Agitator : A Co-operative Gallery

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Raised by 18 people in 16 months
Created August 29, 2017
: a co-operative gallery :

Agitator is a co-operative gallery founded by seven Chicago-based artists. Members share a common goal to curate art work that agitates and provokes conversation, curiosity, and intellectual stimulation by virtue of the diverse visual art forms and styles that will be shown at the gallery by members and artists who are invited to exhibit.

The founding of Agitator has moved at breakneck speed with signing of a lease starting in September 2017 of an ideal 1,000 sq ft store-front gallery space at 1112 N. Ashland, on the border of the West Town and Wicker Park neighborhoods in Chicago. Our gallery is just west of the long-time supporter of independent theatre and the arts in Chicago, Chopin Theater, whose managers are also owners of the store front gallery building. We are located just south of Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery, and close to many other Chicago galleries like Aspect Ratio, Rhona Hoffman, and Chicago Truborn.

The money raised from this account will go towards helping sustain Agitator Co-operative Gallery.  Members pay monthly dues and we do raise a small amount of money from events like the Figure Tuesdays live model drawing night.  We are humbly grateful for donors who support Agitator Co-operative Gallery and our mission.

Thank you and cheers to the positive agitation of conversation within and beyond the art

Active Members of Agitator

Larry Kamphausen
Gretchen Hasse
Luna Rail
Andrea Kaspryk
Michelle Graves
Karmen Elaine
Emilio Nadales

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Update 4
Posted by Michelle Graves
6 months ago
Hello friends of Agitator Co-operative Gallery!

We have been working hard to provide for and represent note-worthy artists by giving them a space to show their work and the opportunity to talk about their work. We have also been hosting a slew of events including the Lunar Silent Film series paired with live improvised music, Figure Drawing Nights partnered with AnySquared, the Art of Science lecture series, Critique Nights and more!

We are about to resign our lease for another year of awesome activities and we humbly ask for donations to help sustain us.

If anyone is interested in becoming a member or getting more info about Agitator Gallery, please email Larry@agitatorgallery.com or go to our website, agitatorgallery.com. (Also follow us on the social networks! @agitatorgallery)

With much respect and gratitude for the friends and community we are building and for those who we will meet in year 2 of Agitator Co-operative Gallery!! <3
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Update 3
Posted by Michelle Graves
14 months ago
Opening Reception: Nov 4, 6-10pm

5 Years Later: an interdisciplinary MFA reunion

an exhibit of interdisciplinary art including poetry, pulp painting, video, quilting, collage, illustration and movement.

with special guest after show performance at 10:30pmby NYC based hip hop artist:


($10 suggested donation starting at 10pm for Prince with partial proceeds to Agitator)

Local Chicago Beer Sponsor: http://halfacrebeer.com
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Update 2
Posted by Michelle Graves
16 months ago
We had a great turn out for our very first soft opening that displayed the 7 co-founders variety of work. Can you tell how excited we all are by the looks on our faces? :D
Agitator's 7 co-founders
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Update 1
Posted by Michelle Graves
16 months ago
Come through this Saturday, Sept 16, 2017 for a soft opening (and our first opening!) to see the work of the 7 co-founders of Agitator.
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