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 side of Chicago by creating affordable studios in alternative spaces.
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LAUNCH Invitational Residency 2016
Jordan Martins is a Chicago based visual artist, curator, educator, and musician. He received his MFA in visual arts from the Universidade Federal da Bahia in Salvador, Brazil in 2007 and has been an instructor at North Park University since 2008. He co-founded the Comfort Music series in 2011, and is currently co-director of the Comfort Station, where he oversees general programming, gestates new projects, and coordinates partnerships with outside organizations and artists.
Amy Fleming is a fine art photographer exploring the paranormal, the uncanny, and the fear of the unknown with different types of film and darkroom techniques. Amy is currently completing a degree at Northern Illinois University.
Asia Saunders is a visual artist and graphic designer interested in the connection between art and technology. Asia is currently completing her degree at Chicago State University.
Brittany Nickels is a new media artist focused on nuance and human interaction. Brittany is currently completing her degree from the Time Arts program at Northern Illinois University.
Carlos Flores a visual artist interested in Autofiction and Autoconstrucción—the first being the literary genre and the latter a philosophy for construction—in order to explore how material decisions, and linguistics, function as agents for selfhood. Carlos is currently completing a degree at UIC.
Caroline Gerberick is a weaver and mix media artist interested in memory. Caroline is currently completing a degree at SAIC.
Emily Souers is a visual artist who works with both archival and biodegradable materials making each work dynamic and transformative. Emily is currently completing a degree at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Jennifer Fagan is a photographer and artist interested in the intersection of art, gender politics, and business. Jennifer is a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago.
Jennifer Tshab Her is a mixed media artist who uses her work to demonstrate the politics of displacement through her own experience as a first generation Hmong-American. Jennifer is currently completing her degree at UIC.
Jodi Robertson is a visual artist who draws inspiration from experiences and social interactions where my interpretations are impacted by her strict conservative religious upbringing. Jodi is currently completing a degree at Northern Illinois University.
Kanthy Peng is a photographer who creates half-documentary, half-fictional narratives to portray intimate relationships. Kanthy is a recent graduate of SAIC.
Lorenzo Conte is a visual artist interested in words and their arrangements. Lorenzo is currently completing a degree at the University of Chicago.
Marlo Koch is a visual artist interested in feminism and sex-positivity. Marlo is currently completing a degree at Columbia College and will pursue her MFA at UIC in the fall.
Michael Gross is an animator and image maker interested in humor. Michael is currently completing a degree at Northwestern University.
Pablo Andino is a visual artist interested in questioning and pushing the boundaries of abstraction. Pablo is currently completing a degree at SAIC.
Samantha Belden is a photographer who often uses people she is close with as her subject. Samantha is currently completing a degree at Columbia College.
Sistine Peterson is a fine art photographer interested in nostalgia and self reflection. Sistine is currently completing a degree at Northern Illinois University.
Steven Masnjak is a Chicago based visual artist interested in philosophy. Steven is currently completing his degree at Columbia College.
Sydney Shavers is an artist whose photographs, collages and films question the associations and assumptions connected to ascriptive identities such as race and gender. Sydney is currently completing a degree at University of Illinois at Chicago.
Timothy Erickson is a visual artist currently interested in the technique fumage. Timothy is a recent graduate from North Park University.
Yesenia Bello is a visual artist looking to illustrate the spectrum of urgent and desperate human instincts during attempts of connection and understanding. Yesenia is currently completing a degree at SAIC.
Amina Ross is a transdisciplinary artist based in Chicago. She is committed to creating spaces that foster thinking, conversation, growth and love. These ambitions manifested in the founding of 3rd Language, queer arts collective. Amina will be speaking on a panel exploring 4 examples of local artist-run programs.
Aram Han Sifuentes is a social practice fiber artist. She has exhibited her work at the Wing Luke Museum of Asian American Experience, Elmhurst Art Museum, Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum, and Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. She has also been awarded a 2016 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. Aram will be providing feedback on LAUNCH residents' newly created artist plans
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. Caroline will be speaking on a panel introducing residents to several different artists opportunities, including artists grants, residencies, MFA programs, and exhibitions.
D. Denenge Akpem is an AfroFuturist 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. D. Denenge will be speaking on a panel about how to structure your post-grad life and how to stay connected to your creative practice.
Damon Locks is a Chicago based visual artist, educator, vocalist/musician, and deejay. Damon will be speaking on a panel about how to structure your post-grad life and staying connected to your creative practice.
Dana is the Development Director for ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions), a volunteer-run nonprofit based in Chicago devoted to employing various systems of support for emerging artists. Dana will be speaking on a panel exploring 4 examples of local artist-run programs.
Edra Soto is a Chicagobased artist, educator, curator, and gallery director. Edra will be providing feedback on LAUNCH residents' newly created artist plans.
Gibran is an arts administrator 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 spaces as well as temporary public art projects. Gibran will be leading a workshop providing insight into best practices for writing about creative practices with an emphasis on artist statements, project descriptions, and grant proposals.
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. James will be speaking on various approaches to developing an authentic digital voice for artists and their creative practices.
Jason Kalajainen is the Executive Director of the Luminarts Cultural Foundation at the Union League Club of Chicago. Jason will discuss the Visual Arts Fellows program and other local opportunities supported by the organization for artists under the age 30.
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 presentations at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Roots and Culture. Jesse will be providing feedback on LAUNCH residents' newly created artist plans.
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. Julie will be speaking on best practices for organizing finances and how to simplify the tax process.
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 Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Kate will be leading a workshop on funding creative projects.
Kate Schutta is an artist, educator, and Co-Director of Career and Professional Experience at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Kate will be speaking on a panel introducing residents to several different artists opportunities, including artists grants, residencies, MFA programs, and exhibitions.
Lynn Basa is the founder of Corner, a neighborhood storefront gallery for artists who experiment with installations that intersect with daily life. Basa is the author of The Artist’s Guide to Public art based on a course she developed while teaching in the Sculpture department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Lynn will be leading a discussion on community building.
Matt Austin is an artist, educator, and publisher based in Chicago. He is the founder of The Chicago Perch, a creative platform for social exchange through cost-free learning opportunities. He is also a co-owner of Candor Arts, a design company and publisher. Matt will be speaking on a panel about how to structure your post-grad life and staying connected to your creative practice.
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. Patrice will be leading a workshop covering critical legal aspects, including choosing a business structure, creating a business entity, navigating & negotiating contracts, and common copyright issues.
Sara Slawnik is the Director of Programs at 3Arts, overseeing all programming, including the annual 3Arts Awards program, 3AP (3Arts Projects), residency fellowships, and other artist support initiatives. 3Arts advocates for women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities who work in the performing, teaching, and visual arts. Sara will be speaking on a panel introducing residents to several different artists opportunities, including artists grants, residencies, MFA programs, and exhibitions.
Teresa Silva is a writer, curator, and the Director of Exhibitions & Residencies with the Chicago Artists Coalition. She oversees BOLT Residency, HATCH Projects, and MAKER Grant. Teresa will be speaking on a panel introducing residents to several different artists opportunities, including artists grants, residencies, MFA programs, and exhibitions.