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About the Artists:
I will write this biography using 133 words but I won’t discover this number until I’m finished writing it. From this point forward he will speak in third person. Alberto Aguilar is a Chicago-based ___ist that uses whatever material is at hand to commemorate his exchanges and interactions. Aguilar’s work has been exhibited at the National Museum of Mexican ___, Museum of Contemporary ___ Chicago, Crystal Bridges Museum of American ___, the Queens Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum of ___, Minneapolis Institute of ___, and the ___ Institute of Chicago. He currently teaches studio ___ at Harold Washington College where he also coordinates Pedestrian Project, a program dedicated to making ___ more accessible and available. In order to create slight confusion, he omitted the word art wherever it appears in this bio with one exception.
Andrew Bearnot (MFA, University of Chicago) is a materialist: he thinks with and through the substance of things. Informed by a background in material science (BS, Brown University) and glass (BFA, Rhode Island School of Design), Bearnot explores moments of transcendence in the everyday. After completing his undergraduate degrees, Bearnot helped establish and coordinate the Brown/RISD Dual-Degree Program. He was awarded fellowships from Fulbright and the American-Scandinavian Foundation for research on glass-making traditions in Sweden and Denmark. While completing his MFA, Bearnot received a Graduate Collaboration Grant from the Arts, Science, & Culture Initiative for his ongoing project Molecular Movement. He is currently a Post-MFA teaching fellow at the University of Chicago and artist-in-residence at the Hyde Park Arts Center.
Manal Kara is a self-taught artist based in Chicago, IL and Gary, IN, working in various media including ceramics, video, installation, tattoo, drawing, and poetry.
Lou Mallozzi (b. 1957) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work often focuses on sound, language, and acousmatics. During his more than three decades of interdisciplinary arts practice, he has performed, exhibited, and broadcast in a number of venues in the US and Europe, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Arts Club Chicago, The Renaissance Society, Randolph Street Gallery Chicago, Podewil Berlin, TUBE Audio Art Series Munich, Bayersicher Rundfunk Munich, New American Radio, Experimental Intermedia New York, Ausland Berlin, Radiorevolten Festival Halle, Constellation Chicago, and many others.
Claire Sherman (b. 1981 Oberlin, OH) received her B.A. from The University of Pennsylvania and her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has completed residencies at the Terra Foundation for American Art, the MacDowell Colony, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, Yaddo, The Albers Foundation, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace program. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at DC Moore Gallery, NY; Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago; KMAC Museum, Louisville; Houldsworth Gallery, London; DCKT, New York; Aurobora, San Francisco; and Hof and Huyser Gallery, Amsterdam. Recent group exhibitions include the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland; Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; Suburban Riverwest, Milwaukee; Gallery Seomi, Seoul; The New Gallery, Austria; and the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY. Sherman is an Associate Professor and Art Department chair at Drew University in New Jersey and is represented by DC Moore Gallery in New York and Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago.
Edra Soto (b. Puerto Rico) is a Chicago-based artist, educator, curator, and co-director of the artist-run outdoor project space THE FRANKLIN. She obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000, as well as attending Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Beta-Local in Puerto Rico and the Robert Rauschenberg Residency Program in Captiva, Florida though a 3Arts Foundation Fellowship. Her work was featured at the 4th Poly/Graphic Triennial of San Juan and the Caribbean in Puerto Rico, Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space and the Hunter East Harlem Gallery, in New York. She co-curated the exhibition Present Standard at the Chicago Cultural Center with overwhelmingly positive reviews from the Chicago Tribune, Newcity, PBS The Art Assignment and Artforum. She was recently featured in Newcity’s annual Art 50 issue Chicago’s Artists’ Artists and at VAM Studio 2017 Influencers. Soto was awarded the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fel- lowship and the DCASE for Individual Artists from the City of Chicago. Recent venues presenting Soto’s work include: Sector 2337, The Arts Club of Chicago, the University Galleries at Illinois State University and Museo de la Universidad de Puerto Rico and the Pérez Art Museum Miami. Current and upcoming venues include: the DePaul Art Museum, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, (NE), Gallery 400 at UIC and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago among others. Residencies attended by Soto this year include: Project Row Houses in Houston, (TX), the Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, (WI), and the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, (CA). Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.
Fereshteh Toosi designs experiences using hybrid approaches that combine images, sounds, movement, and found materials. Fereshteh’s participatory art work takes many forms, ranging from oyster mushroom sculptures, films processed in mint tea and yeasts, and guided walks about lithium. Fereshteh studied at Oberlin College and Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art. She also holds a certificate in Environmental Urban Design from Archeworks in Chicago and is an active member of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides, the American Horticultural Therapy Association, and the National Association for Interpretation. Fereshteh is an Assistant Professor of Art at Florida International University in Miami, where she directs The Nature Connection Arts Lab, dedicated to exploring the connection between nonhuman and human health through contemplative art and creative research.