It is with great sadness that we recognize the passing of a friend and stalwart of the Chicago art world, Polly Ullrich.
Polly was amazing and her passing is a loss to our art world and local community. She was kind, thoughtful and often set an example that was so blindingly hopeful that it was hard not to follow. I will forever remember her curiosity, interest, enthusiasm, and commitment to fostering a critical community.
She will be missed by all of us that knew her and by this community.
The following shared thanks to her husband David Ullrich.
In lieu of flowers, David has asked donations to be made in Pollyâ€™s memory to the Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ.Â
POLLY H. ULLRICH
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Polly Ullrich died suddenly on July 6, 2011, in Woodruff, Wisconsin, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.Â Pollyâ€™s life was a relentless and intense search for meaning and beauty in art, literature, music, and most of all, in relationships with people.Â She had the unique ability to capture the meaning and beauty in words in a way that helped others understand.Â She brought insights and boundless joy to every life she touched.Â Â She was the dear spouse and friend of her husband David and loving mother of their son Eric.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Polly was born in Wisconsin Rapids on July 27, 1950 to Phyllis and the late William Huffman.Â She was an outstanding student and excelled in journalism, forensics and theater productions at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School, where she graduated in 1968.Â A significant experience during her youth was at Camp Manitowish in Boulder Junction, WI, where over six years she developed her personal strengths and love of the outdoors.Â She went on to the University of Wisconsin, where she majored in journalism, receiving a bachelor of arts in 1972 and a masterâ€™s degree in specialized reporting in 1973.Â During college, she was an active member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and served as a page in the Wisconsin Assembly.Â She also wrote for the Daily Cardinal in Madison and for Time magazine.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â She and her husband moved to Chicago in 1973, where she continued her writing, starting with United Press International and moving on to do stories for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Chicago Sun Times, and New York Times. Â Her writing moved more and more toward the art world.Â Â In 1980, she stopped writing and decided to learn ceramic art and developed her skills to a point where she was showing her work in Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, Florida, and New York City.Â
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â With the birth of their son in 1990, Polly pursued both being a mother to Eric at home and her love of art at the School of the Art Institute, where she received a masterâ€™s degree in art history, theory and criticism in 1994.Â Â She expanded her writing to include all of the arts, with a special emphasis on crafts as an art form.Â She lectured and served on panels widely, including at Cranbrook Academy in Michigan, Haystack in Maine, and Art Chicago, as well as writing for a number of national art publications.Â She also taught at the School of the Art Institute.Â Polly was active at Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ in Chicago for over thirty five years, where she served as a liturgist for many years and currently as Chair of the Worship Committee.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
In addition to her husband of 39 years and 21 year old son, Polly is survived by her mother Phyllis, sister Claire (Hackmann), and brothers Tom and Joel.Â In lieu of flowers, contributions in Pollyâ€™s memory may be made to Wellington Avenue UCC, 615 West Wellington, Chicago, IL, 60657
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Bad at Sports contributors have events coming up this Friday and next Friday.
If you are in NEW YORKâ€¦
Fri, June 10:
6:30 pm at
Li Mu, current Inbound Resident from Shanghai, China, will be in conversation with Bad at Sport’s New York correspondent Amanda Browder.
They will discuss his time over the past month in New York, what influence the city has had, and how it differs from his native China.
If you are in CHICAGO…
Contributor/upcoming guest Lori Waxman and Maud Lavin (also an upcoming guest) are doing a readingâ€¦
Girls! Girls! Girls! In Contemporary Art
â€¨Since the 1990s, a bourgeoning field of female artists have produced challenging, critically debated, and avidly collected artworks depicting female adolescence. Girls! Girls! Girls! presents essays from established and up-and-coming scholars who examine the impact of this collective outpouring, through themes such as nostalgia, narcissism, post-feminism, and fantasy. Tonight, join co-editor Lori Waxman, and contributor, Maud Lavin â€“ both professors at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago â€“ for a discussion of this groundbreaking scholarship.
06/17/2011 7:30 pm
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
It is tough to say goodbye to my teacher and my friend, Kathryn Hixson. I’m sure that it is tough for a lot of us here, whether we were friends of Kathryn’s, former or current students, or one of the thousands who have been impacted by her work as a critic, curator or editor.
I can’t measure the impact she has had on this corner of the art world, although it is nothing short of profound, but of course it would feel that way because her impact on me was profound.
Without a doubt this week’s episode will be dedicated to her, but it is more correct to say, that for me, Bad at Sports is dedicated to Kathryn. She was the one who planted the seeds for me. She was the one who taught me that there was a lot to be learned from interrogating the world around us. She was the one who taught me that sometime the answers were not in the studio, but in your community. She was also the one that talked me out of becoming an architect.
Years after I had finished my Masters degree, I bought her dinner, in the hopes that she would write me a letter of recommendation. I planning on going back to school to become an architect. She said “No,” and it shocked the heck out of me. She said she would write me as many letters, for as many teaching jobs as I would ever want to apply for, but that she would never write a letter to help me move out of being an artist.
Beyond the countless hours she spent in my studio when I was a high-maintenance grad student, and the hundreds more she spent with me as a friend in the years that followed, I remember the day she told me “No.” She was like that: tough enough to say “no” to a friend and do it with love. It was the same ethic she manifested in decades of pushing emerging Chicago art out into a world that has more reasons not to care, than care. She was strong enough to fight for what she believed in, even if what she believed in was you at a time when you had given up all hope.
Good bye Kathryn. We love you and thank you.
Two things are happening that you need to be aware of and that should not be missed.
First thing first…
On Thursday, October 28, at 12 pm, Hamish Fulton will conduct an artist walk in Chicago. Open to any and all individuals interested in participating, this walk will illuminate the importance of a local communityâ€™s involvement in Fultonâ€™s artistic practice as a walking artist. We ask interested participants to meet at Jackson & Michigan Avenue in the Loop by the bust of Sir George Solti (located exactly East of S. Michigan Avenue, south of E. Jackson Drive, near the Art Institute of Chicago). The walk will last approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. Those who arrive after noon are welcome to observe the walk in progress but will not be able to participate. We also recommend that participants bring a watch or a mobile phone which has a timer.
Update from Rhona Hoffman Gallery…
Hamish Fulton Artist Walk in Chicago
****PLEASE NOTE NEW MEETING LOCATION!!****
Today, October 28, at 12 pm, Hamish Fulton will conduct an artist walk in Chicago. Open to any and all individuals interested in participating, this walk will illuminate the importance of a local community’s involvement in Fulton’s artistic practice as a walking artist. We ask interested participants to meet at the NEW location: Jackson & Michigan Avenue in the Loop by the bust of Sir George Solti (located exactly East of S. Michigan Avenue, south of E. Jackson Drive, near the Art Institute of Chicago). The walk will last approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. Those who arrive after Noon are welcome to observe the walk in progress but will not be able to participate. We also recommend that participants bring a watch or a mobile phone which has a timer.
The rumor is that it is to be an unusual, amazing, and atypical walk. I for one will be there.
Bernard Williams could use your votes. By now you all know that Williams is back into the Art Loop Open (for more information check out Abraham’s post) but he has lost a few voting days and will surly be at a disadvantage. We at Bad at Sports are totally biased towards our own Steve Hamann but Williams also could use some voting love. If he is your guy get on it, if not, go STEVE!