After 13 years of working at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, where she was Associate Curator, Tricia Van Eck left to focus on 6018North.
Her last project at the MCA was the Chicago presentation of Mark Bradford's retrospective and his community residency exhibition. At the MCA she presented over 70 exhibitions much of which were audience engaged, interactive, or extended the MCA's reach into the community such as Interactions: A Four Month Series of Artist and Audience Activations as a companion to Without You I Am Nothing: Art and Its Audience; Jan Tichy's Project Cabrini Green; Theaster Gates: Temple Exercises; Tino Sehgal’s Kiss; Here/Not There; and Hide and Seek: An Out of Gallery Experience. She curated the MCA Chicago presentations of various traveling exhibitions such asBuckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe and curated numerous exhibitions of Chicago artists including Mapping the Self and Kerry James Marshall: One True Thing Meditations on Black Aesthetics, as well as many artists’ book shows and UBS 12 x 12: New Artists/New Work exhibitions, which showcased the work of emerging Chicago artists. About this opportunity, Tricia Van Eck said, "I am indebted to the remarkable artists with whom I have collaborated at the Museum of Contemporary Art and I am very excited to develop a new and experimental cultural space that aims to increase opportunities, visibility, and audiences for Chicago artists."