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Beauty & Brawn/Sinergia Arts
Lindsey Meyers & Simone Garcia
We are a unique curatorial partnership. We are the conduit to something beautiful.
* Custom art curation and creation
* Artist management
* Exterior mural facilitation and installation
* Interior mural and space enhancement
* Events and programming
Beauty & Brawn/Sinergia Arts specializes in works and events which offer a socio-psychological perspective and experience to the viewer. Through art and experiential curation, we showcase artists whose philosophies examine, encourage and ultimately connect the emotional experience to human existence.
We are committed to supporting creatives working in all artistic disciplines and across all genres, as well as those at various career levels. We are also proud to sponsor public art projects that we feel are innovative and unique- those which perpetuate and contribute to the dialogue about art accessibility and art in an open landscape.
Our mission combines our passion for all things art, arts education, philanthropy, and community engagement.
Most importantly, we believe art is for everyone.
Through the implementation of new and non-traditional artworks and installations and innovative design and re-design solutions for interior and exterior art placement, we aim to enhance everyday environments by showcasing both highly recognizable and emerging local, national and international talents.
Collectively, we see each project through from conceptualization to installation, and have access to all available mediums, even those utilizing performative and interactive elements. With our combined experience of over 25 years in the field, we believe our carefully-crafted curatorial approach lends itself to creating interesting and yet uncomplicated spaces, where art, energy and design can seamlessly and effortlessly come together.
Lindsey Meyers & Simone Garcia
Beauty & Brawn (formerly Beauty & Brawn Art Gallery and Think Space) was the brain-child of local artist, curator and gallerist, Lindsey Meyers, and opened as the first true art gallery in Logan Square. The gallery was originally conceptualized as a mixed-use and multi-disciplinary space that focused on art, community, connectivity, arts education, public art access and philanthropy. Lindsey and her partner, Simone Garcia, closed the physical space in December of 2016 in order to curate off-site projects and events for various clients and properties- locally, nationally and internationally.
Lindsey is an self-taught photographer and mixed-media artist originally from the Northeast suburbs of Chicago. She attended the Chicago Academy for the Arts and Columbia College, and received her Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from The University of Southern California.
Lindsey is a member of the Chicago Ideas Week CIW Co-Op, the Co-Creator of Agassiz Elementary School’s Parent Art Co-Op and the former Logan Square Arts Festival Art Committee Head, as well as an I AM Logan Square board member.
Lindsey curated and co-facilitated five murals along the Wabash Arts Corridor for the first ever Big Walls Festival 2016, featuring work by nationally and internationally recognized artists, such as Eduardo Kobra, Marina Zumi, Ricky Lee Gordon, Tararchy and Morley. This endeavour solidified a partnership between herself and Simone.
Simone Garcia is credited with orchestrating the largest indoor mural show in North America, entitled “Once Upon A Wall- Infinite Life”, at the former 15th & West Gallery in Pilsen, Chicago. There, he held a co-curatorial and co-managerial position for two + years, and this unique narrative mural exhibition was born out of his desire to take an often static format and create a structure where both audience and artist are drawn into engage with the art and concept more deeply.
Simone’s current position managing Sapient Nitro’s internal IT systems for their Midwest Operations (Chicago, Minneapolis, Detroit) has enabled him to blend his creative ideas and highly refined technical skills into both the art and tech fields. He lends solid insights into the importance of maintaining a strong social media/digital presence, as well as staying current with trends and strategies. Simone’s capabilities also include handling efficiencies and process development in both creative and advertising environments.
Lindsey and Simone spent much of 2016-2017 curating for the likes of the SoHo House, (Chicago and Toronto), Chicago Loop Alliance, The "L" Property and Vequity Properties. Working with both a local and global group of artists, they have focused on projects that are nonlinear in content, setting and/or scope.
In June of 2017, the City of Chicago dedicated Kobra's Muddy Waters mural to the people of Chicago. Lindsey and Simone had the honor of facilitating a last minute mural with Kobra in Wicker Park which features famed street photographer, Vivian Maier. The duo also curated murals for The Western 1920 property with Chicago artist, Joe Miller and Mexico City artist, Libre HEM.