Ellen Gradman and Fred Klonsky
Art Work and Activism- Posters and Cartoons on the Politics of the City

URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 S Halsted Chicago, Illinois 60608 Opening February 12th 6pm-10pm

Also displayed art work created by children during the Dyett Hunger strike and work created by Drummond students.

Artists Discussion 7pm

Spoken word poets and music by 4/12 Seconds of Reverb (CPS teachers make the best music!)

Elen Gradman is a Chicago based artist and teacher. She is an activist in labor and education support and she has employer her art to support the movement in Chicago.

Fred Klonsky has lived in Chicago for more than 40 years. Fred was the president of his teachers union local, was a K-5 teacher for nearly three decades, and writes and draws about justice issues in Chicago.

Autonomia Contra la Muerte / Autonomy Against Death

Social Justice Posters from Mexico. Posters from Grafica de Lucha, Escuela Cultura Popular Martires del 68, and Mujeres Grabando Resistencia.

Proceeds of poster sales 100% to support the movements!

Opening March 11 from 6pm to 10pm
Uri-Eichen Gallery 2101 S Halsted, Chicago IL 60608

Discussion 7pm

J. Martin from STITCH Milwaukee, a community organization, and Pancho MacFarland on the posters and the Zapatista Movement.

Pancho McFarland, PhD, is a former b-boy, current hip hop head, professor of sociology at Chicago State University, author, martial artist and father. He is an activist within the food justice and local food movements.r, martial artist

Live music with Linda Boyle and Adam Gottlieb 8pm

Discussion 7pm:

Linda doesn't just sing a song, she tells our stories. A Chicago singer, song writer, Linda Boyle's repertoire includes many originals, roots, world, folk, Blues, Country and Old Time. She sings in several languages, with a large repertoire in Spanish. Her performances include festivals in the Midwest to South Dakota and countless rallies and events supporting peace, anti-racism, workers, public education, immigrant rights and folks with disabilities.

Open by appointment through April 1, 2016. For an appointment, call 312 852 7717

April 8th Opening: Con Justicia Para Todos- Group with Rene Arceo, Eric Garcia, Oscar Luis Martinez, Nicole Marroquin, Gabriel Villa, and The 96 Acres Project. (In)Justice for All Film Screening April 22nd.

May –September: Each month a new show on growing income inequality in America- Oscar Magallanes, Uri-Eichen collaborates with the Maxwell Street Foundation, 1%: Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality (a collaboration with the Gage Gallery), Group Show with Gary Huck, Mike Konopacki and others- cartoons about inequality.

Special Event: PAPER PROTEST WORKSHOP with Ellen Gradman


Have something to say? Have a desire to create a radical image? Want to express an idea visually, but not sure how to do it? Then this workshop is for you! No art experience is necessary! The wonderful thing about activism art (Artivism) is at the core it is inclusive and democratic. The workspace will be in Uri-Eichen Gallery, and participants will be surrounded by the art work of Fred Klonsky and Ellen Gradman. We will also refer to iconic revolutionary art for inspiration. Each participant will create a personal, Paper Protest. You will be exposed to ways to think big, yet edit your thoughts to create a visual image with or without words. A variety of materials will be used including but not limited to; paper, markers, stencils, clip art, computer/copy machine printouts. We will also discuss ways to use the images created in the immediate future.

All materials provided, no charge rsvp to Ellen Gradman at everychicago@gmail.com

By Appointment through March 4. To make an appointment call 312 852 7717

URI-EICHEN Gallery 2101 South Halsted
CHICAGO Illinois 60608



Second Fridays of the Month


6PM - 10PM

URI-EICHEN Gallery Board

Richard Berg is the Past President of Teamsters Local 743 where he was an activist in the Teamster reform movement for more than 20 years before being elected president. He was a member and union steward for the Teamsters while working in the Department of Environmental Services at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He has also worked as an Organizer for AFSCME, as a Business Agent for the Teamsters and as a Union Representative for SEIU Local 73. He was also previously the Treasurer of the Chicago Area Labor Support Committee, Executive Board Member of the Chicago Chapter of the Labor Committee for Latin American Advancement, International Steering Committee Member of Teamsters for a Democratic Union, 30th Ward Coordinator for Harold Washington for Mayor in 1987, Staff for James Exum for 48th Ward Democratic Committeeman, Steering Committee Member of the Illinois Chapter of the Labor Party, Wisconsin Chair of the Midwest Coalition Against Registration and the Draft, Co-Chair of the Marquette University Coalition for Divestiture and President of the Marquette University Progressive Student Organization . Richard is currently a Staff Representative for Illinois AFSCME Council 31 and serves on the Steering Committee for the Chicago Labor Speakers Club. He also enjoys fine art whenever possible.

Paul Durica is a teacher, writer, and public historian. Since 2008 he has been producing a series of free and interactive public history programs under the name Pocket Guide to Hell. These talks, walks, and reenactments use costumes, props, music, and audience participation to make the past feel present. Paul has collaborated on programs with a range of cultural institutions from across Chicago including the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Chicago History Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Gallery 400, Smart Museum, and Sullivan Galleries among others. Paul recently received grants from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Park District to do a series of public history programs in Chicago parks and is one of seven Chicago artists selected to be part of the citywide People Plaza project. Pocket Guide to Hell has been written about in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Atlantic Cities, and Huffington Post, and Paul has appeared multiple times on WBEZ and WTTW. Paul’s writing on Chicago history and culture has appeared in Poetry, The Chicagoan, Mash Tun, Lumpen, and elsewhere and, with Bill Savage, he is the editor of Chicago By Day and Night: The Pleasure Seeker’s Guide to the Paris of America (Northwestern UP, 2013). In May 2014 at the Logan Center for the Arts, he organized with Leigh Fagin Let’s Get Working: Chicago Celebrates Studs Terkel, a three-day festival of conversations, readings, film screenings, and musical performances celebrating the life and work of the radio personality and oral historian Studs Terkel and those who continue his work in the present. He is currently the Programs Coordinator for The Arts Club of Chicago.

Ruth Needleman, professor emerita in Labor Studies at Indiana University, has taught labor and Latin American studies since the late sixties. After 4 years in Latin American Literature & Studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz, she worked for the United Farm Workers under Cesar Chavez.

Ruth has been awarded honors for excellence in teaching, research and service, for her work, including a book, Black Freedom Fighters in Steel: the struggle for union democracy, and many articles on black history, race, class and gender, leadership development and on movements in Latin America. She contributed to a book on the right-wing in Chile, published by Quimantu, Allende’s publishing house, prior to the fascist coup. She has traveled extensively, presented in Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Nigeria, Yugoslavia, Japan, Colombia and more.

She pioneered courses in Labor & the Arts at IU, and established a 15-year college-degree program called Swingshift College, enabling steelworkers to complete college degrees in a customized worker program based on transformational pedagogy. Currently she is writing about this program and the role and character of “pedagogy for liberation” for the 21st century. She is also teaching a course on global social movements at the School of the Arts Institute.

John Pitman Weber is active in community based public art, having co-founded the Chicago Public Art Group almost 45 years ago. His public works in mosaic, paint, cement, and brick are currently found in Chicago, New York City, Minneapolis, Vitoria-Gasteiz, (Spain), Spencer, IA and libraries of Broward Cty, FL. He is also active in the studio with painting and woodcuts. One of his large woodcuts is currently included in the Gulf Labor Coalition’s presence at the Venice Biennale. He is emeritus, retired from Elmhurst College. His home-studio is in Pilsen.

Larry Redmond: I've always had an interest in art. As a child, I used to draw comic book characters. When I entered college, I had hoped to major in art. However, at the time UIC didn't have an art department.

Now, I express myself visually through photography. I love photographing life in the street, especially marches and demonstrations. But my interest is expanding to fine art photography. I hope to do portraits and still lifes within the next year or so.

I graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where I majored in Philosophy and minored in English. I later attended the John Marshall Law School, earning a Juris Doctor degree. I studied art and photography at Chicago State University where I developed my passion for Documentary Photography and Photojournalism.

I have recently become a member of the Chicago Alliance of African-American Photographers because I appreciated the organization's dedication of professionalism and excellence in the practice of the art of photography. I am also a member of the Washington Park Camera Club.

I currently live in Chicago with my wife and family.

Kathy Steichen co-founded Uri-Eichen Gallery with her husband, Christopher Urias, in 2011. She has led the programming development and coordination of over 100 visual art and community events at the gallery in the last 4 years. She built an organization that brings thousands of people into the space to enjoy music and participate in discussions on social justice themes. She has been involved in racial justice, anti-war and human rights issues for over 25 years. She is an alumna of several social justice and arts programs at Las Palomas de Taos, housed in the Mable Dodge Luhan House in Taos, New Mexico. She founded and presided over Amnesty International chapters at the University of Iowa, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She worked as the Student Program Coordinator of Amnesty International in the Mid-west Region. She worked for Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s first primary run as the field coordinator of the 48th Ward in Chicago in the first Campaign School. She is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has a M.S. in Union Leadership and Administration from UMASS Amherst. She has worked in the labor movement for more than 17 years as an organizer and union staff representative where she represents private and public sector local unions. She has been a practicing print-maker for over 25 years focused on work related to social justice themes.

Christopher Urias co-founded Uri-Eichen Gallery with his wife, Kathy Steichen, in 2011. He is a Pilsen, Chicago native who loves to live so close to good food. He is a graduate or the School of the Art Institute of Chicago focused on printmaking. He develops all the social media for the gallery and completes all the needed design work. He works at the American Bar Association.