In addition to developing their personal body of work and partaking in the professional development seminar, each fellow will lead one Open Studio session every week during their 7-month fellowship. They look forward to engaging with our community and being part of a supportive network of artists, as well as sharing their own art practice.
Emma Bilyeu is a visual artist working out of her basement studio in Humboldt Park, Chicago. As a student of printmaking and book arts she likes to incorporate paper, letter shapes, book forms, and multiples into her work. With this she is able to explore ideas of communication and storytelling. When not in the studio, Emma is cuddling her dog, reading dystopian or self-help literature, or painting edges of business cards at Rohner Letterpress.
Dan Manion is an interdisciplinary artist and storyteller with an affinity for all forms of visual and auditory narrative. A recent BFA Printmaking graduate of Ohio University, he wishes to continue pursuing printed and moving imagery to expand upon his experimentation with various storytelling forms, which allow us to simultaneously escape, cope with, and confront our own experiences with the world. His narrative goals aim to evoke intimate, visceral and empathetic connections between diverse viewers.
Emily Shopp grew up in Dallas, Texas. In 2013, she received her BFA in Printmaking at Stephen F. Austin State University, where she was the 2012 recipient of the Cole Dean’s Award in Art. Shopp has been included in various juried exhibitions including the Printmaking National Exhibition at Mark Arts in Wichita, Kansas and 23rd Arts in Harmony 2018 Annual International Show in Hopkins, MN. She currently lives and works in Chicago, IL.
Junli Song is an aspiring artist and storyteller. She enjoys thinking about how to communicate with the page, both in terms of content and white space. Song is particularly drawn to screenprinting, colour palettes, and beautiful paper, and enjoys artwork that evokes emotion and feeling, with characters that have a strong sense of personality. As a lifelong bibliophile, she dreams of creating beautiful books and telling stories through both words and images.