Art After Work: Emery Blagdon

Thursday, July 15, 2021
5-6 p.m. central
Zoom Video Conference

Art After Work: Emery Blagdon

Join Intuit on the third Thursday of the month for Art After Work, a free series of facilitated art-making workshops inspired by outsider and self-taught art and artists from the museum’s collections and exhibitions. This month, artist, art educator and Intuit Summer Fellow Cielo Aguilera will lead a discussion and facilitate a workshop inspired by artist Emery Blagdon and his Healing Machines. In the virtual workshop, participants will be immersed in the mind of Emery Blagdon and create wire hangings and patterned paintings to make their own collective Healing Machine.

Photograph of an assemblage of wires and foil into an intricately woven mobile
Emery Blagdon (American, 1907-1986). Untitled (#281) (detail), n.d. Steel, wire, copper, tinfoil, paper tape and paint, 78 x 17 x 4 in. Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider, Gift of Jan Petry, 2005.8

Suggested materials

  • Wire and wire hangers
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Foil
  • Tape
  • Beads
  • Magnets
  • Ribbons
  • Paint
  • Canvas or wood panels
  • Battery-powered lights
  • Pliers, if using hard wire
  • Found objects of your choice to attach or hang

Art After Work is for everyone, including beginners and people who say they “are not artists.” We can all be artists! It is a guided workshop, and instruction will begin at 5 p.m. central.

Closed captions will be available at the virtual Art After Work. Please contact Paula Santos at with questions related to accessibility accommodations one week before the program begins.

Art After Work is free to join! To show your support to Intuit, please consider the pay-what-you-can option when you complete your reservation. Your contributions help ensure the sustainability of our public programs and support guest lecturers and teaching artists.

Two hours before the event, Intuit will email the Zoom link to those who RSVP on Eventbrite. Please check your junk folder; unfortunately, these emails are sent there sometimes.

Art After Work is funded in part by the Alphawood Foundation, the Department of Cultural Affairs, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Illinois Humanities, Prince Charitable Trust, Terra Foundation for American Art, and individual donations from Intuit members and supporters.

Meet Cielo Aguilera

Photograph of Cielo Aguilera wearing a pink floral top

Cielo Aguilera is a Chicago-born artist studying K-12 art education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is an alumna of Morton College in Cicero, Illinois, where she earned her Associate in Fine Arts. Before joining Intuit as its first Summer Fellow, Cielo led online art lessons for third graders and volunteered at the Art Institute of Chicago at the Ryan Learning Center. Her teaching philosophy is centered around educational equity, diversity and inclusion.