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John Preus, MFA ’05, makes neighborhoods into art

John Preus, MFA ’05, has been profiled in Medill Reports. The article talks about his working in the neighborhoods of Hyde Park and Woodlawn to craft “spaces of interaction” and encourage a sense of community. Citing the University of Chicago’s trademark interdisciplinary focus as an influence on his work, the article describes his recent projects:

They range from a porch on South Harper Avenue and East 57th Street to a café two blocks south, from the refurbished interior of a one-time-candy-store-turned-residence at 69th Street and Dorchester Avenue to an outdoor space built into the front lawn of a home on East 54th Place.

“I’m attracted to places where the boundary between outside and inside is really thin,” he said, “and you can pass back and forth really easily without much trouble.”

For more information, see the full article here, and also the website of Material Exchange, the artists’ co-op that Preus co-founded.

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