Joliet Illinois Art
The city of Joliet has teamed up with Total Parking Solutions and Passport Parking to launch the Passport for Parking app for mobile phones. Sue Regis wants to make her mark on the community and refuses to lose an artist to the Jolie art scene.
If you need to park your vehicle overnight, you can use the Chicago Marion St. parking lot at 55 E. Marion Street. Users should note that the app is currently only available for parking in the city of Joliet: Chicago, Chicago Park District, Illinois State Park and the City of Chicago.
Gated Lots use environment cards and pay at the gate of the lot before you get off, pick up your ticket and park in the car.
The Union Station Lot will be located on the west side of the parking lot at the intersection of the Union and Main Streets. The Barrett property is located in Zone A, adjacent to the University of Illinois at the Urbana - Champaign campus. Zone A includes the US Capitol, Illinois State Capitol and the Chicago Convention and Visitors Bureau. B "includes the United States Capitol, Chicago State University, Illinois Art Museum, U of I College of Arts and Sciences and Chicago Public Schools, as well as State College and University Park.
The city council commissioned Chicago artist Alejandro Romero to paint a mural of a curved passage in the main lobby. The wall is located on the first floor of historic Union Station, and the series begins with "A Corridor of Time," which describes the development of Bluff Street in the early 20th century.
A short time later Regis and other artists were given the opportunity to explore the burned-out buildings of Old Joliet Prison to find materials to create artworks. On several weekends, the artists involved in the prison project Art Movement found artworks such as paintings, sculptures, drawings, posters, photographs, and even some pieces of furniture to determine which ones should be reused.
Regis acknowledged that some of his friends who were artists had left Joliet after years of looking for an art scene, but said there was a great need for such an organization. He said the murals provided an opportunity to update architectural tours of the Jolie area and that the tours also put Jolie at the forefront of public art. The mural theme developed from a planned mural on the walls of one of those historic buildings in the city center.
Restoration of existing public art is high on his wish list, closely followed by a project that will recall Jolie's story. He would like the Commission to support the refurbishment of the city's historic buildings and the creation of a new public park.
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Several artists associated with the group have begun to work on a project led by the Joliet Public Art Project (JAPP), a collaboration between local artists that is bringing finds from Old Jolie Prison to new use. The group was approached after looking for a local artist who might be interested in getting involved in the community.
The two then painted and employed a young artist who copied the pictures using a grid, then they both painted. What was originally conceived as an inexpensive project to beautify the renovated Union Station is now the centerpiece of Joliet's work. A team of artists has completed a mural celebrating the viaducts around the station and is working on it. In addition to the events at Bicentennial Park, the Jolie Park District proudly presents Taste ofjoliet, a hike designed to boost tourism at Michigan State University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The one-night event attracts several thousand visitors to the park each year, who enjoy a day of fun, music, food and entertainment, as well as great views of the city. Every Saturday in September, the Joliet Chamber hosts its annual "Joliet Fest" with Latin American music and food for sale. Billie Lively's Bicentennial Park, nestled in historic downtown Jolie, is now a world-class entertainment destination in the city.
A recently completed public art project documents Jolie's economic and cultural history through murals on retaining walls. The project began as a series of painted vignettes on the walls of the downtown business district, but the most striking is the Joliet History Center mural, which stretches nearly two blocks further east.
With Chicago less than 30 miles away, Joliet is on the outer edge of the Chicago Land Area, but the city is home to some of Illinois "most vibrant and diverse arts and cultural institutions.