Vertical Gallery was founded in the Ukrainian Village back in 2013 with the aim to focus on art that is influenced by urban environments, street art, pop culture, graphic design, and illustration.
By displaying this art and promoting those artists, they hope to attract a wider audience, thus diminishing the barriers between traditional institutions, contemporary galleries, art collectors, and casual viewers. They have become a pioneer in exhibiting new artists who would otherwise be ignored. The owner and curator of Vertical Gallery, Patrick Hull, is a former marketing executive and uses his knowledge to bring people to his gallery to start conversations. In an interview, he stated, “I knew for a while that I wanted to open this kind of place but the west coast already felt saturated. I love Chicago and knew it didn't have as much of a street art scene as what I was seeing on the coasts or when I was traveling [for work] in Europe all the time."
This space for art admirers young and old is the perfect balance of well-known yet not known enough. If you’re looking for up and coming artists, urban street art, and are maybe even interested in buying a piece for your home, Vertical Gallery would love to have you.
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