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Art on Track transforms a 6-car CTA train into the worlds largest mobile art gallery.

About Art on Track

Art on Track is a mobile art gallery on board a six-car CTA train. Each train car is given over, for free, to a different local artist or arts group to curate. The public is invited to board the train and view the artwork.

Once aboard the train, passengers in the gallery are encouraged to explore and engage with the artists and artwork. The train will circle the "Loop" elevated track in downtown Chicago, making stops for people to switch between train cars at the Adams/Wabash (the main entrance), Washington/Wells, Quincy/Wells, and Randolph/Wabash train stations. 

Art on Track will be celebrating its 5th year on Saturday, September 22nd

5-10pm.  

Why This Show is Important

Art on Track is free for artists to apply because we want this venue to be accessible to anyone with a great idea. Everyone can apply and we specifically target artists we find to be brilliant but under-represented. That is not to say you cant be an established artist to participate. We like to mix it up so that people who are just starting their careers get exposed to working with seasoned veterans of the art world. The critical mass of media attention and public participation that AoT brings to its artists has helped many find jobs or make career deciding connections as a result of participation. Our desire is to shape AoT as a platform that puts the artists first.   

Who goes to Art on Track?

Here are some folks who enjoyed last year's show.

History

Art on Track was created in 2008 by students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It has run annually ever since. The show was originally created to be an open forum for contemporary artists to exhibit their work in a non traditional setting. It provides a major audience for artists who otherwise might go unknown. The mission has evolved since to include granting for individual artists and alternative venues.  

Why Kickstarter?

This Kickstarter campaign is being run to cover the cost of putting Art on Track together. Most of the cost is in renting the CTA train and the rest goes towards helping out the artists in the show. That includes promoting artists, printing postcards, maintaining a website, etc. Your support provides an unbelievable experience for artists and the public alike.

What will I see at Art on Track?

We don't know yet what this year will bring! Below are some images from past shows.

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    A free ticket for the show! Donate $10 and your entrance fee is waived. You may claim your ticket at the door.

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    A free ticket for the show and an artwork from one of the Art on Track participating artists. Yes for just $25 you can own ART. We choose from one of our 8 artists groups at random, you wont be disappointed.

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    All of the perks from the less pricey reward levels and a group tour of the show! Only KickStarter donors get this tour given by the shows creator and his hand picked curators.

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    All of the perks from the less pricey reward levels and inclusion on our website as a donor. You can even make up a funny name like "Elvis" or "refrigerator" well post it up regardless, you've earned it.

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    Ok, at this level we pick you and your friends up from the elevated stop of your choice. We can seriously do this. A train full of Art straight to your door. Lets set the ground rules. 1) Any loop connected elevated line (orange, green, brown,pink) Sorry no yellow line. 2) You pick one stop. 3) We will pick you up and take you down to the Loop where the exhibition takes place, you must find your own way back (we suggest a regular CTA train). 4) you pick the place, we pick the time. We'll work with you on the when but ultimately, for scheduling reasons, it's our preference. It will be the day of the exhibition of course (September 22nd). 5) don't be late, be early for pick up. It's an active track, other trains have to pass through we cannot stand around for long periods of time. All of the perks from the less pricey reward levels included of course. This Perk is limited.

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