Revolving Door Arts Teen Chapbook Series

The garden at William Hill Gallery on Chicago's south side was incredible; green, red, and shades of gray stones that decorated the walking areas and separated the various plants. I'd never heard of the gallery until this event but now I'm glad that I did - talk about a dream location! I can't even express how gorgeous this venue was to photograph Revolving Door Arts Teen Chapbook Series - the backyard area was perfect for sitting on blankets and having a picnic while the young poets performed, and the small indoor gallery space at the back of the yard held gorgeous works by local artists. I've known Jen for years - she was one of my very first mentors that I had in the arts, and one of the most patient, caring, and enthusiastic people I've ever met.

I was so honored to be able to listen to these amazing young authors stories during the event, and to be able to photograph them was even better. Their hard work and efforts paid off in the beautiful scenery and joyous event to celebrate their achievements - and the love from their families and from Jen was palpable throughout the evening. It was such a successful launch of these young artists that their books sold out before they were even done performing, and Jen had to run and grab some more copies! Congrats to Jen, Revolving Door Arts, and all of the beautiful, talented teens that spoke at the event. I can't wait to see what you all do for the rest of your summers, and than you again for letting me photograph you! :)

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 Jen Steel at William Hill Gallery for Revolving Door Arts event
 William Hill Gallery on Chicago's south side
 Revolving Door Arts event at William Hill Gallery on Chicago's south side
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 Semira Truth Garrett at William Hill Gallery
 Jen Steel at William Hill Gallery
 William Hill Gallery art display
 Kai Wright at William Hill Gallery
 Young poet event on Chicago's south side
 Jalen Kobayashi at William Hill Gallery
 Young Chicago Authors on Chicago's south side
 Chicago young author event on the south side
 Jalen Kobayashi at William Hill Gallery
 Young author poetry reading on Chicago's south side
 Nyvia Taylor at William Hill Gallery
 Jen Steel Revolving Door Arts at William Hill Gallery event

Katharine Hannah

Chicago, IL

Katharine’s work has graced the walls of institutions such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Harold Washington Library of Chicago, and local galleries such as Dreambox Gallery, Siragus Gallery and Blick Art Materials. She has also been featured on websites such as the Huffington Post, Phlearn, Fstoppers, Tigress Magazine for Girls, Bitchtopia, and Golden Boy Press.

In addition to photography, Katharine has been a mentor and educator in the arts since 2013. She has worked with students in various organizations and projects over the last two years, including Hive Chicago’s PROjectUS initiative and Digital Youth Network’s Digital Diva’s and Chicago City of Learning programs.