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Courtesy Kurt Herrmann and Sidewinder Gallery

4 December art openings to see in Chicago

Coloring paintings, striking still-life photos and hopeful screenprints are on display this month

Zach Long
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Zach Long
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As the weather grows colder, there's no shortage of holiday traditions and activities to partake in around Chicago. If you've already visited Christkindlmarket for your annual mug of Glühwein, why not add a bit of art to your December schedule? Some of the city's best galleries have notable shows in store for the final month of the year, including a collection of prints curated by Jay Ryan and mesmerizing canvases by abstract painter Jackie Saccoccio. Find even more exhibits worth seeing with our guide to the best Chicago art openings to see in December.

December art openings in Chicago

  • Art
  • Painting

Hailing from Pennsylvania’s Appalachian range, artist Kurt Herrmann creates canvases that depict abstract compositions (which he dubs "Color Bombs"), cowboys and creatures. Best known for designing original beer bottle labels for Elk Creek Café, Herrmann's latest exhibition demonstrates the breadth of his work and the vibrancy of his creative mind.

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  • Art
  • Prints & editions

Prolific screenprinter Jay Ryan (a.k.a the Bird Machine) curates a collection of prints by more than 20 of his favorite local ink-pullers, all focused around the theme of optimism in the face of adversity. The lineup was selected to showcase work by artists who are not white males, and will include pieces from Amy Martin, Jen Corace, Landland and Sonnenzimmer.

  • Art
  • Painting

Abstract painter Jackie Saccoccio presents a collection of her swirling, dripping canvases in her latest solo exhibition. Her work finds a sense of direction in the simple reaction of paint to the pull of gravity, creating dizzying, mesmerizing lines that pull the viewer into a proverbial "Spectral Hole."

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