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Impart: Chicago-based artist and ArtPrize entrant Nate Otto discusses art

Nate Otto answers a few questions about art. His cityscape illustrations will be on display during ArtPrize at the Boardwalk Condominiums.
A piece that will be in Otto's ArtPrize exhibition

A piece that will be in Otto's ArtPrize exhibition /Courtesy of Nate Otto

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This article is part of a series called “Impart” which asks local and national artists questions about art to preface ArtPrize and begin the conversation.

Read other artists' answers: 

Thomas Hammer

Gil Lelazhe Jariq

Salvador Jimenez 

Melanie Manos

Christina Mrozik 

Consuelo Poland 

Mark Reigelman

Otto's previous work, "Faces", from 2012. Made with acrylic, paint pen, and marker.

Otto's previous work, "Faces", from 2012. Made with acrylic, paint pen, and marker. /Courtesy of Nate Otto

Impart seeks to preface ArtPrize by asking artists essential questions about art. 

Nate Otto is a visual artist based in Chicago who was born in Lansing, Michigan. His work is greatly inspired by cities and the people that live there. His entry for ArtPrize will include five paintings and seven drawings of cityscapes as well as a 3-dimensional model of a cityscape. It will be on display at the Boardwalk Condominiums on 940 Monroe Ave NW. The work will be available for viewing from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

What is art?

"Art is anything that serves no other purpose than beauty."

What is the purpose of art?

"Art casts light on the dark corners of the human condition and it frames the mundane as something to behold."

Is art important? Why is art important?

"Of course art is important. Life without art is unimaginable. A world without art is a world without beauty."

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