Contemporary Art Workshop

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Please note: The gallery will close its doors on April 30, 2009.

Said to be the first artist-created, artist-run alternative gallery in the country, the Contemporary Art Workshop was founded in 1950 by artists John Kearney, Leon Golub, Cosmo Campoli, Ray Fink and Al Kwitz. The workshop has hosted shows by June Leaf, Leon Golub, Seymour Rosofsky, and Robert MacCauley. Housed in a converted dairy since 1960, there are studios, classes and gallery space with opportunities for young artists. Although hundreds of artists have exhibited here, its anchor is John Kearney, well-known for his bumper sculpture animals and other figures seen throughout Lincoln Park and elsewhere. The organization's director is his wife, Lynn Kearney.