Cristina Umaña


Cristina Umaña is a Colombian artist who recently finished her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work is characterized by drawings done with a funky, loose line that reanimates deformed bodies and quotidian moments. Her drawings, which intertwine language and form, create a mood that is both ironic and intimate. She currently lives and works in Chicago.


Project Statement:

During the course of this Fellowship I would like to revisit a previous body of work with the intent of pushing it in new directions. The body of work is a series of screenprinted stencils for which I have been developing new ideas. The stencils conceptually revolve around my drawings of body parts which are often deformed, fluid, humorous, and personified. More specifically I have been focused on hands and feet and would be interested in printing them not only on paper, but also incorporating a variety of textures including fabric, mesh, ribbon, and found objects.

Hope Wang

Hope Wang is a Chicago-based artist working in painting, print, photography, and weaving. In her work, she examines how the dissonance of representation of architecture and its illusion gesture toward displacement in the same way bodies wander through and occupy space. She received her BFA (2018) from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has shown in group exhibitions including Chicago Art Department, Gallery No One, Womanmade Gallery, Sullivan Galleries, and LVL3 Gallery.

Current Shows:

Where We Meet is a group exhibition featuring Hope Wang, Sydnie Jimenez and Frederique Jean who will explore the expansion of craft and sculpture through themes of abstraction, representation and materiality. The show is meant to disrupt space to investigate what does it mean to enter space, or interacts with one another in spaces? How does art interact with culture and memory? How do we understand the spaces between these interactions? What happens when space and people meet? Can agency exist within art that centers marginalized narratives, their perception of the world, and themselves?
Friend is an interdisciplinary artist-run space that exists to provide affordable studio space and to remove barriers to accessing art programming. Where We Meet is their inaugural exhibition. The show will be up through September 22, 2019.

Images: Detail of face prostrate, temples kissing the baked facade by Hope Wang; Detail of a bloated sky flickers like the lazy fan by Hope Wang; Installation photograph of the exhibition


Ignition Project Space’s window gallery features throwing a short glance in the sliver between the glass barred against the warm air, a series of hand-woven illusions by Hope Wang. She draws from imagery surrounding store fronts that have a provisional quality – whether from business turnover, rental transition, or construction. These weavings depict reflections of pedestrians and shuttered spaces, suggested through motifs like blue tape, brown paper, plastic sheets, and spray painted plywood that bar the viewer’s access to the realities that exist beyond the surface. Traversing the line between image and object, the works question an initial understanding of material and perception.

Image: throwing a short glance in the sliver between the glass barred against the warm air by Hope Wang

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Printmaking Commissions


Anders Zanichkowsky

Studio Assistant

Anders Zanichkowsky is an interdisciplinary artist and writer working with paper, video, textiles, and neon. His prints, performances, and installations center queer and transgender experiences of grief, desire, and communication through disaster. Anders graduated with a B.A. in fine art from Hampshire College in 2008, was an artist in residence with The Arctic Circle in Svalbard in 2016, and received his MFA in printmaking from University of Wisconsin-Madison this past May (2019).

Fun fact: Anders has space-time synesthesia.

Image: Still from I am trying to think about, 4.5 hour durational performance washing a 1900 sq. foot gallery floor, 2018. Documented by Zach Kmiec


Classes by this Artist:

Printmaking Foundations (October)

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