Chicago artist chosen for Downtown Oak Park Commission

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By Community Editor

Courtesy Anna Wilson

This is the second year Downtown Oak Park sought local artists for a commission of three pieces of original art, two-dimensional, in any media. Artists were asked to create pieces that "capture the spirit of Downtown Oak Park".

An announcement went out to artists and schools in the Chicago metro area, and over a dozen submissions were received. Portfolios were carefully reviewed by DTOP staff and selection chair, Karen Morava of CarefulPeach Boutique awarding the commission to Chicago artist, Matt Pleger.

"It's interesting to see our downtown district through the eyes of artists," said Max Williams, Executive Director of DTOP, "We're excited to see Matt's work throughout Downtown Oak Park."

Pleger describes his artistic approach to capturing the essence of Downtown Oak Park:

"Subway stations, storefronts, parking garages, alleys, doorways: common scenes that are dulled by focus on the destination rather than the peripheral view. While exploring downtown Oak Park, simply stopping to look at what others busily walk past opens so many visually arresting avenues and easily wets the appetite for further exploration."

Pleger's work will first be reproduced as light pole banners, and then incorporated into DTOP's collateral pieces throughout the rest of the year. More of his work can be found at, as well as

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