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Chelsea ( @opensmother-lippedlover​ ) and I ( @jessjust​ ) met December 5, 2012 on Tumblr (Yup, I remember dates well). Immediately I noticed how sweet, polite, and interesting she was. We continued to talk here and there, and making our relationship official months later. We dated for about six-months. Initially everything was great, but the long-distance was awful and we were too young to know how to handle it. We called it off. We went our separate ways; fell in-love here and there with other people. 

Years later I was working for the Texas Legislature, near done with my undergrad degree, and with the flexibility to move anywhere. I then realized how much I kept thinking about her, wishing to share the precious memories I was making at my job, how supportive and uniquely proud she would be — and truly how much love I still had for her. Not knowing where she was in life I decided to reach out to her, told her how I felt and she left me waiting (lol) Some time later she finally came around and told me she felt the same way. Well the rest is really history. 

(The day she asked me to be her girlfriend)

We left Philadelphia and houston, and we moved to Chicago after I got a scholarship at DePaul Law School, and she began her education to become a Veterinarian. Most importantly we created our own little family with our baby Gatsby, a cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Now I’m proud to call her my fiancée. I would give my life for her. 


We’ve had bumps here and there like any other couple, but we love each other enough to fight for each other. That’s what’s important. And why I proposed December 17, 2016 at the art institute!

She may still get mad at me when I forget to place the new toilet paper in the holder and I may still get annoyed when she talks through a movie. All in all, that’s what a relationship is about loving each other and ironing out the little differences.

We want to share our little story with details sometimes left out by the media. With our relationship on the spotlight I hope this encourages others to love and work hard for their relationships ❤️ love is out there, it’s just hard to keep.

(This is an old video Chelsea’s dad filmed of the first time we saw each other again after years apart)

More photos of the engagement can be found in our Instagrams: Cnicolem_ and J.essrdgz

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So happy to see that BTS are enjoying Chicago in peace!!! I’ve been upset for a few weeks because I couldn’t afford tickets to see BTS in Chicago this year, but today I went downtown to the art institute to gather info for a research paper for school and I almost physically ran into Taehyung in the doorway next to “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” I apologized quickly and he glanced at me and tilted his head, i saw Rapmon too (: They seemed to really enjoy the art and i saw them taking a couple of pictures on their phones. Hope they get to come to Chicago more often (: *note: i did not approach or follow them after this because i didn’t want to invade their privacy* *note pt. 2: thEY ARE SO MUCH TALLER IN PERSON THAN I THOUGHT THEY WOULD BE HOLY LORD*

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Legitimately, these took me three or so hours to finish. I present (mostly for my own benefit) a comprehensive floor plan of the Institute!

Red is the first floor, blue the second, green the third. Either click on the images or put them in a new tab to see them properly (they’re real big; I made an effort to make them legible).

A lot of thought went into this, so I’ll put it below a cut.

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This Friday: Artists Aram Han Sifuentes and Cauleen Smith host Protest Banner Lending Library, inspired by Smith’s banners on display in the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Visitors are invited to make their own fabric banners in a communal sewing space. The workshop is part of a series of Protest Banner Lending Library workshops that Sifuentes has organized at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in partnership with Gallery 400, Smart Museum, Comfort Station, Chicago Cultural Center, and School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The workshops have become a place where people come together in solidarity through making. 

Hi, my name’s Hava! I’m an 18 year old bisexual girl about to start my freshman year at School of the Art Institute of Chicago where I will be studying visual arts and fashion. I am single, Jewish and a feminist. I hail from Upstate South Carolina and know virtually no one in Chicago so I am open to friends as well as something more maybe…. I like reading, cooking (love Indian and Middle Eastern food), nerd stuff like X-men and Broadway musicals, animals (especially cats), Janelle Monae’s entire discography, and the list goes on….. Anyway,don’t be shy, HMU at myunicornsensesaretingling.tumblr.com

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Art School | Q&A with Luke Pelletier (LA)

Hawaiian shirts, toucans, palm trees, tiki drinks, alligators, and panthers are just a few of the characters you’ll find in Los Angeles based artist and musician Luke Pelletier’s works.  Creating fun, bold, and brightly colored scenes from an imagined paradise, Luke has done collaborations with Valley Cruise Press, Mike Vallely, and most recently with Darkstar skateboards.  We’re excited to have him in our Art School Q&A where we talk about his recent trip to Milan, his band The See Ya Laters, and his process and approach to painting. 

Portrait by Broza Photo

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Chicago artist and educator Ray Yoshida’s papers are currently being processed and prepared for digitization!  He was a painter, collagist, and professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Yoshida was a member and mentor of the Chicago Imagists, a group of representational artists whose work is influenced by Surrealism and sources traditionally considered outside of the art world, such as pop culture and comics.  His papers include biographical material, correspondence, writings, notebooks, teaching records, personal business records, printed material, source material, photographs, sketchbooks, artwork, and scrapbooks.

Just yesterday I got this tattoo of my dog Scout. 😍

Currently: Digital Imaging Technician, Flaxman Library, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Academic Library; Illinois

Soon: National Digital Stewardship Resident of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Art Museum/Museum Art Library & Archives; Pennsylvania