Whitney Bradshaw is an artist, curator, teacher and social worker. She trained as an artist at Columbia College Chicago where she received an MFA in photography in 2001. While in school, Ms. Bradshaw taught at Columbia College and the School of the Art Institute in addition to working at the Museum of Contemporary Photography as the assistant registrar and curatorial assistant. She received 3 Weisman Scholarships and in 2001 was named one of the top 10 MFA Candidates and awarded the College Art Association Regional M.F.A Exhibition at Gallery 400 in the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2003, she had a solo exhibition at the International Museum of Surgical Science. Her photographs can be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography as well as numerous private collections, and have been published in the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. Ms. Bradshaw was formerly the assistant curator of the renowned LaSalle Bank Photography Collection and the curator of photography for the Bank of America Collection. As a curator, she developed more than 40 exhibitions, which have been loaned to museums and cultural centers throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. In addition, she has published a number of books and essays on the collection’s holdings and currently serves on the editorial board of the Columbia College Press. Prior to her graduate studies, Ms. Bradshaw attained a BA in Sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies from Eastern Illinois University. She has also worked, in various capacities, as a social worker across the city of Chicago. Her artwork can be viewed at www.whitneybradshaw.com.
Originally from North Florida, Kayce received her BA in Studio Art and a Minor in Music from Florida State University. She went on to earn her MFA from the Memphis College of Art in Tennessee before moving to Chicago in 2005. An interdisciplinary artist working in drawing, objects, video, and performance, she exhibits nationwide and performs locally. Her biggest project to date combined many of her creative interests to revisit the vaudevillian form. The Great Fire: A Traveling Truck Show toured Chicago neighborhoods in October 2012 with a moving truck as a pop-up stage, engaging audiences with a bit of Chicago history, storytelling, music, and other wackiness. Kayce has over 10 years experience as an arts and design educator working with students of all ages. She is the other half of musical project Jacques Hammer & Wanda Drug and curatorial/production experiment Good Stuff House. www.kaycebayer.com
Born in Denver, Colorado, Rebecca Beachy is a recipient of both an MFA in Studio Arts and an MA in Art History from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has taught at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and tutored students in art history, English and the humanities through Supplemental Instruction, Educational Endeavors and the LINK scholarship program. She is a member of the small staff of 8550OHIO (formerly Harold Arts), and is actively collaborating towards the development of a new Chicago residency for German artists through Chicago Sister Cities & Hamburg’s Department of Culture. She recently exhibited work in Hamburg’s Altona as a December/January resident of the FRISE Künstlerhaus. In Chicago, her ephemeral sculptures, interventions and installations have been exhibited at Iceberg Projects, 6018NORTH, the Southside Hub of Production, and Gallery 400, among other spaces. Her written work has been published with literary journal Puerto del Sol and will be included in the Center for Humans & Nature’s upcoming City Creatures. As a volunteer specimen preparator and educator, Beachy also demonstrates taxidermy to the public at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum for the Chicago Academy of Sciences, Department of Collections.
Emily Belknap examines boundaries in landscape using an interdisciplinary approach that includes drawing, sculpture and installation. In her current body of work, Backyard Dilemmas, she explores the paradoxical nature of landscapes in transition. Belknap received an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013, where she earned the Chazen Prize for an Outstanding MFA candidate. She received a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2007. This year Belknap was selected for the Mary Nohl Fellowship Award in Milwaukee. Her exhibition history includes solo exhibitions at the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison in 2013, the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center in Brookfield in 2010 and the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend in 2009. Her upcoming Mary Nohl Fellowship exhibition will open in October of 2015. Belknap is passionate about encouraging students to examine their surroundings as they develop their sculptural skills. She has taught a broad range of subjects and levels from introductory sculpture to undergraduate senior interdisciplinary thesis. www.emilysbelknap.com
A native of Buffalo, NY, Megan Greene graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame in 1998, receiving the Emil Jacques Gold Medal of Fine Art and the Mabel Mountain Award for Achievement in Painting. She earned an MFA degree from Rutgers University in 2002 and was awarded the Dean Bettenbender Memorial Performance Award. Prior to moving to Chicago, she lived in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Auckland, New Zealand on a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. Ms. Greene is represented by Regards in Chicago and Kinz Tillou Fine Art in New York. Her work is held in the permanent collections of the Albright Knox Art Gallery and the Burchfield Penney Art Center as well as numerous private collections. She is also the mother of twin toddler girls.
Chris Lin is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago, working in media including films, books, puppetry, music, and installation. Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, he moved to British Columbia, Canada and received his BFA with honor from University of Victoria in 2005. After relocating to Chicago, Mr. Lin pursued an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and graduated in 2008. His exhibition history includes Contemporary Art Workshop, Eel Space, and OP Shop in Chicago, Verge Art Fair in New York, Deluge Contemporary Art and 50/50 Arts Collective in Victoria, BC, and Atlantic Centre for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL. His visual art and short stories has been published in Fiction At Work and Balliwik. Mr. Lin is the co-founder and collaborative director at Good Stuff House, a performance and publishing art collaborative, and the founding member and ukulele player of the folk-thrash-hop duo Hannis Pannis. www.cardboardish.com
Kera MacKenzie is an interdisciplinary artist who works with moving images, photography, sets, installations, performance and live broadcasts. She has screened and exhibited her work at spaces including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival, MassArt Film Society (Boston), Aurora Picture Show (Houston), High Desert Test Sites (New Mexico), The Luminary (St Louis) and the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago Underground Film Festival, and Links Hall (all Chicago). She received her MFA in Moving Image from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013. Additionally, Kera is a Founding Co-Director of ACRE TV, an artist-made livestreaming tele-vision network (ACRETV.org), an educator, and a recent recipient of a UIC/UofC/SAIC Consortium Fellowship for the trans-disciplinary program Field Trip / Field Notes / Field Guide. keramackenzie.com
A son of several places, Devin Mawdsley is proud to call Chicago home. He is a painter and a drawer who received his B.A. at the College of William and Mary in Chinese and an M.F.A in Studio Painting from Indiana University. He has experience in the visual arts, including drawing and digital photography, as well as language instruction, both Chinese and English. His recent exhibition history includes the Momenta Art Gallery in New York, Buy Art Not People in Chicago, as well as the Department of State, Art in Embassies program (Suva). You can find his work at www.devinmawdsley.com/.
Eileen Mueller studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art and later received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been a resident of the Wassaic Project and ACRE and is the recipient of the Fred Endsley Memorial Fellowship, and the World Less Travelled Grant. Eileen has shown at Higher Pictures in New York, NY; The Pitch Project in Milwaukee, WI; OSU Urban Arts Space in Columbus, OH; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Elmhurst Art Museum, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Iceberg Projects, Roots and Culture Community Arts Center, Sullivan Galleries, Woman Made Gallery, David Weinberg Gallery and Johalla Projects in Chicago, IL. Her work is published in Phantoms In the Dirt and the The Great Refusal: Taking on New Queer Aesthetics as well as the online publications, The Swap, SoftSpot, I Heart Photograph, MakeSpace, and Don & Dean. Eileen is one half of GURL DON’T BE DUMB which has curated shows and performances across the Midwest, produced collaborative work, and published the show catalogue WEIRD DUDE ENERGY. A former board member and co-founder of LATITUDE, Eileen has worked to activate Chicago’s artist community through organizing workshops, lectures, and panel discussions within a publicly accessible studio space. She has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with the Early College Program and has spent several summers assistant teaching at Ox-Bow School of Art.
Celeste Rapone was born and raised in Wayne, NJ. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2007, where she majored in Illustration. Following her BFA, Rapone attended a residency in Painting and Mixed Media at The School of Visual Arts in New York and was awarded an artist fellowship with Phoenix Gallery, also in New York. After practicing as an artist in Brooklyn for two years, Rapone moved to Chicago where she received her MFA and was the recipient of the 2013 Teaching Fellowship from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the department of Painting and Drawing. Rapone’s work has been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Michigan, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. She has spoken on panels at both The School of Visual Arts and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and her work has been featured in New American Paintings, Make/Shift Magazine, CMYK, and The Georgia Review. www.celesterapone.com
Jen Thomas is a book artist, printmaker, educator, and designer based in Chicago, Illinois. She earned her B.F.A. in Communication Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University; studied printmaking at Plymouth University, Exeter, England; and completed her M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago. In 2012, Jen founded werkspace, a gallery and community arts space dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging artists, while also offering workshops focusing on book arts and printmaking. Jen’s artist’s books, sculptural board games, prints, and drawings have been exhibited nationally and have won several awards. Her work is also part of the permanent collection at the Kinsey Institute. When she’s not drawing medical anomalies, wigs, or taxidermied animals, Jen also teaches undergraduate courses within DePaul University’s School of Design. www.jenthomasprojects.com