Why Are We Called 6018North?
When the Chinese artist, designer and urbanologist Jiang Jun first visited the house, about its historic street numbers 6018, he said:
6 is “lucky/fortunate” and represents flow.
0 is “you.”
1 is “are going to be.”
8 is “prosperous.”
6018 extended to artists and neighbors alike, is a collective you that is fortunate, flowing, and prosperous.
6018North's dilapidated mansion is located in Edgewater, one of Chicago’s most diverse neighborhoods. Located in Edgewater’s Kenmore-Winthrop dense corridor of apartment buildings home to CHA, Section 8, trans-gender residents, and international refuges, as well as single family homes and condos, this neighborhood is diverse on multiple levels -- economics, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, and education. Yet diversity does not necessarily create a diverse community. Therefore 6018North asks how artistic encounters can connect neighbors and create a space to meet through art, food, architecture, and/or performance?
6018North is also itinerant. We create exhibitions and events in storefronts, on the beach, streets, gardens, and in classrooms. Wherever we are, we invite artists to transform spaces through art while drawing people together.
6018North Artistic Director: Tricia Van Eck
After 13 years of working at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, where she was Associate Curator, Tricia Van Eck left to focus on 6018North, which is now in its 5th year. 6018North has recently been written up by Paris's LeMonde Magazine as the gallery to visit in Chicago and its presentation of Every House Has A Door's Ceasar's Bridge at Comfort Station was listed by Lori Waxman as Best Visual Art of 2015 in the Chicago Tribune. We currently have the exhibitions Its Elemental and Chapel on view at 6018 N. Kenmore. These exhibitions offer unique, intimate encounters between art and audiences, a hallmark of Van Eck's programming.
Her last project at the MCA was the Chicago presentation of Mark Bradford's retrospective and his community residency exhibition. At the MCA she presented over 70 exhibitions much of which were audience engaged, interactive, or extended the MCA's reach into the community such as Interactions: A Four Month Series of Artist and Audience Activations as a companion to Without You I Am Nothing: Art and Its Audience; Jan Tichy's Project Cabrini Green; Theaster Gates: Temple Exercises; Tino Sehgal’s Kiss; Here/Not There; and Hide and Seek: An Out of Gallery Experience. She curated the MCA Chicago presentations of various traveling exhibitions such as Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe and curated numerous exhibitions of Chicago artists including Mapping the Self and Kerry James Marshall: One True Thing Meditations on Black Aesthetics, as well as many artists’ book shows and UBS 12 x 12: New Artists/New Work exhibitions, which showcased the work of emerging Chicago artists. About the connection between the MCA and 6018North Tricia Van Eck has said, "I am indebted to the remarkable artists with whom I have collaborated with at the Museum of Contemporary Art and I bring that experience to create a new and experimental cultural space that increases opportunities, visibility, and audiences for Chicago artists."
Tricia Van Eck has lived in the Edgewater neighborhood for more than 18 years and has worked with the community in various capacities, most notably in co-designing the Harmann and Lotte Shaalman garden on Sheridan Road, as an oasis of calm for the multiple groups that gather together in nature.
Awards & Grants
6018North is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation, partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, The Illinois Arts Council Summer Youth Employment grant, a City Arts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and individual donations.
6018North has previously received grants and support from:
- The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE): Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP)
- The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation
- The Propeller Fund
- The French Consulate of Chicago
- The Joyce Foundation in conjunction with Columbia College's Risky Encounters
- School of the Art Institute
- Uptown United (SSA 34)
- Edgewater Chamber of Commerce (SSA 26)
- Cedar Flats
- and Individuals