Beauty & Brawn
Lindsey Meyers & Simone Garcia
We are a unique curatorial partnership. We are the conduit to something beautiful.
* Custom art curation, creation and consultation
* Multidisciplinary artist booking and management
* Project and programming development and management
* Interior and exterior mural facilitation, installation and space enhancement
* Public art project conceptualization and management
* Location scouting and site assessment
* Traditional and experiential event curation, direction and management
Beauty & Brawn specializes in works, conversations and events which offer a socio-psychological perspective and immersive experience to the viewer. Through art and experiential curation and collaboration, we showcase artists and performers whose philosophies examine, encourage and ultimately connect the emotional experience to human existence. Collectively, we see each project through from conceptualization to installation and focus on ventures that are often nonlinear in content, setting and/or scope.
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 facilitate public art projects that we feel are innovative and unique- those which perpetuate and contribute to the dialogue about art accessibility and art in both urban and rural landscapes.
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 and discussions where expression and energy can seamlessly come together. And our mission combines our passion for all things: art, creativity, arts education, philanthropy, activism, placemaking and community engagement.
Most importantly, we believe art is for everyone.
Lindsey Meyers & Simone Garcia
Beauty & Brawn (formerly Beauty & Brawn Art Gallery and Think Space) was the brainchild 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 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. 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.
Lindsey is an self-taught photographer and mixed-media artist originally from the Northeast suburbs of Chicago and Co-Owner of Beauty & Brawn. 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. She is also a member of the Chicago Ideas Week Co-Op and the Co-Creator of Agassiz Elementary School’s Parent Art Co-Op, 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 with Columbia College, featuring work by nationally and internationally recognized artists, such as Eduardo Kobra, Marina Zumi, Ricky Lee Gordon, Tararchy and Morley. This endeavour birthed a partnership between herself and fellow creative, Simone Garcia, and thus Beauty & Brawn was re-imagined as a means to facilitate more immersive and interactive events and experiences as a duo.
Simone Garcia began his creative career in the film industry working as a successful lighting and rigging professional on a variety of productions across the United States. During the late nineties and early two-thousands, he produced work across a myriad platforms, from movies to music videos.
After working in the educational technology and network engineering fields, Simone then re-entered Chicago’s creative community acting as social media manager for the former 15th & West Gallery, in the city’s Pilsen neighborhood. His position there evolved into a co-curatorial/co-managerial role, eventually resulting in his conceptualization and development of the largest indoor mural show in North America, entitled “Once Upon A Wall- Infinite Life.”
In addition to being Co-Owner of Beauty & Brawn, Simone currently manages communications systems for large organizations in North America, enabling him to blend his creative ideas and highly refined technical skills into both the art and tech fields.