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.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and in Biology from Lake Forest College, Stearns began working at THE MISSION in 2012. Exploring distinctive cultural, social and historical contexts, THE MISSION advocates for artists that shape, inform and challenge contemporary art across media
and genres. THE MISSION has been featured in ARTFORUM, Art in America, Hyperallergic and art ltd., and has facilitated the acquisition of artist's works into numerous museum, corporate and private collections.Dedicated to supporting artistic experimentation and forging new exchanges between artists and audiences, THE MISSION began THE SUBMISSION in 2012. Located below the main gallery, THE SUBMISSION is a noncommercial, sitespecific exhibition space dedicated to the development of artists living and working in Chicago. THE SUBMISSION was created to foster the investigation of new ideas and artistic processes and to facilitate an exchange between artists and the community.