Hellen Colman

Board of Directors, Secretary

Hellen Colman is a Chicago-based photographer primary working on artists’ books. Her work spans several media striving to construct alternative languages depicting multiple realities that are not parallel or alternative worlds but surrogates for an unattainable truth.

She is also a mathematician. Originally from Montevideo, Uruguay, she received her PhD from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Furthermore, Hellen holds a Certificate in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she also received her photography and printmaking training.

Her work in mathematics has been published in several scientific journals and her artists’ books were acquired by several private and public collections and institutions, including the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection at SAIC.



Holly Ekwejunor-Etchie

Board of Directors, Vice President

Based in Chicago, Holly Ekwejunor-Etchie is a creative, strategic innovator and implementer of large-scale projects and plans. She’s a Global Operations Manager at McDonald’s and an artist.

She has a background in managing large-scale operations and human resources projects and events across the arts, hospitality, and quick service restaurant industries. She currently manages strategic global operations projects, communications, and events to drive improvement in restaurant operations at McDonald’s. She develops resources and consults to ensure the successful implementation of initiatives.

Her art practice consists of painting, drawing, and mixed media work. Ambiguous figures are a frequent centerpiece of her work, often solo or woven within whimsical landscapes.

Holly received her BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her MA in Arts Administration from Eastern Michigan University.