Dittmar Gallery

Producing the Bedroom Artist

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Producing the Bedroom Artist


Exploring the relatively new concept of the bedroom artist, Dittmar draws inspiration from those who take to creating music in their own rooms, rather pursuing prominent record labels. Producing the Bedroom Artist takes a closer look at this phenomenon, this new means of content production, using online platforms to distribute one’s work, and more importantly, express oneself in a way that could not possibly have taken hold prior to the Digital Age. The growing culture around it and constant search for the “next big thing” have largely defined this era. In the same way, the visual arts are impacted by these circumstances.

Producing the Bedroom Artist also aims to analyze the ways in which “media” and “art” converge, as opposed to serving separate purposes in social and academic discourse. Prompting the forever-asked question, “what defines high art?” Dittmar examines how artists in our community are being shaped by the aforementioned ideas. What does the space of a bedroom artist look like? Who might these painters, sculptors, illustrators, filmmakers, producers, musicians, and others be creating for? Most importantly, what determines what belongs in a gallery space? In an attempt to answer these questions, our artists have taken their own bedroom art and placed it in the public eye, for gallery goers and Internet users alike. This merging of public online and physical space, and private bedroom studios blur the line between hobby and profession.

Exhibit Dates: April 6th-April 29th

Closing Reception: April 27th, 6-8pm


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Spring 2018 Hours

Regular Hours

Monday - Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Finals Week Hours

Finals Week 6/11/2018 - 6/15/2018

Sunday - Saturday: CLOSED

Please note: there may be limited or no access to the Gallery Space for viewing during special events.

Email the gallery at dittmargallery@u.northwestern.edu for updated event information.


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Dittmar Memorial Gallery, established in 1972, is a student-operated gallery that enlightens and challenges the Northwestern University community with the works of emerging and underrepresented artists from the Chicago area and the Midwest. The staff at Dittmar is dedicated to developing and fostering the Northwestern community’s awareness of the changing attitudes and trends in the art world. We invite artists who work in the contemporary vein, as well as artists who offer an alternative perspective that hinges on the periphery of the art world. In essence, our goal is to provide well-deserved exposure to those outside or on the margins of the mainstream art world.

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