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Office Hours: Portfolio Review at the 2017 Self Employment in the Arts Conference

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:15pm

Office Hours: Portfolio Review is an opportunity for artists to meet with curators from the HATCH Projects Residency at the 2017 Self Employment in the Arts Conference.

One-on-one portfolio reviews last 25 minutes and provide a platform to discuss a range of issues of interest to working artists, including:

  • Feedback on artwork
  • Preparing for exhibitions
  • Pursuing professional opportunities
  • And more!

Learning Objectives

  • 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.

HATCH Curators

Alexandria Eregbu is a conceptual artist. Her practice often takes shape in the form of educator, curator, and programmer.  Alexandria’s concerns frequently address visibility, family, locality, and mobility. Her work tends to insert itself at the axis of personal experience and myth—usually reliant upon the collection of artifacts, material culture, and an attentiveness to current and historical events.

Alexandria has been featured in a range of exhibitions including Weinberg/Newton Gallery, the Arts Incubator in Washington Park, Hyde Park Art Center, Woman Made Gallery, Nightingale Cinema, Roots + Culture, and The Franklin Outdoor in Chicago, IL; The Luminary in St. Louis; Milwaukee Art Museum in Milwaukee, WI; Distillery Gallery in Boston, MA; and Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY. She was a recipient of the Propeller Fund Grant (2013) and an Individual Artist Grant from Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (2015). She has received fellowships as Resident Curator with HATCH Projects (2013-14); Public Studio Artist in Residence at the Chicago Cultural Center (2015); Resident Artist at the Stony Island Arts Bank and the Center for Afrofuturist Studies (2016). Most recently, Alexandria was highlighted in Time Out Chicago (2016) and listed in Newcity’s “Breakout Artists: Chicago’s Next Generation of Image Makers” (2015). She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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 theories of intersectional feminisms. They are currently the Residency Coordinator at the Hyde Park Art Center and the Conference Manager at Third Coast International Audio Festival. They received their BA in Art History and Women’s Studies from California State University, Fullerton and their MA in Arts Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Erin Toale is a curator, writer and artist. 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 Moore College of Art and Design in 2006. She has worked for a variety of non-profits, galleries and research centers including the Seattle Art Museum, the Rebuild Foundation, the Social Impact of the Arts Project, the Society for Contemporary Art, and the Sullivan Galleries at the Art Institute of Chicago. She recently completed both the HATCH Projects Curatorial Residency at the Chicago Artists Coalition and the Center Program at the Hyde Park Art Center. She makes art about buildings, words, and people, and is a Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

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 issues of social justice in partnership with nonprofit organizations. In two years, she organized seven exhibitions with programming for international and grassroots organizations, including “Soul Asylum” for Human Rights Watch, and “Try Youth As Youth” for the ACLU of Illinois. Meg also likes dark things. Her artworks express a fascination with morbidity, the material of memorialization and ritual, and celebrations of the macabre under late capitalism. She received a BA in Photography from Columbia College of Chicago in 2013.

Self Employment in the Arts

Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) is a program geared toward helping emerging visual, performing, literary, and media artists gain the resources and connections they need to be successful self-employed artists.​ The Annual Conference includes keynote presentations, artist-led sessions, panel discussions, one-on-one mentoring sessions, round table discussions, and workshops. There are also performances, a juried college art competition, improved idea pitch competition for artists, and late night activity rooms.  For educators, there are also sessions and opportunities to share best practices.


Hilton Hotel - Lisle, IL (Chicago suburb)

3003 Corporate W Drive


PLEASE NOTE! Office Hours: Portfolio Review at SEA is produced in conjunction with the Self Employment in the Arts Annual Conference. In order to reserve an appointment with a HATCH Curator, you must also register for the SEA conference. One- and two-day passes are available at discounted rates until February 1, 2017. For additional details, visit the SEA site at

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Photo: Jessica Pierotti