Visiting Artist Program
Jeffly Gabriela Molina is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist from Táchira, Venezuela. She moved to the US in 2007 and lived in Miami for four years, where she attended the New World School of the Arts. In 2011, Molina transferred to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she graduated with a BFA in 2013 and an MFA in 2016. In addition to participating in multiple group and solo exhibitions, she has undertaken two permanent public sculpture commissions in Miami. Recent solo exhibitions include “Fragments of an Imaginary Home” at The Weather Station in Lafayette, Indiana, and “De Madeira y Aire” at Galeria Enrique Guerrero in Mexico City. She has been awarded an Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Driehaus Museum, the AAF/Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts, a Carol Becker’s Dean Grant, and a John W. Kurtich scholarship.
Artist Talk Archives
Trina May Smith, Artist - March 15, 2023
Trina May Smith grew up in Missoula Montana, where the landscape imprinted a lasting impression that repeatedly finds its way into her paintings. She received her BFA in Painting from the University of Washington in Seattle and her MFA in 2D Studio Art from the University of Wisconsin Madison.
Reflections on navigating the literal and conceptual complexities of the social landscape are at the heart of Trina’s work. The warped and altered reality of the current times shapes the decisions in her paintings with an ever-evolving response.
Trina has been in many group and solo shows across the United States including exhibitions in Brooklyn NY, Chicago, Washington DC, and Seattle. She has shown at Tory Folliard and Abel Contemporary galleries as well as being invited to show at institutions such as the Wright Museum in Wisconsin, Maine College of the Arts in Maine, Mount Mary University in Wisconsin, and Monmouth College in Illinois. Trina is an Assistant Professor in Painting at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Violet Luczak, Artist - November 30, 2022
Based in Chicago, Violet Luczak holds her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and her BA from Elmhurst University. Luczak is a current Chicago Art Department Resident and was previously a 2020 Talking Dolls Resident in Detroit, Michigan.
Luczak has shown at various spaces, including, but not limited to, Jackson Junge Gallery, Cleve Carney Museum of Art, St. Louis Artist Guild, WomanMade Gallery, Hyde Park Art Center, Wasserman Projects, DragonFLY Gallery, Mercedes-Benz, Ann Arbor Art Center, Marriott W Hotel, and the Fulton Street Collective. Luczak recently debuted her first solo show, An Udder Disaster, at Talking Dolls in Detroit, MI, in 2020. She has been published in New American Paintings, No. 147 MFA Annual Issue, Young Space, and It’s Nice That.
Luczak currently serves as a faculty member at McHenry County College.
Daniel Ramos, Artist - October 19, 2022
Daniel Ramos is a current NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow for Photography and was awarded the 2022 Sprouting Spaces residency by Clementina Arts Foundation in Connecticut. He was the 2021-2022 fellow at NXTHVN in New Haven, Connecticut; Artist-In-Residence at Light Work, Syracuse, NY, in June 2021; and held the 2020-2021 Pollock-Krasner Residency at ISCP in Brooklyn, NY. In March 2020, Daniel completed the Spring International Artist-In-Residence program at Artpace in San Antonio, Texas. He taught photography at Texas State University during the fall 2020 semester and was awarded the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize in 2018. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. Daniel and his wife, Kristina, and their son, Max, live in New York City.
Learn more about Daniel Ramos by visiting danielramosphoto.com.
Kent Henderson, Graphic Designer - April 27, 2022
Graphic designer Kent Henderson will present his design work as he walks us through his entire design process from start to finish! Kent is a printmaker, designer and photographer. He currently operates Depression Press, a letterpress studio. Kent’s favorite color is Goldenrod and his preferred typeface is Futura.
Hope Wang, Artist - February 16, 2022
Hope Wang is a Chicago-based artist, arts facilitator, and poet. She hosts and operates LMRM, a floor loom rental studio for Chicago fiber artists. Wang is also a co-organizer of Chicago Textile Week 2019 and 2021, Chicago's first textile exposition featuring a week-long program of events highlighting work spanning interiors, architecture, fine arts, and fashion. She received her BFA (2018) from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a 2021 recipient of the gener8tor Art Accelerator Program Grant. She has attended the Digital Weaving Lab Residency at Praxis Fiber Workshop; The Weaving Mill WARP Residency; and Spudnik Press Cooperative Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited at MU Gallery (Chicago, IL); Savannah Center Gallery for Contemporary Arts (Gary, IN); Friend of a Friend Gallery (Denver, CO); Chicago Art Department (Chicago, IL); Sullivan Galleries (Chicago, IL); and Zhou B Art Center (Chicago, IL), amongst others.
Learn more about Hope by visiting www.hopewang.com
Graphics Arts Panel - November 8, 2021
Originally hailing from Nashville, TN, Andy, and Alexis graduated from Watkins College of Art in 2010. Andy spent two years at Anderson Design Group before moving to Chicago and becoming the first hire for a specialized design and illustration team at the ad agency Digitas.
The pair founded Studio Super in 2015, with Andy serving as principle creative and Alexis providing concepting, project management, and content creation. Studio Super produces beautiful, unique client work with a strong emphasis on baroque illustration and playful design to tell their clients’ stories as meaningfully as possible. When needed, they also leverage a broad network of creatives in Chicago and beyond to dynamically tailor their talents to the needs of each client.
Studio Super clients: Grubhub, PlayStation, Pepsi, Microsoft, Beck, Cards Against Humanity, Taco Bell, and many more.
Learn more about Andy Gregg | Studio Super by visiting studiosuper.zone/about
Nick Adam is design principal at Span. Nick has over 18 years of experience in directing and designing across all mediums, industries, and organization sizes. From civic leaders to visionary startups and cultural communities Nick’s design background spans the arts and culture, civic and public, entertainment, financial and investment, food and drink, and non-profit sectors. Beyond design making, Nick has led identity, print, digital, environmental, experiential projects, teams, presentations, work sessions, and public town halls that involve governments, multi-community groups, Fortune 500’s, and businesses small and large.
Span clients: Ross Barney Architects, Railyrd, Manual Cinema, Taste of Chicago, Hot Chi, the School of the Art Institute, AIA Chicago, and many more.
Learn more about Nick Adam by visiting span.studio
Wes Larsen is a faculty of Design and Visual Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts, as well as a designer and artist. Projects include identities, websites, posters, prints, publications, and installation.
Lindsey Larsen is an artist, curator, and self-conscious self-publisher. Her work appropriates tools and methodologies from both art and design to explore the world, our social interactions, and the systems that we create and participate in.
Chris Bradley, Artist - April 14, 2021
Chris Bradley, born in 1982, is an artist based in Chicago. He has recently presented his work in solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Shane Campbell Gallery, Roberto Paradise, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Raleigh, and has been included in group shows at The Renaissance Society, Atlanta Contemporary, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the NRW-Forum, and the Elmhurst Art Museum. He received his MFA degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. In 2014, he was included in the Modern Painters magazine feature “25 Artists to Watch.”
In 2017, he was the recipient of the Meier Achievement Award. In addition to his studio practice, he is an instructor of sculpture at both SAIC and the University of Chicago. Over the past two decades, Bradley has developed a sculptural language around representation, poetics of ordinary subjects, trompe l’oeil techniques, and exhibition as a site for the imagination. He aims to use this creative language to encourage his audience to practice the suspension of disbelief as a method for reconsidering and understanding this shared common world.
Learn more about Chris by visiting chrisbradley.us.
Jenny Drumgoole, Artist - October 21, 2020
Jenny Drumgoole is a Philadelphia artist who inserts herself into marginal spaces for pseudo-celebrity within popular culture. Her most recent video-based performance work involves the artist physically and virtually infiltrating competitive events with subversive art actions that question our obsessions with celebrity, desire, and the limits and illusions of individuality in popular culture. A discussion of her work appears in the Companion to Public Art, Wiley-Blackwell Press (2016). Drumgoole received her MFA in photography from the Yale School of Art in 2006 and currently lives in Philadelphia.
Learn more about Jenny by visiting jennydrumgoole.com.
Ryan Duggan, Artist - April 29, 2020
Ryan Duggan is an illustrator and printmaker working in Chicago, Illinois. He started making concert posters and art prints in 2006, first under the name Drug Factory Press. Duggan’s work is characterized by a palette of muted primary colors and hand-drawn imagery and typography reminiscent of midcentury America. His list of music and design clients includes Childish Gambino, The 1975, Leon Bridges, John Prine, Courtney Barnett, Bulleit Bourbon, Virtue Cider, The Chicago Bears, The Chicago Fire, Vans Footwear and more.
Learn more about Ryan by visiting ryanduggan.com.
Brad VandenBerg, Graphic Designer - November 20, 2019
Have you ever wondered what it takes to pursue a career in visual arts? Join us as Chicago-based graphic designer Brad VandenBerg explains his origins as a professional designer and showcases his process for creating meaningful, authentic artwork for brands across the nation.
With 15 years of experience in logo design, graphic creation, illustration, and art direction, Brad will answer your questions about what it's like to be a graphic designer and discuss his journey in this exciting career path. Brad's clients include Miller Lite, AB InBev, HP, Billabong, and Audiotree, as well as several brand activation campaigns in the world of gaming.
Learn more about Brad by visiting www.bradvandenberg.com