Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist

Special Preview Screening of NANCY BECHTOL’S FILM, “Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist” to benefit ARC Gallery & Educational Foundation Sunday, June 8 at 1:30 pm. Tickets are $12.00 and $25.00 and there are only a limited number being sold. Purchase price will be donated to ARC Gallery, a nonprofit organization, through Eventbrite

“Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist”,

(99 min) Documentary. ©2014 Nancy Bechtol. Release 2014. Chris Drew, street artist and activist, was selling art for $1 in downtown Chicago to protest the Chicago Peddlers Ordinance since Art is Speech, a First Amendment Right. Those charges were dropped and replaced with a serious Class One Felony Eavesdropping Charge – for audio recording his own arrest which carried 4-15 years in prison if found guilty. After 2.5 years in the court system prosecuted by the State’s Attorney Alvarez and. Defended by two pro bono attorneys, Weinberg and Kutnick he won, and The Illinois Eavesdropping Law was declared Unconstitutional. His case and the unjust law drew nationwide and international attention. Both traditional and social media covered the unbelievable case on First Amendment Rights Now in 2014, April, the Ill. Eavesdropping Law was struck down by the Illinois Supreme Court, based heavily on Drew’s case.

.. Features Music courtesy of Hey Now Records. Behind the Sun. Andy Alton & David Mansfield. This is a true story.

Trailer on YouTube


Call for Artists: ART/TECH: Interface

In December 2013, ARC will present “ART/TECH: Interface”

Interface: [n. in-ter-feys; v. in-ter-feys] 1. A common boundary or interconnection between systems, equipment, concepts, or human beings.

The relevance of technology to our culture is undeniable.  It has altered and adjusted the way we interact, receive, interpret and share information.  Has this changed our perceptions of what art is?

This juried exhibition invites artists to submit work that investigates, discusses, or is influenced by these issues.  For example, submitted work can:

· Address the issue of cultural impact as a concept

· Use technology as a medium for a creative concept

· Be directly informed by technology though might not necessarily use technology within the artwork itself or as a sole means of expression.

· Focus on how technology has altered artists’ perception of their vision and work

All media will be considered. Please read the sections on Submission Requirements / How to Submit Work, and Acceptance Requirements before beginning submission process.


Jan Tichy is a contemporary artist and educator working with video, sculpture, architecture, and photography. Born in Prague in 1974, Tichy studied art in Israel before earning his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he is now Adjunct Professor at the Department of Art and Technology Studies. He is represented by Richard Gray Gallery.


Deadline for Submission of Applications: October 4, 2013

Notification of Acceptance: Will go out by email October 31st and November 1st, 2013


All media will be considered. Show is open to all artists, nationwide and international