For "Where Appetites Find Shapes," Harold
Washington College partnered with ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency &
Exhibitions), a volunteer-run non-profit based in Chicago devoted to providing an affordable, cooperative, and
dialogue-oriented residency program and other supports for emerging artists.
The exhibition features pieces by three artists who spent the summer working in
rural Wisconsin including an audio piece with accompanying video, photographs,
paintings, and a site-specific sculpture created for the President’s Gallery.
Liz Heller, Macon Reed and Madsen Minax participated in the ACRE residency
program on a farm in Steuben, Wis., last summer and in this exhibition present
experimental projects begun during that time. Throughout the residency, artists
meet and form collaborations with like-minded peers, learn new skills, and
discuss ideas with a group of dedicated, talented makers. This exhibition
features three artists linked by their talents for transforming objects, ideas,
and affects. Though each artist created their works independently, the pieces reflect
influences from other artists in the show.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
- Liz Heller (Madison, Wis.) is a visual artist, born and
raised in Miami, Fla. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Business
Administration at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., Heller made the Midwest her
home. She received her
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Art from Columbia College Chicago in
2010 and is currently an 2014 MFA Candidate at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Heller
was the recipient of the 2014 David and Edith Sinaiko Frank Graduate Fellowship
for Women in the Arts and will have three solo shows in the spring of
- Macon Reed’s (Chicago, Ill.) work explores the
limits of optimism and team spirit in the face of imminent disaster,
questioning lines drawn between transformation and failure, trauma and
healing, playfulness and escapism. She received her MFA from the
University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013 and a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth
University in 2007. She has exhibited and performed in The Dah Theatre
International Research Center (Belgrade), The Kitchen and ABC No Rio (New
York), The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies (Portland, ME), Arlington Arts
Center (Arlington, VA), Chicago Artists Month, and the Museum of Contemporary
Art in Chicago.
- Madsen Minax (Houston, Texas) received an MFA in Art Theory & Practice from Northwestern
University in 2012 and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in
2005. Moving image works have been featured widely, including screenings at the
British Film Institute in London, Filmhuis Cavia in Amsterdam, the Athens
International Film and Video Festival, Philadelphia Independent Film Festival,
Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, and Museum of Contemporary Art in San Antonio.
His work has also appeared on television in the United States on PBS and the
cable channel FreeSpeech TV, and in Canada on the CBC. Madsen is currently a
Core Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.