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Office Hours: Portfolio Review

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Office Hours: Portfolio Review is an opportunity for artists to meet with Chicago-based curators and cultural producers.  

One-on-one portfolio reviews last 30 minutes and provide a platform to discuss a range of issues of interest to working artists, including:

  • Feedback on artwork
  • Preparing for exhibitions
  • Pursuing professional opportunities
  • And more!

Please note that space is very limited & advance registration is required. Office Hours appointments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be contacted with an additional form to complete in order to indicate your reviewer preference following the registration process.

Learning Objectives
  • Insightful, professional perspective on creative portfolio.
  • How to research opportunities and assess their applicability to one’s aspirations.
  • Logistics of the review process and preparation for studio visits and/or exhibitions.
Portfolio Reviewers

Elijah McKinnon is a marketing maven, cultural producer, and artivist. In addition to serving as the Founder and Director of People Who Care --- an independent consultancy that works exclusively with nonprofits and grassroots initiatives such as AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Northwestern University, The Andy Warhol Foundation, Grindr for Equality, Raúl Anguiano Art Museum, Center for Disease Control and many more -- they are also deeply involved in queer, creative and philanthropic communities around the world.

They are constantly moving and shaking in an attempt to build meaningful relationships and encourage resource sharing. In addition to their professional and artistic credits, Elijah co-produced and starred in Chicago's #PrEP4Love campaign; is the Co-Director/Founder of Reunion Chicago, a gallery and project incubator prioritized for queer, femmes and people of color located in Humboldt Park; is the Head of Marketing and Design for Open TV - Beta, a web platform for queer, trans and POC; and is the current curator in residence at Estudio Teorema, a cultural activist gallery and production studio in Guadalajara, Mexico. In 2016 Elijah was named “Top 30 Under 30 LGBT People" in Chicago, Illinois by the Windy City Times and was invited to the first annual African-American LGBTQ Education Summit at The White House.

Kate Pollasch is an art historian, writer, curator, and the Assistant Director at Corbett vs. Dempsey. Her curatorial practice interrogates preexisting notions of history and normativity through queer tactics, network theory, archival studies, and considerations of affect and digital pedagogy. In 2012, she curated the exhibition “Roger Brown: This Boy’s Own Story” of Chicago Imagist artist Roger Brown’s artistic relationship to HIV, sexuality, mortality, and Chicago’s gay leather community. The exhibition unearthed previously censored artworks and archival materials from Brown’s career and resulted in Brown’s induction into the Visual AIDS Artist Registry. 

​Pollasch holds a MA in Modern art History and Theory and an MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds a BA in Studio Art and Art History from Saint Mary’s College of Maryland. She has held positions with The American Visionary Art Museum, The Art institute of Chicago, the Roger Brown House Museum, Sullivan Galleries, and Rhona Hoffman Gallery. She has lectured at The Chicago History Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Logan Center, Chicago, and The University of Chicago and is a contributing writer for New City, The Seen, and Elite Daily. She was a 2015-2016 HATCH Curatorial Resident at Chicago Artists Coalition. She was the  2017 Terrain-HATCH Public Art Curatorial Resident and also the ​2017 Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Curatorial Fellow. She is the 2018 guest curator of Sullivan Galleries Low-Res MFA exhibition.

Sharmyn Cruz Rivera is a curator based in Chicago, IL. Her interest and research depart from meditations on human geography, radical manifestations of identity, and methodologies of collaboration. She is Associate Curator at The Green Lantern Press based at Sector 2337 and Sales Assistant at Volume Gallery. Cruz Rivera holds an MA in Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a dual BA in Art History and Modern Languages from the University of Puerto Rico. Recent projects include ​Fiction Within at Chicago Artists’ Coalition (Chicago, IL), ​Between the Sky and the Earth at Roots and Culture (Chicago, IL), and ​Corrosive Like Salt Water at Glass Curtain Gallery in Columbia College Chicago. She was the recipient of the 2017 Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Curatorial Fellowship.

Wil A. Ruggiero is an art historian and independent curator who is one-half of JGV/WAR, a collaboration with J. Gibran Villalobos.  Their practice includes writing, curating, research, and project development with a focus urban civic practice and contemporary Latin American art. Villalobos and Ruggiero both are art historians and administrators whose research and projects position programming and civic engagement at the center of their practice. Through engaged research and dialogue, they seek alternative and creative methods to provoke conversations surrounding disagreement. Their invitation to be part of the exhibition-making process is founded upon the demystification of "curating." JGV/WAR were HATCH Projects Curators-in-Residence in 2013-2014.


Chicago Artists Coalition
2130 West Fulton Street - Unit C
Chicago, IL 60612

$30 | General Public, CAC Artist Members, and BOLT/HATCH/LAUNCH + FIELD/WORK Residents

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