Exciting Art That Deserves Your Attention In 2018

Exciting Art That Deserves Your Attention In 2018

Chicago artist, Darryll Schiff.
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The remarkable Chicago photo artist Darryll Schiff is starting out 2018 strong with his second acquisition from Oakton College, an upcoming interview on Art NXT Level podcast, and a feature in Scope New York this March.

Darryll Schiff has become one of Chicago's most prominent artists and he is only gaining momentum, in 2016 Schiff's work was selected to be exhibited in international art fairs including Art Busan in South Korea and the Bazaar Art Fair in Jakarta, Indonesia as well as a local a solo exhibition in Chicago’s River North art district. Schiff exhibited this December at Scope Miami 2017 and will show in Scope New York 2018 this March.


Descending to Heaven - The Parade Commences is the second acquisition of Schiff’s work at Oakton College. The Parade Commences is the cornerstone of Schiff’s acclaimed Descending to Heaven series; the artist's contemplative reaction and interpretation of Indian artist Jitish Kallat’s 2011 site-specific LED text installation at the Art Institute of Chicago.

In addition to Oakton’s art collection, Schiff’s work can also be found at the Art Institute of Chicago, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, among other noteworthy institutions.

Darryll Schiff oversaw the installation of his print Descending to Heaven - The Parade Commences early this November at Oakton’s Des Plaines, Illinois campus along with Nathan Harpaz, curator of the college’s museum. The print is prominently displayed at 6ft wide x 14ft high located near the Student Center. Oakton’s collection advocates the support of local art and makes an active effort to present established Chicago area artists. The fine art collection focuses on modern and contemporary art reflecting excellence and educational value through a diversity of genres and aesthetic principles.


There will be a reception held at Oakton Community College on January 31, 5-7 pm at the Des Plaines Campus located at 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016.

Noted for his distinct vision and ability to capture movement and light, Schiff’s installation brilliantly serves as an expression of mankind, moving out of the darkness to further enlightenment. But Schiff allows for the viewer to interpret themselves, whether it is true enlightenment or a false belief. Schiff hopes to convey through this piece a bright side to humanity, as it calls upon viewers to reflect on the prophets we follow and the paths we choose freely. Darryll Schiff’s works are characterized by an interest in contemplative moments, expressionistic abstraction and a unique broadening of what we know photography to be.

"Darryll Schiff uses his camera as a tool to compose stunning works of art much more reminiscent of a painting than a still record of time and space."-Halation Magazine


About Darryll Schiff

Darryll Schiff's career in fine arts began at the early age of 8 years old, taking classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. He went on to study photography at the Institute of Chicago. He went on to study photography at the Institute of Design under Arthur Siegel, Joseph Jachna, Gary Winnogrand and Aaron Siskind. He was one of three undergraduates represented in the famed Student Independent Portfolio.

Following the Institute of Design, Schiff pursued a successful commercial photography career, including shooting assignments for Los Angeles Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, Rolling Stone, Women’s Wear Daily, Stern, Geo, Beverly Hills Magazine, Pepsi, Capitol Records and Charles Jourdan. His list of celebrity clients includes Tea Leoni, Lisa Marie Presley, Mark Harmon, Chazz Palminteri, Jason Patric, Jasmine Guy, Robin Williams, Holly Robinson Peete, Regina King and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Approximately 10 years ago Schiff decided to focus solely on his fine art. His work appears in many noteworthy institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Art Institute of Chicago, George Eastman House, Koehnline Museum of Art, Norton Simon Museum Pasadena, Museum of Contemporary Photography and in many private collections.

Cover Image Credit: Darryll Schiff

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The 10 Stages Of A 2:30 P.M. Kickoff, As Told By Alabama Students

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We all have a love-hate relationship with a 2:30 p.m. kickoff at Bryant Denny Stadium, especially when it's 94 degrees.

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What do you mean I have to wake up at 9 a.m. to get ready?

2. Bracing yourself for the worst

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It's a marathon not a sprint ladies and gentleman.

3. Accepting the game is going to happen

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Rain or shine we are all in that student section screaming our heads off.

4. Trying to wear the least amount clothes possible without being naked on the Quad

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Is it me or does it get 10 times more hot the minute you walk on to the quad?

5. Shedding a tear when you walk out your front door once you feel the heat and humidity on your skin

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Is it fall yet?

6. Drowning your sorrows inside a Red Solo cup at 11:30 a.m. at a fraternity tailgate

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Maybe I'll forget about the humidity if I start frat hopping now.

7. Getting in line to go through security realizing it'll take an hour to actually get inside Bryant Denny

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More security is great and all but remember the heat index in Alabama? Yeah, it's not easy being smushed like sardines before even getting into Bryant Denny.

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Oh yeah I am working on my tan and all but what is the point of showering before kick off?

9. Attempting to cheer on the Tide, but being whacked in the head with a shaker by the girl behind you. 

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Shakers are tradition, but do we have to spin it around in a full 360 every two seconds? I have a migraine from just thinking about it.

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1. Know Where You Want To Buy Your Binder From

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There are several places you can buy binders from, the place most people that bind get binders from are gc2b. Yes, there are other places you can get binders, but gc2b offers different styles, colors, and sizes all for a reasonable price and a good return policy. Another bonus with gc2b is that they ship their binders very discreetly so that if it is unsafe for you to order one, the packaging does not reveal what is inside.

2. What Style Binder Are You Going To Get?

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3. What Size Do I Need To Get?

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Do NOT try and measure yourself on your own! I promise if you measure yourself you will not get the right size. Have a friend help you measure yourself. There is a size guide on most binder websites, here is the link to gc2b's size chart.

PS: Always go up a size if you are in between sizes or if you are unsure! Trust me.

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