Tag Archives: Chris Dahlquist

Thanksgiving Tradition

My Thanks­giv­ing tra­di­tion, that I want to share with you, is to read a let­ter writ­ten by my grand­fa­ther, Dr WW (Buck) Jones, to my grand­moth­er, Ade­na, when he was a chap­lain in the ser­vice dur­ing WWII.  I am thank­ful for them.

Rev­erend WW (Buck) and Ade­na Jones

Thanks­giv­ing Day 1945

For some rea­son on this Thanks­giv­ing day my thoughts have picked up that lit­tle phrase some­one wrote us when we were mar­ried.  “May there be just enough clouds to make the sun­set beau­ti­ful.”  Of course it would be quite a shal­low view of life if we thanked God only for the bright and pleas­ant things.  For this would be such a dread­ful place in which to live with­out the clouds and the rain.  Con­tin­ue read­ing »

Announcing New Public Artwork!

Hilton Home2 Suites

I’ve been hid­ing a lit­tle some­thing under my hat! But now I’m thrilled to announce that I was award­ed a com­mis­sion for per­ma­nent art­work on the exte­ri­or of the new Cross­roads Hilton Homes2 Suites on the cor­ner of 20<sup class="ordinal">th</sup> and Main St in Kansas City, MO. If you’re in the neigh­bor­hood — per­haps pass­ing by on the street­car — be sure to take a peek! (You can’t real­ly miss it. It is approx­i­mate­ly 130’x10’!)

I am hon­ored to cre­ate large-scale images for the Cross­roads Arts Dis­trict, a cul­tur­al cen­ter that has nur­tured me and seen me mature as an artist over the last three decades. Big sky images brought down to street lev­el will offer hotel guests one of the unique and intrin­sic qual­i­ties of Kansas City—the ocean of land sur­round­ing it. And for Kansas Citians, it will serve as a reminder that our city has flour­ished not in spite of, but because of, the sweep­ing land­scape, and that there is still a lot of room for growth and day­dream­ing.” -Chris Dahlquist

A big thank you to Mid-Amer­i­ca Arts Alliance, Sun­flower Devel­op­ment Group, and True North Hotel Group for this oppor­tu­ni­ty and for adding to the cre­ative ecosys­tem in Kansas City.

Read the full press release from Mid Amer­i­ca Art Alliance

Chris Dahlquist’, Room to Day­dream instal­la­tion, Sep­tem­ber 2017






The good news is that in our long jour­ney to the oth­er shore, the world will always pro­vide us oppor­tu­ni­ties to offer our­selves.” Lodro Rin­zler


I am so fortunate to have so many opportunities in front of me!

You can see “Arrival” and a few oth­er pieces from the Ghost Notes Series start­ing this Fri­day, August 4<sup class="ordinal">th</sup>, as a part of Kansas City Soci­ety of Con­tem­po­rary Photography’s show “Find­ing Peace Find­ing Cen­ter” at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Cen­ter in Kansas City, MO. (On dis­play in the Main Gallery until August 24, 2017)

To see oth­er oppor­tu­ni­ties com­ing up in the next cou­ple of months, includ­ing exhi­bi­tions fea­tur­ing the Ghost Notes Series, please have a look at my full sched­ule.


There’s so much in simplicity

Sim­plic­i­ty should not be iden­ti­fied with bare­ness.”

-Felix Adler

Mile Mark­er 534, size 14″ x11”



Dahlquist’s Gillis Art Lab Open this Friday

If you are near down­town KCMO tomor­row, stop by 3<sup class="ordinal">rd</sup> Fri­day in Colum­bus Park to get a sneak peek at the most ambi­tious pub­lic instal­la­tion I have ever under­tak­en! I will be installing it soon in Den­ver but before it goes, I real­ly want to share it with you, my Kansas City peo­ple.

So come on by my stu­dio and see the first of the fin­ished pieces, get a glimpse of the process, and see it in the con­text of my pre­vi­ous work. ​

Journey to Reflection: Work in Progress

Gillis Gallery Art Lab

1029 E 5<sup class="ordinal">th</sup> St, KCMO  64106

July 21, 2017, 6pm-9pm


Detail from “Reflec­tions” by Chris Dahlquist


As the His­toric Colum­bus Park neigh­bor­hood where we live and have our stu­dio is becom­ing increas­ing­ly pop­u­lar, we have decid­ed to open our fab­u­lous stu­dio space to host guest artists in the new­ly formed Gillis Art Lab. Our vision is for it to be a wel­com­ing and casu­al space for artists to test ideas and to show work out­side of a for­mal gallery set­ting, and to demys­ti­fy the cre­ative process by allow­ing view­ers to see work in progress. It is all a grand adven­ture!

Also open near­by on 3<sup class="ordinal">rd</sup> Fri­day:

Kiosk Gallery
916 E 5<sup class="ordinal">th</sup>

Change is the Only Con­stant: Imperme­nent Pho­tograms”  by Tracey Haynes

Trap Gallery
525 Gillis St

Kather­ine Davis — Jour­ney to Abstract

Recharging the Batteries

I like silence; I’m a gre­gar­i­ous lon­er and with­out the soli­tude, I lose my gre­gar­i­ous­ness.” —  Karen Arm­strong


After more than four weeks on tour I am grate­ful to be back in the stu­dio for a few weeks to recharge the bat­ter­ies! How about you? How do you recharge?

Midwest Living: Let’s Talk Art

Oh my goodness, we have been so busy in the studio this summer that I almost forgot to tell you…MY WORK IS FEATURED IN A LARGE MAGAZINE — Midwest Living May/June edition!


Midewest Liv­ing, May/June 2017


My favorite quote from the arti­cle:

Fall in love The art in your home should do more than dec­o­rate. It should res­onate, reflect­ing your per­son­al­i­ty, expe­ri­ences and val­ues. So don’t sec­ond-guess a piece that brings you joy. If the col­or or style doesn’t seem to fit with your décor, just know there’s always a way to make it work.”

You can read the rest for your­self here: Mid­west Liv­ing, May/June 2017, Let’s Talk Art, page 74–81

Coming to a Town Near You

Would you like to get invi­ta­tions like the one below to shows I’m hav­ing near you? Want to get insid­er tips to that show? Join my email list and get infor­ma­tion spe­cif­ic to your area and I promise I won’t fill you inbox with spam or lots of kit­ty pic­tures like this, or this, or this…)


Oh yeah…and if you are in or near Chica­go this week­end I would love to see you at the Old Town Art Fair!

Chris Dahlquist




I can’t wait to see you!

Mile Mark­er 586, 16“x22”

Come see me!


Old Town


Art Fair


Sat­ur­day, June 10



Sun­day, June 11



Booth #202

(the cor­ner of Menomonee & Orleans)


more infor­ma­tion

Insid­er Tips

•Inside the Old Town Art Fair there is a Gar­den Walk fea­tur­ing 50+ gar­dens hid­den away in one of Chicago’s most charm­ing his­toric neigh­bor­hoods. Pick up your map of the gar­dens at any of the art fair entrances. 

•Each piece of art­work you see dis­played at the Old Town Art Fair is one of a kind (no repro­duc­tions allowed), so buy the piece of art­work you love when you see it or you might miss out. Most artists will hap­pi­ly store the piece for you while you con­tin­ue to enjoy the art fair.


•Y’all are the experts in get­ting around Chica­go and I’m sure you can find your way to Old Town (cough — brown line to Sedg­wick sta­tion), but did you know we will hap­pi­ly arrange to deliv­er your new Dahlquist art­work for free so you don’t have to wres­tle it back home on the train.

Can’t wait until next week? Vis­it my online gallery, then con­tact me to reserve your favorite piece — you’ll be able to breeze in and pick it up at the show, or have it shipped right to your door! 

I can’t do it with­out you, please help me spread the word!

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for­ward this show invi­ta­tion using the but­ton below.  


History Vendor


A Scavenger Hunt Meets A History Lesson!

1 of three vending machines in City Market Park

1 of 3 His­to­ry Ven­dors in City Mar­ket Park

Liv­ing and work­ing in Colum­bus Park, one of the old­est neigh­bor­hoods in Kansas City, I have come to appre­ci­ate the syn­er­gy between a neighborhood’s his­to­ry, its res­i­dents, and the arts. I know first hand that a long his­to­ry helps give a neigh­bor­hood iden­ti­ty, but it’s the cre­ativ­i­ty of its res­i­dents and vis­i­tors that, if engaged, can bring it life. And, of course you already know I am smit­ten by old pho­tographs. So…

In His­to­ry Ven­dor I am using vin­tage vend­ing machines to freely dis­trib­ute his­toric pho­tographs of the area sur­round­ing City Mar­ket Park. I invite par­tic­i­pants through the use of pho­tographs, maps and sto­ries to explore the his­tor­i­cal­ly rich Riv­er Mar­ket Dis­trict. The three machines will be on dis­play through Octo­ber. (Or until we run out of the 45,000 his­to­ry cards we have to vend!)

May 16 — Oct 10, 2017
City Market Park
3<sup class="ordinal">rd</sup> & Main, KCMO


More information is on my new project specific website www.historyvendor.com

Nowhere To Go But Everywhere

There was nowhere to go but every­where, so just keep on rolling under the stars.”
–Jack Ker­ouac

Mile Mark­er 469, 35“x51”