Sustain aims to foster expression, acceptance, sustainability and growth through creative work. We seek to engage our local community, as well as queer and artistic communities all around in being an inclusive and accessible space. This intends to be a resource for our Uptown community, as well as women, queer and trans folks, people of color, the differently abled and the up and coming artists that exist within those communities. As a space utilized to organize, educate, and exhibit work, experiences, and beliefs. In advocating for inclusivity we maintain an open call and submission for gallery shows, workshops, individual works and other project proposals that parallel our ideas.
Sustain's gallery is used to showcase artists collections of individual/collaborative work and to hold larger gallery shows. Besides the gallery, we utilize the space to sell zines, books, craftwork and artwork by Chicago and non-Chicago artists. This supports artists in the pursuit of financial stability through artistic expression, something Sustain believes needs to be an attainable possibility!
Our work space is open for artists to create and share ideas with like minded individuals. Sustain's work space aims to foster dialogue, informed critique, community and collaboration. And be a reliable and sustainable source for materials, projects, ideas, culture, and education. We think it is important to emphasize that this is a space serving queer and trans folks, people of color, the differently abled and women. And intend to be most resourceful for people of those communities. Though this does not mean to exclude any person that identifies differently.
Sustain proudly carries the artwork of the following artists:
Sustain proudly stocks the books, comics, wearables, and etc from the following artists and distributors:
Elizabeth Eisenstein - Pasadena,CA
Eric Piper - Oklahoma City, OK
Frances Cannon - Australia
Korin Schneider - Portland, Oregon
Laurie Melia - Australia
Matilde Digmann - Denmark
Nicole Del Rio - Chicago, IL
Phillip David Stearns - New York, NY
Polygon1993 - France
Quinn Rivenburgh- Chicago, IL
Tommi Parrish - Australia
Wyatt Little - Texas
Es Súper Fun
Mend My Dress Press
Perfectly Acceptable Press
Work P and P
Separate from the gallery, we also run a small DIY tape label Niatsus (which is just pronounced "sustain") and produce physical releases for visual/audio artists, runs of 1-100+ on cassette and VHS. See the page titled Niatsus for more information!