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Artist Panel Conversation: American Places

Please join us in conversation with a panel of artists whose work uses narrative forms such as walks and book-making to explore the histories and stories residing in racially and culturally mixed landscapes. This event is in conjunction with Hui-min Tsen’s 2022 Spudnik Press Residency. Speakers joining Hui-min include artists JeeYeun Lee, Alex Kostiw, Regin Igloria, and Nia Easley.

This event is free. Registration is appreciated here.

About The Panel:

Alex Belardo Kostiw is an artist, graphic designer, and educator investigating the vast possibilities of the self, the complexity of human connection, and the nebulousness of reality. Their work deals in poetic, adapted, and iterative elements, visual structures of comics, and conceptually driven forms, exploring ways to activate the reading experience, construct myths, and inhabit in-between spaces. Alex has an MFA in visual communication design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in English literature from the University of Chicago. Their work is collected in the Joan Flasch Artist’s Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Pratt Institute Artist’s Books Collection, and National Museum of Women in the Arts, among others.

Nia Easley is a Chicago-based artist, designer, researcher and educator. Those roles often intersect and overlap. She earned her MFA in Visual Communication Design and practices an art informed by methods of design production. This work engages the absurdity, violence, and beauty of contemporary American life, focusing on our shared histories and how they have shaped the current landscape. She has taught workshops at Lekòl Kominotè Matènwa, UIC (Gallery 400), and Yale University. Most recently she is a Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also holds the role of contributing Editor/Curator for the EXIT section of Interactions (IX) Magazine. Her artist’s books can be found at the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, the University of Iowa, Northwestern University, and DePaul University.

Hui-min Tsen is a photo-based, interdisciplinary artist whose projects tell stories about the interplay between the landscape of our imagination and the landscape as experienced in their physical form. Tsen received a BFA from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited and published with the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago Artist’s Coalition, Graham Foundation, and Sector 2337, among others. Her book, The Pedway of Today, was published by Green Lantern Press in 2013. She teaches photography at Wright College.

JeeYeun Lee is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago. Through performance, objects, and socially engaged art, her work explores dynamics of connection, power, violence and resistance. Her current body of work uses walking as a medium to witness the ongoing structures of settler colonialism and racial capitalism in urban built environments. She has been awarded residencies from the Santa Fe Art Institute, ACRE, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and received grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Propeller Fund, Puffin Foundation, and Awesome Foundation (Chicago chapter). She has also worked with social justice and community-based organizations for over thirty years in immigrant rights, economic justice, LGBTQ issues, and domestic violence.

Regin Igloria is a multidisciplinary artist and educator based in Chicago. His drawings, artists’ books, sculptures, and performances portray the human condition as it relates to the natural environment and inhabited spaces. With several years of arts administration and teaching experience, he founded North Branch Projects, an organization that builds connections through the book arts. He works with various communities to create crossover between disparate populations and cultures, aiming to broaden the roles of both artists and non-artists. Igloria has taught at places such as Marwen, RISD, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Snow City Arts, and Carthage College. He received a 3Arts Individual Artist Award as well as local, national, and international grants, support through artist residencies, and has exhibited internationally. He received his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design.

Image: “The 100th Meridian (Hollis, Oklahoma)” courtesy of Hui-min Tsen.