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  • Sabrina Greig
    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 ...
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  • Reut Avisar
    Reut Avisar’s multidisciplinary practice deals with culturally loaded, symbolic artifacts, objects and folk craft as they appear in tourism culture and its different manifestations. Her installations often integrate found objects, ceramics, fabric and har ...
  • Marissa Lee Benedict
      Marissa Lee Benedict is a sculptor, researcher, writer, explorer and teacher whose artistic practice investigates the complex and ever-evolving relationship between humans and the material world. Rooted in research and experimentation, her work often dr ...
  • Jenyu Wang
    Jenyu Wang uses contextualization and synchronization to explore the interconnections between sculptural objects and moving image. As an interdisciplinary artist, Jenyu utilizes different embodiments of time contained in static objects, photography and vi ...
  • Megan Stroech
    Megan Stroech is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Stroech’s work utilizes fabric cut outs and collaged found materials to explore dichotomies between realness and artificiality, image and object, and common vs. luxury through references from ...
  • Edyta Stepien
    Edyta Stepien focuses on large-scale video and sight specific installations. In her installations she is blurring the boundaries between what is natural and synthetic, what is organic and mechanic. She is creating hybrid immersive environments.  Since 200 ...
  • Jesse Seay
    Jesse Seay makes electro-mechanical sculptures of waveforms moving through objects. Some sculptures invite people to play with them. Some make sound acoustically. She has also worked with recorded and synthesized sounds, in both stereo and multi-channel p ...
  • Adam Liam Rose
    Adam Liam Rose uses sculptural, photographic, textile, and papermaking processes to investigate how contemporary identities are formed by history, collective memory, place and architecture. Rose is an Israeli-American visual artist living and working in C ...
  • Nora Renick Rinehart
    Nora Renick Rinehart's work explores the scientific and emotional ways in which we relate to the colors of the sky. Rinehart received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She teaches a variety of textile classes at the Lillstreet Art Center. ...
  • Hannah Barco
    Hannah Barco is a performance artist, writer, object maker, and facilitator of relational situations; making work with the stuff of everyday life. Barco works from a Fluxus sense of humor and poetry, a Surrealist obsession with the uncanny, and stands firm ...
  • Wolfie E. Rawk
    Wolfie E. Rawk is a trans artist whose work currently includes video, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, glass and borrowed/transitory objects. They are interested in feelings of sympathy/empathy, cuteness, spectacle/boredom and horror. Learn more about Wolfie E ...
  • Dan Paz
    Dan Paz explores the labor of digital video production as a collaborative site where the intersections of the image-idea and lived experience are produced and contested. Paz is specifically interested in what emerges when divergent people come together ar ...
  • Regina Mamou
     
  • Cherith Lundin
    Cherith Lundin engages our perceptions and experience of space through drawing, painting, and installations. Her work abstracts moments of fluidity within familiar spaces, where boundaries between intimate/anonymous and interior/exterior blur. Learn more ...
  • Rami George
     Rami George is an interdisciplinary artist working across photography, video, text, and installation. They have exhibited and screened internationally, and continue to be motivated by political struggles and fractured narratives.Image: Untitled (Samarita ...
  • Sebura&Gartelmann
    Sebura&Gartelmann is the Chicago based collaborative of Jonas Sebura and Alex Gartelmann started in 2010. Jonas received his BFA from Alfred University and his MFA from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Alex received his BFA from the Univers ...
  • Liz Gadelha
    Liz Gadelha's photographic practice is influenced by a decade and a half of extensive dance training and performance. She dresses female subjects in custom-made garments to produce photographic series and performances with underlying narratives rooted in ...
  • Lori Felker
    Lori Felker is an artist/filmmaker whose work focuses on the ways in which we process, share, and disseminate information, via screens, dreams, gestures, games and dialog. By employing and pushing these structures, Felker attempts to study the ineloquent, ...
  • Hope Esser
    Hope Esser is a multidisciplinary artist that works in the realms of performance, video, sculpture, and costume. She has recently performed and exhibited at the Watermill Center, Long Island, New York; The Arts Club of Chicago; Grace Exhibition Space, Bro ...
  • Lily Dithrich
    Sculptor and woodworker Lily Dithrich engages in an investigation of personal relationships and introspections using furniture objects as suggestive representations of human archetypes. Acknowledging that iconic furniture forms are imbued with links to th ...
  • Benjamin DeMott
    Born in Allentown Pennsylvania, Ben enjoys fishing, ceramics, gluten and haiku about all of the above.  red-bricked recorderslackjawed and thigh deep knottingflys in the back cast  Learn more about Ben DeMott​’s HATCH exhibitions Artifice from the Cave an ...
  • Delaney DeMott
  • Andi Crist
    Andi Crist was raised in Birmingham, Alabama and earned her BFA from Columbia College Chicago in 2011. She is the co-founder and executive director of Autotelic Studios, a nonprofit arts organization that serves the creative community on the northwest sid ...
  • Lauren E. Carter
    Lauren Carter’s mixed media sculpture, 2d work, and installations explore the ephemeral by examining the physical, spiritual, and cultural realms of healing. Carter is a Louisiana native who recently relocated to Chicago by way of Albuquerque, New Mexico ...
  • Nina Barnett
    Nina Barnett uses drawing, moving image and installation to examine particular locations in relation to time and vertical scale. Her work seeks connections between the geographical, the experienced and the physicality of surfaces, and playfully questions ...
  • Mara Baker
    Mara Baker is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist and educator. Combining traditional fiber processes, animation, light and video, Baker’s work draws inspiration from the phenomena of optical illusion and the changing of our eyes perception of light, ...
  • Alexandria Eregbu
    Alexandria Eregbu is a visual artist, independent curator, and educator. At her core, Alexandria is most passionate about re-imagining 21st-century possibilities for artistic practice through service and creating viable support structures that promote bot ...
  • Erin Toale
    Erin Toale is an artist, administrator, writer, and curator. She earned Dual MAs in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism and Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013, and a BFA in 2D and 3D Fine Arts from ...
  • JGV / WAR
    JGV / WAR is the collaboration between Gibran Villalobos and William Ruggiero. Their practice includes writing, curating, research, and project development with a focus on socially engaged practice, and contemporary Latin American art. Villalobos and Rugg ...
  • Rashayla Marie Brown
    Artist-scholar Rashayla Marie Brown manages an “undisciplinary” studio practice through photography, performance, writing, installation, and video. A lifelong nomad who moved 24 times, she began her practice as a poet in London. An Artadia and Franklin Fu ...
  • Erik L Peterson
    Erik L. Peterson is a public artist and sculptor based in Chicago. His public works take the form of large scale urban interventions that stretch and strain utopian ideas of design and function; edible ice cream sculptures that are literally consumed by t ...
  • Kim Harty
    Kim Harty works at the intersection of materials, performance, and technology. Harty’s work examines the alchemical relationship between the artist and raw materials, and exploits the process of transformation inherent in artmaking. Harty creates sculptur ...
  • Annette Barbier
    (1950 - 2017) Having worked for years in video and new media, Annette Barbier re-investigated the ways in which embodiment can facilitate the expression of an idea. Barbier called into question our relationship to the natural world using technology as a m ...
  • Adebukola Bodunrin
    Adebukola Bodunrin is a film, video, and installation artist who explores language, culture, and media. In her collage animations, she manipulates film using unorthodox manual and digital techniques in order to produce unexpected cinematic experiences. He ...
  • Jennifer Mills
    Jennifer Mills's multi-disciplinary practice uses comedy, performance and object making to explore the condition of the art world.  Mills has exhibited widely in New York; Chicago; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Seattle, Washington; Was ...
  • Kiam Marcelo Junio
    Kiam Marcelo Junio is a multidisciplinary artist who works in photography, video, printmaking, installation, burlesque, and performance art. His research and artwork center around queer identities, the Filipino American diaspora, post-colonial Asian Ameri ...
  • Noelle Allen
    Born in Sacramento and now living and working in Chicago, Noelle Allen has exhibited her artwork across the United States and abroad in Italy and Germany. Allen’s art has been positively reviewed in the Chicago Tribune, Art Ltd. Magazine, and Chicago Soci ...
  • Amber Ginsburg
    Amber Ginsburg creates site-generated projects that insert historical scenarios into present day situations, as well as engaging present day histories to imagine alternative futures. Her background in craft orients her projects towards the continuities an ...
  • Rebecca Hamlin Green
    Rebecca Hamlin Green is a ceramic and installation artist who is fascinated by wildlife and the breadth of patterns, cycles and modulations of natural and domestic systems. Her work has received national and international attention through group and solo ...
  • Jesse Butcher
    Butcher (b. 1982) is interested in a process of consuming, dissecting and processing a panoply of representations of individualism and safety. These constructs are idealized through various medias as well as personal and congenital histories. Those dispos ...
  • Sabba S. Elahi
    Sabba S. Elahi weaves through records of time --- family photographs, oral histories, and the fractures of personal and institutional memory. Elahi's art is largely impacted by the socio-political issues around Islam, the state of Pakistan, and her proxim ...
  • Jovencio de la Paz
    "My practice endeavors to locate the boundless moment in which the diverse material realities of daily life reveal a profound relationship to metaphysical, ineffable and transformative experiences." Jovencio de la Paz is an artist and educator who lives a ...
  • Stacia Yeapanis
    Stacia Yeapanis is a Chicago-based, interdisciplinary artist, educator and writer. Influenced by existential philosophy and mindfulness meditation, she explores desire and impermanence through the portal of repetition in her cross-stitch embroideries, rem ...
  • Jessica Bardsley
    Jessica Bardsley is an artist and PhD Candidate in the Film and Visual Studies program at Harvard University, where she is also a Film Study Center Fellow. Her academic work explores the relationship between fluid conceptions of materiality, process philo ...
  • Victoria Bradford
    Victoria Eleanor Bradford is a Louisiana-born, Chicago-based choreographer and visual artist whose structured improvisations take shape as experimental dinner parties, site-specific dance films, football training manuals used as choreographic instruction, ...
  • Theodore Darst
    Theodore Darst is an artist based in America. His videos, prints, and interactive digital environments have been exhibited at numerous venues including 319 Scholes, New York; bubblebyte.org; Public Works, Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; ...
  • Chaz Evans
    Chaz Evans makes performances, installations, and software that investigate emerging and historical technology. Often satirical in tone, Evans's work pits technologies against their perceived or intended purpose. Exhibitions include Chicago Artists Coalit ...
  • James T. Green
    James T. Green is a conceptual artist, designer, developer, podcaster, educator, and writer based in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. His projects investigate information distribution on the internet and unspoken markers of identity. His work has been shown in E ...
  • Kasia Houlihan
    Kasia Houlihan is a Chicago-based artist who works in a variety of media in an effort to get at the experience of relating. With photography, drawing, video, sculpture and language all in her arsenal, she chips away at the concepts of closeness, communica ...
  • Jordan Martins
    Jordan Martins is a Chicago based visual artist, curator, and educator. He received his MFA in visual arts from the Universidade Federal da Bahia in Salvador, Brazil in 2007, and is a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and North Park U ...
  • Ryan Peter Miller
    Ryan Peter Miller's body of work objectifies paint, playing with ideas of representation in objection to conventional hegemony of the image. The ideas that define the discipline of painting are as malleable as the material itself. Painting has always been ...
  • 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. In her fiber work she utilize ...
  • Mothergirl
    Mothergirl (Katy Albert and Sophia Hamilton) is a performance duo whose work has taken the form of installation, durational event, and guided audience interaction. Mothergirl’s characters, and the worlds they inhabit, exhibit a strategically refracted or ...
  • Nicholas Sagan
    Nicholas Sagan ::.::..:::...:..:::..:: interdisciplinary and new media artist  ::.::..:::...:::.:.:..:::..::  "A paradox is a strange thing.  Since it is generally defined as a 'contradictory set of premises,' it seems that there are different ways of int ...
  • Matthew Schlagbaum
    Matthew Schlagbaum focuses his attention on our cultural obsession with happiness, and the unstable specifics of how it is depicted and obtained. His work takes as its starting point the genuine desire to exist within spaces of positivity and exuberance, ...
  • Hoyun Son
    Hoyun Son is an artist working in various media including text, public performance, wearable sculptures, interactive installation, and everyday life to explore how we communicate and relate to others. Son believes that as human beings we grow through trus ...
  • Latham Zearfoss
     
  • Kristina Felix
    Kristina Felix makes artworks that explore the creative potential of language, labor and found narratives. Felix has lived and worked abroad in Peru and Bolivia as a J. William Fulbright Research Scholar in sculpture, learning Andean back-strap weaving an ...
  • Brent Fogt
    The son of a Lutheran pastor and a psychotherapist, Brent Fogt was born in Ohio and raised in Texas. Fogt’s sculpture, collage and drawings have been featured in solo exhibitions at Austin College, Emory University, Indiana University and the Lawndale Art ...
  • Rebecca Parker
    Rebecca Parker is interested in creating opportunities for artists to engage with communities that support and grow their practice. As Program Director at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, she works with faculty, visiting artists, artists-in-re ...
  • Kristin Nason
    Kristin Nason's work functions as a data set in an ongoing investigation of what it means to be a squishy being in a world with hard edges. Through physical engagement with common objects and materials, she explores the capacities and limitations of the b ...
  • Neysa Page-Lieberman
  • Gregory Harris
  • Allison Peters Quinn
  • Daniel Schulman
  • Laura Davis
    Laura Davis creates sculpture, drawing and installation in order to disrupt notions of value at the intersections of art, design and craft. Her interest lies in the endgame of material goods and how manipulating context can alter that narrative.Solo exhib ...
  • Baccara (Madeleine Bailey and Helen Maurene Cooper)
    Madeleine Bailey and Helen Maurene Cooper’s collaborative project Baccara is focused on a discourse around communication, negotiation, and power. Together, Baccara’s practice problematizes the notion of presence through photography, performance, mark maki ...
  • Joseph G. Cruz
    Joseph G. Cruz is a research-driven artist whose practice involves geo-historical and trans-contextual investigations of history and epistemology. No object, history, or human has priority as an activator in these investigations. Cruz is a time-traveling ...
  • Melika Bass
    Melika Bass’s films and immersive installations weave atmospheric, abstracted narratives that slip between hyper-reality and historical fantasy. Bass is the recipient of an Artadia Award, a Media Arts Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council, the Kodak/F ...
  • Eric Wall
    Wall’s paintings explore the materiality of the canvas and challenge our expectations of what a painting is expected to be. His paintings are meticulously hand-cut using a hobby knife. A single painting is often stretched, painted, unstretched, hand-cut, ...
  • Sarah Belknap and Joseph Belknap
    "We are stargazers. We are in love with the ineffable. We are in love with the cosmos. Somewhere in the vastness of interstellar space is a tiny blue marble spinning, magnetized and orbiting a star. We look up in the fall at the Milky Way, showered in cos ...
  • Amber Hawk Swanson
    Amber Hawk Swanson is a video and performance artist living and working in New York City. "My work blurs the lines between victim and victimizer, care and punishment, self-love and self-objectification to examine the continually unresolved questions of co ...
  • Gwynne Johnson
    Gwynne Johnson’s photographs reveal the unconscious residue of domestic life. Her work extends the uncertainties and unresolvable tensions inherent in our relationships with people, places, and the past.  Raised in Dublin, Ireland, Johnson currently lives ...
  • Homa Shojaie
    Homa Shojaie makes whatever is her “persisting question” at a given moment. This can be the color of a particular feeling, the exploration of her fears, trees in rain, or letting go. She creates to know herself, the world, and to find the light that is in ...
  • Jenny Kendler
    Jenny Kendler is an interdisciplinary artist, environmental activist and wild forager whose work asks us to de-center the human, making space for the radical, transformative otherness found on our biodiverse Earth. Kendler has exhibited at Storm King Art ...
  • Kathryn Trumbull Fimreite
    Kathryn Trumbull Fimreite is a Chicago-based visual and teaching artist whose work explores the relationship between personal identity and legacy. Fimreite's practice is a hybrid of studio time and arts educating. She is always seeking to create experient ...
  • Marty J. Burns
    Marty Burns has been a teaching artist at the Hyde Park Art Center and Marwen, and is currently teaching for the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago. Burns grew up outside of Gallup, New Mexico and relocated to Chicago in 2001. In 2009, she r ...
  • Azadeh Gholizadeh
    Azadeh Gholizadeh, is a Chicago-based artist and architect. Born in Tehran, Gholizadeh received her BA in architecture from Shahid Behest University (SBU), MA in architecture from Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST) in 2009, and her MFA from ...
  • Christopher Ottinger
    Christopher Ottinger uses various media technologies to envision new histories and alternative uses for technical objects, employing an “object oriented” approach to media archaeology. His art has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, in ...
  • Sarah J. Belknap & Joseph Belknap
  • Jessica Cochran
    Jessica Cochran is a Chicago-based curator and arts administrator currently affiliated with the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago. She has organized exhibitions for the Contemporary Arts Council, Poetry Foundation, Art Chicago/NEX ...
  • Happy Collaborationists (Anna Trier & Meredith Weber)
    Happy Collaborations was a curatorial collective that existed from 2008-2013 to provided exhibition opportunities for performance, installation and media works, including (but not limited to) solo exhibitions, public programming and private event planning ...
  • MK Meador
    MK Meador is a writer and curator living in Chicago. After relocating to Chicago in 2007 from her hometown of Nashville, TN, she took up work as a freelance art handler and worked with collections in auction houses, museums and art galleries across the ci ...
  • Teresa Silva
    Teresa Silva is the Director of Exhibitions & Residencies with the Chicago Artists Coalition, where she oversees BOLT Residency and HATCH Projects residency programs and MAKER Grant. She is a writer, curator, and member of the artist-run spaces TSA (C ...
  • Alexandra Lee (ATYL)
    ATYL (alexandra lee) is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus on installation and digital mixed-media. Her multi-layered, concept-driven work incorporates themes of tradition, femininity, myths, and justice, as well as the delicate interplay between hu ...
  • Amanda Greive
    In Amanda Greive's art-making process, the portrayal of relationships symbolically through the interplay of objects in still-lifes or through figural work has been a priority. Greive relies heavily on the use of allegoryas a vehicle for the exploration of ...
  • Barb Blacharcyzk
    Barbara Blacharczyk's drawings and multi-layered compositions on Mylar are based on elemental forms from nature. With her skillful mastery of materials, she creates complex explorations of how these forms and concepts intersect and build on one another, t ...
  • Carole Hennessey
    Carole Hennessy explores the landscape of her life—both real and imagined—through the creative use of watercolor and related media. The changing seasons, colors and patterns provide an endless supply of ideas and subjects. A drive along any highway or bac ...
  • Jim Zimple
    Jim Zimpel’s works constructs factual and imaginary entry points and rituals: they are the means to process, explore, and understand things that are actually, or perceived as, inaccessible. A meaningful fishing experience, a trip to a natural wonder, a pr ...
  • Erik L. Peterson
    Erik L. Peterson is a Chicago-based public artist, sculptor, and museum educator. Drawing on the vocabularies of traditional arts media along with architecture and transportation infrastructure, Erik L. Peterson creates site-specific installations, public ...
  • Debra Kayes
    Debra Kayes uses repetition of simple organic forms to explore the ways in which creatures large and small group to gain safety in numbers. Layered and repeated elements allow individuals to act as one. By investigating patterning techniques like emergenc ...
  • Cydney Lewis
    Cydney Lewis is a Chicago artist who creates highly personal and intimate work, centering around ideas related to imagination, desire and the integration of art into daily life.  Influenced by her background in ballet, architecture and film production des ...
  • Sandra Perlow
    Sandra Perlow's work is based on combinations of woodcut, monoprint, collage, and acrylic worked onto paper or canvas surfaces.  The work begins with sketches that come from walks around the city; ideas that are developed come from these progressive sketc ...
  • David Wittig
    David Wittig was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Wittig studied Photography and Political Science and graduated in 2000. His first solo show in 2006 in Northern Italy coincided with the publication of his first book, Alchimia Degli Elementi (P ...
  • Oli Rodriguez
    Rodriguez is faculty in the Photography Department at The School of the Art Institute of  Chicago. He has shown recently at The Kinsey Institute (2013), Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center (2014) and curated "The Great Refusal¨ a citywide series of ...
  • Jeannette Tremblay
    Jeannette Tremblay is an arts educator, administrator, and curator with a background in painting and a budding quiltmaking practice. Her current research focuses on the historical, legal, and cultural constructions of racial whiteness in America and criti ...
  • Kevin Oronia
    Nominated by Chicago State University Kevin Oronia's current work, Pinhole Portrait, is a series of photographs which use the camera obscura technique to depict individuals within spaces native to their daily existence. The juxtaposition of the camera obs ...
  • Marcus McCoy
    Nominated by Chicago State University Influenced by his upbringing in an impoverished area, subsequently witness to the city’s violent nature, Marcus McCoy’s graphic design focuses on effectively bridging the city’s cultural differences through visual rep ...
  • Kristen Kula
    Nominated by Columbia College Chicago Kristen Kula's current work, unPhotograph, is a series of photographs which examines and deconstructs the traditionally taught photographic process. The predetermined procedure of taking a photograph is identified thr ...
  • Monica Pizano
    Nominated by Columbia College Chicago Monica Pizano is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice functions as reflection - the physical creation of an analysis. Influenced by her identity as a first generation Mexican American, Pizano sees her position a ...
  • Pilar Amado
    Nominated by Columbia College Chicago. Pilar Amado's practice addresses the history of conflict and its consequences in her home country of Colombia. War is ambiguous territory, and often leaves us with the desire to place blame, find a solution, an answe ...
  • Chloe Perkis
    Nominated by Harold Washington College Chloe Perkis is a visual artist whose work explores the notion of absurdity and focuses on the brutal nature of the world. Abject figures and textures arise as focus points in her illustrations as a means to document ...
  • Daniel Sanchez
    Nominated by Harold Washington College Daniel Sanchez is a visual artist whose practice is influenced by nature, raw material and that which exists organically. Influenced by the intrinsic state of the planet, Sanchez incorporates raw and organic material ...
  • Alia Williams
    Nominated by Marwen Alia Williams is a multi-media artist who focuses on innovation and the ability to push boundaries. Inspired by the process of creation, Williams utilizes a variety of mediums including printmaking, photography, mixed media and metal w ...
  • Katie Chung
    Nominated by Marwen Katie Chung is a visual artist and designer whose work communicates as an optical concern of her own language delivered through imagery. A language which has been dawned by history and continues to grow with the present, Chung creates ...
  • Maria Murczek
    Nominated by Marwen Maria Murczek is a visual artist whose work focuses on the geometry of the photograph through line, shape and form. Historical and traditional references combined with an obsessive attention to detail, guide Murczek to depict the archi ...
  • Lauren McKee
    Nominated by Northern Illinois University Lauren McKee is a visual artists whose work is influenced by themes of nostalgia, necessity and cataloging. Through the use of pattern and imagery as a form of communication, McKee compares the past and the presen ...
  • Michael Conway
    Nominated by Harold Washington College Michael Conway is a visual artist who utilizes illustration and printmaking to bring a sense of humor to his work. Having been diagnosed with ADHD and self described as having a terrible time sequencing tasks, Conway ...
  • Jaclyn Bae
    Nominated by Northern Illinois University  Jaclyn Bae is a visual artist whose work integrates aspects of Asian and Western culture, expressing the unique variety of her life experiences based on heritage, cultural gaps, and memories. By pinpointing histo ...
  • Jake Racina
    Nominated by Northern Illinois University “I want the viewer to have the same feelings while looking at my work as they do when their brother-in-law takes them into the garage to show them the 1996 Ford Mustang that he just bought.” Jake Racina is an inte ...
  • Natalie Tarnowski
    Nominated by Northern Illinois University Inspired by the intricacies found within the organization of the universe, Natalie Tarnowski combines print media with experimental techniques and mediums, in an effort to use prints as three-dimensional elements. ...
  • Amy Lee
    Nominated by Northwestern University Amy Lee is an interdisciplinary artist whose work is influenced by psychology, time perception and memory. Time is the intellectual structure of a non-spatial continuum in which events occur in apparently irreversible ...
  • Ethan McGinnis
    Nominated by Northwestern University According to Ethan McGinnis, painting is first a confrontation between painting and painter, and second, a confrontation between painting and viewer. A confrontation presupposes the confronter and the confronted. Menta ...
  • Madeline Winter
    Nominated by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Madeline Winter is a visual artist whose painting explore memory, or more specifically, what happens when we are denied personal access to creating our own memories. Examining the loss and longing fe ...
  • Bryce Wynton Jensen
    Nominated by The University of Illinois at Chicago Bryce Jensen is a visual artist whose work explores issues of identity within the social context including acceptance or lack thereof. Inspired by his roots of being half African American and half Caucasi ...
  • Eric Perez
    Nominated by The University of Illinois at Chicago “I believe in the cliché that anything and everything is art. l loathe being specific.” Eric Perez is a visual artist whose work is influenced by cliche and perspective. Finding comfort in being broad, co ...
  • Kayla Anderson
      Kayla Anderson is an interdisciplinary artist and writer based in Chicago. She creates site-specific, often media-based installations, animations and artists’ books. Her work has been exhibited in venues throughout the United States and abroad including ...
  • Lida Wu
    Nominated by The University of Chicago  Lida Wu is a painter, critic and translator, who’s work is influenced by the relationship between the verbal and visual arts. There is no way to create paintings today without addressing the state of painting itself ...
  • Yanping Wu
    Nominated by The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Yanping Wu is a visual artist whose work is influenced by her upbringing in a small village of the urban-rural fringe where the traditional way of living was preserved. Summer nights spent listening ...
  • Kekeli Sumah
    Nominated by The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Kekeli Sumah is a visual artist whose work explores the cultural politics of globalization and the construction of identity, particularly the interrelationship between Europe and Africa. By mingling ...
  • Argyris Angeli
    Nominated by The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Argyris Angeli is a visual artist whose work reflects on the tensions between stability, disorientation, the definitive and the relative by studying human identities, perceptions and interactions. Fo ...
  • Huayi Wang
    Nominated by Northwestern University Studies of sub conscious and subatomic conscious try to pry open the inner self, but this opening up, this exposure, readily creates another surface of outside things, which interact with what was once hidden and chang ...
  • Christine Harrison Frei
    Nominated by The University of Illinois at Chicago  Christine Harrison Frei is a visual artist whose practice focuses on stretching and pushing of photographic mediums as a means with which to explore our relationship with images. Examining the place wher ...
  • Martin Hernandez
    Nominated by The University of Illinois at Chicago  Martin Hernandez Rosas is a video artist whose work explores universal emotions and the relative relationship between any two given counterparts. Focusing on Cinema Verite, he proceeds to capture the emo ...
  • Maggie Puckett
    Maggie Puckett is an activist, educator, and interdisciplinary artist, combining art and science to explore the complicated history and future of anthropogenic effects on the Earth’s systems. Through handmade paper, artist’s books, and environmental works ...
  • Bryan Saner
    Bryan Saner is an interdisciplinary art practitioner focusing on the creation of performances, activist art events, neighborhood evolution and appropriately designed objects. He teaches workshops, mentors and lectures locally, nationally and international ...
  • Houston Cofield
      Houston Cofield is a photographer who uses video and objects to create fictional narratives. Originally from Memphis, Cofield has a deep interest and roots in the photographic tradition that draws heavily on ideas of place, myth, folklore and romance. S ...
  • 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 ...
  • Norman W. Long
      Norman W. Long is a sound artist/designer/composer born and raised on the south side of Chicago. His current work focuses on sound art production within the larger context of landscape. He has exhibited and/or performed in galleries Chicago, Ithaca, New ...
  • Phil Peters
      Phil Peters generates work at the intersection of culture and technology, exploring emergent connections between the physical and the digital and our expanding relationship to place and site. Through a process of synthesis, reconstruction, and dislocati ...
  • Sanaz Sohrabi
    Sanaz Sohrabi is an artist and filmmaker who works across moving/still image practices and video installation to analyze the status of moving image as a gateway to a larger investigation around the role of archives as the materials of times and spaces of ...
  • Spencer Stucky
    Spencer Stucky utilizes photography, video, sculpture and installation to examine and illustrate relationships between architectural, biological, historical and political fields. He is particularly interested in the ways that architecture allows us to exa ...
  • Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera
    Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera is an emerging artist from Havana, Cuba. Working across the mediums of video, photography, painting, installation and text, Diaz-Perera presents metaphors to illustrate how relationships are established among social individ ...
  • Allison Lacher
    Allison Lacher is an artist and curator based in Springfield, IL. Her work orbits collaboration, site-responsiveness and installation. She is the Exhibitions Manager at the University of Illinois Visual Arts Gallery and she is a founding member of the art ...
  • Sadie Woods
    Sadie Woods is a Chicago native with a childhood steeped in performing and visual arts training. Sadie graduated from Columbia College with a BA in Music and MFA in Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her practice includes sound art and d ...
  • La Keisha Leek
    La Keisha Leek is a writer, arts administrator and curator who graduated with a BA in Art History from Columbia College Chicago. Her interests are architecture, race, performance, and site-specific projects that investigate the ways bodies and objects off ...
  • Jaxon Pallas
    Jaxon Pallas is an artist, archivist, curator, and educator primarily concerned with projects at the intersection of the personal, the popular, and the political.  He organizes shows as curator for the City Colleges of Chicago under the name Pedestrian Pr ...
  • Amy Mooney
  • Karsten Lund
  • Hyounsang Yoo
      Hyounsang Yoo explores relationships between history and ideas of production of reality through photography, video, installation and sculpture.  His work has been exhibited in the Bridge Art Fair, NY; EXPO Chicago; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, a ...
  • Nathan Mason
  • Tracye A. Matthews
  • Casey Smallwood
      Casey Smallwood creates lens-based performances in order to study and articulate an as-yet inarticulate space navigated by the performer. The viewer’s relationship with the performer relies heavily on cinematography, carrying its own wavering perspectiv ...
  • Hideous Beast
      Hideous Beast is a collaboration between Josh Ippel and Charlie Roderick. Since 2004 they have worked organizing structured participatory events, publishing how-to manuals and most recently creating interactive sculptures and installations that examine ...
  • Alejandro T. Acierto
      Alejandro T. Acierto is a Chicago based artist and musician mostly working in time-based media.  He has exhibited solo shows in Chicago, Madison, Denver, and Berlin and also shown in group shows in New York, LA, and San Francisco. He has presented perfo ...
  • Ali Aschman
      Ali Aschman creates hand-made worlds exploring emotional states. Hybridity, transformation, alienation and guilt are recurring themes. She is interested in the brutality people inflict on one another, physically and emotionally, and the impulses they su ...
  • Andy Roche
    Andy Roche is an artist and filmmaker originally from Dubuque, Iowa.  He has an MFA from SAIC and a BFA from the University of Iowa.  In recent years his projects have been concerned with: braided breads, folk art knot-boards, cursive handwriting and life ...
  • Blair Bogin
      Blair Bogin makes video, takes photo, writes and performs. Through various forms of documentary, she explores the urge to differentiate oneself with the paradoxical longing to intimately fuse with others. This oscillation from a sense of singularity to ...
  • Danny Volk
    Danny Volk explores the nature and nuance of social structures and interpersonal relationships through broadscale, time-based projects and events often documented serially in various media. While referencing and drawing influence from sociological theory ...
  • Hui-min Tsen
    Hui-min Tsen is a photo-based, interdisciplinary artist whose work contemplates the spatial and mental landscapes residing in the gap between Here and There. In projects ranging from walking tours to boat building to works on paper, she uses research and ...
  • Jeffrey Michael Austin
    Jeffrey Michael Austin is a multidisciplinary artist and musician based in Chicago. As a visual artist, Austin works primarily in sculpture and installation, composing situations characterized by instability, impermanence and illusion. His work has been e ...
  • Jessica Caponigro
    In her interdisciplinary practice, Jessica Caponigro creates physical objects, installations, and multiples, as well as writes and facilitates participatory actions. Her work blends accessible and egalitarian concepts with ritual and performance, explorin ...
  • Julie Weber
      Utilizing, pushing, and undoing conventional processes behind photographic image making, Weber reconsiders the fundamental aspects of the medium, namely paper, light, and chemicals. Weber holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and a BA from Dominica ...
  • LeRoy Bach
      LeRoy Bach is a Chicago-based musician, composer, instigator.  His practice includes site-specific presentations, live-music installations, public meditations, and the development of a personal musical poetics.  Bach was a 2013 artist-in-residence at th ...
  • Maya Mackrandilal
    Maya Mackrandilal is a transdisciplinary artist, writer, and arts administrator based in Los Angeles. Her work infiltrates the cultural vernacular with radical imaginations of the future. She performs as Hindu goddesses incarnated within the dominant cult ...
  • Rachel E. Foster
      Rachel E. Foster is an artist, writer, and printmaker living in Chicago. She has an MFA from the California College of the Arts and a BFA from Columbia College Chicago. Her work has been shown at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, Pittsburgh Ce ...
  • Rafael E. Vera
      Rafael E. Vera received his BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he was a recipient of the Edward L. Ryerson Fellowship Award and the George L. and Roman Siegel Fellowship Award. In 2013, he received the 3Arts Ragdale Reside ...
  • Kelly Lloyd
      I am interested in the idiosyncrasies that structure normalcy, and how we makeshift our understanding of the world on a daily basis in order to psychologically and physically navigate it. I try to examine this by organizing my materials through my pecul ...
  • Ryan Thompson
      Ryan Thompson lives and works in Chicago, IL where he is an artist and Associate Professor of Art & Design at Trinity Christian College. His ongoing Department of Natural History projects engage a range of complex and peculiar relationships between ...
  • Snow Yunxue Fu
    Snow Yunxue Fu is a Chinese-born and US-based artist, curator, and faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago, exploring the aesthetic and philosophical experience of the digital sublime through a wide ...
  • 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 cult ...
  • Stevie Hanley
      If height is power, what is baseness? What happens when the base is elevated or venerated? Architecture’s relation to affect has been a deep concern of my practice. The peripheral, yet structurally necessary space of the corner has served as a key site ...
  • Esau McGhee
      Much of my research and artist practice concentrates on a critique of image construction through strategies of image making. Beginning with a photographic investigation of urban space in my native Philadelphia I have increasingly honed in on topics of c ...
  • Andrew Rosinski
      Andrew Rosinski (b. 1987, Traverse City, Michigan, USA), is a visual artist, curator, and writer who received his BA from Columbia College in Film & Video with a concentration in post-production and documentary & ethnographic film. In 2009, he f ...
  • Abigail Wise
    Nominated by Marwen I am interested in the process of converting our natural environment into sculpture. For each piece, I spend time observing, recording and researching a phenomenon in nature and then attempt to recreate it. I am interested in how the v ...
  • Christian Terzich
    Nominated by Columbia College My past experiences, my daily encounters, my future endeavors; They all culminate into something that rarely becomes prevalent in the same way. It’s hard to explain. The answer is never straight-forward, the feeling is always ...
  • Anthony Romero
    Anthony Romero is a Chicago artist, writer, and curator interested in documenting and supporting artists and communities whose narratives and practices are often excluded from art historical narratives and exhibitions. His projects and performances have b ...
  • Abigail Satinsky
    Abigail Satinsky is the Interim Executive and Artistic Director at Threewalls in Chicago, a twelve year old non-profit supporting Chicago artists and the contemporary art community through exhibitions, publications, professional development and public pro ...
  • Diana Chang
    Nominated by Northwestern University My work aims to be widely accessible. The fine arts have long been an exclusive privilege of the elite. My work aims to break these socio-economic prejudices and return art to its purpose (if such exists) to dialog wit ...
  • Yasmin Panjwani
    Nominated by Harold Washington College I create art by using various methods and mediums such as digital processing, printmaking, and ink drawings. I am continuously learning new ways to make art. My work is made through the combination of the modern and ...
  • Zuri Washington
    Nominated by Northern Illinois University. My art deals with things ‘off limits’ to me--I've been harboring the feelings of a child repressed. I am the culmination of years of hard work, of tears and blood, of fights and deafening silences. My work is abo ...
  • Margaret Boylan
    Nominated by Northern Illinois University I draw on geology and geography for their organic and amorphous abstract possibilities. I focus on land forms and loosely on architecture because I’m heavily influenced by the exterior and interior spaces I pass t ...
  • Aurora Grajeda
    Nominated by Marwen My work focuses on cultural images as a first generation Mexican American young woman and the connections and disconnections between the lifestyle of my immigrant parents and the one I have built for myself. My cultural roots and tradi ...
  • Darien Wendell
    Nominated by Northwestern University My artistic practice is preoccupied with deconstructing and reconfiguring our bodies, histories, and selves as they are known through systems of domination, colonialism, racism, sexism, oppression, and repression. My a ...
  • Nicole Kaufman
    Nominated by SAIC A single brick lying abandoned on the side of the road or in a field is capable of very little on its own. It is a single and modular unit, but take that brick and replicate it 1,000 times and now it has unlimited potential to be apart o ...
  • Bryan Volta
    Nominated by UIC I take great interest in human psychology regarding obsessive and compulsory actions. This interest stems in part from my career as a sleep technologist conducting research on nocturnal human behavior. My experiences have given me insight ...
  • Gabriela Vasquez
    Nominated by Harold Washington College Art is an expression. Some use it to express their opinions on certain matters, and others use it for themselves. In the work I create the focus is on randomness. The combination of everyday objects, people, thoughts ...
  • Amiko Li
    Nominated by SAIC From the tropical plants trembling outside the brick wall in Xujiahui Park in Shanghai, to the poinsettia growing under an escalator in Union Station in Chicago, I explore places with doubts. My desire to do so is informed by a constant ...
  • Adriana Castro
    Nominated by UIC The Female: Her intimate / public role, her sexuality, and the origins her selfhood are my obsessions – what I think about all the time. As an artist, I often let what obsesses me guide my process of art making. I work within these themes ...
  • Dillon Coulahan
    Nominated by Northern Illinois University I create objects because I want them to inform me. My work supervises the fragile relationship between boredom and distress. I deal with insecurities, fears of death, and the threat of lingering vacancies by focus ...
  • Jaymes Fedor
    Nominated by Northern Illinois University My paintings serve as exorcisms. The theories, conditions, and ideals that sit dogmatically in my head expel themselves through a meticulously rendered visual. Intersectional feminism, evolutionary biology, art hi ...
  • Kiernan Miller
    Nominated by Columbia College As an artist of multiple mediums, I am constantly balancing my different loves with one another. The dancer in me manifests itself in my body as well as through the camera lens. I see it at play while directing subjects to an ...
  • Titus Wonsey
    Nominated by UIC The Path to the Supplement for the Perceived Deficiency I am invested in learning how “to be.” I investigate the subtle, important and/or common details that are hidden in plain sight in the environments that surround us. Employing differ ...
  • Deborah Culbreth
    Nominated by Chicago State University It is important to record the mundane occurrences of everyday life for future consideration. Artist and historian Margaret Burroughs said the “purpose of art is to record the time.” That is theme of my work. All being ...
  • Lucas Ballester
    Nominated by Columbia College Lucas Ballester’s work triangulates a conversation among the formal, the object, and the body. His experimental process seeks to expose the linear nature of relationships via object surrogate, and to compose them so that the ...
  • Taylor Edin
    Nominated by Columbia College I interpret the world through sculpture, installation, video, and photography in any combination that is necessary. With these as tools, I dissect language, culture, media, and the various environments I find myself in. Image ...
  • Lee Kintner
    Nominated by Marwen Lee Kintner is a Chicago based artist whose work ranges in a variety of mediums. Her preferred focuses are drawing, painting, darkroom or digital photography, and letterpress printing. She combines traditional drawing with digital desi ...
  • Madeline Deligiannis
    Nominated by Northern Illinois University As a child, my inability to speak had me placed into a special preschool in order to stop speaking gibberish. While my ability to speak has improved, I don’t think I ever mastered the process of taking what is in ...
  • Jaclyn Jacunski
      Jaclyn Jacunski is a printmaker, sculptor, organizer, writer, and teacher whose art considers the productive engagement of vacant spaces, gentrified neighbors, and contested landscapes. Her works questions what is present in the land and what has been l ...
  • Iris Bernblum
      Iris Bernblum is a multi-media artist. She explores ideas around tension and release, power and play, fantasy and escape using a range of media, including writing, video, photography, and sculpture. She is interested in the boundaries between the normal ...
  • Leonard Suryajaya
      Influenced by the cultural milieu of inter-ethnic relations in Indonesia, Leonard Suryajaya’s work explores intricate and complicated layers of selfhood in the context of cultural background, intimacy, sexual preference, and personal displacement. By ut ...
  • Aram Han Sifuentes
    Aram Han Sifuentes is a fiber, social practice, and performance artist who works to claim spaces for immigrant and disenfranchised communities. Her work often revolves around skill sharing, specifically sewing techniques, to create multiethnic and interge ...
  • Suzette Bross
      Suzette Bross is a photographer living and working in Chicago, Illinois. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Art Institute of Chicago; The National Gallery of Art, DC; the Cleveland Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; ...
  • David Alekhuogie
     David Alekhuogie (b. 1986, Los Angeles, CA) attended the University of California at Berkley where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and minored in ethnomusicology before his transition to art-making. Alekhuogie began making photographs while w ...
  • Amina Ross
    Amina Ross is a transdisciplinary artist based in Chicago. Through visual abstraction she creates palatable tensions of repulsion and seduction.The conceptions of black visuality and the sexualized image are combined through a blending of image, writing, ...
  • David Bodhi Boylan
    David Bodhi Boylan’s work in wood sculpture aims to freeze moments of material transience and imperfection, and elevate them to significant subjects of artistic intervention. He holds an MFA from the University of Illinois Chicago and a BFA from the Schoo ...
  • Cara Megan Lewis
    Cara Megan Lewis is an artist, curator and creative consultant based in Chicago. Having cut her teeth at Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco in 2002, Lewis has worked in the realm of commercial galleries for over 10 years. Lewis currently holds the position ...
  • Danny Orendorff
    Danny Orendorff is a curator, writer, teacher, and activist currently working as Programming Associate for Threewalls, a non-profit gallery in Chicago, IL. Orendorff was previously Curator-in-Residence & Interim Director of Artistic Programs for The C ...
  • Felicia Holman
    Lifelong Chicagoan Felicia Holman is Co-Founder/ Communication Director of Honey Pot Performance, Marketing/ Studio Manager at Links Hall and curator of the 4th annual Chicago Curates Columbia student exhibition, Engage/Connect. With Honey Pot, Felicia cr ...
  • J. Gibran Villalobos
    Gibran Villalobos is an administrator, curator, and art historian. Previously Gibran was the Exhibitions and Collection Coordinator for the City of Glendale, Arizona, organizing exhibitions with local organizations in conjunction with municipal exhibition ...
  • James Pepper Kelly
    James Pepper Kelly is a writer, maker, and arts administrator with a background in English and Studio Art from Wesleyan University. He serves as Executive Director of LATITUDE and Managing Director of Filter Photo. His writing has been featured by ArtSlan ...
  • Jessica Pierotti
    Jessica Pierotti is an interdisciplinary artist, photographer, and educator with an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Jessica joined LATITUDE as Deputy Director in May 2016 and transitione ...
  • 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 Hyd ...
  • Kate Bowen
    Kate Bowen is an artist, curator, and teacher living and working in Chicago. She is the Video Programming Coordinator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography and Exhibitions Director for ACRE. She is a lecturer at the Illinois Institute of Art and a Tea ...
  • Kate Schutta
    Kate Schutta is an artist, educator, and Director of Career and Professional Experience (CAPX) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.   Kate Schutta advises students and alumni/ae on professional and job search strategies and coordinates Career an ...
  • Matt Morris
    Matt Morris is an artist, writer, and sometimes curator based in Chicago. He has presented artwork in Chicago, IL; Philadelphia, PA; Memphis, TN; Reims, France; Greencastle, IN; Lincoln, NE; Cincinnati, OH; and Baton Rouge, LA. Morris is a transplant from ...
  • Allyson Esposito
    Allyson Esposito has served as the Director of the Cultural Grants Program for DCASE since October 2012. Prior to her work with DCASE, Allyson served as the Program Officer for the Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation in Highland Park, IL. She came ...
  • Aron Gent
    Aron Gent (Born 1985) is an artist, gallerist and professional print maker residing in Chicago, IL. He received a degree from Columbia College Chicago and has been a lecturer and educator at the Art Institute of Chicago, Milwaukee institute of Art and Des ...
  • Benjamin Chaffee
    Benjamin Chaffee (b. 1977, New York, NY) lives and works in Chicago. He received his MFA in 2011 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the Director at Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago.
  • Claire Demos
    Claire Demos is a visual artist and freelance photographer based in Chicago, IL. In additional to her photography, she works as a law clerk and recently became a member of The Chicago Perch as the Director of Finance and Administration. Claire received he ...
  • 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 allo ...
  • Patrice Perkins
  • Regin Igloria
    Regin Igloria maintains a studio practice which revolves around teaching and serving as an arts administrator. He teaches studio courses at Marwen, and has also taught at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Rhode Island School of Design, and various workshops thr ...
  • Sharmyn Cruz Rivera
    Sharmyn Cruz Rivera is a Puerto Rican curator based in Chicago. Her curatorial endeavors and research revolve around sound art, video, contemporary dance, performance art, and human geography. She started as an independent curator and art writer for The F ...
  • Brett Swinney
    Born on the northwest side of Chicago, Brett Swinney graduated from Columbia College with a B.A. in Photography 2004, to then work in the commercial photography industry for several years. During that time, he started to investigate ways to develop cultur ...
  • Kate Pollasch
    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 201 ...
  • George William Price
    George William Price is an arts administrator and curator invested in artistic and political expressions that engender alternative, avuncular, and non-hierarchical histories. He was the founder and director of FLATspace, a curatorial project created to fu ...
  • Steven L. Bridges
  • Robyn Farrell
  • Lorelei Stewart
  • 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. 6018North creates unique experiences within intimate spaces. In the process, we empower artists to work together an ...
  • Alex Calhoun
    Alex Calhoun is an artist living and working in Chicago, IL, where she received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from the University of Chicago. Alex is primarily concerned with material histories and function, continual ...
  • Angela Davis Fegan
    Angela Davis Fegan is a native of Chicago’s South Side. A graduate of Chicago’s famed Whitney Young High School, she received her BFA in Fine Arts from New York’s Parsons School of Design and her MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia ...
  • Austen Brown
    Austen Brown is an artist living in Chicago, IL holding his Master of Fine Arts from the School at the Art Institute of Chicago. Using geography and a site-based practice, he works with sound, video, and installation to draw conceptual lines between sites ...
  • B. Quinn
    B. Quinn’s interdisciplinary practice addresses the constraints of language, the sensibilities of painting, and a combination of research and idiosyncratic making that emphasizes the duality within materials themselves. Quinn was born in Pittsburgh, Pa, a ...
  • Bobbi Meier
    Bobbi Meier is a Chicago-based visual artist working in sculpture, drawing, photography and installation. Through her abstract soft sculptures and domestically focused installations Meier explores themes of sensuality, emotional struggle and loss. Ambigui ...
  • Bryan C. McVey
    Bryan McVey's work is dynamic in nature, and spans a multitude of spaces and environments, including travel, human endurance, the body, as well as urban and rural subjects.   The essence of my muse stems from experiences traveling and participating in end ...
  • Caleb Yono
    Caleb Yono is an interdisciplinary artist working to mediate discursive signs and affects of identity, class, and sexuality through representations of bodies charged with queer potential and tendencies. Through his practice, Caleb hopes to create relation ...
  • Carla Fisher Schwartz
    Carla Fisher Schwartz is a visual artist and educator based in Chicago, IL. Her studio practice examines the conceptual and poetic implications of mapmaking through print media, sculpture, and video installation. Her work has been exhibited at venues incl ...
  • Cassandra Stadnicki
    Cassandra Stadnicki is a multidisciplinary artist investigating the human perception of reality. She examines the relationship between natural, tactile, and digital matter and how one influences the other. Her work focuses on a variety of subjects includi ...
  • Erika Råberg
    Erika Råberg is a visual artist and writer who uses both still and moving images to explore the subtle relationships built into her surrounding environments, whether on the farm in rural Sweden which has been in her family since the 1600s or in and around ...
  • Hannah Givler
    Hannah Givler is a sculptor whose inquiry is based around phenomenology, experiences of space, objects, and systems of value. She holds a MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institiute of Chicago, and continues her informal educat ...
  • Hillary Wiedemann
    Hillary Wiedemann is interested in the transience of perception and the shifts that occur between the passive and active states of experience, as well as the moments when you are looking and then see, and when you are hearing and then listen. Using contro ...
  • Jeremiah Jones
    Jeremiah Jones is an artist, ex-con, post-activist, anarchist, now posing as posh-dandy engaged in precarious sojourns. He creates installations and videos that explore the complex histories, landscapes and relationships that form our world. His process i ...
  • Jessica Harvey
    Jessica Harvey is a Chicago-based visual artist who uses photography, installation, and archival materials to explore the myths we create for ourselves and nature while trying to preserve a more desired history.  She has attended residencies at ACRE, Ande ...
  • John Steck Jr.
    John Steck Jr. is a visual artist from Chicago who received his BFA at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design and his MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute. He has exhibited across fifteen states as well as in Iceland, Hungary, and Tokyo. Steck ha ...
  • Jon Chambers
    Jon Chambers is an artist and educator based in Chicago. He received his MFA in New Media Art from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012 and currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Chambers produces art using technological ...
  • Leander Mienardus Knust
    Leander Mienardus Knust creates environments, constructs things, and composes music.   His sculptural works invite us to question relationships to the material world while remaining honest to their personal histories. His music, often employed to reflect ...
  • Marina Miliou-Theocharaki
    Born in Athens, Greece, Marina Miliou-Theocharaki is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and dancer. In her practice, definitions of culture and ethnic identity are silently confronted. The spatial and conceptual drift between fictional and socio-politic ...
  • Raul De Lara
    It’s all in the tongue. De Lara relies on physical humor, seduction, and the uncanny to create provocative and enigmatic sculptures. He explores the complexities of wood species as he finds them to hold infinite formal possibilities and inherent beauty. H ...
  • Soheila Azadi
    Soheila Azadi is a visual artist focused on performance practice and performative installations. Her practice involves human interactions within the public sphere, while investigating these social interactions through artistic and critical frames. Her per ...
  • Woomin Kim
    Woomin Kim works with the edge of things; where they meet with the world. The edge vibrates as each side absorbs or reflects the other. She touches, rubs, sands, and covers things around her to break her habitual perception and reveal the gap between what ...
  • Yaloo
    Hello! I am Yaloo. I am an active culture maker, a poetic gleaner, and a perpetual fresh-off-the-boat. I have recently started a project Yaloofarm (tentative title) about cornhead aliens and their new fancy tractors. The aliens are fascinated by the swagg ...
  • Anansi kNOwBody
    A recent MFA graduate of Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, Anansi's work offers perspective through a lens of cynicism. By means of conceptualization, appropriation, image, and sound manipulation, visceral/violent performance an ...
  • Barbara A Diener
    Barbara Diener photographs in rural communities in Illinois that are reminiscent of the town in Germany where she grew up. Through the landscape and people she encounters she explores her own relationship to ideas of home, personal history and collective ...
  • Amy Fleming
    Nominated by Northern Illinois University Exploring the paranormal, the uncanny, and the fear of the unknown, I experiment with different types of film and darkroom techniques.  I have a tendency to trick the audience into thinking they are seeing somethi ...
  • Marlo Koch
    Nominiated by Columbia College Chicago  My mind lives in a hot wet hole in my body” -Barbara DeGenevieve In the tradition of Barbara DeGenevieve’s groundbreaking and courageous exploration of a new sex-positive feminism, my work records my own emergence i ...
  • Sydney Shavers
    Sydney Shavers is an artist whose photographs, collages, films, performances and sound pieces question established conventions and spaces of existence. In her adolescence she switched schools frequently going from one that was racially diverse to a school ...
  • Pablo Andino
    Nominated by SAIC  My work poses a dialogue with the question of abstraction in art as well as with the notion of increasing abstraction of social relations under late capitalism. It proposes to liberate abstraction from its common definition: a set of ge ...
  • Jennifer Tshab Her
    Nominated by UIC My work demonstrates and complicates the politics of displacement through my experience as a first generation Hmong-American. As an ethnic minority from Southeast Asia with no homeland, I have a desire to be heard and to be valued. I fear ...
  • Samantha Belden
    Nominated by Columbia College Chicago   Helen, Your flowers bend with age. Your curtains collect dust as your home shifts into another. You sit, simply watching television and telling me you’ve been waiting for this moment of retirement your whole life. Y ...
  • Lorenzo Conte
    Nominated by University of Chicago  I explore Text— as Object, as Body, as Code. What began as a fascination with how words are arranged upon the page has given way to an exploration of word and phrase as sculptural bodies. Word that is as present in spac ...
  • Kanthy Peng
    Nominated by SAIC  Through creating half-documentary, half-fictional narratives of my intimate relationship and its impact on my family, I reenact my life as an Asian woman in the Western world. This reflects upon the West’s categorization of femininity, ...
  • Yesenia Bello
    Yesenia Bello was born in Norristown, PA and now makes installations, sculptures, and drawings in Chicago, IL. As a first-generation Mexican-American, she considers the shameful act of slowly losing one's native tongue and the spectrum of human instincts ...
  • Carlos Flores
    Nominated by UIC  Whether it’s a hybrid painting and Plinko board, a marquee for foam insulation letters, a text display built out of a mattress and lights, or a milk crate made out of terracotta, my work investigates Autofiction and Autoconstrucción—the ...
  • Emily Souers
    Nominated by Marwen  I combine materials with different structural and aesthetic qualities to produce objects with both hard and soft components, archival and biodegradable. When exposed to elements such as water, temperature change, or erosion, each mate ...
  • Timothy Erickson
    Nominated by North Park University  I look forward, into the possibilities, the consequences, the experience of the unknown I must go forward it is inevitable, to keep going because there is no turning back A step forward means letting go, the end of, but ...
  • Steven Masnjak
    Nominated by Columbia College Chicago  I consciously work to investigate the dogmatic contemporary assertion of material as the real. Through my work I create a dialogue between contemporary culture, rooted in the material, and ancient culture, rooted in ...
  • Jodi Robertson
    Nominated by Northern Illinois University  My work conveys thoughts and emotions that I fear will be dismissed if stated verbally.  I make work based off of experiences and social interactions where my interpretations are impacted by my strict conservativ ...
  • Brittany Nickels
    Nominated by Northern Illinois University  We all watch each other. Nuances in the interactions we partake in speak as there is always something to relate to in the subtleties of behavior. These relatable moments are the ones I care to capture and have as ...
  • Michael Gross
    Nominated by Northwestern Univeristy  I make images, animations, and installations aimed at making the viewer nervously laugh. Nervously because it implies there is more going on within them than simple reaction to the cleverness of a joke or its executio ...
  • Shistine Peterson
    Nominated by Northern Illinois University  Through most of my art school experience, by work has had a great focus on self-reflection, family, nostalgia, and the transitions that go along with the human experience. The four photos I’ve included are from o ...
  • Jennifer Fagan
    Nominated by Columbia College Working in photography, video, and performance, I explore the weight of patriarchy. I am interested in the performative nature of gender but more specifically, the constructions of fatherhood and masculinity. Patriarch and Me ...
  • Ginger Krebs
    Ginger Krebs has been creating, performing and directing multi-disciplinary performance projects since 2005.  Her work has been presented recently in Chicago at the Storefront Theater, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Hyde Park Art Center, and site-spe ...
  • Amanda Joy Calobrisi
    Her paintings are experiential, psychological and inhabited by new feminist archetypes. These painted forms reveal themselves through heightened color, loose pattern, and uncouth texture. Organic shapes and tangled marks are executed with a loaded brush. ...
  • Luis Sahagún
    Luis Sahagún was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in 1982. His grandfather came to the United States in the 1940s under the Bracero Program, working in Chicago Height’s steel industry. Sahagún’s father found field work in the late 1970s, and Luis was ...
  • Hương Ngô
    Hương Ngô (Huong Ngo, Ngô Ngọc Hương, 吳玉香) is an interdisciplinary artist whose conceptual practice connects the personal and the political, giving material form to histories which have been rendered invisible and interrogating the ideological origins of ...
  • Yvette Mayorga
    Informed by the politics of the U.S./Mexico border, the events that happen on it, and the transnational narratives that arise after crossing it, I tackle issues of race, identity, gender, and Latin stereotypes using visual tropes of celebration.  Candy La ...
  • Juan Camilo Guzmán
    Juan Camilo Guzmán is interested in shopping. He chooses images from mass culture to talk about politics, art, painting, cultural issues, taste, the material world, pleasure, power, sexuality, gender and the role of the artist’s external life in the large ...
  • Annette Hur
    Born in South Korea, Annette Hur lives and works in New York City. By working with abstraction on large scale oil paintings and Korean silk textiles, Hur investigates the inherited traditional culture that subconsciously manipulates and subverts female se ...
  • Kaveri Raina
    Kaveri Raina’s artistic journey began as a response to an unfamiliar environment. She was born in New Delhi, India but moved to the States at the age of eleven for a better future. Metaphorically, her work focuses on her need to explore the often-conflict ...
  • Mayumi Lake
    Mayumi Lake (b. Osaka, Japan) is an interdisciplinary artist, whose work delves into childhood and pubescent dreams, phobia and desires. She employs herself and others as her models, as well as dolls, toys, weapons, vintage clothes, and altered landscapes ...
  • Asia Saunders
    Nominated by Chicago State University  I have always believed my art to be a reflection of how I see things. As far back as I can remember, I was intrigued by color, shape, and figuring out how things worked by taking things apart and putting them back to ...
  • Caroline Gerberick
    Nominated by SAIC  My work relies on structures that exist within both material processes and memory. Through creating woven substrates that are then screen printed and altered a trace or imprint of a structure can be revealed. I relate these ideas of str ...
  • Caroline Stearns
    Caroline Stearns is the Director of THE MISSION, a contemporary art gallery located in West Town that represents artists from the United States and Latin America. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and in Biology from Lake Forest College, St ...
  • D. Denenge Akpem
    D. Denenge Akpem is an Afro-Futurist space sculptor, performance artist, designer, writer, and educator.   Her work bridges the disciplines of site-specific sculpture, ritual, public art practice, interior design, and science fiction. Current and upcoming ...
  • Damon Locks
    Damon Locks is a Chicago based visual artist, educator, vocalist/musician, and deejay. He attended The Art Institute in Chicago where he received his BFA in Fine Arts. Recently, he has been lending his artistic and/or teaching talents to organizations suc ...
  • Dana Bassett
    Dana Bassett has been described as a writer, producer, problem solver, logistical coordinator, fundraiser, shapeshifter, talker, listener and a sensitive, yet demanding, soul. Born in Miami Florida the same year Michael Jackson’s Bad was released, Dana cu ...
  • Edra Soto
    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 generosi ...
  • Jason Kalajainen
    Jason Kalajainen is the Executive Director of the Luminarts Cultural Foundation at the Union League Club of Chicago. Jason is responsible for developing andimplementing programs and a funding strategy that fosters the Foundation’s mission of supporting in ...
  • Jesse Malmed
    Jesse Malmed is an artist and curator, working in video, performance, text, occasional objects and their gaps and overlaps. He has performed, screened and exhibited at museums, microcinemas, film festivals, galleries, bars and barns, including recent solo ...
  • Katharine Schutta
     
  • Lynn Basa
    The work of Chicago-based artist Lynn Basa can be found in public and private collections around the U.S.  In addition to doing site-specific commissions, she has a studio practice making objects around themes of accidents, awkwardness and secrets. She is ...
  • Matt Austin
    Matt Austin is an artist, educator, and publisher based in Chicago. The output of his creative practice ranges widely in form, but share a focus on the importance of honesty and learning from others. Inspired by failure and often motivated by fear, he dem ...
  • Sara Slawnik
    Sara Slawnik joined the 3Arts staff as its first Director of Programs in 2014, after working in the nonprofit arts sector since 2002. In her role at 3Arts, Sara oversees all programming, including the annual 3Arts Awards program, 3AP (3Arts Projects), res ...
  • Ashley Thompson
       as i write this, i want to rewrite it. tomorrow it will change. i'll feel differently.  i believe in myself and the universe providing. i respect bold moves, no shame, and desires for making people feel uncomfortable.  be it.  i'm an intense critic of ...
  • Ayesha Saeed
     I see ?possibilities? now in the photographs I take. The work is heavilyinvested in an epiphany I had at the Art Institute of Chicago with DutchModernist Theo Van Doesburg?s painting Counter Composition VIII. It has an oddtilted framed that seemed to cau ...
  • Brittany Krohmer
      My work explores the relationship between the human condition andthe eagerness to understand past memories. As we move forward in time,we leave traces of who we are which dictates how we will be perceived byfuture generations. Through the collection of ...
  • Courtney Mackedanz
     My work highlights thesimilarities between big and small--between whathappens on the bus and what happens on the news. With a jovial spirit and bullish ambition, my work takes on questions of meaning in both art and the human endeavor. My performances af ...
  • David Lloyd
     
  • Eric Cortez
    Fine art is a creative outlet which enables me to express myself and how I perceive the world around me.  The search for truth often leads me think about certain aspects of my life in a compulsive manner.  Therefore, I draw about my thoughts in order to e ...
  • Melaney Mitchell
      I make work that shows the connection between people and the spaces we occupy. Both physically and digitally, we create browsable identities of ourselves.  We are naturally attached to the idea of home, we work to make it ours and personify ourselves wi ...
  • Samantha Serrano
    I use photography as a means to examine the relationship one had with domestic space. The focus of domesticity steams from my summer taking care of my 8-month-old sister. The confinement of being at home left me wondering how my summer would have played o ...
  • Danny Floyd
    Danny Floyd is a curator, artist, researcher, and educator based out of Chicago. He holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, an MA in Visual and Critical Studies, and an MFA in Sculpture both from School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). His ...
  • 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 ...
  • Ariel Gentalen
    Ariel Gentalen is an educator, curator, and arts organizer seeking to diversify narratives and create platforms for engaging critical dialogue, among artists, artwork and audience. Their current research focuses on situating socially engaged art in theori ...
  • Meg T. Noe
    Meg T. Noe is an interdisciplinary artist and curator. Her curatorial practice studies aesthetics and politics. Through her work as the Exhibitions and Programming Director at Weinberg/Newton Gallery (Chicago, IL), Meg curates exhibitions focused on issue ...
  • Chelsey Sinceŕray
    As a documentary artist and creative director, I create and curate projects by witnessing and documenting lives in today’s urban society through photography, video and radio. I am a 2016 graduate of The Remix Project (Chicago Chapter) and currently a 2016 ...
  • Gretchen Hasse
    Gretchen Hasse is a storyteller working in comics, collage, public art, and moving images. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Northern Illinois University, and an MFA in Film, Video and New Media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has e ...
  • Anne Hayden Stevens
    I make work about women’s experience in the world. My work is figurative, and uses the landscape as a vehicle for provoking emotional responses about our common experience. In my mind, I am on the trajectory of a serious working artist. Conceptually, I am ...
  • Becky Grajeda
    Becky Grajeda is a sound artist based in Chicago. Brought up in southern California in a multiracial and multilingual household, she gained a great appreciation and ear for languages and their nuances and the variances in people's voices. She studied voca ...
  • 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 ...
  • Christina Villa
    Christina derives her inspiration from nature and ordinary encounters. Her 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 articul ...
  • Jasmine Clark
     am the daughter of two United States Marines and grew up in a military community in Twentynine Palms, California (MCAGCC). Clark received her BFA in Photography from California State University, Long Beach in 2010 and received her MFA in Photography from ...
  • 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. Vota received her BFA from t ...
  • Mat Rappaport
    Mat Rappaport’s artwork has been exhibited in the United States and internationally in museums, galleries, film festivals and public spaces including the United Kingdom and the former Yugoslavia. His current work utilizes mobile video, performance and pho ...
  • 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. Her nonfiction can be found in The Critical Flame, the Philadelphia Printworks Blog, Shadow a ...
  • Rachel Jump
  • Sabba Elahi
      Sabba Elahi grew up in a traditional Pakistani household in the Midwest and experienced the rupture of being raised in a collectivist and modest culture in a climate of growing xenophobia and islamaphobia. Elahi's artwork references reconstructions of p ...
  • Wen Liu
    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 te ...
  • 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. They are game changers looking to impact the world ...
  • Amy Leners
    Amy Leners is an interdisciplinary artist and educator based in Chicago, IL. She holds a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Book, Paper and Print from Columbia College Chicago. Her work is in collaboration with ...
  • Anna Showers-Cruser
    Anna Showers-Cruser creates hybrid forms that most often propose non-hegemonic expressions of gender. ASC is interested in the possibility of calling on abstraction through sculpture, fibers, craft, and painting traditions, in order to build a lexicon of ...
  • Cameron Clayborn
    Cameron Clayborn is a sculptor, performance artist and community organizer. He received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016.  Cameron works with people, opposites, weight, and imagery of death as material to complicate the aest ...
  • Caroline Liu
    Caroline Liu (b. 1987) is a painter, illustrator, and muralist currently based in Chicago, IL. She received her BFA from the University of New Mexico in 2011 and moved to Chicago in 2013. Caroline is currently painting murals for companies such as Adidas, ...
  • Daniel Hojnacki
    Daniel’s work investigates the act of remembering, and the roles time and memory play into his practice using photography, painting, and installation. Learn more about Daniel Hojnacki​’s HATCH exhibitions In your head and Superficial Paradise.
  • Frances Lightbound
    Frances Lightbound is an interdisciplinary artist from the UK. Her work is informed by architecture and urban design, working with media including print, sculpture and site-responsive installation to explore embedded ideologies and power systems in the ur ...
  • Gulsah Mursaloglu
    Gulsah Mursaloglu begins her works with the experience of distance: smelling a thing inches away from her nose and then understanding it from afar with her eyes. In her installations, she works intimately with materials and objects and embeds them within ...
  • Joseph Wilcox
    By adopting the roles of image gatherer, entrepreneur, documentarian, object-maker, and organizer, Joseph Wilcox explores how institutional control and social power structures undermine the autonomy of the individual. He was the co-founder of LDOC, a free ...
  • Keeley Haftner
    Keeley Haftner (b. 1985) is a Saskatchewanian-Canadian artist based in the Netherlands whose sculpture deals with garbage as a material and as a philosophical construct. Haftner seeks to create a space between her materials and the viewer that acts like a ...
  • 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 ...
  • Nicole Mauser
    Nicole Mauser’s works have been featured in exhibitions at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, New York; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; High Concept Labs, Chicago; Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago; Reynolds Gallery, Richmond; Fort Gondo, St. Louis; and is in permanent ...
  • Cortney Lederer
    Cortney Lederer is an independent curator and art consultant with sixteen 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 ...
  • Lesley Jackson
    Lesley Jackson makes quasi-functional objects that challenge our relationship with inanimate things through the use of overtly poetic gestures. Lesley Jackson was born in Louisville, KY and earned her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in ...
  • Marissa Chris Zain Neuman
    Marissa Chris Zain Neuman recently graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA and holds a BA in Art History and Journalism from Loyola University.  Human life has always existed in communities and though our dependence upon one a ...
  • Matt Mancini
    Matt Mancini’s work is a hodge-podge of fragmented language which ruminates somewhere between some good ole magical mystery ‘shit’ and dystopian certainty. Matt Mancini was born in Philadelphia, PA. He currently lives and works in Chicago, IL. He recently ...
  • Pooja Pittie
    Pooja Pittie is a visual artist who lives and works in Chicago.Born and raised in India, she trained as an Accountant and moved to the U.S. in 1999.  An MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business led her to a career in Finance and Entrepr ...
  • Rebecca Himelstein
    Rebecca Himelstein is an interdisciplinary artist who tracks cultural forms and processes understood as normal or natural through repetitive and rule driven interactions with them. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies at the S ...
  • Sonnenzimmer
    Sonnenzimmer is the collective output of Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi. Their work explores the contemporary and historic impact of the graphic impulse through publishing, exhibitions, graphic design, and performance. While the duo works in an array o ...
  • Brittney Leeanne Williams
    Brittney Leeanne Williams is a painter and installation artist whose current project addresses narratives of race, invisibility, and state sponsored violence. Williams is a Chicago-based studio artist who is originally from LA. She attended the School of ...
  • Verónica Casado Hernández
    Verónica Casado Hernández is a visual artist with a background in fiber and a cultural historian. Her work includes installation and performance in which she investigates constructions of identity in western nineteenth and twentieth century, and their out ...
  • Andrew Barco
    Andrew Barco is an object, installation and performance maker based in Chicago, Illinois. His work is concerned with the often strange and improbable ways ideas and habits can be transmitted across cultural landscapes and through time. With an MFA in scul ...
  • Meg Leary
    Meg Leary is an artist and the founder and principal of Meg Leary & Associates, a Chicago-based arts consulting practice providing strategic thinking and creative action plans for artists, arts organizations, and philanthropists. Before beginning her ...
  • Jeff Prokash
    Jeff Prokash embraces the freedom of reinterpretation to suggest new relationships between the subject and the staging of the built environment.  Objects are positioned to present intrinsic systems of organization, interpolating unexpected associations th ...
  • Dan Devening
    Dan Devening is an artist, curator and educator living in Chicago. He’s currently Adjunct Professor in the Department of Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was Senior Lecturer in the Department of Art Theory and Practic ...
  • 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 publi ...
  • 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 a ...
  • Chad Kouri
    Known for his vibrant, abstract compositions, Chad Kouri (b. 1985) examines themes commonly associated with visual literacy - specifically how we see, read, and remember the world around us. He is influenced by minimalism, jazz, conceptual and systematic  ...
  • 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. Re ...
  • 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 fo ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. Her practice for the last 20 years has focused on community based transformation through the ...
  • Benjamin Larose
    Benjamin Larose’s goal is to engage people in conversations about identity, normality and material culture. It is to question how we become who we are, what it means to be normal and how commodity culture impacts our sense of self and our perception of ot ...
  • Jeffrey Grauel
    Jeffrey is a classically trained hobbyist schooled in contemporary art. His "rugs" and "diamonds" and what have you have been spotted in common and unusual situations, but not yet in a laundromat, which is a recent aspiration. He is the co-director of Slo ...
  • Roni Packer
    Roni Packer is a painter who prioritizes the paint over the image. Her spacious paintings and installations are a material and formal explorations that invariably put color at their core. Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Packer moved to the United States in 2 ...
  • Oscar Chavez
    Nominated by the University of Illinois - Chicago My work serves as an exploration of my specific understanding of what it means to exist in our current place in time through painting and performance. My view of the world has and continues to be molded by ...
  • Cameron Harvey
    Cameron Harvey is a painter who uses color to investigate ideas about optical perception, impermanence and the nature of reality. Through her work she investigates in how we create our own realities through how perceive the world. Born and raised in Vermo ...
  • Jean Alexander Frater
    Jean Alexander Frater received her MFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago, and a BS in Philosophy, from the University of Dayton, OH. Her work has been exhibited internationally in venues such as the Wexner Center for Arts in Columbus, El Museo C ...
  • Derrick Woods-Morrow
    Derrick Woods-Morrow’s work is a meditation on deviation and disruption. Currently based in Chicago his artistic practice deploys a wide variety of media – photographic transfers, digital video collage, ceramics, and narrative performance. Exploring modes ...
  • Emilio Rojas
    Emilio Rojas (b.1985, Mexico City) is a multidisciplinary artist, working primarily with the body in performance, using film, video, photography, installation, public interventions and sculpture. Rojas utilizes his body in a political and critical way, as ...
  • Melissa Leandro
    Melissa Leandro (b. 1989, USA) is an artist who works between the media of drawing, painting, and textiles. Leandro's woven and embroidered surfaces explore her composite cultural identity through means of intuitive mark-making. Reflecting on her past and ...
  • Adam R. Cipcic
    Nominated by University of Illinois - Chicago Personal loss – through death and other tragic means – is paradoxical in that it is both universally shared yet profoundly isolating.  Although still young, I have experienced many personal losses over the yea ...
  • Cassandra Meek
    Nominated by Columbia College Chicago I consider sites of exchange between the internal self and the external world, through the use of visual metaphor. My own body is cast as performer, and aims to coax non-human objects and substances into their own inn ...
  • Charlotte Mukahirn
    Nominated by DePaul University My work explores the creativity of the subconscious mind. I draw my inspiration from my dreams, daydreams, nightmares, and doodles, as well as other media such as graphic novels, film, and cartoons. The works of artists Masa ...
  • Erin Gregory
    Nominated by Northwestern University  The majority of my work from the past couple of years has involved exploring interior spaces and constructed worlds, primarily through video art. The atmospheres of different rooms, spaces, and buildings are fascinati ...
  • Faith Zamble
    Nominated by North Park University My photography and sculpture play with the idea of mirrors and reflection, while also attempting to pose questions about identity. We live in a culture that seems intent on devouring images with little care for the ethic ...
  • Gabriel Corona
    Nominated by Northwestern University When I started college, I had an identity crisis. I was presented with the opportunity to choose to be someone I had not been before. I chose to be an artist. The modern world has a skewed perception of what art is. Bu ...
  • Gwen Seol
    Nominated by the University of Chicago My work is about painting as a medium in relation to digital technology. I investigate painting’s incessant attempts and constant failure to fit into the coded system on which digital technology is built. I see an in ...
  • Henry Voellmecke
    Nominated by Columbia College Chicago My practice explores formalism through site-specific installation and printmaking using minimal forms of line, shape and pattern. With a limited palette inspired by the process colors cyan, magenta, yellow, and black ...
  • Jaimie Feathers
    Nominated by Northern Illinois University Over the past few semesters the work I’ve been focusing on has been very experimental. I have been using different techniques and materials in less common ways to create images. I have been experiencing an unexpec ...
  • Jeanette Habash
    Nominated by North Park University History is layered like the paint on the canvas over time. I see a connection between the way history is layered over time and the physical layering process that occurs on the surface of a painting. I use the painting pr ...
  • Jireh L. Drake
    Nominated by DePaul University My mixed media drawings and sculptures starts with a conversation around Blackness and systems of power, with community and myself. I aim to invite the viewer to engage critically with ideas around race, whether that is ques ...
  • Kianna Davis
    Nominated by Northern Illinois University  What does it mean to be fully connected with another human being? For two souls to intertwine until you can't feel anything else but that person's presence. The connections between my twin sister and I have spark ...
  • Liliana Alfaro
    Nominated by Marwen Colación A colación is a flower that grew on the bushes outside of my grandmother’s house in El Salvador. I grew up in a multigenerational home with my mother, aunt and grandmother who made up the matriarchs of our household. In 1980, ...
  • Marie Damien
    Nominated by Northern Illinois University  Many women, including myself, take advantage of cosmetics as a way to further define their outer beauty. My recent body of work explores the element of pain required to meet ideal beauty standards. In researching ...
  • Martha Morimoto
    Nominated by School of the Art Institute of Chicago Drawn to the idea of infrastructure as a system, I explore materialism as a use of language in elevating the object’s frame of context. Incorporating the outside world into my practice, I access the infi ...
  • Maya Sato
    Nominated by DePaul University I grew up in a multiracial family with exposure to diverse cultures and ideas. My family travelled often to visit relatives/friends in other countries, and we regularly hosted refugees, international students, and others in ...
  • Meimei Song
    Nominated by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago I use sculpture installation, technology, live plants and social media to draw attention to the unresolved entanglement between technology and ecological crisis. I think art as a creative agency can ...
  • Melissa Anthony
    Nominated by Chicago State University Life is full of many pleasures, but it is the simple ones that make it more enjoyable. Creating art has become one of my many pleasures. Art has become a luxury in the sense that it requires valuable time. I use that ...
  • Nadine Abdelrahim
    Nominated by the University of Illinois - Chicago Nadine Abdelrahim is a full time artist, dedicated to finding out what that really means. Most of her work deals with the idea of being an individual within a community and the way we – the collective indi ...
  • Brock Pieper
    Nominated by Northern Illinois University I am exploring fears and afflictions that bind our psyches. I am interested in how each of us feels out of control in our own lives, my work comes from personal struggles. I create my drawings with attention to de ...
  • Emily Wittke
    Nominated by Northern Illinois University The images that I have been creating is a body of work that focuses mainly on figurative elements. My current pieces explore abstraction: of figure, of color, of line work, and of the human form through the depict ...
  • Ye Seom Ahn
    Nominated by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Seomy Ahn is a multidisciplinary artist primarily working with Fiber. Using the language of sculpture, her works explore the idea of labor and practicality of architectural space and daily products. ...
  • Marco Bustamante
    Nominated by Chicago State University The process of design is a method that must leave satisfaction to the designer and the viewer. As a designer,I always try to convey my ideas in the most visual interesting way to create a connection with the viewer bu ...
  • Aay Preston-Myint
    Aay Preston-Myint is an artist, printmaker, and educator based in Chicago, USA. Their practice employs both visual and collaborative strategies to investigate memory and kinship, often within the specific context of queer community and history. In additio ...
  • Jefferson Godard
    Jefferson Godard is a founder and director of Aspect/Ratio, a video and performance based commercial gallery located in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago. Aspect/Ratio represents the careers of internationally based artists and the gallery has garnere ...
  • Rhonda Wheatley
    Rhonda Wheatley is a Chicago-based artist whose sculptures, paintings, and written works are grounded in the speculative and metaphysical and explore consciousness, healing, and transformation. She’s had solo exhibitions at Hyde Park Art Center and David ...
  • Selina Trepp
    Selina Trepp (Swiss/American b.1973) is an artist whose work explores economy and improvisation. Finding a balance between the intuitive and conceptual is a goal, living a life of adventure is a way, embarrassment is often the result. She works across med ...
  • Spudnik Press
    Spudnik Press Cooperative is a community-based art center located in a warehouse-turned-arts hub in West Town, Chicago. Unique in our dedication to printmaking and the cultural traditions surrounding print, our studio houses professional facilities and ra ...
  • Brandon Alvendia
    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 C ...
  • Marci Rolnik Walketer
    Marci Walker joined Lawyers for the Creative Arts in 2004. She has advised clients in all areas of art and entertainment, including intellectual property protection for motion pictures, visual arts, music, dance and literary works. Ms. Walker plans LCA's ...
  • Lee Anderson
    Lee Anderson is the founder of Starkweather, designer, creative strategist, and fashion advocate.  In addition to her design practice, she has produced small and large-scale events around the world for changemakers in the fashion and creative industries, ...
  • Patti Gilford
    Patti Gilford is the founder of Patti Gilford Fine Arts (*PGFA*). She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and has over 35 years of experience as a working artist, gallery director and art advisor to major corporations, public institutions a ...
  • Nikki Patin
    Nikki Patin is the Community Arts Engagement Manager for Arts + Public Life at the University of Chicago. Featured in The Guardian, Chicago Tribune and on HBO, WBEZ and WGN, Chicago native Nikki Patin has been writing, performing, educating and community ...
  • Greg Ruffing
    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, ...
  • Courtney Cintron
    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 C ...
  • Jamillah Hinson
    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, sh ...
  • Monica Trinidad
    Monica Trinidad is a queer, Latinx artist & organizer born and raised on the southeast side of Chicago. A main founder of For the People Artists Collective (FTP) in January of 2016, her collective has created two radical coloring book entitled Color M ...
  • Luis Mejico
    Luis Mejico is a multidisciplinary artist and independent curator. Xe has performed and exhibited work at the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, Queens Museum in New York, Mana Contemporary Chicago, Links Hall, Zhou Brothers ...
  • Matthew Nicholas
    Using performance, video and sculptural installations, my work focuses on the relationships between identities, iconography and the social complexities that have shaped American culture. My creative process includes collaborations with educators and artis ...
  • Santina Amato
    Santina Amato is an interdisciplinary artist born in Australia to Italian immigrants, and has lived and worked in USA since 2010. Her practice incorporates video, sculpture, installation, painting and photography and is deeply rooted in psychoanalytic thi ...
  • Connie Noyes
    Connie Noyes’ interdisciplinary art practice examines social constructions and assigned values of idealized beauty and value. Through actions both in the studio and on site, the question provoked is: what constitutes beauty and worth and how do our very p ...
  • Nora Sharp
    Nora uses choreography, words, and melody to delineate and unspool patterns of contemporary existence-- often those that govern gender, popular culture, and relationship dynamics--and point to possibilities for queer reimagining. Nora Sharp was born in Ch ...
  • Denise Hoover
    Denise Hoover is an artist discovering that making art is a silent conversation on many levels, an awareness of internal and external nuances that prompt her to create. She welcomes the blind impulse arriving unannounced from unconscious or subconscious t ...
  • Susan Dwyer
    I’m interested in making sculpture that elicits tactile curiosity. Is it hard or soft? What happens if I reach out and touch the surface? There is a give and take between the gentle structure I create and the nature of the material. Each piece evolves fro ...
  • Beth Bradfish
    Beth Bradfish (composer and sound artist) explores contemporary acoustic and electronic sounds. Her focus is on creating environments where the audience is free to move through the sound and experience it with more than their ears. She has been awarded an ...
  • Sukjoon Lee
    Sukjoon Lee is a Chicago-based kinetic sculpture artist. He was born in Seoul, Korea and had studied sculpture in BFA and MFA at Seoul National University. Before he moved to Chicago, He share his artistic skills with students at Seoul Art High school for ...
  • Yewen Dong
    Yewen Dong was born and grew up in Shenzhen, a coastal city in China. She received her BA in Art Design from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2013, continuing her education at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; she received her MFA in Ce ...
  • Udita Upadhyaya
    Udita Upadhyaya is an interdisciplinary artist who uses her body as a primary material for making. Her work spans live art, devised theatre, performative photographs, sculpture, installation, video, writing, text, and fiber arts.    Upadhyaya works with t ...
  • Alexandra Antoine
    Alexandra Antoine is an interdisciplinary artist from South Florida who now resides in Chicago, Illinois. Her work addresses the themes of identity and culture through the use of typography, line and portraiture. She uses the portrait as a tool to re/pres ...
  • Monica Rezman
    A love of textile design and painting has taken artist Monica Rezman around the world. She studied in Chicago and again in San Miguel Allende, traveled to the pueblas in Chiapas and Guatemala to weave with the native women, worked in an atelier in Italy, ...
  • Tracie Hayes
    Tracie Hayes is an artist from Charlotte, NC who recently moved to Chicago. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in studio art and biology. She is currently working with the Echinacea Project, an ecology lab at t ...
  • Lindsey Dorr-Niro
    Through her work, Chicago-based artist Lindsey Dorr-Niro aims to make art a practice of critical consciousness, calling viewers deeper into themselves and relation with the world. Her installations disrupt and reorganize our vision and being in a way that ...
  • Sandra Bridges
    Born and raised in Chicago, Sandra Bridges attended Chicago Public Schools and Illinois universities. She received a B.A in art education from Southern Illinois University in 1974 and from Roosevelt University received a M.A. in Administration/Supervision