IPaintMyMind is a 501c3 nonprofit arts organization.

Our mission is to make art accessible to everyone.


An online arts publication, an organization offering programs & services, & a gallery: we’re all of those things. Our gallery is located at 2545 W. Diversey on the 2nd Floor of the Green Exchange building and is open Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm.

We work to provide the virtual and physical spaces that enable public art awareness. We specialize in affordable & emerging visual art, with a focus on illustration, collage, mixed media, & photography screen prints & giclees. We take pride in supporting artists, communities, and businesses in their efforts to make art a viable avenue for engagement & collaboration. 

Shared Walls™ is our hallmark arts program in which we transform spaces both for businesses and the public through temporary art exhibitions that focus on emerging & affordable artwork. Revenue from private exhibitions fund FREE exhibitions at parks, libraries, schools, and community centers; spaces that have the need for art but don’t have the budget.

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Evan La Ruffa

Evan is a Writer, Poet, Artist, Traveler, Husband & Digital Consultant. He founded IPMM and is the heartbeat of the organization, driving curation & partnerships forward while satiating his passion for all things creative.



Brian Flannery

Brian is an Anthropologist, Researcher, Collector, Film-Buff, and Beard-Wearer. He’s the epitome of a conscious citizen with a big heart. Brian focuses on Artist Relations, Mission Development, Partnerships and Events for IPMM.


Maria Camila Vargas

Maria is a photographer & a MA candidate at UIC Museum and Exhibition Studies. She’s focused on making art institutions more engaging, as well as recognizing the social justice in art. She helps manage the IPMM Gallery & coordinates interns.


Evan La Ruffa – Lead Curator
Armando Luis Alvarez – Digital Editor
Natalie Menacho – West Coast Curator
Rahsaan ‘DJ Sean Doe’ Hawkins – Audio Series Curator
Ashley Stewart Falls


Abel Arciniega
Armando Luis Alvarez


Sonny Kay
Jose Luis Torres


Erik Albaugh – Web Development Advisor
Robert O’Kruk – Digital Strategy Consultant
Adam Shortlidge – CPS Shared Walls™ Liaison
Mike Salmon – Strategic Development Advisor
Elkin Arredondo – Social Innovation & Partnerships Advisor 


Andrew Riggins – Technology Operations Manager
Mike Maldonado – Tech Operations 
Kelly Fox & Sayer La Galle – Legal Advisors


Beronica Avila
Lydia Kimbrough
Maddy Marsan
Minji Will
Teresa Shyr


IPaintMyMind is thrilled to be a Gold Rated Guidestar nonprofit arts organization, qualifying us as a one of the top rated NFP’s in the country. As a 501c3, Guidestar serves as the gold standard for evaluating exceptional charitable organizations & were proud to be included. As an advocate for visual art, emerging artists, and public art in Chicago and elsewhere, we take pride in being one of the valuable cultural organizations that make the world a more vibrant place. As a 501c3 arts organization, we’d like to thank Guidestar for validating our work and providing a platform for forward-thinking nonprofit organizations to set their work apart.

501(c)3 Status

IPaintMyMind is a recognized 501c3 Public Charity Organization with the United States Government. Contributions to IPMM are deductible under Section 170 of the Code. We are qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under Section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code.