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FIELD/WORK Residency 2016-2017

Artist Mentors

Damon Locks

Damon Locks is a Chicago based visual artist, educator, vocalist/musician, and deejay. Regardless of the medium the goal is to reach out and connect.

Artist Residents

Anne Hayden Stevens

Anne Stevens makes work about women’s experience in the world. Her work is figurative, and uses the landscape as a vehicle for provoking emotional responses about our common experience.

Becky Grajeda

Becky Grajeda makes works of sound assemblage, multi-channel installation and performance frequently include field recordings of the sounds of machinations and moving bodies and/or in involve abstracting vocal inflection, intonation, and intended meaning in speech. In her recent site specific performances she plays with the audience’s perceptions of sound within a space.

Brent Fogt

Brent Fogt makes intricate drawings, collages, and sculptures that are inspired by trees, hives, and topographic maps. He embraces repetition in his art practice, incorporating techniques such as crochet, binding, and miniature mark making.

Cassie Tompkins

Cassie Tompkins is a Chicago-based, interdisciplinary artist and designer. She has worked with many different mediums, including photography, printmaking, and textiles, almost always exploiting light, pattern, color, and the little bits of beauty that are found within the mundanity of everyday life.

Chelsey Sinceŕray

Chelsey Sinceŕray is a self-taught photographer from Chicago’s south side Pullman/Roseland neighborhood. She is drawn to narratives that visually illustrate all aspects of life and those around her.

Christina Villa

Christina Villa's work explores the subtleties of light, color, movement, time, texture and genuine gestures. Working in a range of mediums: acrylic, watercolor, clay, and pen, allows her to articulate different aspects of these subtleties. Alongside her practice, mentoring and educating Chicago youth has been a vital part of her work.

Gretchen Hasse

Gretchen Hasse is a storyteller working in comics, collage, public art, and moving images. Her work is primarily about resilience. Having lived with rheumatoid arthritis since she was a teenager, she is drawn to stories and images that describe perseverance through pain. She knows that a dark sense of humor, a keen eye for social criticism, and the diligence to work for change are essential tools for survival.

Jasmine Clark

Jasmine Clark is a photographer exploring how the influence of military, specifically the United States Marine Corps directs American culture.

Johana Moscoso

Johana Moscoso is an artist who explores co-narratives of South American and North American cultures. She incorporates a variety of mediums into installations that express her interest in gender roles, culture, and migration.

Katie Vota

Katie Vota is a Chicago-based artist working to create interactive environments and sculptural objects that engage viewers in ideas of play, touch, pleasure, power exchange, and the roll of the active body in shaping identity.

Mat Rappaport

Mat Rappaport's current work utilizes mobile video, performance and photography to explore habitation, perception and power as related to built environments. Rappaport is a co-initiator of V1B3 [], which seeks to shape the experience of urban environments through media based interventions.

Nina Yeboah

Nina Yeboah is a reader, prose writer, and black art enthusiast. She was born to Ghanaian parents in Alexandria, Louisiana and raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia. In addition to her own writing, she is interested in the political work black people do through art: documenting, subverting, reimagining and theorizing.

Rachel Jump

Rachel Jump is a fine art photographer living Chicago, Illinois. Her black and white images explore ideas of home, belonging, memory, and absence, and have been exhibited throughout the United States.

Sabba Elahi

Saba Elahi's artwork references reconstructions of place and identity. With her current work she subverts textile, text, and the craft of embroidery to confont the racialization, surveillance, and the dehumanizing of brown and Muslim bodies and the western distance from warfare.

Stephanie Graham

Stephanie Graham is a trans-disciplinary artist that uses humor to critique works around relationships, subcultures, social class and race. This past year Stephanie has been particularly interested in the ways in which black identity operates in mass culture, in particular the seemingly contradictory forces of hyper-commodification of "black" culture versus the violent oppression of "black" bodies.

Wen Liu

Wen Liu was born in Shanghai, China and is currently based in Chicago. Her works are narratives centered on relational intimacy and cultural estrangement, and incorporate an interdisciplinary aspect, drawing from her different fields of study.

Guest Facilitators

Chad Kouri

Chad Kouri hails from a small town north of Detroit and currently lives and works in Chicago where he maintains a studio art and design practice and actively participates in the thriving art community while also working as a co-founder and member of The Post Family. Previously, he held the title of Art Director of the award-winning contemporary art magazine Proximity.

Cortney Lederer

Cortney Lederer is an arts consultant with fifteen years of experience managing an array of artistic programming for organizations and businesses.

D. Denenge Akpem

D. Denenge Akpem is an Afro­Futurist space sculptor, performance artist, designer, writer, and educator.  

Emanuel Aguilar

Emanuel Aguilar is a gallerist and independent curator living and working in Chicago, IL. In 2015 he founded PATRON, a contemporary art gallery with a focus on emerging artists and conceptual practice. Previously he was a director at Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago and Berlin and a founder of the arts and culture magazine Jettison Quarterly. Aguilar serves on the board of ACRE Residency. 

Erika Allen

Erika Allen is a social change artist, with a focus on dismantling racism and the related healing and understanding of how structural oppression impacts society.

J. Gibran Villalobos

J. Gibran Villalobos is an arts administrator and art historian. Most recently he was invited to participate in the Advocacy Leadership Institute in Washington D.C. He lives and works in Chicago.

Julia Fischbach

Julia Fischbach is a director and co-founder of PATRON, contemporary art gallery with a focus on emerging artists and conceptual practice, and working in Chicago, IL. Previously she was a director at Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago and Berlin for seventeen years. 

Julie Herwitt

Julie Herwitt CPA has over 25 years of experience working with small businesses and individuals. Additionally, Julie has a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and exhibits her paintings throughout the US. This dual personality is what allows Julie to bring a unique perspective to the tax and accounting needs of artists, writers, musicians and other creative individuals.

Kate Dumbleton

Kate Dumbleton is an Assistant Professor of Arts Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), where she also leads the Management Studio in its graduate program. She is also the Executive and Artistic Director of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Previously, Dumbleton was the Executive Director of the critically acclaimed Chicago Jazz Ensemble.

Katharine Schutta

Kate Schutta is an artist, educator, and Co-Director of Career and Professional Experience at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).  


Krista Franklin

Krista Franklin’s poems and visual art have been published in Poetry, Black Camera, Copper Nickel, Callaloo, Vinyl, BOMB Magazine, Encyclopedia, Vol. F-K, and the anthology The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. Willow Books published Study of Love & Black Body, her chapbook of poems, in 2012. Franklin’s work has exhibited at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Chicago Cultural Center, The Cornell Fine Arts Museum, The Columbia Museum of Art, National Museum of Mexican Art, and featured on 20th Century Fox’s Empire (Season Two and Three).

Kristen Kaza

Kristen Kaza is the Creative Director and Founder of No Small Plans Productions, partying with a purpose since 2012 producing & programming events with and for Chicago's creative and philanthropic communities.

She has programmed and produced events for the Museum of Contemporary Art, United States Artists, Chicago Community Trust, EMPIRE Fox, EXPO Chicago, and many more. Kristen is also the Executive Producer of Slo 'Mo, a longtime R&B dance party celebrating queer community & slow jams.

Maria Gaspar

Maria Gaspar is an interdisciplinary artist born in Chicago. She has presented her work at The MCA Chicago, Jane Addams Hull House Museum, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, the Alpineum Produzentengalerie, and Artspace New Haven, amongst others. Recently, Gaspar was awarded a Creative Capital Award, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Award, the National Museum of Mexican Art Sor Juana Women of Achievement Award, and residencies at the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago and Project Row Houses in Houston.

Mark Jeffery

Mark Jeffery is a Chicago based performance/installation artist, curator and educator at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Since 1993, Mark Jeffery has developed unconventional collaborations with visual artists, scholars, video artists, sound artists, new media and code artists, dancers, choreographers, curators, and writers. He is co-founder (2012-) and choreographer of the arts collective ATOM-r (Anatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality.

Melissa Potter

Melissa Potter is a multi-media artist specializing in hand papermaking and printmaking exhibiting nationally and internationally at venues including White Columns, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and film festivals including the VideoDumbo Festival and the Reeling International LGBT Film Festival.

Myra Greene

Myra Greene was born in New York City and received her B.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and her M.F.A. in photography from the University of New Mexico. She currently resides in Chicago Il, where she is an Associate Professor of Photography at Columbia College Chicago.

Patrice N. Perkins

Patrice N. Perkins is the founder of Creative Genius Law®, a business and intellectual property law firm and strategic legal partner exclusively for creative entrepreneurs, innovators, and change agents.

Rashayla Marie Brown

Lauded as a Breakout Artist in New City and ARC Magazine, artist/scholar Rashayla Marie Brown (RMB) manages a living studio practice across an extensive list of cultural production modes.


Sonnenzimmer is the collective work of artists Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi. Their collaborative practice was established in 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. Initially recognized for their idiosyncratic commissioned screen-printed posters, their practice has since morphed into a interdisciplinary toolshed spanning multiple platforms, including exhibitions, publishing, performance, graphic design, and exhibition design.

Tricia Van Eck

Tricia Van Eck is Artistic Director and Founder of 6108North, which challenges what art is, whom it’s for, and where and how it is created.