Thursday, May 1 from 5-10pm 
Sullivan Center alley between State Street and Wabash Avenue

Johalla Projects is pleased to announce a new public art project in partnership with the Chicago Loop Alliance. The large public installation will ACTIVATE the expansive alleyway located on Monroe Street between Wabash Avenue and State Street with a large number of works created by local artists that celebrate the annual “death” of winter and “rebirth” of spring. DJ Curse Mackey (Pigface, Thrill Kill Kult, Evil Mothers) will also perform.

For this pop-up installation, Johalla Projects will collaborate with a number of Chicago artists, including Todd Diederich, Ben Foch, Heather Gabel, Brittni Hessler, Andrea Jablonski, Damara Kaminecki, Ellen Nielsen, and Meg Noe to create an immersive experience for the public. Replete with a variety of artwork that stimulates the senses and celebrates the new season, the installation also provides a space for reflecting on the cyclically charged experience of life.

The event is free and open to the public. Beverages will available for purchase. 
RSVP here for a free drink ticket. You can also RSVP to the Facebook event here.

A special thanks to Pabst Blue Ribbon and CIMMFest for their support of this event.

For more information about this project, please contact Anna Cerniglia at

We found Stephen Eichhorn in the Unison Home catalog. This makes us even more excited for his solo show at Johalla this upcoming September! 

"Hangin’ with Johalla is always a total pleasure. I love these guys and it was super fun to make this video with everyone - I love Don’t Fret too and am honored to be working with him. There is a courage and honesty and vulnerability that I feel the market is in dire need of. I do see his work as a kind of service. It sticks with you." — Claire Molek

Check out this clip of Don’t Fret talking about his work! 

Check out Johalla Projects and Blue Moon Brewing Company #RaiseAMoon in DUMBO this weekend!

We also want to give special thanks to our good friends Russian Circles for letting us soundtrack our video to “Ethel” from the album “Memorial.” Courtesy of Sargent House.



MARCH 1, 2014  
6-10PM EST

BROOKLYN, NY (February 27, 2014) – On March 1, Blue Moon Brewing Company will collaborate with artist collective Johalla Projects to artfully redefine the Lunar New Moon. On an otherwise moonless night, Blue Moon will present an interactive public art installation that will raise a moon into the sky at the DUMBO Archway in Brooklyn in response to fan retweets. When anyone 21 or older retweets @BlueMoonBrewCo, the moon installation will rise and Blue Moon Brewing Company will make a $5 donation to Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the arts and arts education and home to the Public Art Network. The goal is to raise up to $10,000 on March 1, while raising the moon higher into the sky.

Held in conjunction with the official launch of the @BlueMoonBrewCo Twitter handle, the genesis of the installation is a celebration of public art and is symbolic of the important role fans have played in the success of Blue Moon Brewing Company.

The installation was built in collaboration with Chicago-based Johalla Projects and artist Heather Gabel. In addition to the “moon,” the one-night event will feature a large-scale projection of Heather Gabel’s artwork. A limited-edition screen print designed by Gabel will depict complementary imagery and will be offered free to visitors.

“I’ve always drawn inspiration from space and the vast cosmos. The moon’s cycles continually inform my approach to making art,” said artist Heather Gabel. “In the iconic DUMBO Archway, I have the opportunity to use animation and projection alongside the ‘moon’ to construct a dynamic atmosphere, a starlit ballroom, that encourages interaction and engages the viewer as an active participant.” 

Upon viewing the installation on March 1, guests 21 and over can visit the Archway Café at the base of the Manhattan Bridge, adjacent to the plaza, from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. EST. to watch the moon rise and enjoy bites and beverages. No tickets are required, admittance is based on capacity. 

About Blue Moon Brewing Company
At Blue Moon Brewing Company, everything we do flows from our artistic approach to brewing. We craft our broad array of beers with flavorful ingredients for an inviting taste, perfect for enjoying the moment with friends. It’s been that way since we added our first flavorful twist back in 1995 in Denver, Colo., and that’s why we say our beer and everything we do is artfully crafted. More information is available at

About Americans for the Arts
Founded in 1960, Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. From our offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, we serve more than 150,000 members and stakeholders across the country each year. For over 50 years, Americans for the Arts has been dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating
opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Americans for the Arts is home to the Public Art Network (PAN). The only national network of its kind in the United States, PAN and its programs serve the diverse community of artists and administrators engaged in public art and efforts to further integrate art and design in our built environment. To learn more, visit us at or

About Johalla Projects
Johalla Projects was established in the fall of 2009 by Anna Cerniglia as a venue for emerging and mid-career artists. Located in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood, Johalla Projects is a collective space collaborating with artists, writers and curators. In addition to presenting exhibitions in its gallery space, Johalla works to organize and execute public art projects in across the country. Every exhibition and project undergoes a thoughtful selection process, assuring that each show presented by Johalla Projects is comprised of the finest contemporary work.  For more information, visit 

About Artist Heather Gabel
Heather Gabel was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1977. Gabel is moved to create visually fantastic situations that are not based in reality but, rather, that she has imagined. Her work is at once nostalgic and timeless, offering the viewer a unique glimpse into what was, what is, and what could be. Experienced in many mediums, she uses painting, collage, audio visuals and photography in a unique fashion to create iconic images that have a lasting visual impact on viewers.

For more information, please contact Anna Cerniglia at



The Empty Bottle 
1035 N. Western Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60622 
$5 | Tickets

Johalla Projects is pleased to announce the third iteration of POCKET CHANGE with RYAN DUGGAN: LAST CALL. This special, one-night-only event at The Empty Bottle will feature mixed media works by Duggan and music from Tinker Belles, Young Moons (Basic Cable, Why Intercept), and a DJ set by Heather Gabel.

Ryan Duggan’s work is keenly informed by the oddity of the everyday. Often fueled by his appreciation of signage and text, Duggan utilizes advertising strategies to subvert a traditionally informative message into something more intriguing or surprising. In this sense, Duggan challenges notions of purpose in visual communication and suggests an alternative way of “looking.”

For POCKET CHANGE Duggan will install a special vending machine at The Empty Bottle. Visitors to the venue will have the opportunity to receive a dispensed “last call” pick-up line (Men’s) or a fake phone number (Women’s). Furthermore, POCKET CHANGE attendees will have the opportunity to write on and interact with Duggan’s hand-designed wallpaper, which will be integrated throughout the space. The artist will also have Drug Factory Press editioned prints available for sale.

$5 tickets are available in advance here or are available at the door.

POCKET CHANGE is an ongoing fundraising event series started by JOHALLA PROJECTS and is designed to benefit public arts projects in various neighborhoods of Chicago. Each event at The Empty Bottle will cost $5 for admission, includes a complimentary PBR, and features a music performance. All money collected at the door will go directly to the event’s featured artist to produce a public art piece in Chicago.

Johalla Projects is grateful to have support from its partners in this venture, including Empty Bottle, PBR, Sixty Inches from Center, and Alderman Joe Moreno.

For more information, please contact Anna Cerniglia at

Time Traveler is Bad At Sports #1 Weekend Pick! Join us tomorrow for the opening reception from 7-10pm.