Spotlight: Artists

Show up to a dedicated space and learn how to trust an uncontrolled process.

I often bite off more than I can chew in many aspects of my life. Particularly when in comes to conceptualizing projects that need to fit within specific constraints. For the six week residency at Marwen, I proposed an ambitious large scale project revolving around the idea of transferring images to glass. I calculated hours of my availability, sketched out drafts and plans, researched techniques


August 2nd, 2017 0 comments Professional Development / Spotlight: Artists / Teaching Artistry

5 landscapes that Israel has named weapons after

I used my time in Marwen's studio to focus on a series of large-scale drawings in graphite on watercolor paper. In the end I made a series of paired drawings: 5 landscapes that the Israeli Military has named weapons after and 5 very small drawings of the weapons themselves. This aim of this project was to highlight the disconnect I see between the beauty of these


July 19th, 2017 0 comments Professional Development / Spotlight: Artists / Teaching Artistry

Mother Colored Artist: on being Both And, A Manifesto

Mother Colored Artist: on being Both And,
A Manifesto
So you’re a maker, you create things, in a certain way, under certain circumstances; artist, mother and colored
A trifecta of uncertainty

On the artist residency and motherhood

There is a normalization of exclusionary practices for women parents within the western art canon. Artist residency are key elements that foster artist development providing studio time away


June 30th, 2017 0 comments Professional Development / Spotlight: Artists / Teaching Artistry

Practice and Process: Marwen’s Recent Teaching Artist Residency

The Exhibition Opening for the 1st Annual Marwen Teaching Artist Residency - showcasing work from our first two Residents, Gwen Terry and Danny Sanchez- is Friday, September 23rd from 5-7pm! Please join us in celebrating their work along side the Summer 2016 Student Exhibition.


Read about Gwen's experience:
My work is known for being large-scale and mostly site-specific. For me, the creation of an


September 15th, 2016 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Events / Spotlight: Artists

My Marwen Journey: 5 Years in the Making

Throughout my years at Marwen, the only regret I have had was not knowing about Marwen earlier. I became a Marwen student my freshman year of high school and was immediately hooked. For the next four years I had the life-changing opportunity of not only taking free art courses at Marwen (as if that already wasn’t cool enough), but also participating in their advanced programs, most


August 13th, 2015 0 comments Photography / Reflection / Spotlight: Alumni / Spotlight: Artists / Teaching Artistry / Teaching the conceptual

Marwen’s Teaching Artist Fellows- Thank you!

After an influential and inspiring 6 year run- the "final" Marwen Teaching Artist Fellows meeting was held in 2014.

Since 2009 the impressive team of Marwen teaching artist consultants- called the Fellows- has rotated to include Regin Igloria,  Justin Schmitz,  Ann Worthing,  Joe Meredith,  Kelly Kaminski,  Melissa Porter,  Meredith Zielke,  Barlow,  Angee Lennard,  Jesse Avina,  Jeremy Bolen, Sophia Nahli Allison and Marta Garcia! Thank you


January 6th, 2015 0 comments Spotlight: Artists / Teaching Artistry

3Arts Awardee: Sophia Nahli Allison!

Congratulations to our very own Sophia Allison for winning the prestigious 2014 3Arts Teaching Artist Award!

About 3Arts:


Nothing of significance can be accomplished without imagination, without stretching and flexing our minds, without dreaming.

We consider it our civic duty and a privilege to champion local artists and invest in the essential creative process that drives their art forth and touches all


October 7th, 2014 0 comments Spotlight: Artists / Teaching Artistry

Flip-Flop: Student to Teacher

My experience with Marwen for the last six years has been exclusively as a student.
I am one of those Marwen students who just can’t get enough of it and keeps coming back for more—for one class, then another, hmm Marwen Lab looks cool, let’s try Design to Print, Lab was awesome I have to do it again, and oh my gosh it’s my last


August 25th, 2014 0 comments Professional Development / Spotlight: Artists / Spotlight: Students / Teaching Artistry

Student Workshop: Guest Artist Jason Lazarus

As world events increasingly unfold on our computers, what happens to this history once it’s been clicked?
Verve: Guest Artist, Jason Lazarus shared the concept from his project- Phase 1 Live Archive with Marwen students on February 12th. This archive, he explained, features recreations of Occupy Wall Street signs documented in online coverage of the worldwide occupy movement. The growing archive is created collaboratively with


February 26th, 2014 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Events / Spotlight: Artists / Verve: Guest Artist Series

Guest Artist Series: Jason Lazarus

Please join us!
Jason Lazarus: Feburary 21st from 7:00-8:00pm at Marwen
833 North Orleans | Chicago, IL 60610
This event is FREE and open to the public!

Jason Lazarus will present his artwork and discuss the motivation, ideas and events that drive his work at this free Marwen event.
Verve: Guest Artist Series is a free series of lectures, presentations, and events that fosters


February 10th, 2014 0 comments Cross Discipline / Events / Photography / Spotlight: Artists / Time-Based Media / Verve: Guest Artist Series

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