Gallery/Artists & Sponsors Sponsor: MAKE CorporationArtist: Gabrielle CiuteikisTitle: Ready for BusinessThe duck is depicted as someone ready for business! The duck has its suit on and briefcase under its wing, ready to start the day at MAKE Corporation. Expressive brush strokes are used throughout the piece to capture the duck’s personality. Vibrant colors are incorporated to accent the duck and bring it to life! Sponsor: 430 North Michigan AvenueArtist: Susan ClausenTitle: Geared for GreatnessEvery person is a unique combination of parts and that uniqueness is what makes humankind great as a whole. Geared for Greatness is a reminder that a person can be made up of any combination of parts and still work towards personal success by utilizing their specific strengths and abilities. Sponsor: Chicago Federation of LaborArtist: Alexander HahnTitle: Feathers and FlamesI decided to have my duck that represents the Special Olympics to be holding a flame. Since the flame is a common emblem of hope and enlightenment, I wanted to embody those attributes to the athletes that are participating in this year’s events. Within the flame, I wanted to encompass every facet of laborers that have disabled workers. Hence why I tried to have an icon of multiple types of workers represented in my piece. I want to thank my Union Local #476 and the Special Olympics for the chance to represent them both, Cheers! Sponsor: GEICOArtist: Damon Lamar ReedTitle: Uno DuoI grew up with a cousin that had an intellectual disability. I didn’t know it at the time even though I knew she was a little different. I would look forward to going over my aunts because I knew I’d get to play Uno with Lashonda. She taught me how to play. She was an integral part of my childhood and this project honors her. Sponsor: In Search of a CureArtist: Jason Harris from Easterseals Academy ChicagoTitle: Onward Inspiration by The Magnificent DuckI had gotten the idea from Project Onward art studio to mesh together three different subjects into one art piece. I came up with the idea of combining The Magnificent Mile, Special Olympics, and Ducks into one. I hope that other people will be inspired by my vision, so that they too may have the idea of combining different subjects into works of art. Sponsor: Bob DiMeo FoundationArtist: Christina RyczTitle: Growing TogetherMy name is Christina Rycz and I am an illustrator from Brooklyn, NY. I am a recent transplant to Chicago and incredibly excited to participate in this wonderful project and engage with the community of my new city in such a meaningful way. Nature is a powerful friend that is always available, giving, and therapeutic. In this particular piece, I am hoping to communicate that a garden requires the same patience, support, and encouragement as we all do throughout our lives. This garden is a symbol of community engagement, collaboration, and restorative space for us all. Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of IllinoisArtist: Juan A. CanoTitle: Chicago Flag & Chicago Autism FlagThis ducky design portrays our traditional Chicago Flag on one side. The other side represents not only those who suffer from Autism. It also includes family and friends who deal with disabilities daily. The combinations of both images (flag and autism puzzle) represent everyone who loves our great City of Chicago. -Juan A. Cano / Artist. Sponsor: CintasArtist: Sara Renae Holloway from One River School Of Art & DesignTitle: The Myth of CertaintyCompleting the painting for my duck has been a pretty intuitive and difficult process so far. My design is inspired by the ebb and flow of our understanding of where we have come from along with where we are going. I’ve been ruminating quite a lot on the concept of progress and how sometimes, especially lately, I feel like we have been put “on hold” and are currently at a frozen point in our existence. My piece concerns the acceptance of where we are now….being that perpetual and forever in-between space of the present. Sponsor: 625 North Michigan AvenueArtist: Nancy PochisTitle: Doodle DuckThe Doodle Duck honors the courageous and joyful participants in Special Olympics and stresses to passersby a broad message of acceptance and inclusion. Our goal is to inspire viewers of the artwork to develop a lasting respect for people with intellectual disabilities. This respect, along with acceptance and inclusion, can transform the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. Artists Nancy Pochis Bank and Shayne Taylor have worked together to develop a unique doodle style using inspiring words and whimsical illustrations in a dense design that covers every inch of the duck. The Doodle Duck will be bright and bold, inspiring, and fun. Sponsor: Special Olympics Illinois FoundationArtist: Aria and Raina Carter from Arts of LifeTitle: Personhood MaskedArts of Life advances the creative arts community by providing artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities a collective space to expand their practice and strengthen their leadership. The poetry and artwork featured on this piece were written and executed by our studio artists. The poem, written by studio artist Cole Fox, is a powerful statement about disability from his unique perspective and encourages integration and acknowledgement of people from all walks of life. The message sings with the strength and the solidarity of our studio community while opening a larger conversation about visibility, equity and independence. Sponsor: The Chicago LighthouseArtist: Lori and Fiona MurphyTitle: In BloomPainted by mother and daughter duo Lori and Fiona, this design showcases Fiona’s characteristic artistic style. Fiona has autism and loves to paint flowers in repeating patterns. The purple wings of the duck also serve as a reference to autism awareness. The duck wears a medal to commemorate Fiona’s participation in the Special Olympics as an athlete. Within the medal is a portrait of Fiona and her service dog Picasso painted by Lori. Artist: Anthony Peter GaligoTitle: We Are Better TogetherLet’s remember we are better together! We will get through this. Please enjoy this colorful, joyful, and fun piece. Artist: Students & Staff of Arlyn School 2019 – 2020Title: Together We RiseArlyn School recognizes the importance of art to facilitate awareness and growth, individually and collectively through works of art. Our Duck, ‘Together We Rise’, symbolizes the concept of interconnection and resilience, as it is through community and empowerment that individuals rise to their full potential. We contribute to Ducks on Parade to join the collective spirit of hope and shining a light on the strength and capabilities of all individuals, connecting us to a greater whole. Despite the COVID 19 Pandemic, students were able to partake in this collaboration by contributing words they felt represented connection and resilience. Artist: Nicky Nags and Dulce37 from S.H.E. GalleryTitle: dis•A•ble: The Ability to Do Anything You Set Your Mind ToArtists, Nicky Nags, and his little sister Dulce37 collaborate on this piece while representing their non-profit, S.H.E. Gallery. Nicky Nags, a victim of gun violence who has been in a wheelchair for 22 years now, shares his message across this piece, as he defines “Disabled: The ability to do anything you set your mind to.” Our piece consists of clouds wrapped in rainbows and stars. The clouds represent dreams, the stars represent hope, while the wrapped rainbow represents everlasting unity and inclusiveness. S.H.E. Gallery reminds you to DREAM BIG and never lose hope. Artist: Chris TrejoTitle: A Winning HeartAs an artist, I use texture, color, and a language of abstraction that I feel most comfortable using when trying to convey thoughts or emotions that conventional images can’t seem to do justice. In my way it’s a language of truth because it comes from my heart, unfiltered. Artist: Kristine Koller MetoyerTitle: We Are All SpecialBeing an artist and creating with colors, and seeing the Duck come alive, is the greatest experience as an artist. And to be able to share this on the Mag Mile, and with this very prolific organization. To express the fact that disabilities and challenges are NOT something to keep us from expanding our horizon and trying and doing. We all have a special gift within us and a light that shines. And for me to be able to share that, and express that with everybody means the world to me. So again, I thank you. For allowing me to participate in this particular project. I put my heart and soul into it and I hope the love is shared and expressed and felt among everybody, including the Mag Mile, and the Special Olympics. Artist: Shawn SmithTitle: Stronger, Happier TogetherCommunity is vitally important, and so is recognizing and celebrating our myriad of differences. Only then can we truly hold each other up and spread messages of love and acceptance. My cartoon-style imagery helps break down barriers so people can see these ideas and share them more easily. Artists: Mary P, Deanna W, Eddie P, Steve G, Esperanza B, Noel B, Adriana P, Jessica ChapaTitle: My Neighborhood Through My EyesEl Valor has the opportunity to participate in “Duck on the Mag Mile” as a public art display. A group of eight El Valor adult program participants will work with a local artist, Adriana Peña. El Valor’s piece of work will celebrate the City of Chicago, it’s diversity, accessibility, and inclusion. The design showcases two scenarios; one in which young people access nature and the second has them traveling around the city. The piece will utilize colors that emphasize inclusion and accessibility. Artist: JC Rivera The Bear ChampTitle: Being TogetherIn times like these, it is only natural to feel the urge to Be Together. This piece features the classic The Bear Champ couple in a signature JC Rivera cluster. Artist: Residents of Misericordia Heart of MercyTitle: Rainbow ConnectionMisericordia, located on Chicago’s Northside, is a home for over 600 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The resident artists working on this project have been creating artwork in the Misericordia Art Department for many years with the assistance of their art instructors and have been able to display and auction off their work all over the city of Chicago. The artists wanted their duck to represent some of their favorite things, which include their home – Misericordia, their sport -Special Olympics, and one of their favorite art forms – mandalas. This bright and colorful duck will have sharp black lines to connect all of these things together in one harmonious piece, which they have titled “Rainbow Connection.” Artist: Arturo BarreraTitle: Xochimilco Mexico Canals / Chicago River DuckMy Duck is inspired by my paintings The Xochimilco Series. First, the name “Xochimilco” comes Aztec language and has several meanings; “flower field” “floating gardens” and “where the flowers grow.” As an artist, I used these symbols to produce a sense of movement in my artwork. The flowers, flowing from top to bottom, create movement in the paintings. The shapes in the center of the partial circles represent the boats floating in the Xochimilco canals. The circles in the center shapes represent seeds. These seeds create life and life is evident in the blossomed flowers. This all represents the movement and the flow of life. By allowing me to be part of the Duck project will enable the citizens of Chicago to view a piece of art connecting not only the beauty of Chicago’s diverse communities but also life itself. Artist: Roy Adorjan – RNR StudiosTitle: Every Last DanceRemember, every last dance to greatness, starts with the first step in the journey. This piece was inspired by a recent personal challenge. It is dedicated to everyone who helped me meet this challenge. It was painted to represent that we are all ducks in the same pond. And to understand that, not only do we follow those in front of us, but to be reminded, that we also LEAD those who follow US. Artist: Rich and Jayda GreiweTitle: TuggyTo describe our project, we decided to make a nautical themed duck, which entails our duck being motorized that should simulate an old rusty tugboat. We are using gold and bronze to make the rusty look on the duck. Artist: Visibility Arts of Search, Inc.Title: Dreams & AspirationsVisibility Arts of Search, Inc. is a group of artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Three of the Visibility Artists, created images of their dreams and aspirations along with their friend’s dreams. Whether it is wanting to win an Oscar, being in a relationship, seeking out adventure, or graduating from college; their dreams and aspirations are very much like many of our hopes for the future. Our DUCK we hope coveys a snapshot of those ideas. Artist: Mario Rodriguez and Nino RodriguezTitle: Having Fun In Any WeatherWe describe our piece by showcasing Adele penguins playing sports and enjoying themselves without judgment by others or the weather. We painted these little penguins that endure the harshest elements on earth and survive and thrive, so if they can do it, we believe anyone can do anything they put their mind to it. Each Adele penguin is participating in physical activity and they seem to be enjoying themselves, no matter where they are.