Andrea Coleman is an artist based in Chicago who utilizes the various medium of oils, acrylics paints, magazine clippings, fabric and digital prints. Inspired by her suburban upbringing, animation and various mural artists, her work currently investigates the interconnectedness of aura and narrative. Graduated with her BFA at Columbia College Chicago, she is currently a recent Finalist for the Luminarts Visual Foundation, an Idea Award recipient of the Art and Art Activism organization and Hollis Sigler Manifest Award winner. She is also currently an artist resident in Chicago Artist Coalition HATCH Projects.
Zakkiyyah Najeebah (b. 1991) is a Chicago based photographic artist, educator, and documentarian. She studied Art History and Black Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, which heavily informs her multidisciplinary practice. The aesthetic components and intersectional cultural advancements that are entirely unique to the black experience is a primary concern of hers.
Zakkiyyah uses photographic imagery to address the politics and aesthetic values of representation, inclusivity, black womanhood, family histories, and collective narratives. Often
her work takes place in the realm of portraiture, documentation, image-making, and educating. Although working primarily in photography, she has recently expanded into video and mixed
media to complicate her concerns. She is currently building a catalog that articulates current and past social concerns regarding black narratives and is exploring new methods of visual presentation.
Sadie Woods, aChicago native with a childhood steeped in performing and visual arts training, Sadie Woods has had an exciting career, showcasing her talents everywhere from academia to nightclubs, boutiques to museums. As an award winning artist, curator, and deejay, her practice includes sonic art and sound design, deejay performance, exhibition making, and collaborations within communities of difference.
Awards and residencies include: 3Arts Make A Wave grantee; 3Arts Artist Projects grantee; Ecole du Magasin Curatorial Program and Harald Szeemmann Independent Methodology
publication, Grenoble, FR; Hyde Park Art Center Program; ACRE Artist-In-Resident & Marwen Alumni Scholarship recipient; Arts + Public Life Resident Curator; Nichols Tower Homan Square
Resident Artist; High Concept Labs Sponsored Artist; Chicago Artists Coalition's HATCH Projects Resident Curator; Independent Curators International Collaborator, Dakar, SN & Joyce Foundation Scholarship recipient; Bemis Center for the Arts Artist-In-Residence program recipient; Terrain-Hatch Projects Resident Curator; Terrain Biennial Curator and Artist; Ragdale Foundation Artist-In-Residence. She has exhibited her work at Adds Donna; Chicago Cultural Center; Art NXT Level Projects, Zhou B Art Center; Compound Yellow; Washington Project for the Arts; The Submission; Roman Susan Gallery; Krasl Art Center. She has had featured curatorial projects at Special Exhibitions EXPO; Gene Siskel Fil Center Exhibition Program, among others.
Sadie is the co-founder of White Label DJs and The Petty Biennial. Sadie received her BA from Columbia College in Music and MFA from The School of the Art Institute in Sound. She is
currently a Resident DJ at The Kimpton Gray Hotel rooftop lounge Boleo and Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute.
Michael Curtis Asbill. MFA, 2017, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL. BFA, 2014, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX. Exhibitions: Rise from the Rubble, Weather the Winds: Fundraiser/Auction , Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, IL; SAIC MFA Show 2017 , Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL; In the Portfolios , Flaxman Library Special Collections, Chicago, IL. SofTactics , Cement Loop, Austin, TX. Collections: The Art Institute of Chicago.
Based in Chicago, IL, I maintain a socially motivated practice concerned with visualizing systems of influence and sharing stories relevant in the United States, today. Through a primarily photographic approach I explore concepts related to contemporary American landscapes by photographing networks of petroleum pipelines, baseball stadiums, and sites of historic trauma in the U.S.. My practice privileges photography because of its demonstrated
capacity to make central vantage points that are intentionally hidden and to make clear our current relationships with the earth, our legislative systems, and each other