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FIELD/WORK Residency 2018-2019

Artist Mentors


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 of media, their focus is on triangulating a deeper understanding of the role of graphic expression at large. In addition to their self-driven work, Sonnenzimmer actively engages in commissioned projects aiming to reshape preconceived notions of the graphic arts.

Artist Residents

Bobbi Meier

Bobbi Meier is a Chicago-based visual artist working in sculpture, drawing, photography and installation whose work explores themes of sensuality, emotional struggle and loss.

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.

Dana Nechmad

Dana Nechmad’s work focuses on the power of the body and its sexuality, a subject that dominates both the personal and the social spheres.

Dionne Victoria

Dionne Victoria is a painter and educator who currently works as a teaching artist for Sky Art.

Emily Lindskoog

Emily Lindskoog is a Chicago based artist and educator whose drawing and unfixed collages are meant to feel infinitely rearrangeable.

Emma Rozanski

Emma Rozanski is an Australian filmmaker, multi-media artist and a first-generation MFA graduate of Bela Tarr’s acclaimed film.factory experiment in Sarajevo.

Grace Makuch

Grace Makuch’s work focuses on millennial communication and outbursts of the heart.

Jesse Meredith

Jesse Meredith is an interdisciplinary artist working to undermine power structures and complicate simplified narratives of belonging.

Joelle Mercedes

Joelle Mercedes is a multimedia artist, producing works that reframe origin while creating new metaphors that encourage yet complicate the notion of self-determination, self-authorship, and personal mythologies.

Jon Veal

Jon Veal is a transdisciplinary artist whose practice is based in ritual, forged by pedagogy, and motivated by personal theology.

Juan Molina Hernández

Juan Molina Hernández (b. 1993, Urireo, Guanajuato, México) is an artist primarily working in the field of photography whose work creates narratives that address and challenge the complexities of the hybrid immigrant identity.

Juliann Wang

Juliann Wang is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist and designer working through various media, whose work is a process of exploration that focuses on human culture.

Karen Dana

Karen Dana is a painter whose work offers an intimate narrative of the role immigrant women need to reinvent their whole self in order to survive, while at the same time defend their own identity through generations.

Kelly Xintaris

Kelly Xintaris is a writer and artist working primarily in photography and text-based art.

Kia Miakka Natisse

Kia Miakka Natisse is an artist and storyteller who experiments with narrative forms and modes to construct both linear and non-linear narratives about the self.

Liz Chilsen

Liz Chilsen is an artist, arts administrator, and educator working in a range of media aligned primarily around the photographic image, whose key concern is the role of the individual within a broad social and historical sweep.

Liz Gomez

Liz Gomez is a multidisciplinary artist, activist, and educator currently based in Chicago, IL whose work aims to celebrate freedom, vulnerability, and the endless depths of the human spirit.

Mara Baker

Mara Baker is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist and educator whose work draws inspiration from the phenomena of optical illusion and the changing of our eyes perception of light, color and space.

Niema Qureshi

Niema Qureshi is an interdisciplinary artist and educator who investigates the intersection between art, science and computational technology within her arts practice and in the classroom setting with Chicago Public School students.

Paula Ward

Paula Ward is a contemporary jazz choreographer working to share experiences through dance performance, creating connection, breaking the walls of isolation and fostering community between the audience, the dancers, and herself.

Ricardo Mondragon

Ricardo Mondragon is a Mexican artist and music composer born and raised in Mexico City (1984) who creates sculptures that materialize music.

Sonia Jourdain

Sonia Jourdain is a first-generation Chicago-born artist whose media are film and photography who work aims to capture the multidimensional essence of Blackness here in Chicago.

Tracy Marie Taylor

Tracy Marie Taylor’s studio practice thematically and practically explores the relationship between nature and technology.

Zachary Nicol

Zachary Nicol is an artist based in Chicago working across media to articulate elusive dynamics of social power, identification, and scrutiny in the performance space.

Guest Speakers

Claudine Isé

Claudine Isé is the director of Goldfinch, a contemporary projects gallery located in East Garfield Park.

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.

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.

Elizabeth Neukirch

Elizabeth Neukirch is vice president of Chicago public relations firm The Silverman Group, where her clients range from world-renowned cultural organizations to educational and civic institutions making a positive impact in the city.

Erica Mott

Erica Mott is a former researcher and international development worker turned actor, choreographer and director.

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 their erasure.

Jane Beachy

Jane Beachy is the Founder and Artistic Director of Salonathon (est. July 2011).

Kalena Chevalier

Kalena Chevalier currently serves as the Program Director for the Cultural Grants Program at the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

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.

Katherine Young

Katherine Young makes electroacoustic music using expressive noises, curious timbres, and kinetic structures to explore the dramatic physicality of sound, shifting interpersonal dynamics, and tensions between the familiar and the strange.

Laura Biagi, PhD

Originally from Siena, Italy, Laura Biagi is a performance artist and educator whose focus is on storytelling as a healing art.

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.

Mike Nourse

Mike Nourse is the Director of Education at Hyde Park Art Center and Executive Director of Chicago Art Department.

Norman Teague

Norman Teague is a Chicago-based designer and educator whose practice focuses on using design as an agent for change and as a mechanism to empower black and brown communities.

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.

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.

Todd Irwin

Todd Irwin is an artist that uses several modes of production including design, printmaking, and sculpture.

Tonika Johnson

Tonika Johnson is a visual artist/photographer from Chicago’s South Side Englewood neighborhood.