Meet Curatorial Residents
Courtney Cintron is a Chicago-based arts and cultural administrator, curator, and performing artist. She is a 2017 MA Graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Arts Administration and Policy and a graduate of the Institute of Curatorial Research and Practice at SAIC. As a versatile individual, she has had the pleasure of managing an array of artistic projects for arts organizations, from youth art education, art exhibitions, and interdisciplinary artist showcases, to poetry, theater, and music programs. Her dedication to tackling complex social issues and promoting deep learning and critical thinking through the arts has illuminated her path. Courtney currently holds a position with ProjectArt as Chicago Program Director. Learn more about Courtney Cintron’s HATCH exhibitions ORWELLIAN OFFSPRING and S-W-O-O-$-H.
Greg Ruffing is an artist, writer, organizer, and curator working on topics around the production of space at different scales – from the macro level of sociopolitical structures and architecture in the built environment, down to an emphasis on community, collaboration, and exchange on the interpersonal level. Often looking critically or conceptually at the specifics of site and place, he has facilitated exhibitions and programming at venues such as The Perch, Public Access, SPACES (Ohio), and the upcoming Terrain Biennial. He recently completed a dual degree MFA in Photography and MA in Visual & Critical Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Learn more about Greg Ruffing’s HATCH exhibitions The Strange Fields of This City and Three Hares.
Jamillah Hinson is a curator, grassroots archivist, and painter working in Chicago. She currently works with the Chicago-based collective Beauty Breaks, creating experimental participatory workshops centering on the Black femme experience. In the past, she has interned at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art working with both the curatorial and community arts director. Learn more about Jamillah Hinson’s HATCH exhibitions colossal gap, Somewhere Behind Us, and This is What We Know.
Kate Pollasch is an art historian, curator, and writer. 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. Kate is the Director of Collections and Curation at the University Club of Chicago and she has held positions with The American Visionary Art Museum, The Art institute of Chicago, the Roger Brown House Museum, Sullivan Galleries, and most recently Rhona Hoffman Gallery. She has lectured at The Chicago History Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, and The University of Chicago and is a contributing writer for New City, The Seen, and Elite Daily.
Sabrina Greig is an art critic, curator, and communications professional from New York City. At the intersection of social activism and Art History, her curatorial practice uses exhibition spaces to showcase experiences unique to Diasporic communities on the margins. She has curated exhibitions at ACRE Projects, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Haitian American Museum of Chicago. Her art criticism draws from her curatorial practice, as she focuses on representations of the Black diaspora in fine art and popular culture. She has published essays in Arts.Black, Contemporary And, Sixty Inches from the Center, and Bad at Sports. Learn more about Sabrina Greig’s HATCH exhibitions The Politics of Desire, Leaf by Leaf, and Body as Image.
Award winning artist Sadie Woods has had an exciting career, showcasing her talents everywhere from academia to nightclubs, boutiques to museums. As a multidisciplinary artist, curator and deejay, Woods' work focuses primarily on cultural memory and preservation and producing collaborations within communities of difference.
Awards and residencies include: 3Arts Make A Wave; 3Arts Artist Projects; Propeller Fund; Ecole du Magasin Curatorial Program and Le Magasin—Centre National d'Art Contemporain de Grenoble, FR; Hyde Park Art Center Program; ACRE; Arts + Public Life Curatorial Collective; Nichols Tower Homan Square Artist Residency; High Concept Labs Sponsored Artist; Chicago Artists Coalition's HATCH Projects Resident Curator; Independent Curators International Collaborator, Dakar, SN; Bemis Center for the Arts Artist-In-Residence; Terrain-Hatch Projects Resident Curator; Terrain Exhibitions and Biennial; Ragdale Foundation Artist-In-Residence. She has exhibited her work at Chicago Cultural Center; Krasl Art Center; The New Gallery, NC; Roman Susan Gallery; Washington Project for the Arts, DC; Weinberg/Newton Gallery; Zhou B Art Center. She has had featured curatorial projects at Special Exhibitions EXPO, among others. Publications include Harald Szeemann Méthodologie Individuelle published by JRP Ringier with Le Magasin—Centre National d'Art Contemporain de Grenoble, in collaboration with the Department of Curating Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art, London.
Woods received her BA from Columbia College and MFA from The School of the Art Institute. She is currently Faculty at the School of the Art Institute, Residents Orchestrate Project Manager at the Chicago Sinfonietta, resident dj at TAO, and radio dj at Vocalo 91.1FM and Lumpen Radio 105.5FM.
Meet Artist Residents
Alejandro Waskavich is a Chicago-based, self-taught artist born and raised in Mexico City. His current work explores the human body, movement, masculinity, and perception. He has exhibited his work at NEXT Chicago, the International Print Center in New York, Site:Brooklyn Gallery, and Hyde Park Art Center. In 2017 Alejandro was awarded the Artist Development Initiative by the International Print Center in New York, a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, to receive formal instruction in the field of printmaking. Additionally, Alejandro was a 2018 Center Program Artist at the Hyde Park Art Center.
Image: soccer_embrace1.gif (still), 2018, Medium: Gif animation, Dimensions: Variable
Andrea Coleman is an artist based in Chicago who utilizes the various media of oils, acrylics paints, magazine clippings and digital prints. Inspired by her suburban upbringing, animation, and various mural artists, her work currently investigates the interconnectedness of aura and narrative. Coleman graduated with her BFA at Columbia College Chicago. She is currently the Idea Award recipient of the Art and Art Activism organization and Hollis Sigler Manifest Award. Learn more about Andrea Coleman’s HATCH exhibitions Somewhere Behind Us and This is What We Know.
Bobby Gonzales (b. Delran, NJ) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Chicago, IL, whose work explores the intersection of painting, performance, and photography. He received his BFA in painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and recently completed his MFA in photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Most recent exhibitions and performances include participation in Merce Cunningham’s “Field Dances” at the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), group exhibitions at Das Institut für Alles Mögliche (Berlin, Germany), The Milwaukee Institute for Art and Design (Milwaukee, WI), The Galleries at Columbia University (New York, NY), Zurcher Studios (New York, NY) and solo exhibitions at Vox Populi artist collective, where he was an artist member from 2012-2014 (Philadelphia, PA). Learn more about Bobby Gonzales’s HATCH exhibition Three Hares.
Colleen Keihm uses photography to generate spatially unclear constructions. If fabricated landscapes can become cultural artifacts, then her documents are attempting to shape an understanding of our present reality. Learn more about Colleen Keihm’s HATCH exhibition Body as Image.
Darryl Terrell (b.1991) is a queer African-American artist whose primary practice is photography. Currently based between Detroit, MI, and Chicago IL, Terrell is a MFA graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received his MFA in Photography. Terrell’s work deals with personal narratives, body image, black masculinity, queer identity, and the black family structure alone with other aspects of American Blackness. Pulling from influences he observed growing up on the Eastside of Detroit, Michigan, Terrell's work is also a reflection of popular culture traversed though media such as music, movies, and other similarly related sources. Learn more about Darryl Deangelo Terrell’s HATCH exhibition Body as Image and This is What We Know.
Elana Adler is an interdisciplinary artist whose work primarily focuses on questions of perception, signaling, and existence from both epistemological and ontological ways of thinking. Her process is iterative and illustrates the transition of thought through the transformation of object. Combining digital with analog craft techniques, she manipulates material in order to translate abstract concepts of space and time. Learn more about Elana Adler’s HATCH exhibition colossal gap.
Erin Smego is a post-minimalist sculptor who lives and works in Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2011. She has exhibited in the United States including group exhibitions at 65Grand, THE SUB-MISSION, The Fulton Street Collective, and 22. She’s had solo installations at The Hermosa Walls and Ignition Projects both located in Chicago in 2017. In 2016, she participated in a show at the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (CICA) Museum in Gyenggi-do, South Korea. In 2015, she was awarded the Edna L. Cushing Annual Memorial Prize in a juried show "Elements of Abstraction" at the St. Louis Artists' Guild. Learn more about Erin Smego’s HATCH exhibition Somewhere Behind Us.
Rim Lee’s (Haerim Lee’s) artistic practice investigates space as an institutionalized demarcation of power. Through a minimalist approach to materiality, she examines the expressive possibilities of abstraction. The act of violent erasure, concealment and obstruction creates a subjective psychological space of history and memory. By revealing the architectural surface as index of violence, she questions architecture itself as physical representation of visible and invisible state power. She had a solo show at gallery noone (2017) and Kasia Kay Art Project (2012) in Chicago and Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art (2012) in S.Korea. She participated in group shows including The Body (2010) as a part of the Chicago Humanities Festival, Creature Comfort (2015), Compassion Show (2017) and To Listen. To Speak. To Act.(2017) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She recently was awarded Downtown Gary Public Art Competition of Legacy Foundation. Learn more about Haerim Lee's HATCH exhibition The Strange Fields of This City.
India Martin is a visual artist whose photography creates an offering to communities by capturing the often over looked beauty of the urban landscape and the people who traverse it. Narratives about access are seen in her work with a double exposure effect, illustrating layers and complexity. She is inspired by visuals when they aren’t overly prescriptive and when they are open to contradiction and interpretation. Learn more about India Martin’s HATCH exhibition Leaf by Leaf and This is What We Know.
Jacqueline Surdell, b. 1993, was born in Chicago, Illinois. She received her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017. In 2015 she received her BFA from Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA.
Growing up in a family of artists and athletes Jacqueline Surdell spent her early years between the court and the studio. These close familial memories and experiences influence her complex psychological terrain between body, making, sanctuary and spirit. As such, Surdell’s multi-dimensional tapestries, videos, performances, found-object sculptures, and installations consider familial lore, craft, repetition, and sport through personal and abstracted lenses.
Image: Untitled: The Low Lands (a loved one), 2019, Medium: braided cotton cord, curl bar, pink cast (right hand), gold chain, meat hooks, enamel, nylon, spray paint, charm, Dimensions: 96"x48"
Kate Conlon is a Chicago-based artist and educator. Her work, investigational in nature, usually begins with an earnest attempt to figure something out and invariably ends in a mess of paradox, incongruence, and doubt. Conlon’s work has been exhibited at venues including The Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Terrain Biennial, in Oak Park, IL and Museu do Douro in Portugal. She has received grants and residencies from Kala Art Intitute, ACRE and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Conlon is founder and co-director of Fernwey Gallery and director of Fernwey Editions, an independent publishing house that collaborates with artists on limited edition prints and multiples. Learn more about Kate Conlon’s HATCH exhibition Three Hares.
Kioto Aoki is an analogue photographer and experimental filmmaker exploring different modes of perception via the nuances time, space, form, light and movement. Her recent work investigates the space between the still and the moving image. Learn more about Kioto Aoki’s HATCH exhibition Body as Image.
Best known for her large-scale fabric piecework collages; Marie Baldwin dissects visual and linguistic moments in pop culture, and seeks to create idiosyncratic spaces through print, sculpture and installation. Her practice navigates the intersection of familiar and foreign spaces through reworked examinations of fragmented artifacts that hold social significance, displaced from their original period and meaning. Predominately working with text, cloth, thread and reclaimed textiles, her work explores themes of sexuality, personal history, and the body. Learn more about Marie Baldwin’s HATCH exhibition ORWELLIAN OFFSPRING.
Matthew Owen Wead (b. 1984, Chicago, IL) is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice explores social hierarchy through verbal and written language. He received a BFA from Morehouse College (2006) and an MFA from University of Maryland (2009) with a focus on printmaking, sculpture and photography. His work often uses multiple-mediums and is constructed to be used as real-world objects and structures. This practice of creating physical objects/tools, reinforces that these objects are not to be seen as fictional objects or ideas, but as slight alterations to what is already being done/seen around us and to us as a society.
Michael D. Moore is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago, IL. He holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a MA in Visual and Critical Studies also, from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work explores relationships between mind and body, being and form, human and nonhuman animals and objects. Through paintings, drawings and found object sculptures, he celebrates difference and likeness by allowing the animal and object to exchange places freely. Learn more about Michael D. Moore’s HATCH exhibition colossal gap.
Mitsu Salmon creates performance and visual works that fuse multiple disciplines. She was born in Los Angeles to a Japanese mother and American father. Creating in differing media—translating one medium to another—is connected to the translation of differing cultures and languages. Her work draws from familial and personal narratives and then abstracts, expands, and contradicts them. Her current project investigates botany, familial histories, colonization, and archives. Salmon received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014, and her undergrad degree from NYU. She has presented work at places such as the Chicago Cultural Center, Julius Caesar, Comfort Station and internationally at HAU Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin, Made Budhiana Gallery in Bali and Urbanguild in Kyoto, Japan. She was awarded artist residencies at Tsung Yeh in Taiwan, Villa Pandan Harum in Bali, High Concept Lab, Links Hall, the Chicago Cultural Center, and Ox-Bow. Learn more about Mitsu Salmon’s HATCH exhibition ORWELLIAN OFFSPRING and This is What We Know.
Nora’s work uses humor to reveal how pop culture can be used as a language to process our lives. Through painting and ceramic sculpture she presents herself as a half-real half-animated amalgamation, exposing the ways in which her own brain filters her experiences through the television she grew up with. Nora investigates these themes in her works of semi-functional furniture which in addition display her interest in the intersection of fine art and everyday life, or how unique art objects can function practically in the world.
Image: Nora Simpson, 2018. Medium: Oil on canvas Dimensions: 24 in x 20 in
Olivia Petrides, Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute, was awarded a Fulbright Grant to Iceland and an Artist Residency at the Reykjavik Municipal Art Museum in 1993. She revisited Iceland in 1994 on an American-Scandinavian Foundation Award. On Faculty Grants awarded In 1995 and 1998, Petrides returned to the subarctic North Atlantic, where she had residencies with the Faroe Islands Museum of Natural History. In 1999, she returned to Iceland. Most recently in 2001, with the support of the American-Scandinavian Foundation and a Faculty Grant, she traveled to Greenland. Petrides has been awarded other residency fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, the Roger Brown Studio, Yellowstone National Park and many residencies at the Ragdale Foundation. She has illustrated two volumes in the Peterson Field Guide Series, published by Houghton Mifflin Company, and four field manuals issued by Explorer Press. Her work is in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; US National Park Service, Wyoming; Hafnarborg Institute of Art, Iceland; the Illinois State Museum and the Field Museum, Chicago, among others.
Image: “Polar Nights I,” (left), 75” x 356” Ink & gouache on paper; and “Polar Nights II,” (right), 75” x 260” Ink & gouache on paper, at Elmhurst College, 2016.
Oscar Gonzalez was born in El Paso, TX. He grew up on the other side of the border in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, and because of this he has moved around a lot during his developmental years. His artwork evokes the fleeting sense of relationships, it's senseless sentimentality and the relationships between self and environment. He is currently on residency in Berlin from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago where he is creating woodcut prints in Kurrent (a german script) for his show at the end of September. Oscar has an MFA (2017) in Fiber and Material Studies from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. He holds a BA in Philosophy and Linguistics from The University of Texas at El Paso. He has exhibited in the USA, Mexico, Germany and S. Korea. He lives in Chicago, enjoys discussions about wallpapers and occasional displays of human kindness. Learn more about Óscar González-Díaz’s HATCH exhibition S-W-O-O-$-H.
Wen Liu’s art is a collection of reactions to the environments and objects encountered to build her sense of security coming from a foreign land. Questions that drive her work include: What is temporary and what is permanent? What is your place in this temporality and permanence? How do you deal with public recollection versus private memories?
She is a DCASE Individual Artists Program Grantee for 2018 and 2019 and attended residencies at Vermont Studio Center, MASS MoCA, and ACRE and is currently in the Center Program at Hyde Park Art Center. Her work has been exhibited in the National Grand Theater in Beijing, China; 6018/North, Zhou B Art Center, Manifold Gallery in Chicago; and most recently at ACRE Projects.
Image: Everywhere & Nowhere, 2018, Dimensions: 50” x 78” x 23”, Materials: Bricks, reclaimed wooden furniture, latex
Forrester lives in Chicago, grew up in Louisville, KY and received degrees from Oberlin and Columbia College. They've exhibited widely, in both national and international contexts, and have a range of aesthetic interests that include: practices of accumulation, manifestations of power, human discourses around the transcendent and the material relationship between self and world. Forrester’s attention to the natural world and its agential capacity for queer subjects unites these diverse investments and provides the means with which to interrogate the implications of queering as a spiritual practice which is ultimately connected to ideas of new materialisms, hypothetical prematerialist paradigms and decolonization. Learn more about Whit Forrester’s HATCH exhibition Leaf by Leaf.
William Camargo is a Chicanx/Latinx visual artist/educator and organizer raised in Anaheim, CA and now residing in Chicago, IL. His work is inspired from his family’s immigration from Mexico and his working class upbringing in a Mexican/American barrio, touching issues of assimilation, identity, gentrification and immigration through photography. In his most recent work, he uses his rasquache aesthetics to bring awareness to issues of gentrification as a social justice issue that has plagued many communities of color across Chicago and the United States. William Camargo is currently an arts educator in various southwest side neighborhoods in Chicago, teaching photography and arts as cultural expression and preservation.His work has been published in Business Insider, TIME, The Guardian, The New York Times and others, his photographs have also been displayed at the Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago), Loisaida Center (NY), Mathis Gallery (Wisconsin), DNJ Gallery (Santa Monica), among others. Learn more about William Camargo’s HATCH exhibition The Strange Fields of This City and This is What We Know.
Yasmin Spiro (b. Kingston, Jamaica) is a 2014 transplant to Chicago from New York. Working in installation, sculpture, film, drawing and mixed media, her work explores issues of cultural identity and socio-economic issues within the framework of urban development and social politics – often through the lens of Caribbean culture. According to the late art historian Petrine Archer Shaw her work uses, “performative body parts and delicate drawings, tethered with umbilical-cord-like ropes as a way of charting personal journeys between different geographies and urban locations.” Recent work considers the city as organism and the urban environment – integrating personal issues of safety and cultural identity. Spiro’s work has been shown at galleries in the US and Jamaica and she is a founding member of the tART womens collective in NY (F2004). Her work has been covered in Art News, Washington Times, Miami Herald and others. She attended Pratt Institute for BFA and MFA studies. Learn more about Yasmin Spiro’s HATCH exhibition Leaf by Leaf.
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