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Holly Cahill

Holly Cahill is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist working between painting, drawing, fibers, sculpture, and collage. Her process-oriented abstractions gather inspiration and materials from natural phenomena that speak to issues of growth, transformation, and embodied experiences that intersect with the ways we navigate the built and natural environments. 
Cahill received her M.F.A. from the University of Cincinnati (2004) and a B.F.A. from Syracuse University (1998). Most recently, her work has been included in exhibitions at Hyde Park Art Center, 65GRAND, Epiphany Center for the Arts, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Chicago Artists Coalition (Chicago, IL), and nationalmuseum (Berlin, Germany). She has been an artist in residence at Chicago Artists Coalition, Spudnik Press Cooperative (Chicago, IL), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), 8550 Ohio (Chesterhill, OH), Banff Centre (Banff, Canada), and Ox-Bow (Saugatuck, MI). Her work has been featured in luxe Interiors + Design, New American Paintings, Chicago Tribune, and Inside\Within, among others. She is a current member, former director, and co-director in Chicago of Tiger Strikes Asteroid: a 501c3 non-profit network of independently programmed, artist-run exhibition spaces with locations in Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Greenville, SC. She has curated exhibitions, often in collaboration with others, at venues such as Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Weinberg Newton Gallery, Mana Contemporary, the Glass Curtain Gallery at Columbia College (Chicago, IL), Satellite Art Show (Miami, FL), and Scotty Enterprises (Berlin, Germany).

Lecture: noon, Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at University Galleries, Uptown Normal.

Ramon Tejada

Ramon Tejada is a DominicanYork (of Dominican-American, Afro-Caribbean, and LATINX descent) designer and educator based in Providence, Rhode Island*, and occasionally in Los Angeles, California*. He works in a hybrid design/teaching practice focusing on collaboration, inclusion, unearthing, and the responsible expansion of design–a practice he has named “puncturing.” Tejada is an associate professor in the Graphic Design Department at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

Tejada taught in the graduate M.F.A. Communication Design program at Pratt Institute, at the undergraduate level at Parsons/The New School, CUNY–Queens College, and in the M.A. program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). He has been a guest artist and/or visiting faculty in the M.F.A. in Graphic Design at Otis College of Art & Design, Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA), and Emily Carr University. He received an M.F.A. in Performance Arts from Bennington College and an M.F.A. in Graphic Design from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.

*Providence, RI is the unceded lands of the Narragansett and Wampanoag peoples; Los Angeles is the unceded lands of the Tongva peoples.

Lecture: noon, Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at University Galleries, Uptown Normal



Julia Sinelnikova

Julia Sinelnikova is an interdisciplinary artist who works with holograms, performance, and digital culture. Their light installations have been exhibited internationally, and they have performed widely as the Oracle. They have received commissions from NYC Parks Department (twice), the City of Tallahassee, NYCDOT, Pace University, Michael Madden (Maroon 5), Gilbertsville Expressive Movement, Refinery29, GIPHY, and Webster Hall. Heavily inspired by electronic music, Sinelnikova has designed sculptural sets for performers including Lee Burridge, Machinedrum, The GZA (Wu Tang Clan), Peaches, Juliana Huxtable, and Aurora Halal. Selected profiles of their work have appeared in the New York Times, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, VICE, Artnet, Huffington Post, the Creators Project, PAPER Mag, and The New Criterion. Sinelnikova has presented their work at Vector Gallery, the Oulu Museum of Art, and Williamsburg Art & Historical Center. They have also exhibited for Miami Art Week annually since 2011. In 2019, the Contemporary Art Museum of Houston (CAMH) commissioned the artist for their 2020 gala, and Sinelnikova's “Crystal Veil II” installation went on view in September 2021. They hold an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Queens College (CUNY), as well as a B.F.A. in Sculpture from the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY). 

Lecture: noon, Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at University Galleries, Uptown Normal

Amy Kurzweil

Amy Kurzweil is a New Yorker cartoonist and the author of two graphic memoirs: Flying Couch and Artificial: A Love Story. She was a 2021 Berlin Prize Fellow with the American Academy in Berlin, a 2019 Shearing Fellow with the Black Mountain Institute, and has received fellowships from MacDowell, Djerassi, and elsewhere.

Kurzweil's work has been nominated for a Reuben Award and an Ignatz Award for “Technofeelia,” a four-part series with The Believer magazine. Her writing, comics, and cartoons have also been published in The Verge, the New York Times Book Review, Longreads, Literary Hub, WIRED, and many other places. She has taught writing and comics at Parsons, the New School for Design, the Fashion Institute of Technology, Center for Talented Youth, Interlochen Center for the Arts, in New York City Public Schools, and in many other venues. She teaches a monthly cartooning class to a growing (and awesome) community of virtual students all over the world via Patreon. 

Lecture: noon, April 25, 2024 at University Galleries, Uptown Normal