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Erin Hayden currently lives and works in Chicago. She received her MFA in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University. Her work has been exhibited in various cities across the US and abroad including at Stony Island Arts Bank and Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Torino. Solo exhibitions of her paintings and video work have been shown at Mana Contemporary Chicago and Randy Alexander Gallery. She has been an artist resident at the Ragdale Foundation and the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, and is a Luminarts Fellow. She has been featured in reviews and publications including Frieze, Chicago Tribune, Lori Waxman's 60wrd/min art critic, and NewCity Art.
Sydney Stoudmire is a curator, writer, and educator based in Chicago. Her curatorial research is rooted in exploring the intersections between art + science, through a lens of curiosity, pleasure, and play--themes she recently explored as a 2017-2018 Curatorial Research Fellow with the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual the Arts. Stoudmire’s practice is rooted in pairing polarities in time + space in her aim to facilitate experiences that simultaneously engage the creative + rational mind. This integrative approach--derived from psychophysics, cognitive science, energy psychology, art therapy, and other evolving healing modalities--is intended to awaken the senses, and elevate audiences from passive observers to active participants.
As an arts administrator with 10+ experience in cause marketing, Stoudmire also equips creative institutions + social impact organizations with proven methodologies, tools, and strategies help them generate publicity, partnership, and monetary support, through her creative writing consultancy, Follow Your Art. Additionally, she assists creative entrepreneurs in leveraging their inherent cultural assets to launch profitable consultancies that allow them to directly impact the artists + causes they care about.
Beyond her research + curatorial practice, Stoudmire shares an undying love + wonder of nature with her delightful eight month old daughter, Nola. She committed to exemplifying a life of possibility to her by following her bliss, believing in magic, and cultivating curiosity within herself, so that her daughter may always be guided by her own.
Shelby Stone is a visual artist whose current realm of work functions to investigate the portals between imagined and lived experiences, emotion and the ancestral knowledge to reinforce cultural histories adjacent to her own. She considers all elements of her making a mapping of a journey.
Having roots in the various regions of the United States including the South, Far West and Southwest, Stone relocated to Chicago in 2013. The years of movement and geographic exposure have since corralled her toward exploring how each landscape, as varied as its history, guide her on the aforementioned trajectory.
In conjunction with developing the range of her creative practices, she aims to engage her enthusiasm for process and film-photography towards building spaces that nurture the intersections of creativity, identity, self-expression, art making and learning. Through these efforts, she hopes to aid in developing the narratives and social values of individuals and communities in Chicago, San Francisco/Bay Area and beyond.
She has presented her work in various spaces throughout Chicago and the Midwest such as The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Woman Made Gallery, Hyde Park Art Center, The Franklin, UWM’s Underground Cinema in Milwaukee and more. She currently resides in Hyde Park.
Mev Luna (b. Houston, Texas, 1988) is an interdisciplinary artist working in Chicago. Through a research-based practice and self-reflexive methodology, Luna’s practice rethinks history to identify the fictions that govern contemporary life and speculative futures. They work between live performance, video installation, new media, and text. Luna was an 2018 Art Matters Foundation Fellowship recipient,a 2017 SOMA Summer participant in Mexico City, and a 2015-2016 fellow at the Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration, Chicago.
Artist Photo: Robert Chase Heishman
Sheridan Tucker Anderson
Sheridan Tucker Anderson is a Chicago based curator, art historian and arts advocate. She has curated exhibitions at the School of the Art institute of Chicago, the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries at the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Artists Coalition, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, as well as supported exhibitions at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Anderson served as Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, where she worked to diversify the museum’s collection and served as research assistant for several exhibitions, including but not limited to the Terra Foundation for American Art funded exhibition The Many Hats of Ralph Arnold: Art, Identity and Politics. Anderson has served as Curatorial Research Assistant at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts; there she supported The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts funded project The Ties that Bind Waves of Pan- Africanism in Contemporary Art and Society.
Anderson has been awarded several fellowships including the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Curatorial Fellowship and the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowship at the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been selected for Chicago Artists Coalition’s HATCH Residency where she served as Curatorial Resident. Anderson is a member of the Equity and Museum Practice Advisory Committee at the Art Institute of Chicago and a member of the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s Museum Council. Recent publications include: The Diasporic as a Site of Memory: Self Identity and Commemoration in the Work of Zohra Opoku (2019), The Ancient and the Recent: Kudzani Chiurai's We Live in Silence (2018), Bordering the Imaginary: Ralph Arnold, Napoleon Bonaparte, and “The Hawaii Days” Series (2018). Recent exhibitions include The Poetics of Relation and In Their Own Form: Contemporary Photography + Afrofuturism. She holds a BA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MA in Art History from the University of Chicago.
Currently, Anderson serves as Assistant Director of Gallery 400 at University of Illinois at Chicago, where she manages Gallery 400’s administrative functions, working closely with the director to implement Gallery 400’s mission to support and present contemporary art and programming that prioritize interpretative reflection, critical inquiry and sustainable community partnerships.