David Criner
Instructor, Drawing and Painting
Art + Design
College of Arts and Sciences
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

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

FA 252
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