Professional Practice: Curator Tour & Talk with Julie Rodrigues Widholm | DePaul Art Museum

Thursday, March 22, 2018
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
DePaul Art Museum

935 West Fullerton
Chicago, IL 60614

$15 for Spudnik Press Members
$5 for Resident Artists and Studio Fellows
Register Online

Please join us for an intimate gathering with Director and Chief Curator Julie Rodrigues Widholm at the DePaul Art Museum, as we discuss her role at the museum and within the broader context of the art community. Rodrigues Widholm will also address the role curators play in advancing the careers of artists, share tips for a successful studio visit and portfolio review, and answer additional questions from our members. Immediately following our conversation, Spudnik members will enjoy a brief curator-led tour of the three print-based exhibitions currently on view at the museum: Barbara Jones-Hogu: Resist, Relate, Unite 1968-1975, Rock, Paper, Image: Lithographs by Clinton Adams and June Wayne from the Belverd and Marian Needles Collection, and Jose Guerrero, Presente: A Memorial Print Portfolio.

This special program is part of our Professional Practice: Off-site Visit series, intended to introduce members to the numerous and diverse art spaces and individuals that contribute to Chicago’s vibrant arts landscape. In addition to connecting with other professionals in the city, these visits present our members with a range of resources and career paths.

Julie Rodrigues Widholm Bio:
Julie Rodrigues Widholm is Director and Chief Curator of DePaul Art Museum where she leads the strategic and artistic vision to promote equity and interdisciplinary education in the arts, while positioning Chicago as a global art city. Her work seeks to expand the canon by providing a platform for marginalized practices, voices and experiences. Prior to taking the helm at DPAM in September 2015, she was Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art. There she curated major solo exhibitions of work by Rashid Johnson, Amalia Pica, Cauleen Smith, Kathryn Andrews, Amanda Ross-Ho, and co-curated Doris Salcedo’s touring retrospective, along with several thematic exhibitions including Escultura Social: A New Generation of Art in Mexico City and Unbound: Contemporary Art after Frida Kahlo. She has also been a strong advocate for Chicago-based artists for the last two decades. Current projects include the first solo exhibition of print work by AfriCOBRA artist Barbara Jones-Hogu and a two-person exhibition of Tamarind Institute co-founders June Wayne and Clinton Adams. She is currently organizing solo exhibitions on the work of Beverly Fre$h, Karolina Gnatowski and Julia Fish.

Rodrigues Widholm has served as a juror and panelist for organizations including the Headlands Center for the Arts, Mcknight Foundation, Artadia, Creative Capital, and the Peggy Nohl Fellowship, among others. She has been a visiting critic at national universities, a graduate advisor, given numerous public talks, and has written extensively on contemporary art. In 2015 and 2017, she was named one of Chicago’s ART50 Visual Vanguard by New City. During the 2016-2017 academic year, she was a Senior Fellow in the Institute for Curatorial Research and Practice at the School of the Art Institute Chicago. She holds a BA in Art History and Political Science from the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana and an MA in Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute.

Registration Details:
Space is limited to twelve members. Advanced registration is required. The non-refundable registration fee can be paid online. Please note, transportation to the DePaul Art Museum is not provided. Registrants are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the museum and for arriving on time. An itinerary of the off-site visit will be sent to all registered participants on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

If you are not a member and wish to participate in this off-site visit, please join or renew your membership.