Sculpture and painting exhibit rocks in Chicago

Artist Roman Villarreal poses with his sculpture "Tribute to the Past" during an unveiling at Steelworkers Park in Chicago. His work is currently on display at the "Planet Rock" exhibit at the 15th and West Gallery, 2439 W. 15th St., Chicago.

An East Chicago artist curated an exhibit in Chicago's University Village neighborhood that runs for two more weeks.

Ish Muhammad, who's been the subject of many solo shows across Northwest Indiana, selected sculptures and paintings for the 15th and West Gallery, 2439 W. 15th St., Chicago.

The "Planet Rock" exhibit is on display through June 5.

"It's pretty much a lot of sculpture and ceramics and pottery," Muhammad said. "A lot of the artists have worked with the community."

Southeast Side artist Roman Villarreal, who designed the "Tribute to the Past" sculpture for the new Steelworkers Park at the long-defunct U.S. Steel South Works mill in Chicago, for instance has work on display at the exhibit.

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Other participating artists include Sura Dupart, Hariy Detry, Justus Roe, Max Sansing, Malcolm Motubo Smith, Traz and Bill Weyna.

The gallery is by appointment only, but since it's a working studio it's easily accessible at any time, Muhammad said.

"There's always somebody working," he said.

A panel discussion on the Planet Rock exhibit will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the gallery.

For information, call (312) 912-4744.


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