The ten-month Artist-in-Residence program for individual artists places specific emphasis on those whose work critically engages issues of race and ethnicity and works to advance their artistic ambitions and opportunities. During this program, resident artists have access to rehearsal, performance, and exhibition space at or near the Arts Incubator in Washington Park, as well as access to the academic and research resources of the University.

Meet the 2018-19 Artists-in-Residence:

Jarvis Boyland (he/him), originally from Memphis,TN, navigates intersections of black identity through portraiture. Boyland’s paintings focus on queer men of color within intimate spaces, sensitively highlighting the nuances of complex interpersonal relationships, identities, and locales. Boyland received his BFA from the University of Memphis. In summer 2018, he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME. He has exhibited at notable galleries, including Zevitas Marcus Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Blanc Gallery (Chicago, IL) and Viewing Room, Monique Meloche Gallery (Chicago, IL).

Brandon Breaux (he/him) is a fine artist and multidisciplinary designer from the South Side of Chicago, whose creative experience is comprised of painting, sculpture, web, video, print, and interactive projects. Widely known as the artist behind all three of Chance the Rapper’s iconic album covers, Breaux’s work has a distinct aesthetic for depicting life in Chicago and primarily focuses on providing representation of diverse narratives within the fine art space. Breaux’s most recent exhibitions include ‘Our Chicago’ (Chicago, IL), ‘The Practice’ (Honolulu, HI) and ‘Who Else But Us’ (Singapore).

Amina Ross (they/them) is an undisciplined creator. They work across mediums, including video installations, sculpture, and curatorial engagements. Ross has exhibited work, spoken on panels, and taught workshops in various spaces throughout the United States. Ross is a lecturer at School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Co-Lead Artist of Teen Creative Agency at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Additionally, Ross runs the ongoing participatory performance series ‘Beauty Breaks’.

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