Nancy Lu Rosenheim
Nancy Lu
Instructor, Graphic Design and Foundations
Art + Design
College of Arts and Sciences
Rosenheim’s projects traverse sculpture, installation, works on paper, painting and printmaking. Her fictional landscapes and hybrid beasts explore themes of environmental degradation, aging and the flesh.
Courses Taught
Research Interests
Exquisite yet sinister abnormalities afflict beasts and fowl in our beleaguered climate. Rosenheim reveals wildlife’s uncanny ability to adapt to trauma. Her flamboyant images are intended to presage disease, but more importantly, to reaffirm resilience and honor fauna’s ability to adapt and transfigure.
Material exploration is central to Rosenheim’s process. The allure of her chosen materials and palettes menace and seduce simultaneously. Her creatures are designed to conjure a double-edged association with taxidermy and stuffed animals, alternately macabre and playful. Her work is idiosyncratic, tempered by a sharp, sexual edge.

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

Bachelor of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

Selected Exhibitions

Swallow City, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

Driftless: Can’t See the Forest for the Trees, Fine Arts Center Gallery, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL

Not Just Another Pretty Face, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

Vivarium, Slow Gallery, Chicago, IL

Do Ostriches Really Bury their Heads in the Sand?, Dickson Window Art Project Space, Sugar Grove, IL

The Art of Being Dangerous, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

Collectively Shifting, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL

Winter Burst the Steam Pipe!, Roman Susan, Chicago, IL

Eye Level, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL


Additional Information

Artist Residency, Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL

Center Program, Hyde park Art Center, Chicago, IL

Founding Director of The Bike Room and TBR@, an artist-run project space and popup gallery. Over 50 artists exhibited.

Not Just Another Pretty Face, Hyde Park Art Center’s Commissioning Program for artists and patrons

Office Hours
By appointment.
Main Campus