Saying Good Bye to Our Dear Friend Polly.

August 4, 2011 · Print This Article

Polly Ullrich’s service will be held Saturday August 6 at 11:00 am at Wellington Avenue Church, 615 West Wellington Ave. in Chicago. Parking will be very difficult, so public transit, taxi, bike, or walking is recommended.


UPDATE-Our friends at the CAC want you to learn stuff and they are willing to help.

July 18, 2011 · Print This Article

As we all know, there are a number of institutional (SAIC, Columbia College, UIC…) and less-institutional (Paul Klein’s Artist Works, CAR’s lecture series, Three Walls salons…) ways to get yourself educated about the art world and the ways that artists support their careers. We at Bad at Sports have always been interested in and a fierce supporter of transparency and explanation, so we are excited about every affordable educational opportunity we can find.
Our friends at the Chicago Artists Coalition have gone through a number of changes in the last couple of years and look posed to dramatically change a lot of artists lives. So we have been waiting with interest to see what they would do with their educational workshops. We will no longer, the first is this Saturday.

UPDATE-They are now delaying the discussion till September as to accommodate all of us who are out of town for the summer.


Technology + Art

You understand how social networks work. Now make social networks work for you.

In this seminar, a series of speakers will demonstrate the significance of social media technology and why it’s too important to ignore, how to effectively use the leading social networks to promote yourself and your work, and help you to pinpoint the social media outlets most relevant to your artistic practice.

Speakers: MartinJon Garcia, Creator of ChicagoArts; Anijo Matthew of Illinois Institute of Technology; and Pek Pongpaet, VP of Technology and Product for SpotOn Inc; Panel Moderator: Sara Schnadt of Chicago Artists Resource.

Our seminar will be a mixture of presentations, discussion and a Question & Answer segment to address your particular questions. Handouts will be provided.

Date: Saturday, July 23, 2011 now some time in september
Time: 1 – 4:30 pm
Location: Chicago Artists’ Coalition (217 N. Carpenter, Chicago, IL 60607)

Cost: $25 (CAC Members) or $45 (Non-Members).

Registration is here.

Polly. We Miss You Already.

July 8, 2011 · Print This Article

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 Polly’s memory to the Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ. 


            Polly Ullrich died suddenly on July 6, 2011, in Woodruff, Wisconsin, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.  Polly’s life was a relentless and intense search for meaning and beauty in art, literature, music, and most of all, in relationships with people.  She had the unique ability to capture the meaning and beauty in words in a way that helped others understand.  She brought insights and boundless joy to every life she touched.   She was the dear spouse and friend of her husband David and loving mother of their son Eric.
            Polly was born in Wisconsin Rapids on July 27, 1950 to Phyllis and the late William Huffman.  She was an outstanding student and excelled in journalism, forensics and theater productions at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School, where she graduated in 1968.  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.  She went on to the University of Wisconsin, where she majored in journalism, receiving a bachelor of arts in 1972 and a master’s degree in specialized reporting in 1973.  During college, she was an active member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and served as a page in the Wisconsin Assembly.  She also wrote for the Daily Cardinal in Madison and for Time magazine.
            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.  Her writing moved more and more toward the art world.   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. 
            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 master’s degree in art history, theory and criticism in 1994.   She expanded her writing to include all of the arts, with a special emphasis on crafts as an art form.  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.  She also taught at the School of the Art Institute.  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.         
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.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Polly’s memory may be made to Wellington Avenue UCC, 615 West Wellington, Chicago, IL, 60657

Glich-y Delay

June 13, 2011 · Print This Article

Dear Internet,

Bad at Sports were delayed in posting this weeks show. The delay was directly related to a tech issue between us and our media server Libsyn.  We are working to correct this concern.

Do not write us about this.  We know and we are working to fix stuff.


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Can you dig it!

June 9, 2011 · Print This Article

Bad at Sports contributors have events coming up this Friday and next Friday.

If you are in NEW YORK…


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 reading…

Girls! Girls! Girls! In Contemporary Art

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 – both professors at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago – for a discussion of this groundbreaking scholarship.

06/17/2011 7:30 pm
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL