This edition of Office Hours: Portfolio Review is an opportunity for artists to meet individually with curatorial professionals from university-based exhibition spaces throughout Chicago.
One-on-one portfolio reviews last 30 minutes and provide a platform to discuss a range of issues of interest to emerging and working artists, including:
- Feedback on artwork
- Preparing for exhibitions
- Pursuing professional opportunities
- And more!
Please note that space is very limited & advance registration is required. Office Hours appointments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be able to indicate your reviewer preference following the registration process. Participants are asked to arrive 10 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment.
- Insightful, professional perspective on creative portfolio.
- How to research opportunities and assess their applicability to one’s aspirations.
- Logistics of the review process and preparation for studio visits and/or exhibitions.
Meg Duguid is an artist and arts administrator. During the day Duguid is currently Director of Exhibitions for Columbia College Chicago’s Department of Exhibitions, Performing and Student Spaces. She has directed Gallery 2 for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, programmed the Arsenal Gallery and Temporary Public Art Program for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, overseen the dispersement of grants for the city of Chicago, and directed the Averill and Bernard Leviton Gallery for Columbia College before moving to her current post at the college. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from Bard College. She has performed and exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 6018 NORTH, Slow Gallery, the Mission, Terrain, Roman Susan, the Chicago Cultural Center, and Defibrillator Performance Art Space in Chicago, as well as the DUMBO Arts Festival in Brooklyn, 667 Shotwell in San Francisco, and the Zona Maco Art Fair in Mexico City. Duguid has screened work at Synthetic Zero in New York, Spiderbug in Chicago, and the Last Supper Festival in Brooklyn. From 2009 to 2011 she ran Clutch Gallery, a 25-square-inch white cube located in the heart of her purse; since then, she lends her purse to others to curate and carry. Duguid is a member of Tiger Strikes Asteroid Chicago and lives and works in Chicago with her husband, her son, and two cats.
Ross Stanton Jordan is Curatorial Manager at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in Chicago, IL. He is a curator interested in the confluence of American politics, visual culture, and artistic production. Since coming to Chicago in 2010, first as a graduate student and then as Assistant Director of Exhibition's at the School of the Art Institute's Department of Exhibitions and Exhibitions Studies, Ross expanded curricular exhibitions on the campus and transformed graduate and undergraduate led exhibitions and programs into research driven and collaborative experiences. Ross also made himself a vital presence in Chicago’s art community curating seven independent exhibitions of Chicago’s tenacious arts venues. Previously, Ross was a 12-month intern in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art where he was a contributor to the museum’s blog Inside/Out and provided research support for exhibitions including Lee Bontecou: All Freedom in Every Sense (2010), Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art (2011) and Abstract Expressionist New York (2011). Ross is the recipient of the Studio Art Fellowship, Trinity College; the Graduate Curatorial Fellowship, SAIC; a 2015 ACRE Curatorial Fellowship; was a 2014/15 inaugural curator-in-residence at the Chicago Cultural Center; was a 2016 Independent Curators International Collaborator and a 2018 Independent Curators International/Joyce Foundation Research Fellow. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Studio Arts from Connecticut College and dual Masters Degrees in Art History and Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Mia Lopez is a curator, writer, and educator with over 12 years of experience in museums and non-profit art spaces. In 2016 she joined the DePaul Art Museum as Assistant Curator, where she organizes exhibitions and programs focused on contemporary art with an emphasis on diversity and social concerns. Mia was the 2013—2015 Curatorial Fellow for Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and has interned and worked nationally, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Contemporary Art Museum Houston. In 2013 she completed dual Masters at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory, and Criticism and Arts Administration and Policy; she also has a BA in Art History from Rice University. Mia is a 2012 alumnus of the Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies Fellowship and a 2016 alumnus of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Leadership Institute. She is an active member of the Association of Art Museum Curators and recently participated in the Independent Curators International Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans.
Rafael E. Vera is an artist and Co-Director of the Ralph Arnold Gallery at Loyola University Chicago. He 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 Residency Fellowship. He currently teaches Painting, Drawing and Printmaking at Loyola University Chicago.
Recent exhibitions and publications include New American Paintings, issue 107; the LA Art Show 2018, Los Angeles, CA; Present Standard, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago; Transient Visitant (with Marimba, Clarinets, Body and Chair), Truman State University, Kirksville, MO; performance piece in collaboration with composer Victor Marquez-Barrios; Mutual Dealings, Bert Green Fine Art, Chicago; The Moments Between: New Work by Rafael E. Vera, Averill and Bernard Leviton A+D Gallery, Chicago; Pillow Talk: New Sculptures by Rafael E. Vera, Seerveld Gallery, Palos Heights, IL; Nothing Concrete, Bert Green Fine Art, Chicago; and the 23rd Evanston and Vicinity Biennial, Evanston, IL.
His work is commonly installation-based as well as two and three-dimensional and oftentimes collaborative. His latest drawings and sculptures search for those in-between spaces where void and the dividing line interact and coexist. They reference a limbo space that investigates his constant interest for the transition. Rafael E. Vera was born and raised in Maracaibo, Venezuela, and presently lives with his wife and two kids, in a house with a front porch, in the city of Chicago.
$30 | General Public, CAC Artist Members, and BOLT/HATCH/LAUNCH and FIELD/WORK Residents
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