Division of Labor: Chicago Artist Parents

Division of Labor: Chicago Artist Parents

Glass Curtain Gallery at Columbia College Chicago

Ann Toebbe, Four Sisters, 2014. Gouache, paper and pencil on panel,
18 x 20 inches. Courtesy of Steven Zevitas Gallery.
November 12, 2014
Division of Labor: Chicago Artist Parents

November 20, 2014–February 14, 2015

Opening: November 20, 5–8pm

Glass Curtain Gallery
Columbia College Chicago
1104 S Wabash Avenue, 1st floor
Chicago, IL 60605

T +1 312 369 8177


Division of Labor addresses the impact of parenthood on an artist’s creative practice and career. Featuring a select group of emergent to internationally recognized contemporary artists working across media, a diversity of perspectives and approaches are represented. Division of Labor examines direct links between the aesthetics, materiality and meaning of an artist’s work in relation to parenthood while also revealing unexpected moments at the intersection of art-making and family life.

Inventive modes of display, all-ages events and advocacy-based auxiliary programming combine these creative approaches to art-making-while-parenting with community-building, interactivity and activism.

Artists include Alberto Aguilar, Candida Alvarez, Claire Ashley, Lise Haller Baggesen, Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam, Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford, Heather Mekkelson, Paul Nudd, John Preus, Brittany Southworth-LaFlamme, Tony Tasset, Ann Toebbe, Jim Trainor, Selina Trepp, and Andrew Yang.

Gallery hours are Monday–Friday 9am–5pm, Thursday 9am–7pm, and Saturday noon–5pm.



Tiny Cover Band + family-friendly opening party
Saturday, November 22, 10am–noon
Get a fresh look at the show and mingle with artists and their families at this morning opening featuring Tiny Cover Band performing pop music played on toy instruments. Columbia College arts education students offer activities for kids.

Cultural ReProducers: “Making It What We Need”
Saturday, December 6, 10am
Cultural ReProducers invites you to participate in a workshop and conversation generating concrete ideas about how cultural institutions can support the work of cultural producers who are also working it out as parents. Led by Cultural ReProducers organizers Christa Donner and Selina Trepp with the participation of students, arts administrators, exhibiting artists and others, “Making it What We Need” considers alternate models for living, making, and making a living as artists. This conversation will be relevant to anyone working toward a sustainable life in the arts, and non-parents are welcome to join the conversation.

This is the final installment of the Cultural ReProducers’ Event Series, a project supported by the Propeller Fund.

Free on-site childcare is available by pre-registration only. For more information visit www.culturalreproducers.org.


Exhibition information: Justin Witte, [email protected], T +1 312 369 8177
Press inquiries: Cara Birch, [email protected], T +1 312 369 8695

For more information
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Department of Exhibitions, Performance and Student Spaces

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