A Garden by Design
March 19 - May 18
Thursday, May 22
11:30 - 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 22
11:30 - 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Exhibiting artists include: Gabriel Bizen Akagawa, Marjorie Woodruff, M. Dane Zahorsky, Regin Igloria, and two collaborative groups: Amber Ginsburg and Katie Hargrave, and another including Daris Jasper, Emmanuel Pratt, Emily Schiffer, and Orrin Williams. A mural by artist Nick Adam in the second floor windows overlooking Lake Street is also included in the exhibition.
This exhibition focuses on works that foster discourse about sustainability. Each artist interprets this broad topic through his or her own practice, with responses that range from questioning what is natural in the landscape to presenting an imaginative dialogue
that transforms neglected buildings into vibrant hubs of community life. The variety of ideas presented here creates a gradation of participation, from active to contemplative. At each point, the viewers are given agency to create a position for themselves.
Nick Adam believes in the potential of good design to improve and simplify daily life.
Because Firebelly Design, leading creative studios, shares this mission, Adam found a
home there as a part of their design team. He specializes in how audiences relate to
messaging, environments and each other. Adam received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in
Visual Communication at the Illinois Institute of Art in Schaumburg.
Chicago-based artist Gabriel Bizen Akagawa creates site and social-specific sculpture, installation and performance. His curatorial projects include a changing series called “Faketure” (fake nature). Akagawa’s web project Health and House, at afternature.blogspot.com, documents the renovation and cultivation of his family’s house and small urban garden. Akagawa situates his art and curatorial practices as medicinal activities that engage complex relationships with nature.
Since 2006, Amber Ginsburg and Katie Hargrave, based in Chicago and Iowa City,
respectively, have cultivated a practice rooted in American history and the exploration
of little known scenarios and iconic myths. By asking, “What are the poetics of
forgetting?” and “How does what happened in a space long ago dictate the social
relations of today?”, they create platforms for uncovering histories, understanding
mythology, and contemplating materials. Ginsburg received her MFA from the School of
the Art Institute of Chicago and Hargrave received her MA from the University of Iowa,
where she is also an MFA candidate.
www.amberginsburg.com and www.katiehargrave.us
Regin Igloria maintains a studio practice that revolves around teaching and serving as
an arts administrator. Currently is the Director of Artists-In-Residence at The Ragdale
Foundation. He also founded North Branch Projects, an independently run project
space located in the Albany Park neighborhood that serves as a community bookbinding
facility. He received his MFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and is
represented by Zg Gallery in Chicago.
Daris Jasper earned his Associates Degree in Fashion Merchandising from Miami
International University of Art and Design. He also attended the Illinois Institute of Art
in Chicago where he received his Bachelor’s in Fashion Marketing and Management.
Currently he is a MAAPS (Master of Arts in Applied Professional Studies) candidate at
DePaul University with a focus in Increasing/Attaining Corporate Sponsorships for Arts
and Arts Education. Daris also founded Artistic Jeanius in 2004, where he has serves as
an art consultant and art director.
Emmanuel Pratt earned his BArch from Cornell University, his MSAUD (Masters in
Science of Architecture and Urban Design) from Columbia University in New York
where he is presently a doctoral candidate in Urban Planning. Emmanuel serves as
the Executive Director for the Sweet Water Foundation, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm
of Sweet Water Organics Inc. Emmanuel is currently the Director of Aquaponics for
Chicago State University and teaches courses within the Geography department. http://
In 2003 Emily Schiffer received her BA in Fine Art and African American Studies from the
University of Pennsylvania. In 2005, she founded the My Viewpoint Youth Photography
Initiative on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota, where she continues to teach and shoot. Awards include a 2011 Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund Grant and a 2006-2007 Fulbright Fellowship in Photography. Emily has exhibited her photographs internationally and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Orrin Williams is currently the Executive Director of the Center for Urban Transformation in Chicago. He has been an advocate for and supporter of urban agriculture for over 20 years and has been working on food access and food security issues and their relationship to ecologically sustainable development. Orrin is an accomplished writer and emerging photographer documenting what he calls the “aesthetic of oppression” in south and west side communities in Chicago.
Marjorie Woodruff received her MFA in Ceramics from Northern Illinois University. She currently teaches at Moraine Valley Community College, Harold Washington College and, since 1991, as an instructor at Lillstreet Art Center. She has taught ceramic workshops for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Commons Association, and ArtReach (Lillstreet Art Center’s nonprofit arm), among many other arts and education organizations.
M. Dane Zahorsky has been exploring the spirit of art, place, and community in the Midwest for over a decade. He is the founder of MOTUV, Movement of the Unified Voice. He has worked as an artist, curator, organizer and teacher with neighborhoods around Kansas City spending the last two years with the Kansas City Academy, to create the Living Systems Program. He is currently relocating to Hilo, Hawaii to continue his work with youth.
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