About Art Intercepts

This blog aims to spark curiosity for Midwestern art and artists, illuminating performing arts communities living and working in “flyover country.”

Covering the Midwest since 2009.

Amid a sharp decline in critical outlets, Art Intercepts fills gaps with authentic, immediate, informed responses to the performing and visual arts.

Rigorous play and rhetorical experimentation.

We are open to new approaches to criticism while maintaining journalistic standards of practice.


Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Based in Central Illinois, Art Intercepts founder and editor Lauren Warnecke is a reporter for NPR affiliate station WGLT and freelance arts and culture critic, primarily reviewing dance for the Chicago Tribune. Lauren enjoys cooking, cycling and attempting to grow things in her backyard. Sometimes, she succeeds. More about Lauren.

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