Lasting Impact: Public Art & Commercial Collaboration

Thursday, July 19
Networking: 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Chicago Design Museum, Block 37, 108 N. State St., 3rd floor, Chicago, IL 60602

Learn more below, about our panelists, discussion topics and more.

This is a free event, but space is limited!

Henry David Thoreau once said, “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.”

At the intersection of public art and public spaces, are progressive designers, artists, and real estate developers. The result is creative output that enhances communities.  How do these projects start? Where do ideas come from? And how are collaborations coming together?

Powerful Messages in Public Space

Beyond interior amenities, public art fosters welcoming environments.

Bisnow, a leading news source for commercial real estate news and events, has discussed this trend. And its happening around Chicago. There’s the R2 Companies public art project with Chicago Design Museum, in Goose Island. Consider Digital Kitchen’s work with Riverside Development and the impact on public space.

Join us at Chicago Design Museum

Our panel will discuss design collaboration, how public art is making an impact in commercial real estate, private spaces and why its trending.


Panelist: Cody Tilson, Creative Director at Digital Kitchen

Chicago artist and designer Cody Tilson has drawn on 15 years of diverse creative expertise to create memorable visuals and immersive experiences. Cody furthers his multi-disciplinary work at Digital Kitchen, creative directing collaborations with notable clients including Mercedes-Benz Stadium, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, HBO, and Netflix, among others.

Panelist: Zack Cupkovic, Director of Special Projects at R2 Companies

Zack manages R2 fundraising, marketing initiatives, and supports the acquisition & development teams. He has been involved in over $500 million of office & retail acquisitions. In 2015, Zack led R2’s Goose Island 2025 masterplan that received recognition in national publications. He has lectured on the subject broadly.

Panelist: Tanner Woodford, Executive Director, Chicago Design Museum

Tanner Woodford is founder, executive director, and bartender of the Chicago Design Museum. He teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and makes Iterative Work. As a designer, educator, and entrepreneur, he has taught, lectured, and led workshops on design in classrooms and conferences.

Panelist: Joe Lawton, Principal, Media Objectives at VDT

Joe’s founding of Media Objectives (M-O) was born from his passion for creating inclusive and inspiring experiences. His work includes environmental branding, art installations, and wayfinding for Adobe, MOEN, NewCity, and Mount Prospect. Numerous awards include SEGD’s Global Design Award and Interior Design Magazine’s HiP Award for Design Leader in Graphics and Branding.

Moderator: Stephen Monaco, Principal, Monaco & Company

Steve Monaco has successfully lead teams from multiple sides of the virtual real estate table; Landlord, Licensed Architect, General Contractor and Owner. He’ll lead our panel of experts.

Panelist: Josette O’Neil

From experiential office installations to privacy film, Josette has almosta decade of experience in display graphics. Aon to SpotHero, she has worked with notable Chicago companies.

Some Topics We'll Cover

Why Public Art Plays a Part in Commercial Real Estate & Shared Spaces
What is the difference between design and art?
How Working with the Right Graphics Partner Can Bring a Project to Life
How Graphic Designers and Creative Professionals Join The Conversation
Why does public art make a lasting impact on the community?

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