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Springfield's DIY Art Space DEMO To Celebrate Final Birthday

The Demo at 732 N 4th St. Springfield

The Demo Project gallery in Springfield is an alternative art space that's been highlighting contemporary work from across the nation for four years now. It's slated to be demolished in 2018, but before that happens there's one more birthday to celebrate.

This Friday the space - a tiny white bungalow on the campus on the Springfield Art Association in Enos Park, will host its final birthday celebration - complete with multiple art exhibits. Rachel Otwell spoke with co-founder Jeff Robinson to hear more about that event and what's next for the organizers behind the Demo:

Here's more about the event on Friday, Sept. 8th from 6 - 8pm, from the Facebook event page:

DEMO Project celebrates four years of programming with three exhibition openings on Friday, September 8 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. As demolition approaches in early 2018, this event will serve as our final birthday milestone. 

DEMO Project launched in September 2013 with a solo exhibition from artist Betsy Odom. DEMO welcomes her return, along with artist Rafael E. Vera, for “Boyish Charms,” an exhibition of collaborative works. Both artists are based in Chicago. 

Chicago-based interdisciplinary artists Sarah And Joseph Belknap will present “And when we go we come crashing down” in the back gallery. 

Lastly, DEMO Project continues in a three-exhibition partnership with STNDRD, a curatorial project driven by St. Louis artist Sage Dawson that presents an outdoor flagpole mounted to the façade of DEMO Project as an exhibition space. Breanne Trammell, based in Cincinnati, will present her work, “Hey, How’s Life???”


All three exhibitions will run through Saturday, October 7. DEMO Project is open for the duration of the exhibits on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. or throughout the week by appointment. 

Rachel Otwell of the Illinois Times is a former NPR Illinois reporter.
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