Sep 24th 2017

All are welcome to attend this FREE, midday panel discussion.

This panel of current students of photography and emerging artists will share their experiences balancing risk-taking in their personal work with the pressures to simultaneously provide a professional context for their efforts. How do artists juggle making new work while finding opportunities to share their work? The panelists will explore a wide range of ways to participate in art communities and navigate the pressures to professionalize. Join us for a lively discussion with David Alekhougie, Clarissa Bonet, Eileen Mueller, Carly Ries, and Guanyu Xu, moderated by Aimée Beaubien.

David Alekhougie attended the University of California at Berkley where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, minoring in ethnomusicology before his transition to art-making. Alekhuogie began making photographs while working for various music publications, such as The Source, Complex, and The Fader. He has also photographed production materials for record labels, including Warp and Stones Throw. Alekhuogie’s art work has been exhibited internationally most recently at Fraenkel Gallery, Regen Projects, and Danziger Gallery. Alekhuogie’s artwork has also been included in publications such as Time, The New Yorker, and Vice. Alekhuogie received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with a focus in Photography, in 2013 and received his MFA from Yale University in 2015.

Clarissa Bonet is a Chicago based artist. Her work explores aspects of the urban space in a physical and psychological context. She received her M.F.A. in photography from Columbia College Chicago and her B.S. in Photography from the University of Central Florida. Her work resides in the collections of The University of Michigan Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Southeast Museum of Photography, Haggerty Museum of Art, JPMorgan Chase Art Collection and Twitter. She is a recipient of the Individual Artists Grant from the City of Chicago in 2015 + 2017. She was chosen as one of PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch in 2015 and selected as a 2016 Flash Forward Emerging Photographer by the Magenta Foundation.

Eileen Mueller studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art and later received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been a resident of the Wassaic Project and ACRE and is the recipient of the Fred Endsley Memorial Fellowship. Eileen has shown at IM ERSTEN in Vienna, Austria; Higher Pictures and the Jungle Lounge in New York, NY; The Pitch Project in Milwaukee, WI; OSU Urban Arts Space in Columbus, OH; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Elmhurst Art Museum, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Iceberg Projects, Roots and Culture Community Arts Center, Sullivan Galleries, and Johalla Projects in Chicago, IL. Her work is published in Phantoms In the Dirt and the The Great Refusal: Taking on New Queer Aesthetics. Eileen is one half of GURL DON’T BE DUMB which has curated shows and performances across the country, produced collaborative work, and published the show catalogue WEIRD DUDE ENERGY. GDBD lives on long distance and will be showing new work this winter in Miami.

Carly Ries is a recent graduate of the Department of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the former managing director of Danziger Gallery in New York and is currently based in Brooklyn. Observing with an intimate and sensual eye, her approach to making images and being in the world mimics the kaleidoscopic field of photography as it intersects with other critical methods of observation: botany, sexuality, psychology, and poetry.

徐冠宇 Guanyu Xu (b.1993 Beijing) is an artist who received BFA degree in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently based in Chicago. He was the recipient of the Fred Endsley Memorial Fellowship, the finalist of Lucie Foundation Emerging Artist Scholarship and the finalist of Luminarts Cultural Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship. His works have been exhibited internationally including the Aperture Foundation, New York; the Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins; New York Photo Festival, New York; The Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago; Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana; Embassy Tea Gallery, London, and others. His works have been featured in numerous publications including Aint-Bad Magazine, Musée Magazine, Der Greif, and China Photographic Publishing House.
Artist Talk Presented by: David Alekhougie, Clarissa Bonet, Eileen Mueller, Carly Ries, Guanyu Xu, and moderated by Aimée Beaubien
Date: Sunday, September 24
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel

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