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General Information

Name:  Jeff W. Huebner  

Pen Name: Jeff Huebner

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1954 in St. Joseph, Michigan

-- Jeff W. Huebner on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Several years after earning a BA in English/creative writing and communications form Western Michigan University, I moved to Chicago. I have lived and worked in Chicago since 1986. All of my books--and most of my articles--have been about Chicago and Illinois artists, as well as the city's and state's public art, community art, murals, sculptures, and cultural landscapes.

Biographical and Professional Information

A West Michigan native, I am a Chicago-based art writer, freelance journalist, author, and independent mural scholar. I have freelanced articles on a variety of topics--mostly on visual art and public art--to dozens of local, regional, national, and art publications, including the ''Chicago Reader'' (20+ years), ''Chicago'' magazine, the ''Chicago Tribune'', ''Chicago Artists' News'', ''Chicago Art Magazine'', ''Public Art Review'' (Chicago correspondent), ''Sculpture'', ''ARTnews'', ''Art Papers'', ''New Art Examiner'', ''Landscape Architecture'', ''Labor's Heritage'', ''Michigan History'', as well as ''Illinois Magazine'', ''Illinois Times'', ''Illinois Super Lawyers'', etc. I am an adjunct lecturer in the Art and Architecture Department of Harold Washington College, of Chicago City Colleges. I am currently writing a book on the murals of Chicago artist William Walker (1927-2011), partly through a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Urban Art Chicago: A Guide to Community Murals, Mosaics, and Sculptures
ISBN: 1566632846

Ivan R. Dee. 2000

Chicago, so often described as a "city of neighborhoods," is the place aptly associated with the beginnings of neighborhood public art. Sparked by the grassroots political and cultural movements of the 1960s, community art has come to portray an America different from the usual signs of commerce—concerned instead with social justice, the appreciation of diverse cultures, and the traditional values of family, neighborhood, and spirituality. Urban Art Chicago is a portable guide to the most visually stimulating and historically significant community public art projects in Chicago. It includes 130 full-color illustrations of these artworks, with concise descriptions, historical background, and locations. Produced in cooperation with the Chicago Public Art Group, Urban Art Chicago effectively conveys the vibrancy of community public art (now a national phenomenon) and how it alters the relationship of artist to audience. "The audiences become the artists as they participate in the conception and making of the work," Gude and Huebner write. "The artists are bonded to the community by the process of listening and through participating in the life of a place. The content of the work and the stories of its making create a work which is 'owned' by the community. As someone once said at a public art hearing, 'We want one of those murals that are about us.'"

ISBN: 0252069579

Friend of Community Public. 2001

Since 1991 the city of Joliet, Illinois, has commissioned painters for a series of public murals. Free to use their own styles and follow their particular visions, the artists gave Joliet a diverse and dramatic body of public art that is also a statement of civic pride and a revival of a venerable midwestern tradition. Arrayed with color plates of the murals and accompanied by biographical sketches of the artists, this impressive volume documents the rich ethnic, racial, and cultural heritage that informs the art. An old industrial city thirty-five miles south of Chicago, Joliet has a mixed ethnic population. The murals of Joliet reflect this diversity, featuring the experiences of African Americans, Mexican Americans, Italian Americans, German and Irish immigrants, and the city's Slovenian community. Bold, colorful pieces acknowledge industrial and natural resources, including the Illinois and Michigan Canal, the Des Plaines River, the region's limestone quarries, and the Sauk trail. They pay tribute to the area's farmers as well as to individuals such as labor leader Samuel Gompers and the dancer, choreographer, and anthropologist Katherine Dunham. Above all, "Murals: The Great Walls of Joliet" documents the profound transformation in the local mentality wrought by the development of public art in the city. Underwritten by a community group, Friends of Community Public Art, the Joliet murals project stands as a model for modern municipal patronage, evidence of a population's decision to invest in public art to enrich its environment and express the ideals of the whole community.

Chicago Parks Rediscovered
ISBN: 0912223022

Jannes Art Press. 2002

With this exquisite collection of color photographs of Chicago's parks, photographer and Chicago native, Frank Dina has cast a fresh eye on these natural gems that dot our urban landscape.

From the sumptuous lake shore to the inner city these images capture the light, color and mood of our public spaces throughout the changing seasons. Frederick Law Olmstead's and Jen Jensen's vision of a "garden in a city" is reflected within the pages of this book. The images at once subtly incorporate and contrast the natural landscape within the urban landscape. The Prairie style architecture that is found in many of Chicago's parks is both a reflection of the concrete urban landscape within which the parks are located.

The totality of these images is an eloquent visual portrait of the origins of our bold and proud city from the vast wilderness of the mid-western prairie. This is an impressive re-discovery and re-affirmation of these islands of peace, beauty and tranquility amidst the bustle and dynamism that is Chicago.

Raya: Fetishizing the Imaginary
ISBN: 0615126030

Marcos Raya Book Project, Mexi. 2004

The visual art of Marcos Raya summarizes and anticipates the art of the twenty-first century, a period fraught with significant human displacements and cultural conflict. In order to understand Raya's work, states the Mexican cultural critic Carlos Monsiváis, one must become an "undocumented cultural subject." Monsiváis continues: "And anyone who wants to understand artistic works as vast and complex as those of Raya, must realize from the beginning that a contemporary artist needs to be read on the basis of being rooted in mobility."

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