Posted by Al Anile
Chicago-based artist Nick Fisher and Barbara Meyer, Member of the Skokie Public Arts Advisory Committee.
After graduating from The Florida State University in 2008, Fisher moved to Chicago in 2009 to continue his work as an artist. Fisher works in large scale murals as well as on a variety of smaller surfaces that include canvas, paper, wood, plastic, metal, brick, and glass. Based in Humboldt Park, most of Sick Fisher's work can be seen on California Ave as well as up and down Milwaukee Ave in Logan Square. Other neighborhoods with Fisher's public work are Rogers Park, Lakeview, Evanston, Downtown, and West Loop. In addition to his commercial endeavors, Fisher's true passion is upgrading neglected spaces such as abandoned storefronts and walls with site-specific murals or designs.
Below is the latest mural Nick painted on the 3,200 square-foot north wall of The Skokie Theatre in August 2017, sponsored by the Skokie Public Arts Advisory Committee, which took him nearly four weeks to complete. At the meeting today Nick and Barbara spoke mainly about this project.
The purpose of the Public Arts Advisory Committee (PAAC) is to integrate a wide range of public art into the community that reflects the diversity of the Village, various artistic disciplines and points of view, as well as to:
  • Promote vitality and economic development throughout the community;
  • Develop a public collection of artwork which has strong aesthetic quality and a wide range of artistic styles and disciplines;
  • Encourage collaboration among artists, architects, engineers and property owners for the public display of art so that buildings, store facades, parks and open spaces are in aesthetic harmony with public art;
  • Provide opportunities for professional artists to sell or lease their art to the Village of Skokie;
  • Disperse public art throughout the community within an initial focus in Downtown Skokie.