project Onward artists. Project Onward is a studio and gallery dedicated to the creative growth of artists with mental and developmental disabilities located in the historic Chicago Cultural Center. The exhibition at GNO will run July 28 - August 31, 2012. There are a couple spots left in the summer program, which starts June 26th. If you know a teen who might be interested, please contact us.

April 23, 2012

We are currently in Week 2 of the spring after school program with a motivated group of students who are very excited and working hard. This week we will visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Arts Club of Chicago and the River North gallery district. The spring students will help de-install the Forever Young exhibition at the end of May, and install the exhibition they curate in early June. We are recruiting for the summer program at Good News Only. The five week program runs from the end of June to the end of July, Tuesday and Thursdays from 10am-3pm. Email us for more information or if you are interested in participating.

GNO and the Chicago Urban Art Society are adding two more locations of Candy Chang's Before I Die interactive artwork. In addition to Edgewater and Pilsen, we installed a wall in Little Village last weekend, and this week another wall goes up in Lincoln Square at Lillstreet Art Center. Visit the Before I Die Chicago blog for more information, pictures, and news.

The biggest news this season is that we received our 501(c)(3) status from the IRS. We are so grateful to The Law Project and DLA Piper for their assistance in this process. Now there is no reason you should wait to donate to Good News Only! We rely on the generosity of our neighbors, friends, and community to offer free programming. Please visit our donations page to make a donation. You can also support us by buying artwork from our exhibitions. Many of the pieces in Forever Young are available and a percentage of the sale goes toward GNO programming. Please email the gallery for a price list.

March 12, 2012

It's been an exciting month at Good News Only! We had a tremendous opening reception for the first group of teen curators graduating from the GNO after school program. Last week we installed our first public art piece. We are thrilled to be fulfilling our mission and truly appreciate the support of the community.

On Saturday, March 3, GNO hosted a reception for Forever Young. Special thanks go out to all of the friends, families, neighbors, artists, and teachers who came to the opening. During the 12-week after school program, six Senn High School students were taken on field trips to museums, galleries, artist studios, art schools, and art related small businesses. To prepare for their GNO exhibition, students brainstormed a theme and title, selected the artwork, and then arranged and installed the show. During the month of March, GNO will be recruiting for the spring session of the after school program, which starts the first week of April. If you know a teen who would benefit from our program, please send us an email or stop by & say hi.

Good News Only is overjoyed to announce its first public art installation. GNO partnered with the Chicago Urban Art Society to bring the work of Candy Chang to Chicago. Candy Chang's Before I Die interactive installation has been seen in cities all over the world, and this is its first stop in Chicago. GNO & CUAS are sponsoring several locations around the city. We installed at 1101 W. Granville this past weekend and the moment we pulled the stencils off the wall, neighbors were ready to make their mark. Please visit beforeidieCHI.tumblr.com to see photos of the installation and keep tabs on new locations as they are installed around the city. Email your photos of the installations to beforeidiechicago@gmail.com and we'll post them on the blog for the world to see.

March 1, 2012

We are two days away from the opening of our inaugural exhibition curated by students from Senn High School, entitled Forever Young. Forever Young is on view from March 3 - May 25, 2012. A reception will be held Saturday, March 3rd from 4-8pm - it is free and open to the public. Good News Only teen curators (Bridget Agyeiwah, Muluken Habtamu, Asante Lofton, Jackie Mauleon, Pascal Ndabarushimana, Zoe Steinhardt) will be available to answer questions during the reception. Describing the exhibition, teen curator Zoe Steinhardt says: "Forever Young is how kids see things and what can live forever."

We created three criteria for selecting artwork for Forever Young: literal, material, and emotional. Among the selection, viewers will see artworks that literally have children playing, for example Marvin Newman's photograph of a girl and her chalk drawing. There are works that have subjects that conjure childhood memories, such as Mark Cohen's photograph of a kid buying candy. Forever Young also includes works that use materials associated with youth such as Christina Long's installation of dolls and drawings and Regin Igloria's painted wilderness patch. We also incorporated works that are interactive and amusing, such as Amber Ginsburg & Lia Rousset's tap shoes, Aram Han's safety pin mandalas and Nico Gardener's string puppet. Additional works by Tony Fitzpatrick, Mary King, Ivan Martinez, CJ Pyle, and Zoe Strauss are on view.

February 13, 2012

Good News Only is pleased to announce its inaugural exhibition conceptualized and curated by students from Senn High School entitled Forever Young. A reception for Forever Young will be held Saturday, March 3rd from 4-8pm. Good News Only teen curators will be available to answer questions about the exhibition during the reception. We are pleased to include works by Mark Cohen, Tony Fitzpatrick, Nico Gardner, Amber Ginsburg & Lia Rousset, Aram Han, Regin Igloria, Mary King, Christina Long, Ivan Martinez, Marvin Newman, CJ Pyle, and Zoe Strauss. The exhibition will be on view through May 25, 2012.

Other upcoming events: Good News Only is hosting receptions for Neighborhood Nights on Tuesday, March 6th from 6-8pm and Spotlight on Edgewater on Wednesday, March 7th from 6-8pm. Both events will be at 5604 N. Ridge.

February 1, 2012

Good News Only teen curators are working hard on their upcoming exhibition, which opens Saturday, March 3rd. The exhibition, entitled Forever Young, was inspired by Jay Z's song of the same title. The song invokes hope, ambition, legacy, and never giving up on your dreams. Lyrics such as "May the best of your todays be the worst of your tomorrows," remind us to be positive and optimistic. "Life is for living not living uptight," prompts us to relax, be carefree, playful and without worry. Artwork is being selected from artists the students saw on field trips to galleries and artist studios. They are also locating some pieces during their independent online research.

The teen curators from Good News Only have been part of a unique after school program that focuses on the business and curatorial sides of the art industry. Students in the program are encouraged to develop art exhibitions at the gallery and in public spaces in the neighborhood. Over the course of the 12-week term, students learned how exhibitions can be influential on our greater society, whether they are in big museums, tiny galleries or public parks. They went on weekly field trips to gain real-world skills to use during the installation of their exhibition at the gallery, as well as in their academics or future profession. Throughout the term, students were inspired to think critically about the world around them. They brainstormed and selected a theme for which they can offer personal insight.

Our current exhibition, Here, Not Here, comes down February 9th and the gallery will be closed the week of February 13th.

Additional details about Forever Young will be posted soon.

January 11, 2012

We are currently in our seventh week of the inaugural after school program at Good News Only. Thanks to all of the wonderful arts organizations that have hosted us so far this term: Depaul Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Stephen Daiter Gallery, Zg Gallery, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago Cultural Center, and Terry Dowd Inc. The field trips have been an integral part of the learning process.

GNO students were busy over the CPS holiday. They completed virtual exhibitions on Tumblr blogs and presented them to each other last week. Exhibition titles included: Days of Love, The Art of Politics, Motion of Dance, Savage Grace, Bloom Where You Are Planted, and Mort, Dott, Shi, Tod, Death: The languages of death. With this project, students were required to research artworks from major museum databases, make a selection, work on the sequence, and then post the works online alongside proper caption information. The students also chose titles for their exhibitions and wrote a short paragraph about their selections.

December 1, 2011

Good News Only started its inaugural after school program this week with six students from Senn High School. The program will run 12 weeks and at the end we will hold an opening reception to celebrate the first teen-curated exhibition. Please keep in mind, the gallery may be closed on occasion during regular hours when we are away on field trips with the after school program. If you are a teenager interested in applying for the spring session, please contact the gallery.

October 28, 2011

Good News Only is a nonprofit art gallery in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood. We are pleased to announce our new location at 5604 N. Ridge Avenue located steps from the Bryn Mawr historical district.

Our inaugural presentation includes a small exhibition entitled: Here, Not Here. The exhibition title was inspired by the journeys many Edgewater residents have experienced as they emigrated to the United States. The exhibition reminds us of the passage of time, memories and mindfulness. Works by Curtis Mann, Rosalind Solomon, Zoe Strauss, Tri Luu and Nathan Lyons are included in the exhibit.

An interactive piece is displayed on the opposite wall of the gallery with the intention of engaging visitors. The public is invited to think about a range of questions about art and write answers on the wall. The piece will expand and grow as more people are involved.

The mission of Good News Only is to teach local youth how to manage a fine art gallery and thus build their critical thinking and work-study skills, to unite various socio-economic groups in the community, and to develop public art around Chicago.

Good News Only offers a unique after school program for local teenagers that focuses on the business and curatorial sides of the art industry. Students in this program will not be making their own art, instead they will be encouraged to develop art exhibitions at the gallery and in public spaces in the neighborhood. Students will discuss how exhibitions can be influential on our greater society, whether they are in big museums, tiny galleries or public parks. They will gain real- world skills that they can use in their academics or any professional industry: communication, organization, teamwork, attention to detail, timeliness, deadlines, acceptance of differences, and confidence. Throughout the term, students will be inspired to think critically about the world around them. The after school program is free.

The first exhibition curated by students will be on view in March 2012.

September 23, 2011

Good News Only moves into 5604 N. Ridge in early October. Our first exhibition, "Here, Not Here" will be open to the public at the end of October. We will post further details as they become available.