(773) 442-4910
Kim Ambriz standing outdoors next to a brown horse
Kim
Ambriz
Associate Professor; Department Chairperson
Art + Design
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-4921
Expertise
All areas of printmaking taught with a focus on screenprinting, monoprint, monotype and lithography. Experimental approaches to printmaking and hand bookbinding are also covered during advanced courses.
Courses Taught
Printmaking I
Printmaking II
Printmaking III
Printmaking IV
WIP: Professional Practices
Research Interests
Kim’s prints and drawings (and hybrids of the two) are informed by and reference the formats of pictorial histories, maps, manuscripts and chronicles, especially those of ancient Aztec codices and Plains Indian ledger drawings. Her current work extracts and re-contextualizes parts of stories, characters, symbols and settings found in Mexican texts and myths, such as the Popol Vuh and the Mexican zodiac, and gives special attention to ancient funerary customs and their connection to various journeys and trials encountered in the underworld.
Education

Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking, University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, Iowa City, IA

Master of Arts in Printmaking, University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, Iowa City, IA

Bachelor of Arts in Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

Selected Exhibitions

Trace + Gestures, Grey Matter Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Trace + Gestures, Proyecto ‘Ace, Dialogo Space/Central Hall, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Desaturate2, Living Room Gallery, Chicago, IL

Transformation, Grand Rapids Museum of Art, Grand Rapids, MI

Drawing Resurfaced, Purdue University Galleries, West Lafayette, IN

dis/connections, Dubhe Carreño Gallery, Chicago, IL

Process and Practice, Fine Arts Center Gallery, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL

Refugee Reading Room (The Moving Crew), Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA

The Moving Crew: Ideal X, Culturing Community, Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, IA

The Yield, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL

The Moving Crew: Transfer-mation, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI

Transformation: Artist/Scientist Collaborations, Rochester Contemporary, Rochester, NY

Additional Information

Artist Residency, CBPA/ Anchor Graphics, The Moving Crew, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

Artist Residency, Jentel Artist Residency Program, Banner, WY

Artist Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Chicago Community Arts Assistance Grant (CAAP), Chicago, IL

Artist-in-Residence, FugScreens Studio, Chicago, IL

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Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-4921
Office Hours
By appointment
Main Campus
Dubhe Carreno
Dubhe
Carreño
Instructor, Ceramics
Art + Design
College of Arts and Sciences
Expertise
Dubhe Carreño’s expertise include teaching functional and sculptural ceramics for 20 years, curating at Dubhe Carreño Gallery for 10 years (2002-2012) and running her own ceramics studio, This Quiet Dust Ceramics, as a designer and maker of ceramic functional objects.
Courses Taught
Studio experiences : Ceramics
Ceramics I
Ceramics II
Ceramics III
Ceramics IV
Research Interests
Dubhe Carreño’s ceramic work is designed and handcrafted to offer perfectly simple forms inspired by a minimalist aesthetic and the colors and textures found in nature. Forms are intentionally irregular highlighting the presence of the artist’s hand, which honors the clay’s voice as an active participant and collaborator in the process of creating each individual form. Dubhe’s work aims to celebrate the simplicity and beauty of everyday rituals by enhancing the experience of holding a warm cup of tea or serving sliced peaches in a porcelain bowl.
Education

Master of Fine Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

Selected Exhibitions

Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, DC (postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19)

AMERICAN CRAFT EXPOSTION, Botanic Gardens, Glencoe, IL

ONE OF A KIND, Chicago, IL

NY NOW,  New York, NY

Studio 6F, Sedimentary, Chicago, IL

Kevin Reilly Collection, Dubhe Carreño Ceramics, Chicago, IL

Additional Information

Commission for plates for 432 Park Avenue Restaurant NYC (Chef Shawn Hergatt)

Commission for plates for Dovetail Restaurant, NYC (Chef John Fraser)

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Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
By appointment.
Main Campus
David Criner
David
Criner
Instructor, Drawing and Painting
Art + Design
College of Arts and Sciences
Expertise
In his recent work, David Criner explores both visual and musical mediums, in pursuit of an aesthetic which celebrates the present moment of life and consciousness.
Courses Taught
Studio Experiences: Painting
Painting I
Painting II
Painting III
Painting IV
Research Interests
David Criner’s new large abstractions sees the artist revisiting themes from his student days, when you can imagine it was easier to look at the world eyes agog, reveling in the vastness laid before us. Decades later, Criner continues to revel, to celebrate the lean likelihood that is the existence of life in our known universe, the oddity that is consciousness amidst stardust and rubble. Consistent throughout Criner’s work is the sense of celebratory optimism and physical energy. If these paintings are a celebration of the rarity of human consciousness, Criner’s studio is a party for the cerebral.
-Damien James
Education

Master of Fine Arts, Painting, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL

Selected Exhibitions

Awake, St. Xavier University Gallery, Chicago, IL

Living Proof, Susan O. Ahern Gallery, Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, For du Lac, WI

Free Space, A+C Architects, Skokie, IL

The Works of David Criner, The Cramer Home, Minneapolis, MN

Among the Lost and Found, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI

Forget Everything You Know, Firecat Projects, Chicago, IL

Sentience, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL

Additional Information

Commisioned work for J. Gralton, Clearwater Industries, Milwaukee, WI

Music album release of Sun Cycle, DCKM, and The Journey

Numerous artist talks/musical performances

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Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Fall 2020 Virtual Office Hours
Tuesday and Thursday: 2:30-3:15 p.m.
Main Campus
Katie Duffy
KT
Duffy
Assistant Professor, Art + Tech
Art + Design
College of Arts and Sciences
Expertise
KT Duffy is an interdisciplinary artist who is interested in using video, electronics and code as materials. Duffy’s expertise include digital fabrication, physical computing, interactive art and design, code as material, HTML, CSS, JavaSCript, projection mapping, animation, and plotter drawing.
Courses Taught
Art + Tech I
Web Design
Multimedia Design
Research Interests
KT Duffy creates carnal and colorful transmedia mashups that protrude outside of easy definition and circle cheekily around deep issues of humanity. Duffy’s interest in emerging technologies and their relationship to the evolution of the human animal is what drives their practice. Duffy references a variety of bio/natural forms, looking for pattern mimicry in both macro and microorganisms and systems. Gliding between moving image, sculpture, digital fabrication, interaction and design, Duffy is drawn simultaneously to the earnest and the absurd, circling cheekily around deep issues of humanity and searching steadfast for connection, meaning and purpose.
Education

Master of Fine Arts, Interdisciplinary Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

Bachelor of Arts, Digital Art and Design, Loras College, Dubuque, IA

Bachelor of Arts, Social Work, Loras College, Dubuque, IA

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

The Female Thing, Arlington Art Center, Arlington, VA

Not My City, The Parking Lot, K-Town Studio, Baltimore, MD

Public Art Collaborations

Hack The Patriarchy (ongoing, online and Baltimore based)

Thommason Theater Series (Curator), Thommason Theater, Baltimore, MD

We Should See Each Other More Often, Koban Project, Baltimore, MD

Pattern Perception, CoLab Project, School 33, Baltimore, MD

BrowserAs (online)

Selected Group Exhibitions

Wave and Particle, School 33, Baltimore, MD

Satellite Art Show with Terrault Contemporary, Miami Art Week, Miami, FL (forthcoming)

Art Night, Hickock Cole Architects, Washington DC

Objects of Construction Space Camp, Baltimore, MD

VOX XII: NEWS AND WEATHER, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA

We Should See Each Other More Often, Koban Project, Baltimore, MD

All of the Things and All of the Time, Platform Gallery, Baltimore, MD

Texture of the Drift, Gallery CA, Baltimore MD

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Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Fall 2020 Virtual Office Hours
Tuesday: 2-5 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Main Campus
photo of Peter Goldman
Peter
Goldman
Office Administrator
Expertise
Yes
Education

BA NEIU 2007

Background

Art

FA105B
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
Office Hours
M-F 8:30am - 4:30pm
Sarah H. Hanrahan-Apple
Sarah
H.
Hanrahan Apple
Instructor, Art History
Art + Design
College of Arts and Sciences
Expertise
Doctoral work in Romanesque sculpture, Gothic manuscript illumination and secular ivories.
Courses Taught
Art and Society
Introduction To Art History I
Introduction To Art History II
Research Interests
My areas of study include: Medieval art, Pre-historic art, Early Christian and Byzantine Art and Islamic art.
Education

Ph.D. Art History, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (unfinished)

Master of Arts, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Bachelor of Arts, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

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Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
By appointment
Main Campus
Chantala Kommanivanh
Chantala
Kommanivanh
Instructor, Painting
Art + Design
College of Arts and Sciences
Expertise
Chantala Kommanivanh is a visual artist working primarily with mixed media. He has exhibited in his work in galleries and museums all across the U.S and international. Kommanivanh has been teaching at NEIU since 2012.
Courses Taught
Art and society
Studio experiences in painting
Mural painting
Research Interests
Chantala Kommanivanh is an emerging Laotian American artist based out of Chicago. Kommanivanh's work is inspired from old family photographs and found images representing his childhood and pivotal moments of his life. His work uses paint and loose canvas, often collage and layered with drawn and painted marks, areas of thick paint and thin stains of color to explore his experience as a member of a refugee family. There are glimpses of a displaced youth negotiating a new cultural landscape, family ties, and various aspects of identity and urban life in his work. His paintings combine colorful and sometimes aggressive abstraction with moments of sensitive photographic clarity...perhaps an appropriate analogy to an engaged life
Education

Masters of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing, Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions:

Union Art Gallery. Milwaukee, WI

Elephant Room. Chicago, IL

Group Exhibitions

Minnesota Museum Of American Art. Minneapolis, MN

Asian Arts Initiative. Philadelphia, PA

National Art Museum Of China. Beijing, China

Herbert J. Johnson Museum Of Art. Ithaca, NY

Elephant Room. Chicago, IL

Kenilworth Square East Gallery. Milwaukee, WI

New Rules Gallery. Minneapolis, MN

Additional Information

Large scale mural commissioned by Rebuild Foundation (Garfield BLVD & Prairie)

Large scale mural commissioned by Rebuild Foundation (67th & Stony Island)

Artist Talk, Cornell University. Ithaca, NY.

City of Chicago ‘s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Grant (DCASE)

Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
By appointment.
Main Campus
Jeff Krantz
Jeffrey
Krantz
Instructor, Drawing
Art + Design
College of Arts and Sciences
Expertise
Instruction for major and non-art majors that focuses on the acquisition of perceptual skills necessary for the objective representation of drawn and painted subject matter. More advanced instruction is aimed at parlaying these skills into realizing more content driven imagery where the intuitive and inventive powers are more aggressively developed.
Courses Taught
Studio Experiences: Drawing
Drawing I
Drawing II
Advanced Drawing
Research Interests
Interested in the concepts of Jungian psychology and their relationship to apocalyptic themes in popular culture and social media.
Education

Masters of Fine Arts in Painting, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Selected Exhibitions

Bloodletting, Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL (solo)

Faculty Biennial, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL

MVCC Faculty Present: New Work, Moraine Valley Community College

MVCC Faculty Exhibit: Innerview, Moraine Valley Community College

Guest List, Gescheidle Gallery, Chicago, IL

Building Beauty, Carlson Tower Gallery, North Park University, Chicago, IL

Seattle Art Fair, Martin-Zambito Gallery, Seattle, WA

Background

A native of Niagra Falls, N.Y., Mr. Krantz earned his BFA in painting at Washington University and his masters in painting at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He was awarded a teaching fellowship following his graduate study where he acted as Associate Professor of Drawing at Indiana University's Overseas Program in Florence, Italy. After moving to Chicago in the fall of 1995, Mr. Krantz began teaching basic and advanced courses in drawing and painting at the Highland Park Fine Arts Center, and the Evanston Arts center. He currently teaches at Northeastern Illinois University and Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Ill. He divides his time between teaching and working in the studio preparing for his next and very occasional show at home where he lives with his wife and four cats.

FA 252
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
By appointment.
Main Campus
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Deanna
Krueger
Instructor, Foundations
Art + Design
College of Arts and Sciences
Expertise
Deanna’s research focus is on material studies, painting, sculpture, color, contemporary art and theory. She knows quite a bit about polymers, plastics, and pH levels of various mediums and materials.
Courses Taught
Studio Experiences: Painting
Two Dimensional Design
Three Dimensional Design
Painting I
Painting II
Painting III
Painting IV
Research Interests
Krueger’s mixed media work usually employs recycled materials because of her concerns for the environment. She works abstractly at the juncture where sculpture and painting intersect. The resulting pieces are hybrids. The process for her Shards series begins with recycled medical diagnostic film (X-ray and MRI film) layered with acrylic monotype prints. The film is then torn apart, and the shards are reconnected into new configurations using thousands of staples. The visual aesthetic is at once high-tech and primordial.
Education

Masters of Fine Art,with Highest Honors in Textiles, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

Bachelor of Fine Art, Summa Cum Laude, Duel Major in Fibers and in Drawing and Painting, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Associate degree, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, MI

Selected Exhibitions

Deanna Krueger: Shards, Union League Club of Chicago, IL

ART-IN-PLACE, CNL Projects and Terrain Exhibitions, Chicago and various locations throughout the US, Canada, Germany, and Japan

Deanna Krueger: Shards, Olympia Centre/737 North Michigan, Chicago, IL

Deanna Krueger: Shimmer, The Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art,     College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL

Glitzern: A Pop-Up Solo Exhibition, Galerie Graystone, Chicago, IL

Perceptions, Hofheimer Gallery, Chicago, IL

UNEXPECTED, Lisa Goesling and Deanna Krueger, Fermilab Gallery, Batavia, IL

Meditative Surfaces, The Art Center, Highland Park, IL

Artists' Atlas: Mapping Their Journey, State Street Gallery, Robert Morris University, Chicago, IL

Membranes of Perception, Zhoe B Art Center, Chicago, IL

Additional Information

Museum Purchase Award - Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN

Commission for Vista at Brush Creek, 54" x 72", CEO’s office of Blinderman Construction, Chicago, IL

Commission for Electra, 63" x 63", private collectors in Australia

Artist Residency Award - The Studios of Key West, FL

Artist Residency Award - Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Saratoga, WY

Ragdale Artist Residency, Lake Forest, IL

Stipend Award, CBRE, Inc. at Olympia Centre, Chicago, IL

Stipend award for use of photograph on book cover, Fordham University Press

2nd Place Award, 13th Regional Juried Exhibition, Freeport Art Museum, IL

ArtSlant 4th Showcase Winner - mixed-media category

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Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
By appointment.
Main Campus
Nate Mathews
Nate
Mathews
Associate Professor, Photography
Art + Design
College of Arts and Sciences
Courses Taught
Studio Experiences in Photography
Photography I
Photography II
Digital Imaging for Photographers
Controlled Photographic Lighting For In Studio and On Location
Historic And Alternative Photographic Processes
Senior Seminar and Exhibition
Research Interests
Photography
Education

Master of Fine Arts in Photography, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL

Selected Exhibitions

Midwest Midwinter exhibition,  Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Celebration of Art show, Gallery 200, People Made Visible, West Chicago, Illinois

Midwest Spe Exhibition, Brooks Stevens Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Bad News, Ralph Arnold Gallery, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

2018 Rockford Midwestern Biennial Exhibition, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, Illinois

Nuclear Policy, Grady Gallery, Elgin Community College, Elgin, Illinois (solo)

Nuclear Policy, Armstrong Gallery, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, Illinois (solo)

Ersatz, Visual Art Gallery, Governors State University, University Park, Illinois(solo)

Artistic Exploration, Buckham Gallery, Flint, Michigan

Power and Politics, Filter Photo Space, Chicago, Illinois

Re:Place, Perspective Gallery, Evanston, Illinois

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Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Fall 2020 Virtual Office Hours
Monday: 3-4 p.m.
Tuesday: 2:30-4 p.m.
Thursday: 2:30-4 p.m.
and by appointment
Main Campus
Jayme Mendoza
Jayme
Mendoza
Drawing and Painting
Art + Design
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5474
Expertise
Jaime Mendoza’s paintings and drawings narrate an omnipresent of the self and other who is neither from here nor there.
Courses Taught
Art 170 G Studio Experiences: Drawing
Art 120 Drawing I
Art 220: Drawing II
Art 320: Drawing III
LLAS 109: Latino Art, Thought and Revolution in Chicago
Research Interests
Mendoza’s current research is rooted in Rasquachismo, an attitude and a sensibility, and secondarily a set of formal art qualities. His use of appropriated materials which are borrowed from a day-to-day context, he presents everyday objects as well as references to texts, paintings and drawings. Pompous writings and Utopian constructivist designs are juxtaposed with the trivial awkwardness of frustration, sexual desires, and archaic tropes that demonstrate how the self and other extend beyond their own subjective limits, cannibal versus civilized selves.
Education

Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL

Selected Publications

Peeling off the Grey, National Museum of Mexican Fine Arts, Chicago, IL

SHIKAAWA, Gallery 414, Fort Worth, TX

Hot Buns and Blazing Artists, The Texas Theatre, Dallas, TX

Picturing Immigration, Galería De La Raza, San Francisco, CA

Digital Divide, VU Space ‐ Victoria University, Victoria, AU

Function: Intercambio ‐ Function Variable, Barcelona, ES

BOSTON/CHICAGO, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

Selected Exhibitions

Peeling off the Grey, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, Illinois

The Collaboration Show, Cobalt Studios, Chicago Illinois

SHIKAAWA, Gallery 414, Fort Worth, Texas

Hot Buns and Blazing Artists, The Texas Theater, Dallas, Texas

Sangre, Sudor y Papeles, Antena, Chicago, Illinois

Picturing Immigration, Galeria De La Raza, San Francisco, California

Digital Divide, VU Space - Victoria University, Victoria, Australia

Boston/Chicago, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

Additional Information

Visual Artist Award, National Performance Network, New Orleans, LA

Individual Artist Grant, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, Houston TX

Artist in Residence, Galería de La Raza, San Francisco, CA

Fellowship, ENLACE Leadership Institute, Chicago, IL

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Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5474
Office Hours
By appointment.
Main Campus
Lauren Meranda looks into the camera in a black and white image.
Lauren
Meranda
Assistant Professor, Graphic Design
Art + Design
College of Arts and Sciences
Expertise
Lauren Meranda is a multi-disciplinary designer specializing in work for cultural institutions, social activism, civic engagement, and public memory through experimental media, collaborative storytelling, and interactive design for physical spaces.
Courses Taught
Graphic Design 1
Typography 1
Research Interests
As a designer and producer of visual culture, Lauren Meranda strives to find means by which to let public memory emerge from the stories of the people it is bound to define. The projects and exhibits she works on seek to empower the individual to participate in the storytelling process and expand public memory to include previously unheard voices. Her exhibits utilize site for the interpretation and continuation of historical narratives by linking research, education, and social engagement into an interactive designed experience.
Education

MDes, Graphic Design, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Bachelor of Fine Art, Visual Communication, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL

Selected Publications

Digesting Constructive Criticism: Practices for Not Becoming the Next Design Fail Meme / Columbia College Career Center ⁄ April 2018

Design Edu Today Podcast Ep. 45 / Featured Interview ⁄ April 2017

Selected Exhibitions

Looking Back: Chicago Design Milestones, Chicago Design Archive, Chicago, IL

History Lessons: Everyday Objects from Chicago, Public Housing National Public Housing Museum, Chicago, IL

Housing as a Human Right: Social Construction, National Public Housing Museum, Chicago, IL

Women’s Rights Are Human Rights: International Poster Exhibition, National Public Housing Museum, Chicago, IL

Public School: A Stockyard Institute Exhibition, Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago, IL

Back to the Sandbox: Art and Radical Pedagogy, Reykjavík Art Museum, Iceland

Unfinished Business: 21st Century Home Economics, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago, IL

Report to the Public: An Untold Story of the Conservative Vice Lords, Art In These Times, Chicago, IL

Unfinished Business: Art Education, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago, IL

Redefining Democracy: Jane Addams and the Hull-House Settlement, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago, IL

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Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Fall 2020 Virtual Office Hours
By appointment.
Main Campus
Ana Nieves working with RTI on location
Ana
Nieves
Associate Professor, Art History
Art + Design
College of Arts and Sciences
Expertise
Art and architecture of the ancient Americas, specifically the Andean region.
Courses Taught
Introduction to Art History I
Ancient Mesoamerican Art and Architecture
Ancient South American Art and Architecture
Peru Study Tour
Art of Latin America (1810-present)
Art and Ritual
Research Interests
Andean art; Nasca and Paracas iconography; Peruvian rock art and geoglyphs
Education

Ph.D. in Art History, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Master of Arts in Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Bachelor of Arts in Art, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA

Selected Publications

The Seated Figure Iconographic Complex: The Definition Of A Descriptive Type In The Rock Art Of The Rio Grande De Nasca Drainage (Department Of Ica, Peru),” Rock Art Research, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 207-218.

"More Than Meets the Eye: A Study of Two Nasca Symbols," Andean Past, vol. 9, pp. 229-247.

“Reconstructing Ritual: Some Thoughts on the Location of Petroglyph Groups in the Nasca Valley, Peru,” in Space and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology, ed. by Elizabeth Robertson, Jeffery Seibert, Deepika Fernandez, and Marc Zender. Calgary and Albuquerque: University of Calgary Press and University of New Mexico Press, pp. 217-226.

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Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Fall 2020 Virtual Office Hours
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 2-3:30 p.m.
Main Campus
Mary Porterfield
Mary
Porterfield
Instructor, Painting
Art + Design
College of Arts and Sciences
Expertise
Mary Porterfield​ has been teaching for 20 years at schools including NEIU, Arizona State University and the Harrington School of Design. She has exhibited at numerous venues and has work in several museum collections.
Courses Taught
Studio Experiences: Drawing
Studio Experiences: Painting
Painting II
Painting III
Painting IV
Research Interests
Porterfield’s drawings on layered, translucent paper are inspired by her mother’s struggle to care for her father who has Parkinsonism. The life-sized images, which are cut out and mounted to the wall, represent the substantiality of their difficulties and resilience. The trays are used as architectural elements to support her father as he walks, confining his small steps within their framework. Her mother bears the sole weight of his mobility, both literally and metaphorically. Painting on translucent paper allows her to progressively layer her parent’s struggles and that which is outwardly hidden.
Education

Master of Fine Art, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Bachelor of Science, Doane University, Crete, NE

Selected Exhibitions

Hofheimer Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)

Indiana University-Northwest, Gary, IN

Great River Road Museum of Contemporary Art, Potosi, WI

Packer-Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL

Selected Group Exhibitions:

Third Midwest Open, Womanmade Gallery, Chicago, IL

Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC

Dubuque Biennial, Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, IA

Sub(urban), Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, Il. Evanston Biennial, Evanston, IL

Additional Information

Museum Purchase Award, Art on Paper Exhibition, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC

City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Grant (DCASE)

Juror’s Choice Award, Evanston Biennial, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

Project Development Grant, Illinois Arts Council

Dean Alan Olson Purchase Award, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL

Center Program for Professional Development, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

Vermont Studio Center, Artist Residency and Artist’s Grant, Johnson, VT

Professional Development Grant, Illinois Artist Council Puffin Foundation Grant

Puffin Foundation Grant

Ragdale Foundation Residency

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Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Fall 2020 Virtual Office Hours
Tuesday and Thursday: 3:30-4 p.m.
Main Campus
Juan Pablo Ruiz wearing a black shirt standing in front of works of art
Juan Pablo
Ruiz
Instructor, Drawing and Painting
Art + Design
College of Arts and Sciences
Expertise
Juan Pablo Ruiz is a draftsman and painter born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in Chicago. He has an almost obsessive interest in the materials and techniques in traditional representational drawing and painting.
Courses Taught
Studio Experiences: Painting
Drawing II
Research Interests
Juan Pablo’s paintings are informed by his interest in narrative archetypes; the portrayal of violence and politics in the visual arts; Ancient history and philosophy; Renaissance and Enlightenment political thought; Absurdism, and the Uncanny in contemporary society.
Education

Master of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Bachelor of Art, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL

Bachelor of History, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL

Selected Exhibitions

The Journey, solo exhibition, The Gallery @ A+C Architects, Skokie, IL

Bridgeport Art Center’s Sixth Annual Juried Art Competition, Chicago, IL

2018 National Wet Paint MFA Biennial, Zhao B Art Center, Chicago, IL

The Persistence of Memory, group show, 33 Orchard Gallery, New York, NY

2016 National Wet Paint MFA Biennial, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL

Additional Information

Fine Arts Venture Fund Grant, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Justine Cretella Memorial Scholarship, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Grad Grant Award, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

International Scholarship, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

MFA Merit Award, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

FA 252
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
By appointment.
Main Campus
Vida Sacic
Vida
Sačić
Associate Professor, Graphic Design
Art + Design
College of Arts and Sciences
Expertise
Vida Sačić is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist. Born and raised in Croatia, Sačić uses her background in typography and visual communications to explore the relationship between language and constructions of identity.
Courses Taught
Typography
Typography 2
Letterpress
Graphic Design 1
Graphic Design (survey)
Contemporary Design
Studio in Graphic Design
Special Topics in Graphic Design
Print Production
Writing Intensive Program: Professional Practices In GD
Writing Intensive Program: Professional Practices In Art
Senior exhibition in Graphic Design
Research Interests
Typography
Education

Master of Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Indiana University Bloomington, IN

Selected Publications

Ruggie Saunders, Cathie and Chiplis, Martha, For the Love of Letterpress: A Printing Handbook for Instructors and Students, published by Bloomsbury

Chen Design Associates, Fingerprint No. 2: The Evolution of Handmade Elements in Graphic Design, published by HOW Book

Selected Exhibitions

Acute Accents: Vida Sačić, Catich Gallery, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA

Letters Home: Vida Sačić, Kerredge Gallery, Copper County Community Arts Center, Hancock, MI

Correlation Matrix: Vida Sačić and David Wolske, DeVos Art Museum, Marquette, MI

Type as Image: Lynne Avadenka, Purgatory Pie Press and Vida Sačić, Art Mora Gallery, New York City, NY

New Impressions in Letterpress, Hamilton Wood Type Museum, Two Rivers, WI

Stay Golden: works by Darren Oberto, Monica Kass Rogers, Vida Sačić and Ryan Segedi, 50,000 ft, Chicago IL

Žene? – Žene!, City Museum, Varaždin, Croatia

Animation + Printmaking, The Center for Book Arts, New York City, NY

Graphic Content: works by Alex Jovanovich, Nicole Pérez, Coco Picard and Vida Sačić, The Bike Room, Chicago, IL

Personal Histories, Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland, Australia

Additional Information

The Silent People Print: A Glance at the Printing History of Croatia, Makeready: A Letterpress Symposium for Educators (online)

Winter Residency, Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC

Letterpress Printing in Chicago: Its Current State, History, and Legacy–a Roundtable Discussion, CAA conference, Chicago, IL

A Tool for Understanding: Giving Voice to Diverse, Non-traditional, and Low-income Students Through Teaching Letterpress Printing, TypeCon, Minneapolis, MN

A Tool for Understanding, Makeready: A Letterpress Symposium for Educators, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

Unconventional Conventional: Letterpress Printing in Design Education, The University & College Designers Association (UCDA) Design Education Summit, Kutztown, PA

Traveling Home, Makeready: A Letterpress Symposium for Educators, Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, Two Rivers, WI

Artist in Residence, Copper County Community Arts Center, Hancock, MI

Artist Residency, Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, Two Rivers, WI

Summer Artist in Residence, Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

FA 226C
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Fall 2020 Virtual Office Hours
Monday: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (online)
Main Campus
William Sieger leads a group of students on a study tour
William
B.
Sieger
Associate Professor, Art History
Art + Design
College of Arts and Sciences
Courses Taught
Introduction to Art History I
Introduction to Art History II
Contemporary Art
WIP: Methods of Research in A rt History
Medieval Arts of the West
Painting of the Italian Renaissance
Painting of the United States of America
Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Art
Nineteenth Century European Art
20th Century European Art
Research Interests
German Expressionist painting and graphic arts American park and cemetery design Twentieth-century European and American Art Nineteenth-century American painting and graphic arts
Education

Ph.D. Art History, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, , Champaign and Urbana, IL

Master of Arts, Art History and Museum Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Champaign and Urbana, IL

Bachelor of Arts, Art History, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

Bachelor of Science, Studio Art, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI

Selected Publications

“Emil Nolde’s Biblical Paintings of 1909,” Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, no. 2, 2010, pp. 255-272.

“Literary Texts and Formal Strategies in Emil Nolde’s Religious Paintings,” Proceedings of the 32nd Annual European Studies Conference, Omaha, Nebraska: the University of Nebraska-Omaha, 2007.

“Emil Nolde’s Religious Paintings of 1909 and the Beginnings of Modernism in Germany,” Proceeding for the School of Visual Arts Twentieth Annual National Conference: Reassessing the Modern, Modernity and Modernism, New York: School of Visual Arts, 2007.

“Anti-clerics and Commemoration at Bohemian National Cemetery of Chicago,” Proceedings of the Constructions of Death, Mourning, and Memory Conference, Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey: The WAPACC Organization, 2006.

“Vita Activa/Vita Contemplativa: Emil Nolde’s Legend: St. Mary of Egypt,” The Burlington Magazine, February, 2005, pp. 100-107.

“Narrative, Allegory, and Commentary in Emil Nolde’s Legend: St. Mary of Egypt.” Proceeding for the School of Visual Arts Eighteenth Annual National Conference: Art and Story, New York: School of Visual Arts, 2005.

“John Chandler Bancroft and Art in Newport and New England in the 1860s,” Newport History: The Journal of the Newport Historical Society, vol. 71, part 2, no. 247 (2002), pp. 36-48.

“The Drawings of William Cordova and Gean Moreno.” Catalogue essay for the exhibition “It Don’t Come Easy,” Fine Arts Center Gallery, Northeastern Illinois University, July, 2001.

“Whistler and John Chandler Bancroft,” The Burlington Magazine, October, 1994, pp. 675-682.

American Master Prints from the Collection of Marian and Belverd E. Needles, Jr. Exhibition catalogue and essay, DePaul University Art Gallery, May, 1991.

“American Master Prints from the Needles Collection,” The Journal of the Print World, Summer, 1991, pp. 10-11.

“Photographs by Imogen Cunningham.” Exhibition catalogue essay, The Milwaukee Art Museum, March, 1981.

Selected Exhibitions

American Master Prints from Whistler to Benton from the Collection of Marian and Belverd E. Needles Jr., DePaul University Art Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

Photographs by Imogen Cunningham, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

FA 105A
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Fall 2020 Virtual Office Hours
T: 8:45-9:15 a.m.; 11 a.m.-noon; 3-4 p.m.
R: 8:45-9:15 a.m.; 11 a.m.-noon
and by appointment
Main Campus
Neva Sills
Neva
Sills
Instructor, Drawing and Painting
Art + Design
College of Arts and Sciences
Expertise
Neva Sills works in painting, collage, installation and ceramics. Her major interests include collaboration and how the language of materials drives content. Sills has taught in higher ed for more than 15 years.
Courses Taught
Studio Experiences: Drawing
Studio Experiences: Painting
Drawing III
Drawing IV
2-Dimensional Design
Professional Practices in Studio Art
Research Interests
Neva Sills’ painted collages explore interactions between people and the natural world. Representation and abstraction play with the understanding of nature and identity as constructed ideas rather than concrete realities. Sills’ current work in ceramic expands on this by looking at standards of femininity, its historical link to nature, and the decorative.
Education

Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Selected Exhibitions

Water, James May Gallery, Algoma WI

Supplies for Viable Living, Catich Gallery, Saint Abrose University, Davenport IA

Conspire: Collaboration, Cooperation, Collection, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL

Exquisite Corpse: Head to Toe and End to End, Francis Hardy Gallery, Ephraim, WI

Additional Information

Resident in Printmaking (with The Moving Crew), Anchor Graphic and the Center for the Book at Columbia College, Chicago, IL

Panel Participant (with The Moving Crew), CAA/SGCI Print Installation Panel, College Art Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL

FA 105B
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Fall 2020 Virtual Office Hours
Thursday: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
via Zoom or by appointment.
Main Campus
April Wilkins
April
Wilkins
Instructor, Photography
Art + Design
College of Arts and Sciences
Courses Taught
Studio Experiences: Photography
Research Interests
Photography
Education

Master of Fine Arts, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Utah State University, Logan, UT

Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
By appointment
Main Campus
Shencheng Xu
Shencheng
Xu
Professor, Sculpture
Art + Design
College of Arts and Sciences
Expertise
Shencheng Xu has had numerous solo and group exhibitions, and completed dozens out-door public sculptures both in United States and in China. He uses variety media and techniques in his works, both traditional and nontraditional.
Courses Taught
Sculpture I
Sculpture II
Sculpture III
Sculpture IV
Three Dimensional Design
Studio Experiences: Sculpture
Research Interests
Shencheng created a series of sculptural characters that he used in various combinations and developed into his art works. Most of these character images combine human forms with natural forms. His art works express the relationship between man and nature in different cultural backgrounds. He believes that art will help of us to see more connections between ourselves and the natural world. He hopes that his art works will not only bring joy to people but also make people think, understand each other more and respect the mother nature.
Education

Master of Fine Art, Rinehart School of Sculpture, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

Bachelor of Fine Art, Sculpture Department, Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, Shenyang, China

Selected Exhibitions

The 3rd-19th Annual Chicago Sculpture Exhibit, Chicago, IL

Art on Clark Public Sculpture Exhibit, Chicago, IL

Harmony and Evolution, Ruth Davis Design Gallery, Madison, WI

The Chicago Flower and Garden Show, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

The 6th-7th Annual Sculpture Walk, Oak Park, IL

Nature in Motion – Sculpture at Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL

The Bridgeport Art Center Public Sculpture Exhibit, Chicago, IL

Shencheng Xu Retrospective, Johnsonese Gallery, Chicago, IL

The Garden of Eden, Gallery Uno, Chicago, IL 

Little Life, Knobe Gallery, Chicago, IL

Additional Information

Selected Public Art and Commissions:

“Rise Up”, Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce collection, Chicago, IL

“Catch Up”, City of Oak Park public art collection, Oak Park, IL

“Fly with the Wind”, COTELAC LMSF-WEBSTER LLC collection, Chicago, IL

“Wonderful Tonight”, Black Ensemble Theater, Chicago, IL

“Gourd Man I”, Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce collection, Chicago, IL

“Happy Family”, The Healing Garden at Ronan Park, Chicago, IL

“A Song of Joy”, Avoca West Elementary School, Glenview, IL

“Gourd Man II”, Village of Skokie Public Art Collection, Skokie, IL

“Our City”, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL

“Ever Alert”, Elm Place School, Highland Park, IL

FA 215B
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Fall 2020 Virtual Office Hours
Monday and Wednesday: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Main Campus