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Mana Contemporary Chicago in partnership with the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation announced that Partner Deirdre Fox is a recipient of the 2018 Artist Residency. Candidates for the program were selected based on a portfolio review and statement of purpose. Ms. Fox will participate in a three-week residency at Mana Miami. The residency provides artists with access to a private studio and housing, professional development training, arranged studio visits, special field trips and social events.
Ms. Fox received her BS degree from Northwestern University in Material Science and Engineering. She graduated from the University of Chicago Law School with honors and pursued a career in law concentrating her practice in complex litigation, intellectual property and employment law. Ms. Fox also obtained a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to her law practice, Ms. Fox is an accomplished artist who puts physical objects to abstract use in visual poems. She has exhibited at Hyde Park Art Center, Betty Rymer Gallery, Evanston Art Center, the Museum of Shenandoah Valley, Koehnline Museum of Art Gallery and the Swedish American Museum, among other venues. She has been awarded grants from the City of Chicago/Illinois Arts Counsel and was included in New American Paintings Midwest Edition in 2012 and as featured artist for Chicago Artists Month in 2008. Her work has been curated into White Columns Artists Registry and The Drawing Center Viewing Program. Residencies include Ragdale Foundation, the Center for Books and Paper Arts, the Chicago Open Studios Program, and the Cliff Dwellers Club. Public collections include the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection and the Center for Books and Paper Arts.
Mana Contemporary Chicago is a rapidly expanding art center set in an enormous landmark building in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Designed by noted Chicago architect George Nimmons, the building is now home to dozens of artist studios, exhibition spaces, classrooms, a central café and a library. Mana serves as a nexus for many of the strongest artists and organizations in Chicago. Artists of diverse disciplines, including painting, sculpture, photography, dance, film, sound, and performance work alongside each other in a novel campus environment which fosters experimentation, collaboration and mutual inspiration. Mana Contemporary serves as a nexus for many of the strongest artists and organizations in Chicago showcasing their practices, processes and ideas to the public.