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Office Hours: Portfolio Review
This edition of Office Hours: Portfolio Review is an opportunity for artists to meet with arts consultants and independent curators from throughout the city.

This edition of Office Hours: Portfolio Review is an opportunity for artists to meet with arts consultants and independent curators from throughout the city.

One-on-one portfolio reviews last 30 minutes and provide a platform to discuss a range of issues of interest to emerging and 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 able to indicate your reviewer preference following the registration process. Participants are asked to arrive 10 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment.

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

Brandon Alvendia is a Chicago-based artist, independent curator, and educator. His interdisciplinary practice engages spatial and social architectures by creating platforms for experimentation, discussion and collaboration. He is the founder of multiple Chicago alternative spaces artLedge (2004-2007 w/ Caleb Lyons), BEN RUSSELL (2009-2011 w/Ben Russell), The Storefront (2010-2014), and art-publishing house Silver Galleon Press (2008-present). Brandon attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA ‘03) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (MFA ‘07).

Anna Cerniglia founded Johalla Projects as a venue for emerging and mid-career artists. Over the last decade, it has produced large varieties of exhibitions and projects which have been reviewed by the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, ArtSlant, Hyperallergic, and Art F City.

At both a local and national level, Johalla offers creative consulting to build and strengthen in-house programs and curate art collections, oftentimes introducing innovative artists to a broader audience. In its creative partnerships with institutions like the Chicago Athletic Association, Fashion Outlets of Chicago, Hoxton Hotel, Soho House Chicago, and Tourists. Johalla Projects has executed large-scale art installations, staged murals, curated weeks of event programming, and shaped the atmospheres of locations through art acquisition and design. At its core, Johalla Projects is rooted as a collaborator with artists, writers, and curators focused on celebrating and upholding the integrity of original, productive work.

Stephanie Cristello is a curator, writer, and contemporary art critic living in Chicago, IL. She is the founding Editor-in-Chief of THE SEEN, Chicago's International Journal of Contemporary & Modern Art, and currently serves as the Artistic Director of EXPO CHICAGO and Director/Curator at Chicago Manual Style.

Cortney Lederer is an arts consultant, educator, and project manager with seventeen years of experience managing an array of artistic programming for organizations and businesses. From 2011–14 she served as the Director of Exhibitions and Residencies at the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC), where she designed and managed its two residency programs: BOLT Residency and HATCH Projects. While at CAC, Cortney curated and managed special projects for businesses such as tech incubator 1871, Patron Tequila, TOMS Shoes, Groupon and Taste of Chicago (DCASE). She curated and produced hundreds of solo and group exhibitions during her tenure at CAC. As of June 2014, Cortney launched CNL Projects (CNL), which provides project-based consulting to organizations with a specialization in curating, project management, program design and development. CNL has worked with notable organizations such as 3Arts, Chicago Artists Coalition, Lillstreet Art Center, EXPO Chicago, Fashion Outlets of Chicago, LinkedIn, Wilson Sporting Goods, PurePoint Financial, and Hyatt Hotels Corporate Office Chicago. She also provides professional development workshops and individual consultation to artists. Cortney is faculty in the Arts Administration and Policy department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Edra Soto (b. Puerto Rico) is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist, educator, curator, and co-director of the outdoor project space THE FRANKLIN. She is invested in creating and providing visual and educational models propelled by empathy and generosity. Her recent projects are motivated by civic and social actions focus on fostering relationships with a wide range of communities.

Recent venues presenting Soto’s work include the Pérez Art Museum Miami (FL), Hunter East Harlem Gallery (NY), UIC Gallery 400 (IL), Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (NE), and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago (IL) amongst others. Soto has attended residency programs at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (ME), Beta-Local (PR), the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency (FL), Arts/Industry at the Kohler Foundation (WI), Headlands Center for the Arts (CA) and Project Row Houses (TX) amongst others. In 2017 Soto was awarded the Efroymson Contemporary Arts for installation artists. Her co-curation for the exhibition Present Standard at the Chicago Cultural Center was praised with overwhelmingly positive reviews from the Chicago Tribune, Newcity, PBS The Art Assignment and Artforum. Soto was recently featured in Newcity’s annual Art 50 issue Chicago’s Artists’ Artists and at VAM Studio 2017 Influencers.

Soto is a lecturer for the Contemporary Practices Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, from where she holds an MFA , and a BFA degree from Escuela de Artes Plastics de Puerto Rico.


2130 W. Fulton Street (look for our dedicated entrance at 2132 W. Fulton Street!)


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

Registration is currently SOLD OUT. Sign up for the waitlist to be the first to know if additional appointments become available or when this program is offered again

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