Chicago's Participating Artists:
Aaron Raymer – New York, NY
Raymer was born in Louisville, KY and currently lives and works in NYC. He received a BFA from University of Louisville and an MFA from New York University.
A multi-disciplinary approach to art making allows him to draw on diverse experiences and manifest them in various ways. Typically using common, everyday, and overlooked materials, he manipulates them to give them a new context to be considered by.
Raymer has shown in the US, most recently in a two-person exhibition entitled "Next to Nowhere" at Kate Werble Gallery in NYC and "It's all in the Peripherals" at Gallery M in Louisville, KY. He has also been included in the group exhibition "A Silence" at Sala de Arte Moneda in Santiago , Chile.
Al Wildey – Mt. Pleasant, MI
I began to investigate photography as an art form in 1977. Images from this series are created by compositing hundreds of photographs of a journey, in this case a 6600 mile trip across America. Photographs are recorded and processed digitally after ordering individual image layers in chronological order. Opacity adjustments create a composite image where camera details dissipate and meld to produce an image with faint traces of each photograph, creating an impression of the cumulative journey. I have made a living as a photographer, artist and educator--in varying configurations--since 1982. I have exhibited widely with recent shows in Paris, New York, London, Florence, Prague, Miami, Dublin and Beijing.
Alexandra Lee – Chicago, IL
Born in Hong Kong, graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and named by the Chicago Artists’ Coalition as an Artist to Watch, Alexandra Lee (ATYL) is a multi-media inter-disciplinary artist. Her concept driven work incorporates themes of tradition, femininity, myths, and justice, and the interplay between human connection and their interaction with the environment.
Featured in the Chicago Public Library's Women's History Month, Alexandra also exhibited at ARC Gallery, Evanston Art Center, Hyde Park Art Center and Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, and other venues including New York and Hong Kong. She has been a finalist in the City’s public art projects, and was awarded an ongoing CAC works on paper residency at the Merchandise Mart.
Amanda Greive – Edinburg, IL
Amanda first began painting in her late twenties after taking a drawing course at Lincoln Land Community College. Amanda works strictly in oil, preferring the long open time and workability of the medium. Much of her work is deeply rooted in symbolism, having been very much influenced by the Italian Renaissance and Dutch Baroque periods. Elemental to each painting is a personal symbolism represented by objects such as pears suspended by strings and eggs.
Most recently, Amanda had solo exhibits at the Contemporary Art Center in Peoria, Illinois, and Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois. She has also participated in numerous group and juried exhibits nationally. She currently lives in Edinburg, Illinois .
Amy Pleasant – Shoreline, WA
Amy Pleasant lives and works in Seattle, WA. She began painting after attending the Drawing and Painting Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art.
Her work is influenced by the suspicion that just below the surface is a linking between matter and mystery; that there really is no such thing as the purely mundane. Her paintings can be described as a visual language expressing the complex navigation of human relationships. Recent work explores generational transition, memory and the lingering aftermath of a life lived.
Amy has exhibited in Seattle at Georgetown Art Center and the Art and Soul Gallery. Group shows include the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago. Public collections include Northwest Hospital, Restaurants Unlimited and Evergreen Medical Center.
Andrea Lantz – Richmond, VA
Andrea Lantz is based in Richmond , Virginia where she pursues art as a means to rebalance the right side of her brain after long days of left brained labor in the corporate world.
She primarily enjoys painting and photography, with occasional detours into sculpture. Andrea studied watercolor painting with Shelly Bechtel-Shepherd and has exhibited in group shows in the Richmond area. She uses photography as a creative outlet while on business trips where painting is impractical.
Andrea’s prior forays into public art include a fish sculpture in Richmond, Virginia ’s “Go Fish” public art exhibition in 2001 and four dinosaur sculptures in Wilmington, Delaware ’s “Downtown Dino Days” in 2002 and 2003. One of her dinosaurs is in the collection of the Delaware History Museum.
Andres L. Hernandez – Chicago, IL
Andres L. Hernandez is an artist, designer, and educator who creatively explores the limits and possibilities of language through written and visual means.
Andres received his B. Arch. degree from Cornell University, and his M.A. in Art Education degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art Education.
Barbara Lantz – Richmond, VA
Barbara Lantz is a student at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She has experimented with a variety of artistic media, including textiles and ceramics, and she's currently focusing on photography.
Begi – Tel Aviv, Israel
Begi is a 30 year old Israeli dude. An ex-dairy farmer (The dairy farm was closed, they sold all the cows. Real sad thing), from a Kibbutz called Gadot - it's on the northern banks of the Jordan river .
I’m a beginning illustrator & designer, making my first steps in the world of art. Well, that's it really, there must be other stuff too, but for now that is what is important. I think.
Brenda Kofford – Wheatland, WY
My parents were living in a lumber town nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains when I entered the world as a "second born" and embarked on a life journey as a daughter, sister, mother, niece, and grandmother. Photography has served two purposes within my life: 1) validation of one's life and of the emotional connections between people and 2) a visual means to communication beyond the limitations of words. This is especially meaningful as my parents were deaf.
Within all of us there are powerful emotions hidden in our souls that remain voiceless and silent until they are conveyed through imagery and symbols. It is through creative endeavors that a woman may be able to give "voice" to that which words cannot convey.
Brian Nogues – Miami, FL
Brian Nogues was born and raised in Miami , Florida . He received his BFA in Digital Media, with a minor in Art History, from the University of Florida in 2008. In 2010, he was awarded his MFA in visual arts from Clemson University in South Carolina.
His work is not defined by a particular medium, but is most often photographic in nature and combines technical ability with conceptual rigor. Brian's interests range from critical theory to the most trivial aspects of popular culture, creating a common point of intersection in his work. He currently resides, works, and teaches in South Florida.
Brittany Ransom – Chicago, IL
Brittany Ransom is an artist and educator currently living and working in Chicago, Illinois. She recently received her Master of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in New Media Arts (formerly Electronic Visualization) from The University of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently a College Art Association Fellow, Lincoln Fellow, and recipient of the Provost Award at UIC. Prior to her time in Chicago, Ransom was living in Columbus, Ohio. While in Columbus she participated in numerous exhibitions and worked as an exhibit technician at the Center of Science and Industry. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University with distinction with a concentration in Art and Technology in 2008.
Carrie Brady – Georgetown, CT
Carrie Brady is an award-winning photographer who finds ordinary life to be an extraordinary subject. Her images are created in camera without post-processing special effects; she believes reality is spectacular without alteration.
Carrie has maintained the perspective of childlike wonder she had when she received her first camera at the age of five. She currently serves as Artist-in-Residence at a local hospital where she helps patients and family members living with cancer to rediscover their own creative gifts. Carrie is also a mom, an author, a healthcare consultant, and a dancer in her own mind and living room. She still believes in magic and very often finds it when looking through her camera lenses.
Channel TWo – Oak Park, IL
(Jessica Westbrook & Adam Trowbridge)
Jessica Westbrook's research explores desire, contradiction, and cultural landscapes, and has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Carnegie Museum , Hirshorn Museum of American Art, Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media, Eyedrum, Syracuse University, Gallery 400, and ICA Grand Rapids. Her networked based work in collaboration with Adam Trowbridge was awarded a Terminal Commission in 2010, and their Channel TWo media distribution system "Play" received a Turbulence Commission and Pace exhibition in 2011. Westbrook is Director of Technology Initiatives and Assistant Professor in The Department of Contemporary Practices at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Adam Trowbridge is an artist focused on research that fractures the intersection of sensation, cognition and communication. His work has been featured nationally and internationally, including Pace Digital Gallery and Anthology Film Archives, NYC; Pleasure Dome, Toronto ; Workspaces Ltd., Galeria Homero Massena, Brazil , San Francisco , CA ; as well as multiple video/new media festival screenings. Trowbridge is working with Philadelphia 's Basekamp on the Plausible Artworlds project, a collaborative initiative that aims to provide a platform for examining and accompanying the emergence of plural artistic environments. He is Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and will become Assistant Professor (August 2012) in the Department of Contemporary Practices.
Chau Dang – Seattle, WA
While in graduate school, Chau Dang was studying exploding stars called supernovae, but they weren’t igniting the flame inside her. Then, she discovered the wonderful world of puns. And so it began: she wrote daily puns on Facebook and Twitter. This went on for about a year, bringing a chuckle, a groan, or just a smile to her friends.
One day, Marcus, her manly friend, gave her a handmade notebook to doodle on. This started a new era of chuckles: comics. From then on, she would draw roughly three comics a week, based on everything from current events to relationships.
The comics were for her own amusement, but Chau soon saw that many of her friends were enjoying them, bringing her even more joy. Her website is a platform to bring LTD Space comics to more people, and she hopes they will bring a smile to everyone who visits.
“Everybody needs a little humor in their life,” she says.
CJ Hungerman – Geneva, IL
CJ is originally from Pittsburgh. He attended West Liberty State College and West Virginia University. Upon completion of each undergraduate college, he received a BS in graphic design and a BFA in painting, respectively. CJ went on to graduate school at Northern Illinois University , receiving his masters in painting, studying under Gordon Dorn, Josh Kind and Ben Mahmoud.
Claire Accardo – Richmond, VA
Claudia Lynch – New Orleans, LA
Claudia Lynch has enjoyed a multifaceted career as theatrical costume designer, tutu-maker, milliner, author, publisher, artist and illustrator. Each detailed painting in her ShoeStories series is accompanied by an original story, loaded with witty puns and clever innuendo, narrated by a hard-boiled skirt chaser right out of a 1940’s detective novel. Exaggerated proportions make each heel impossibly high and impossibly sexy. Right away, you’re in the mood to surrender to every tongue-in-cheek double meaning in the otherwise innocent words. Claudia relishes the variety of each new day, completing projects as varied as corporate brochures, fashion illustrations for a sewing magazine, and faux Andy Warhol prints for a film. She lives in New Orleans, LA.
Coalfather Industries – Carlinville, IL
Coalfather Industries represents a shared vision between artists Kara Jansson and Craig Newsom. While the work of Coalfather Industries is, at least in part, a kind of commentary on the contemporary experience, it is also a direct result of that same contemporary experience. Since Jansson and Newsom live in two different parts of the United States, all collaboration takes place over the internet and the phone. These processes necessarily frame the work within the technological language of software and devices. The viewable artifacts of this communication take the form of video, still images and narrative dialogue.
Connie J. Frisch-Cherniak – Staten Island, NY
Connie J. Frisch-Cherniak is from Virginia, Minnesota and lives in Staten Island, New York. She received her B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studied at NYU, and received an M.F.A. in Painting, Drawing and Photography from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, in 1983. She is an Adjunct Professor of Art at St. John’s University in Staten Island and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Online. She shows in galleries and museums in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Her color photographs are based on travels that explore similarities of nature; they are non-manipulated. Her black and white images are manipulated self-portrait montages, similar to drawing. In addition, she works on satirical paintings, drawings and installations.
Connie Wolfe – Chicago, IL
Connie was born in Kenosha , Wisconsin. She received an MFA in Printmaking from Ohio University in 2005 and a BA in Painting from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 1996. She also has attended two study abroad programs, in Italy and in England, and has since traveled to Mexico and Ireland.
Since receiving her MFA, she has taught courses in Drawing, Computer Art, and Printmaking at Bloomsburg University, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Ohio University, Anchor Graphics/Columbia College, North Park University, Carthage College and The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg.
Her work has been included in both juried and invitational exhibitions nationally and internationally and has won prizes in national printmaking competitions. Her prints are featured in many permanent collections, such as the Racine Art Museum, Derby Fine Arts, Ltd., the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, and the National Small Print Collection at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. She participated in a month-long residency at the Vermont Studio Center and served as an elected officer for the Mid-America Print Council.
David DuFault – Chicago, IL
In matter-of-fact, punctilious paintings, David DuFault pokes fun at some Chicagoans’ very, very serious sources of pride: our fabulous food and the charming CTA metro line. Using a self-devised rule to change only one letter (if need be –two) or add one word, DuFault reworks the iconic metro stop signs to combine both of these passions into graphic new symbols, converting such destinations as “Southport” to “Southpork”, “Damen” to “Ramen”, “Lake” to “Cake” - to just name a few of the 53 he has in store.
DuFault is a designer and artist living in Chicago, IL. He holds a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA from California State University, Sacramento.
Deborah Maris Lader – Chicago, IL
Deborah Maris Lader (Artist, Musician, Performer, Administrator) is the Founder/Director of the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative since 1989, and member of the touring AltFolk band, Sons of the Never Wrong.
Deborah exhibits her prints, drawings, photography, and mixed media artwork internationally, and her work appears in many permanent collections, including the Chicago History Museum, the New York Public Library, and the City of Palo Alto. Awards for her service to the artistic community include "The 2007 Arts Advocate Award" from ArtWalk Ravenswood and the "1999 Paul Berger Arts Entrepreneurship Award" given by Columbia College, Chicago. Her prints and mixed media paintings have been featured in numerous publications, and most recently has been exhibited at Galerie La Hune-Brenner in Paris, France.
Doug Siefken – Chicago, IL
Doug is a Chief Technology Officer (CTO)/ photographer / artist / cinematographer / videographer and also scientist / inventor with multiple graphic imaging patents. A professional photographer for 40+ years, his career began as a combat/aerial photographer for the US Navy during the Vietnam War; he also managed naval photographic labs.
He juried Chicago’s Old Town Art Fair and other competitions nationwide, has public space installations, is published in scientific and medical journals, and has taught photography and cinematography.
Doug is CTO and founder of TransLumen, a Chicago technology company that serves the defense, aerospace, commercial and consumer communities in the areas of data visualization for the human computer interface. His technology is also applied to art and advertising through Fluid Stills® imagery.
Ellen Mueller – Pueblo, CO
Ellen Mueller has exhibited nationally and internationally as an interdisciplinary artist exploring the shared, everyday challenge of resisting change and maintaining control.
Mueller was raised in Fargo, ND and currently lives and works in Pueblo, CO. She received her MFA in Studio Art from the University of South Florida.
Additionally, she has obtained training at Dell'Arte International and the Brave New Institute. Recently, she has been selected for residencies at Vermont Studio Center, The Pajama Factory, and Colorado State University-Pueblo.
Faern – San Francisco, CA
Faern is a San Francisco-Bay Area mixed media artist and freelance photographer. Her photographic work has been featured throughout highly regarded publications internationally. She has an observable multi-medium corpus of expression growing from a daily aspiration to produce constructive imagery. While developing a vast volume of work, which exhibits a deft understanding of the dreams and shadows that make her photography, mixed media and oil painting unique and vocal, she works with inspiration as an ever-changing process of developing a relationship to her environment.
All of her work expresses a unique development of a textural quality, the building of the imagery brings out the essence of the situation at hand. Find her online at:
Flavio Galván – Plantation, FL
Flavio was born in Argentina in 1971; there, he studied art at the University of Cordoba, as well as graphic design at the 21st Century University of Business. During the past 20 years he has produced a mature body of artistic work. Flavio has exhibited his work in different countries of Latin America and in the U.S., and his work is found in prominent private collections.
Francine LeClercq – New York, NY
Francine LeClercq completed her education in interior architecture and fine arts with honors from the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg / France. She has had the privilege to see her work selected in juried competitions by eminent curators such as Peter Blum/Peter Blum Gallery, James Cuno/Art Institute Chicago, Lynne Warren/ Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, and Maxwell Anderson / Whitney Museum, to mention a few.
She recently was included in the exhibition “The Last Supper in Turku Cathedral, Francine LeClercq, Andy Warhol, Pauno Pohjolainen, curated by historian Perttu Ollila for the Turku Capital of Culture 2011 Program.
Museum exhibitions include The McCormick Freedom Museum (Chicago, IL), The Holter Museum of Art (Montana , The Allentown Art Museum (Allentown , PA), The Islip Art Museum (Islip , NY). Her work has been reviewed in numerous magazines in Unites States and Europe. Aside from painting, she practices architecture and design with Soltani+LeClercq.
Gary Duehr – Somerville, MA
In 2007 Gary Duehr was chosen as a Best Emerging Artist in New England by the International Association of Art Critics. His work has been featured in museums and galleries, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; Exit Art, Umbrella Arts, and New York Arts, New York, NY; Gallery Tsubaki, Tokyo, Japan; SKC Gallery, Belgrade, Yugoslavia; and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba.
His public artworks include a photo installation funded by the Visible Republic program of New England Foundation for the Arts, and a commission from the MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority) for a permanent photo installation at North Station.
Ginny Gaura – North Aurora, IL
Suburban Chicago artist Ginny Gaura is a painter, photographer and poet. For the Billboard Art Project, she combines sections of her artwork with positive messages. Her objective is to inspire conscious thought in the viewer.
Ginny Huo – Brooklyn, NY
Influenced by my family’s Korean stories, I am fascinated by the importance of speech and how stories are relayed mimetically from one person to another and their ability to initiate a change in behavior. As Roland Barthes describes in his book, Mythologies, I am interested in cultural studies of modern myths dictated in a system of communication as a type of speech.
I form initial ideas from my family’s Korean culture. I was raised to believe that sleeping with a fan on in an enclosed space results in death and eating crab then sugar creates a deathly internal poison.
I use basic forms of communication that are integral parts of my artwork to collect similar or contrary stories and develop interpersonal relationships.
Ginny Lloyd – Jupiter, FL
Ginny Lloyd is a photographer who has been creating alternative billboard art since 1980. Her current work includes her use of visual poetry and copy art techniques. She is associated with neo Dada, neo Fluxus, and mail art groups, participating in international performance events, happenings, and exhibitions. She works frequently in artist’s book and artistamp (faux stamps) formats.
Ginny is curator of the Gina Lotta Post Artistamp Museum and she teaches workshops at Florida Atlantic University in copy art techniques and artistamp making. Her work is held in both public and private collections. Prints of the work on display are available directly from the artist.
Gregory Kaplowitz – San Francisco, CA
Gregory Kaplowitz is an artist currently living and working out of San Francisco. He received his BFA from The California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and has shown in various galleries in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. In 2011, his work was included in a touring video program that screened in Berlin, Hamburg, and Montreal.
Happy Accidents – St. Paul, MN
Happy Accidents is a collaborative effort comprised of two artists - Kara Hendershot and Summer Scharringhausen. It all began with an eight-foot piece of plywood, spray paint, and an image inspired by David Lynch. The goal was to create a painting for Altered Esthetics Gallery's "Tales From the Black Lodge" exhibit, held in October of 2008.
The original painting titled “Penelope” is an ongoing project, a large mixed media painting consisting of giant doll characters amidst an ever-changing background. The painting is constantly changing, as Happy Accidents happily re-creates the story within the artwork by continuously painting over the previous scene. Happy Accidents has set a goal to fit “Penelope” into as many Altered Esthetics theme shows as possible.
The collaboration, Happy Accidents, is all about liberation, spontaneity, and pure fun.
Harriete Estel Berman – San Mateo, CA
Harriete Estel Berman uses post-consumer, recycled materials to construct artwork ranging from jewelry and teacups to entire lawns and works of social commentary. Sculptures include domestic appliances remarking on the roles of women and the influence of advertising in our consumer society.
Berman’s work has been shown throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa. Her work is included in the permanent collections of 15 museums and is featured in over 36 books, including "Manufractured: The Conspicuous Transformation of Everyday Objects," "Makers: A History of American Studio Craft," and the cover of "The Fine Art of The Tin Can."
Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a graduate of Syracuse University (BFA) and Temple University (MFA), she resides in San Mateo, California.
Heather Dewey-Hagborg – Brooklyn, NY
Heather Dewey-Hagborg is an information artist who is interested in exploring art as research and public inquiry. Traversing media ranging from algorithms to installation, her work seeks to question fundamental assumptions underpinning perceptions of human nature, technology and the environment. Examining culture through the lens of information, Heather creates situations embodying concepts, freed from the artist's hand.
Heather has shown work internationally and recently created a collaborative site-specific installation at the Jaaga art and technology center in Bangalore, India. In the past year she has participated in PS1's Saturday Sessions, the New Museum’s Festival of Ideas, Bushwick BETA Spaces, Art in Odd Places, Nuit Blanche/Bring to Light, and Williamsburg Walks public art festivals in New York. She participated in the Flow/Slow art conference on the Delaware River last September calling attention to the fragility of this ecosystem and the risks of fracking.
In the past two years she has created site-specific installations for Issue Project Room, Splatterpool and The Northside Town Hall in Brooklyn, Skydog Projects in Narrowsburg, NY, I-Park in CT, and CEPA Gallery in Buffalo. Her recent project Totem is featured on Art Fag City 's premiere Sound of Art album and is currently on display at Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey. In addition to her individual work she collaborates often with the collective Future Archaeology.
Heysook Cho – Orem, UT
I was born in Seoul, South Korea. I grew up in a transitional age, with Confucian and Buddhist beliefs. These ideas influenced my thinking and contributed to my view of art and life.
All of my artwork is based on the circular form. One circle meets the other circle to create harmony. When our thinking is circular, our thoughts can always come around to an agreement. My series of ceramic works are all based on rounded shapes, which form an endless surface leaving an unknown conclusion without a beginning or an end. Rounded forms possess a sense of good feeling and connectedness; they are self-contained and sufficient whether they are perfect or not.
Hue Park –Brooklyn, NY
Hue Park was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, where he studied literature and worked as a lyricist before coming to New York to pursue visual art, especially video art and photography. He is a BFA candidate at New York University.
Industry of the Ordinary – Chicago, IL
Industry of the Ordinary was formed in 2003. The two artists who make up this collaborative team, Adam Brooks and Mathew Wilson, have long histories as visual and performative artists. They bring complementary sensibilities to their activities.
Their projects exist in temporal terms, but have also been conceived to function on the website associated with the collaboration, www.industryoftheordinary.com
They have had solo shows at the MCA, Chicago and NEIU Gallery and performed at the opening of the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as making work for a wide variety of private, semi-private and public settings, both temporary and permanent. They will have a survey of their practice at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2012.
Ione Citrin – Los Angeles, CA
Ione's art has shown nationally since 1998 when, after years of world travel, a successful television, radio, theatre and film career in performing arts, she decided to focus her richly diverse talents on the visual arts. Ione's artistic expression, creativity and passion for communication have resulted in numerous awards for her painting, sculpture, mixed media, and assemblage. She appears featured in several important publications and maintains an extensive exhibition schedule.
Jeff Mendenhall – Lombard, Il
Jeffrey A Mendenhall has a B.S. degree in Art Education from Florida State University. He has an A.S. degree in Graphic Design from the State College of Florida.
His body of artwork incorporates the themes of color, emotions, brush textures and shapes. The work is reflective of his study of colors in abstract 20th century artwork. His artwork is revealing the culture of abstractism. In college, he did a sketchbook/research project on the colors and emotions in 20th century art. Periods of art that were of focus: Fauvism, Abstractism, OP art, and Color Field. The artists Piet Mondrain, Joseph Albers, Helen Frankenthaler, Wassily Kandisky, Henri Matisse, Bridget Riley were the main focus of the research project. By studying Frankenthaler and other color field artists, he learned that color alone can evoke shapes and textures. The artwork is created thorough the use of Corel Painter on a computer.
Jen Mitsuko – Portland, OR
I started with drawings, writings, and music. It was not until I was almost finished with high school that I found my preferred medium, photography.
There was something magical when I first learned to work in a darkroom. There was beauty of reality that photographs created and a beautiful lie. I have been searching for my voice through photography, and use of titles. Photography can be real and fictional. I strive to search for truth in a world that feels like a dream.
I strive to understand life through my art and philosophy. My work encompasses philosophical beliefs that I use to understand this insane world. In photography, I strive to create work that has a painterly look and feel.
Joelle McTigue – Los Angeles, CA
Joelle McTigue was born in New York in 1984, and lives and works in Los Angeles. A graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, McTigue also studied at Ox-bow School of Art and Artists’ Residencies. Her exhibitions have been featured in Artforum, Vanity Fair, The Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal.
McTigue's work has been exhibited at CRG Gallery, Chelsea, NYC (2011); The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn, NY (2010); Ziehersmith Gallery, Chelsea NY (2010); Bridge Art Fair, Chelsea, NY (2009); Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, WI (2009); Metro Pictures, Chelsea, NY (2009); Arcosanti, Mayer, AZ (2008); Eco-LA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2008, 2006, 2005); Beverly Arts Center, Chicago, IL (2007); James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY (2007); and Brewery Art Colony, Los Angeles, CA (2005).
John Cizmar – Chicago, IL
Born and raised in Chicago. I'm interested in media as a source material. Fantastical stories and mediated perception are my artistic focus. In hindsight, from an early age I was fascinated with television and the fantasy created by it. My images investigate the relationship between media and ourselves.
Jonathan Levy – Brooklyn, NY
Observation of nature formed both Levy’s outlook on life and style of painting. This focused his attention to the patterns and movements found in nature, from the repetitive formula of a flower, to the chaotic rhythm of the ocean. As a child, he was deeply intrigued by the marbling patterns found within stone. Now, through his art, he copies them. “The elements found within nature are undeniably attractive. We are all deeply drawn to them.” Levy states.
Through his work, he is attempting to reignite an appreciation for that which forms through a natural process. In today’s fast-moving, high-tech world, the splendor of nature, oftentimes, is overshadowed and taken for granted. Levy’s work aims to spotlight that which grows, forms and prospers without the intervention of man.
Joseph Church – Rockford, IL
Joseph Church was born and raised in Rockford, IL. He studied various fine arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After several years at the art institute, he moved back to Rockford to work and focus on his own artwork. In 2006, Joseph went on to attend school at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and in 2010 he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design. Joseph currently is involved in showing his artwork in the Rockford, Chicago, and Milwaukee areas and also works on freelance design projects.
June Bisantz – Willimantic, CT
June Bisantz received her Masters of Fine Arts degree in painting from Claremont Graduate University in California, and has lived and worked in Boston, Los Angeles and New York City. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums nationally, and she has received grants and commissions to support her public projects, which include art on billboards, buses, movie theater screens, architectural surfaces, street signs and traffic control devices.
Ms. Bisantz is also a musician who has produced several collections of original jazz, all of which have received national recognition. She teaches Digital Art & Design at Eastern Connecticut State University .
Karrie Ross – Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles native Karrie Ross, fine artist, shares her explorations into concepts of energy, science, participation, conversations and being seen, as the underlying influences of her art. Abstract representations that create a 'safe' place for the viewer to experience a flow and connection from their interaction with the art... discovering that they are part of a bigger whole. She poses to you a question... "What is YOUR energy telling the world?" and invites you to join with and experience hers in the art she creates. More of her work can be seen at:
Kelsey Bosch – Minneapolis, MN
Kelsey Bosch attended the University of Minnesota, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with a concentration in painting and film. In general, her work is focused on the appreciation and discovery of what others throughout history have contributed to the defining of place.
In 2010, Kelsey was a recipient of the Forecast Public Art Planning and Development grant with which she created a documentary, The Toilet: An Intersection between Art and Amenity.
Kendra Larson – Portland, OR
Larson received her MFA in Painting at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and has shown her work in venues including Lewis and Clark College (Portland, OR), the University of Minnesota's Nash Gallery (Minneapolis, MN), and the Overture Center for the Arts (Madison , WI). Her work has appeared in publications such as The Bear Deluxe and Tree Sap Magazine. She is a past Caldera (Sisters, OR) and New Pacific Studios (Masterton, New Zealand) resident who teaches at Willamette University.
Kiyomi – Riverside, CA
Hello! My name is Kiyomi and I have been an exhibiting artist since the 1990s. Over the years, I developed an ability to create spontaneously and experiment with unconventional techniques.
I choreograph a dance between transparent vs. opaque layers, traditional and non-traditional materials, and fine art supplies with electronics.
My current body of work incorporates printmaking, hand-marbled paper and water-based paint on acrylic plastic. The back layer is video or lights. I created these because I want the viewer to EXPERIENCE the piece; to …get lost in it. The shadows and iridescent/metallic qualities allows the art to appear as one thing until you look at it from a different angle. The longer you look, the more you will see!
Kyle Humphrey – Toronto, ON, Canada
Kyle Humphrey is a graphic designer based in Toronto, Ontario. His work consists of explorations in color, pattern, and abstraction. Working largely in vector-based computer programs, Kyle seeks to flatten images to a minimal amount of information and embrace an aesthetic that is clearly artificial.
Laura F. Gibellini – New York, NY
Laura F. Gibellini is a visual artist and researcher who lives between Madrid and New York City. She is a member of the faculty of the School of Visual Arts, New York.
Her forthcoming projects include a residency at the ISCP, New York ; the book Constructing a Place, published by Complutense University (Madrid) and a solo show at asm28 gallery (Madrid).
Among her recent projects and shows stand out SALON, ISCP, New York; YANS & RETO, Anthology Film Archives, NY; 341 West 24th Street, New York, AC [Institute], NY; Region 0, King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU, NY; Portable Worlds, PhotoEspaña, Madrid; Video Art From Spain: Hybrid Generations: 2000-2009, UCCA, Beijing; Cahiers D’ Artiste. Wohnzimmer, Künstlerhaus Glogauer, Berlin, and Pardon the Mess, Artist at Work (circulobellasartes.com/cba.net/proyectos.html).
Lee Aulson – Peabody, MA
Lee Aulson is a contemporary artist and art educator from Peabody, Massachusetts. She carries a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is making art and music in Portland, OR. She follows where her dreams take her and is not afraid of humor in her art.
Leo Kogan – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Leo Kogan was born in Moldova (former USSR) in 1974. At a young age, he moved with his family to the United States. In the USA, he first studied Graphic Design at RIT (Rochester, NY) and then at the Cooper Union (New York City), where he began painting full-time. Having acquired his BFA from the Cooper Union in 1997, Kogan continued his studies at De Ateliers in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Since then, Leo Kogan has been living and working in Amsterdam and Los Angeles . He has held a number of solo and group exhibitions and his works are in private and public collections in Europe, USA, and Japan.
Les Mayers – Santa Monica, CA
Mr. Mayers describes his latest works as digital impressionism, and is considered by many to be one of the leading futurists in the emerging contemporary art scene of Southern California.
His work incorporates numerous state-of-the-art advances of modern technology, not only in the manner he uses to create his art, but also in the way his art is viewed and experienced. His bold and colorful concepts and works are at the forefront of today’s continually evolving art world.
His final images typically begin as either a concept sketch or digital photographic image, and evolve through the combination of traditional art concepts with advances in modern technology, that were not available to previous generations of artists.
Lisa Graham – Arlington, TX
Lisa M. Graham, MFA, LEED AP, is an award-winning visual communicator, artist, author, and an Associate Professor of Visual Communication at the University of Texas at Arlington.
She has exhibited her visual work in over 53 regional, national, and international exhibitions, and has produced visual communication industry work for regional, national, and international clients.
Her publications include the books Sustainability Research by Designers (forthcoming in 2011), Basics of Design: Layout and Typography for Beginners 2e in English and Japanese (2005, 2008), Basics of Design: Layout and Typography for Beginners (2002), Principles of Interactive Design (1999), and numerous paper presentations and peer-reviewed journal articles on gestalt theory, experience design, sustainable design, environmental typography, and design ethics.
Lori Lipsman – San Diego, CA
In 1983, Lori Lipsman received her MFA degree from the California College of the Arts. Her practice continues to be about inquiry and experience, through concepts and experiments. Lori's work has been shown in Vancouver BC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Washington DC, and San Diego.
Luisa Pulido – Miami, FL
Luisa was born and raised in Miami, Florida and is from Colombian ancestry. She graduated in the year 2000 with honors in Art. After briefly attending New World School of the Arts, Luisa traveled to countries such as France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica, where she attended art museums and various exhibitions.
She has been painting since childhood, and over time has shown great talent and dedication to art.
Lynn Cazabon – Baltimore, MD
Lynn Cazabon is an Associate Professor of Art at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Conceptually and aesthetically, her approach to photography extends from conceptual art, installation art, landscape, and documentary traditions.
For the Chicago Billboard project, she traveled to Chicago in August and photographed wild plants (weeds) growing in areas surrounding the billboard and highway and created an online database of information on the plants pictured in her images. The project, called Uncultivated-Chicago, is an extension of her project Uncultivated, an ongoing public art project, existing in the form of a website, public displays (bus shelter posters, billboards), and as a series of pigment ink jet prints representing the landscape of Baltimore over an extended period of time, via its wild plant life.
Mairin Hartt – Chicago, IL
Mairin Hartt was born and raised in Chicago. She graduated from Beloit College with a B.A. in Studio Art and a minor in Environmental Studies in 2005, and from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing in 2006. Since 2006, Hartt has worked as a Teaching Artist at The Evanston Art Center in Chicago and as an Instructor of Record with the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Hartt received her M.F.A. in Art and Design from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee this past May.
Utilizing various drawing methods and materials, Hartt’s work explores the existence of emergence and entropy in organic forms and processes and their connection to Sublimity.
Marcellous Lovelace – Chicago, IL
The work of Marcellous Lovelace is based in escaping the worst situation possible.
Born into a down-to-earth southern Baptist family, my background in art came from the heart and soul of Africans all over the world.
My paintings are images of what I study and continue to live through. Using basically anything to draw and paint with, my works are always about building positivity and what’s important, because the world we live in is so negative and unimportant. Coming from a world of police brutality and racism stands a Man who is not afraid to be exactly who he is all the time, regardless of who it affects. If it is Political or Reality, I’m going to paint it just as it is.
Maria Creyts – Kansas City, MO
Maria Creyts’ high resolution panoramic photo friezes picture assemblages she constructs from an array of unusual textiles.
In 2010 and 2011, her work has been exhibited in Bessie Mae/Béseme y otras at the Centro Fotográfico Manuel Álvarez Bravo in Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico, Autumn Art Preview at Lyons Wier Gallery in Chelsea, New York City, and in Kansas City, Missouri -- Frieze at BNIM Architects’ Storefront for Art & neoPANOS at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center.
She earned her MFA at Yale University School of Art and signs her work, mariaurora.
Michael Burton – Chicago, IL
Michael Burton, a Chicago native, realized his passion for art at the age of 4. His late father, Michael Burton Sr., fueled his interest and inspiration in the basement of their home. He didn't take his calling for art seriously until he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease during his senior year at Thornton Township High School. Unable to work or finish school, Michael began to re-focus on drawing and painting.
His formal training in art began at Olive-Harvey Junior College, and continued on at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, where he studied figure drawing, design, and illustration.
Currently Michael is working on a new art exhibit on conservation, and the third edition of his creative memoir.
Michael Vickers – Toronto, ON, Canada
Currently working on his MA in Contemporary Art History at the University of Toronto, Vickers has exhibited internationally and his work is placed within several esteemed public and private collections. Dealing with issues of loss, the ineffable and our own inner dialogue, his large text based paintings serve as an entry point into deeper thought and introspection of the sublime and ourselves. Plus he’s only 23, which is pretty badass.
Michele Guieu – Sunnyvale, CA
Michele Guieu was born in southern France, lived her teenage years in Senegal (Africa), travelled and moved quite a lot. She is a graduate of the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris (MA Graphic Design and Multimedia), Paris, France.
She was a graphic designer for many years when she lived in Paris, where she worked for non-profit organizations and museums. She also exhibited her work in Paris and Copenhagen, before moving to the US in 2000. She is a San Diego Art Prize 2009 nominee in the Emerging Artists Category. Guieu recently had a solo exhibition at Art Produce Gallery and participated in shows at the California Center for the Arts, the Oceanside Museum of Art and the William Cannon Art Gallery. She was invited to the "Summer Salon Series" at the San Diego Museum of Art during the summer of 2010.
Michele Guieu lived and worked in San Diego for six years and moved to the bay area in 2010.
Nicholas Economos – Shaker Heights, OH
Nicholas Economos is an artist and educator living in sunny Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
His art practice includes work in software art, reactive media art, sound, video, and animation. He is an Editor Emeritus for Rhizome.org at The New Museum of Contemporary Art in NYC, previously editing content for the website and the Rhizome Rare email list over numerous years.
His awards include an Individual Artist Project Grant in Film, Media, and New Technology Production from the New York State Council on the Arts and an Individual Excellence Award in Media Arts from the Ohio Arts Council.
He has exhibited at Art Interactive in Cambridge, MA, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in Buffalo, NY, Art in General in New York City, Fylkingen in Stockholm, Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, SESI Gallery in Sao Paulo City, Window Project Space in Auckland, New Zealand, Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, Chiangmai New Media Art Festival in Thailand, DigiFest DXNet in Toronto, and the Cyberarts Festival in Boston.
He has been a frequent artist-in-residence at the Experimental Television Center in Owego, New York and is included in the DVD anthology, "ETC:1969- 2009" covering 40 years of video arts at ETC.
He was previously a visiting professor with the Department of Expanded Media at the School of Art and Design at Alfred University in Alfred, NY and now teaches in the T.I.M.E.-Digital Arts Department at The Cleveland Institute of Art.
Oliver Pauk – Toronto, ON, Canada
Oliver Pauk was born in Toronto , Canada in 1982. He has been involved in the arts since a young age, but photography has always been, for him, the most serene and consuming of these practices. As his personal style has developed, his chosen subject matter has become mainly the generic and typically ugly structures which he comes across. He aims to portray them in a new light, where the focus is on the colours, shapes and patterns that make up our surroundings.
Rebecca Aguilar – Chicago, IL
I'm an English teacher for Chicago Public Schools. I was born and raised in Chicago. All my life I've been drawn to art and creating my own. I'm not a formally trained artist, though I have been painting since about 2000. I paint city scenes and am drawn to compositions using stark contrasts between shadow and light.
Rob Carter – Brooklyn, NY
Rob Carter uses photography, stop-motion animation, and time-lapse video to spotlight architecture and its shifting historical and cultural significance.
A few years after completing his BFA at Oxford University, he relocated to New York to attend Hunter College’s MFA program. Since then he has exhibited work in numerous locations worldwide including solo exhibitions in Madrid, Chicago and Rome. 2010 saw him exhibit his work at the ICA in Philadelphia, Ramis Barquet and Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York and the Shanghai World Expo; additionally he received a NYFA Fellowship and took part in residencies in Austria and Spain.
In 2011 he will show work at ebersmoore, Chicago , 1000 EVENTI, Milan, and Festival NARRACJE in Gdansk, Poland. He is currently working towards a ‘New Commission’ installation at Art in General, opening in New York in April 2012.
Sally Sachs – Chicago, IL
Sally Sachs has been taking photos since somewhere around third grade, but has only recently come to appreciate the ways in which photography can connect people to one another. Since that point of realization, she quickly became more and more serious about the art form and profession rather than just the hobby, and does not think it's any coincidence how her life has simultaneously been swept in all sorts of unexpected turns. In particular, she enjoys photo-documenting colorful events and various forms of fire performance for the complete lack of dull moments therein.
Samantha Hookway – Columbus, OH
Samantha Hookway, originally from Ohio, holds her MFA from The Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia (University Fellowship recipient). Samantha also studied in the sculpture department at Kungliga Konsthögskolan (The Royal University College of Fine Art) in Stockholm , Sweden (2006-08). Samantha participated in the Museum of Arts and Design Open-Studio Residency Program in New York, the Vermont Studio Center Residency, and Williamsport, PA.‘s Public Art Academy’s Residency. She exhibits her work both internationally and nationally–most notably at Galleri Mejan in Stockholm, Sweden, Galleri Blunk in Trondheim, Norway, Crane Arts in Philadelphia, PA, Roy G. Biv Gallery in Columbus, OH and the Museum of Arts and Design’s Open-Studio, New York.
Sarah Rehmer – Indian Head Park, IL
Sarah Rehmer was born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago, where she still resides. In 2003, Rehmer earned her BA in Graphic Design and Photography from Dominican University in River Forest, IL.
Rehmer approaches her encaustic work the same way she does print and photography- striving for clean and uncluttered, using a limited color palette.
Photographing city spaces, long abandoned or normally filled with people, except at brief moments in early morning or late night when there isn't a soul to be found- just traces of people once there, then translating this using earth tone glazes to create a false sense of time, or by inclusion of antique book pages, found papers and objects or image transfers.
Seeking Kali – United States, Belgium, Canada
Seeking Kali is three artists: William Evertson (USA), Ria Vanden Eynde (Belgium), and Susan Shulman (Canada), who in 2010 explored connecting their individual creative processes through social media platforms to create bodies of work involving traditional and non-traditional art forms.
These social media platforms quickly became virtual studio spaces that the three artists used to invite other artists to come into and collaborate. As hip and revolutionary as Andy Warhol’s studio 54, their studio blogs have attracted artists from around the globe, housing such projects as "Seeking Kali" and "The Medusa Gaze" as well as generating and linking live art exhibits in dozens of cities around the world.
Shane Anderson – Apple Valley, MN
My professional art career started with the Peanuts Statues that were displayed in Saint Paul 5 consecutive years. I designed and painted 7 total statues. The last year the the statues were on display in St. Paul, it was dinosaurs for the Science Museum. I created 2 statues, including 1 in my unique style. Since then I have been painting juxtaposed cartoons professionally.
My art has been featured on Channel 5 News, Fox 9 News, Kare 11 News, Twin Cities Live, Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, City Pages, This Week Live, as well as other media outlets.
I specialize in creating custom art for customers and large corporations.
Sharon Lee Hart – Lexington, KY
Sharon Lee Hart was born in Washington, D.C. and teaches photography at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. She is currently working on a book about the animal residents of farm animal sanctuaries. She has shown her photography and mixed media work in exhibitions throughout the country. Her work can be viewed by going to:
www.sharonleehart.com and www.farmanimalsanctuaryproject.com
Simone Bailey – San Francisco, CA
Simone Bailey is a San Francisco-based contemporary artist whose work has been exhibited in the United States and internationally. Much of her work focuses on human connection, with emphasis on the ways in which intimacy is expressed and denied. She received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2011.
Susan Tonkin Riegel – Granite Bay, CA
Susan Tonkin Riegel is a practicing artist who was born in San Francisco . She holds a BA in studio art from UC Berkeley, where she studied with notable Bay Area Figurative painters Elmer Bischoff and Joan Brown. She received her MA from California State University , Sacramento . Susan has been involved in multiple solo and group shows nationally and internationally. She was recently awarded a fellowship from the Sulzberg Foundation as an artist in residence at the Villa Sträuli in Switzerland.where she also exhibited her work. Prior to that, Susan participated in a self directed residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada .
Susan is a highly regarded college professor currently teaching at Sierra Community College in Rocklin. She is also the founder and director of the Red Barn Studios in Granite Bay , CA. Red Barn Studios is an expressive center for the arts offering a wide range of creativity workshops year round for adults as well as exciting summer art classes for children.
Her art is a combination of collage and assemblage utilizing materials such as wood, paper, fabric, string, paint, graphite, wire, chalk, beads, found objects, old and fragmented game and doll parts, and other eclectic ephemera. Her imagery is of a personal nature, influenced by her worldwide travels, her dreams and her everyday life. Her work has a sophisticated simplicity and is astute and magically compelling.
TAKEBACKCHICAGO – Chicago, IL
TAKEBACKCHICAGO is a Chicago based art collaborative that believes we can improve our streets, our neighborhoods, and our city via both subtle and radical urban interventions of art, architecture, and urban stewardship.
Projects created via the organization see the entire city as a stage for performance and all residents as an audience.
The work created is not merely measured by resale value, but rather by the amount of happiness spread and size of the audience reached.
The organization strongly believes that art should be fully accessible by all and should hold the potential to be enjoyed by anyone.
Terry Ward – VA & Brooklyn, NY
Artist and art-writer Terry Ward uses sometimes-covert outdoor painting sites in Brooklyn and in Virginia. Ward innovated “OmniDirectional” painting: panels composed and wired to hang at any angle (“topless and bottomless art, but no nudes.”)
Recent exhibit highlights: inclusion in a group show in New York City’s Sloan Fine Art, inclusion in a group show at a Smithsonian-affiliated gallery. Seeking representation.
Ward paintings are in the collections of two Nobel Peace Prize laureates: Al Gore and Jimmy Carter. Carter wrote, "wonderful paintings.... Rosalynn joins me (saying).... they are a welcome addition to our collection;" they went to the Carter Center 's selective permanent display collection. Samples of art and of magazine articles, see:
Travis Janssen – Carbondale, IL
MFA, Printmaking: Arizona State University , 2007
BFA: University of Wisconsin , Madison , 2000
Travis Janssen’s current creative practice often focuses on bridging the gap between contemporary and historic methods of printmaking, as well as forays into video and installation art mediums. Janssen’s interests also extend into the collaborative process and cross-disciplinary investigation, having collaborated with a variety of individuals on a diverse range of projects including prints and documentary videos. Over the last five years, he has shown work in over eighty-five exhibitions across the United States and venues in Finland , New Zealand , Russia , Sweden , and the United Kingdom . Currently Janssen’s practice is based out of Carbondale , Illinois where he teaches printmaking and 2-D foundations at Southern Illinois University.
Warwick Eede – Boston, Lincs, England
Warwick Eede was born in England in 1980. He is a contemporary painter and sculptor. He currently holds the post of ‘Artist in Residence’ at The Giles Academy, Old Leake, Lincolnshire and attended the University of Lincoln, for both his BA and MA degrees.
He is a Magpie; a collector of good ideas.