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LAUNCH Invitational Residency 2017

Artist Leaders

Jordan Martins

Jordan Martins is a Chicago based visual artist, curator, educator, and musician. He is the director of Comfort Station, collaborates on programming with the Salvador-based Projeto Ativa, and curates visual art at Elastic Arts.

Selina Trepp

Selina Trepp is an artist whose work explores economy and improvisation through combining installation, drawing, painting, and sculpture to create intricate setups for photos and videos. In addition to the studio-based work, Selina is active in the experimental music scene collaborating with a multitude of musicians, and as one half of Spectralina, her audiovisual collaboration with Dan Bitney.

Artist Residents

Adam R. Cipcic

Adam Cipcic is a visual artist whose work engages with memories of loss through alchemical approaches and visual artifacts. Adam is currently completing his degree at the University of Illinois - Chicago.

Brock Pieper

Brock Pieper is an artist whose work uses drawing to explore the fears and afflictions that bind human psyches. Brock is currently completing his degree at Northern Illinois University.

Cassandra Meek

Cassandra Meek is an artist whose work explores the erratic, unpredictable natures of subjectivity, the ego and ontology through art objects, photographs and moving images. Cassandra is currently finishing her degree at at Columbia College Chicago.

Charlotte Mukahirn

Charlotte Mukahirn is a visual artist whose work focuses on subjects of imagination, dreams and horror through the use of both traditional and digital media. Charlotte is currently completing her degree at DePaul University.

Emily Wittke

Emily Wittke is a visual artist whose work focuses on figurative elements. Emily is currently completing her degree at Northern Illinois University.

Erin Gregory

Erin Gregory is an artist interested in traditional narrative, experimental film, video art and installation. Erin is expecting to complete her degree next year at Northwestern University.

Faith Zamble

Faith Zamble is a mixed media artist whose work explores the delicate balance between perception and reality. She is currently completing her degree at North Park University.

Gabriel Corona

Gabriel Corona is a visual artist whose work uses multiple forms of image making, such as painting and digital work, to explore different facets of identity. Gabriel is expecting to finish his degree next year at Northwestern University.

Gwen Seol

Gwen Seol is a visual artist interested in exploring the boundary between digital technology and painting. Gwen is currently completing her degree at the University of Chicago.

Henry Voellmecke

Henry Voellmecke is an artist and printmaker whose work explores formalism through site-specific installation, printmaking, and the use of minimal forms of line, shape and pattern. Henry is currently completing his degree at Columbia College Chicago.

Jaimie Feathers

Jaimie Feathers is a visual artist whose work explores the duality of chaos and perfection through paintings and screen prints. Jaimie is currently completing her degree at Northern Illinois University.

Jeanette Habash

Jeanette Habash is a painter interested in the human figure and questions of the Palestinian experience. Jeanette is currently completing her degree at North Park University.

Jireh L. Drake

Jireh L. Drake is a mixed media artist, drawer and sculptor whose work operates within conversations of Blackness and systems of power and aims to critically engage viewers with ideas around race. Jireh is currently completing their degree at DePaul University.

Kianna Davis

Kianna Davis is an artist whose work centers around the emotions and parallels shared between her and her twin sister. Kianna is currently completing her degree at Northern Illinois University.

Liliana Alfaro

Liliana Alfaro is a photographer whose current work functions to help represent immigrants in the United States and pay tribute to Latina womanhood and femininity. Liliana is currently completing her degree at Columbia College Chicago.

Marco Bustamante

Marco Bustamante is a designer whose process of design engages with what he sees to be visually interesting and efficient. Marco is currently completing his degree at Chicago State University.

Marie Damien

Marie Damien is a printmaker whose work explores the association of pain with meeting ideal beauty standards. Marie is currently completing her degree at Northern Illinois University.

Martha Morimoto

Martha Morimoto is an artist whose work observes various contextualizations of objects and functional structures through the language of sculpture and digital imaging. Martha is currently completing her degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Maya Sato

Maya Sato is an artist who works primarily in drawing and printmaking to draw upon own her lived experiences, especially from childhood and the home. Maya is currently completing her degree at DePaul University.

Meimei Song

Meimei Song is an artist who uses sculpture installation, technology, live plants and social media to draw attention to the unresolved entanglement between technology and ecological crisis. Meimei completed her degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Melissa Anthony

Melissa Anthony is a visual artist who creates for the pleasure of herself and others. Her creations are artifacts of space and time, and are often embodied as prints, paintings, custom sneakers and drawings. She is currently completing her degree at Chicago State University.

Nadine Abdelrahim

Nadine Abdelrahim is an artist who uses sculpture, video, installation and text to explore the idea of being an individual within a community and the way the collective individual sees themselves as something bigger. Nadine is currently completing her degree at the University of Illinois - Chicago.

Oscar Chavez

Oscar Chavez is an artist who works with performance and painting to explore his place in the larger conversation that is art history and the events that have led up to the current sociopolitical moment. Oscar is currently completing his degree at the University of Illinois - Chicago.

Ye Seom Ahn

Ye Seom Ahn is a multidisciplinary artist primarily working with fiber materials. Her work explores the idea of labor, the practicality of architectural space and daily products. She completed her degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Guest Speakers

Aay Preston-Myint

Aay Preston-Myint is an artist, printmaker, and educator based in Chicago, USA. In addition to their own work in interdisciplinary media, they are a founder of No Coast, serve as a DJ and organizer for Chances Dances, and are editor-in-chief of an online and print journal called Monsters and Dust. Aay will be speaking on a panel about the importance of making art in today's social, cultural and political climate.

Brandon Alvendia

Brandon Alvendia is a Chicago-based artist, independent curator, and educator. He is also the founder of multiple Chicago alternative spaces, including artLedge, BEN RUSSELL, The Storefront, and art-publishing house Silver Galleon Press. Brandon will be speaking on a panel providing advice for emerging artists.

Chad Kouri

Chad Kouri lives and works in Chicago where he maintains a studio art and design practice and actively participates in the thriving art community while also working as a co-founder and member of The Post Family. Chad will be speaking on a panel about sustaining a creative practice after school and building a community outside of academia.

D. Denenge Akpem

D. Denenge Akpem is an Afro-Futurist space sculptor, performance artist, designer, writer, and educator. She is a ten-year veteran professor and a Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, in the Low-Residency MFA Program and the founder of Denenge Design+Studio Verto. D. Denenge will be speaking on a panel providing advice for emerging artists.

Dana Bassett

Dana Bassett 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. She also contributes to the Bad at Sports podcast and manages their blog. Dana will be leading a workshop on writing winning proposals.

Edra Soto

Edra Soto is a Chicago-based artist, educator, curator, and gallery director. With her husband Dan Sullivan, she designed and fabricated THE FRANKLIN, an outdoor project space that they co-direct. Edra will be speaking on a panel providing advice for emerging artists.

Emanuel Aguilar

Emanuel Aguilar is a gallerist and independent curator living and working in Chicago, IL. He is the founder of PATRON Gallery and currently serves on the board of ACRE Residency. Emanuel will be speaking on a panel providing advice for emerging artists.

J. Gibran Villalobos

J. Gibran Villalobos is an administrator, curator, and art historian. He currently serves on the Auxiliary Board for the National Museum of Mexican Art and on the executive board for The Association of American Culture (TAAC). He is also a faculty lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Arts Administration & Policy and the Public Programs and Partnership Manager at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. J. Gibran will be leading a group critique on artists statements.

Jefferson Godard

Jefferson Godard is a founder and director of Aspect/Ratio, a video and performance based commercial gallery. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago in both the Art and Art History and Design departments. Jefferson will be speaking on a panel providing advice for emerging artists.

Jessica Pierotti

Jessica Pierotti is an interdisciplinary artist, photographer, and educator. She works as the Executive Director for the non-profit LATITUDE Chicago and as an Instructor in the Photography Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Jessica will be speaking on a panel about sustaining a creative practice after school and building a community outside of academia.

Kate Dumbleton

Kate Dumbleton is an Assistant Professor of Arts Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and 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 discussion on finding purpose in one's practice and creative profession and on the arts ecosystem.

Matt Austin

Matt Austin is an artist, educator, and publisher based in Chicago. He is the owner of Candor Arts and teaches in the Continuing Studies department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently working on several publications including a book of his own photographs, writing, and conducted interviews. Matt will be speaking on a panel discussing the importance of making art in today's social, cultural and political climate.

Rashayla Marie Brown

Artist-scholar Rashayla Marie Brown (RMB) manages a living studio practice across an extensive list of cultural production modes, including photography, performance, writing, drawing, installation, and video art. RMB currently serves as the inaugural Director of Student Affairs for Diversity and Inclusion at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), fostering queer Afrofeminist narratives across institutions. RMB will be speaking on a panel discussing the importance of making art in today's social, cultural and political climate.

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. Rhonda teaches art and writing and leads personal development, journaling, and wellness workshops in schools and art spaces in and around Chicago. Rhonda will be leading a workshop on self-care and wellness practices for emerging artists.

Spudnik Press

Spudnik Press Cooperative is a community-based art center located in a warehouse-turned-arts hub in West Town, Chicago. Unique in their dedication to printmaking and the cultural traditions surrounding print, the studio houses professional facilities and rare equipment for a wide variety of traditional print processes and fine art publishing. Spudnik Press will be speaking on a panel about sustaining a creative practice after school and building a community outside of academia.