Alexandria Eregbu is a visual artist and arts practitioner. On a fundamental level, Alexandria believes that the impact of art is strengthened by shared values within community. As such she is most dedicated to providing services that promote empowerment and advocacy for artists and communities engaging the arts. Alexandria’s early background and interests on the purpose of art within communities was initially fostered through her involvement as Lead Teaching Artist and Co-Founder of the Community Curatorial Project with TRACE (Teens Re-Imagining Art, Community, and Environment)— a youth activism program facilitated through the Chicago Park District between 2014-2017.

As an artist, Alexandria’s multi-vocational practice has received generous support from the Propeller Fund, Chicago Artists Coalition, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Chicago, the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life, Independent Curators International, Joyce Foundation, and 3Arts. She received her BFA in Performance and Fiber & Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a current MA Candidate in Visual & Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Alexandria also holds a position as Curator for Illinois Humanities' city-wide initiative, Envisioning Justice— which examines how incarceration affects Chicago communities and interrogates the failures of our criminal justice system while presenting plans toward self-empowerment and communal liberation. Previous curatorial projects include, The Annual: A New Exhibition for Chicago Art presented at Chicago Artists Coalition, Tertiary Dimensions presented as part of PLATFORMS: 10 Years of Chances Dances, and Marvelous Freedom / Vigilance of Desire, Revisited— a group exhibition co-organized with Devin Cain, Krista Franklin, that engaged the richness of Chicago’s Surrealist history by reexamining the first Marvelous Freedom/Vigilance of Desire, the world’s largest Surrealist exhibition that took place in Chicago in 1976.


 

EDUCATION
MA Candidate in Visual & Critical Studies — School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
BFA in Fiber & Material Studies/Performance —  School of the Art Institute of Chicago
 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2018
Undergraduate Thesis I, Teaching Assistant for Terri Kapsalis, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
 

AWARDS

2018
3AP Campaign, 3Arts, Chicago, IL
Individual Artists Program - Creative Projects, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago, IL
Merit Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Research Fellowship, Independent Curators International & Joyce Foundation, Fort de France, Martinique
2017
Merit Scholarship, Independent Curators International, New York, NY
2016
3Arts Awardee, 3Arts, Chicago, IL
Individual Artists Program - Creative Projects, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago, IL
2015
Breakout Artist, Newcity, Chicago, IL
Diversity Scholarship, ACRE, Steuben, WI
Individual Artists Program - Professional Development Grant, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago, IL
2013     
Propeller Fund Grant, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL
Graduating Student Leadership Award, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Merit Scholarship, Oxbow School of Art & Artists' Residency, Sagatuck, MI
2011     
Travel Scholarship, John W. Kurtich Foundation, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Leadership Award, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2010     
Contemporary Practices Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2009
Merit Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Iowa Heart Award


RESIDENCIES

2020
Close to There < > Perto de Lá, Salvador, Brazil
2018

Camargo Foundation / 3Arts Residency, Cassis, France
2017
Curatorial Intensive, Independent Curators International, New Orleans, LA
2016
The Center for Afrofuturist Studies, Public Studio One, Iowa City, IA
Stony Island Arts Bank, Chicago, IL
2015
ACRE Residency, Steuben, WI
DCASE Public Studio Artist Resident, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
2014
Resident Curator, HATCH Projects, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL
2013
The Pedestrian Project, Harold Washington College, Chicago, IL


CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2018 - PRESENT
Envisioning Justice, Co-curator with Danny Orendorff, Illinois Humanities, Chicago, IL
2015
The Annual: An Exhibition of New Chicago Art, Co-curated with Claudine Ise at Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL
Tertiary Dimensions, curated for PLATFORMS: 10 Years of Chances Dances, Sector 2337, Chicago, IL
Terrain Biennial: Danny Giles, Oak Park, IL
Modi • Operandi, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL
2014
The Square Root of Pi(e), Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL
Quasi-Choreography, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL
2013   
Marvelous Freedom/Vigilance of Desire, Revisited, Arcade Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
The Politics of Seeing, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
Oh Heavenly Father, Mother Ocean, and Cosmic Seed...!, Ditch Projects, Eugene, OR
A Blue Song (When I Think of You), Homan Square Community Center, Chicago, IL
2017
Daughters of Mmiri, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA
2016
The Shadow on the Ground, The Luminary, St. Louis, MO
Brilliance! Opulence! Gloom! Trunk Show, Sector 2337, Chicago, IL
2013    
Black Venus is on Fire! Gagosian’t Gallery, Chicago, IL
2012    
A(ph)FRODITE, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL


SELECTED TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2016
tide/tithe, Roots and Culture, Chicago, IL
2015
Exodus, Arts Incubator in Washington Park, Chicago, IL


SELECTED PERFORMANCES

2019
Water Music, 6018North curated by Tricia Van Eck and Jordan Martins, Chicago, IL
2018

Untitled, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
2017
She Who Carries Weight, curated by Betsy Odom and Raphael E. Vera, Loyola University, Chicago, IL
2015
Thoroughbreds, directed by Jefferson Pinder, Sector 2337, Chicago, IL
2014
My Father's Meal with 30 Guests, Chicago Home Theater Festival, Chicago, IL  
2013
Seminar, organized by Clifford Owens, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY
2012
11/10/10 Revisited, organized by Carron Little, Out of Site Chicago, Chicago, IL
New Blood V Performance Festival, organized by Trevor Martin, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2011
Free Labor, curated by Larry Lee, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL
11/10/10, Chicago, IL


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
Petty Biennial, curated by Sabrina E. Greig, Courtney Cintron, and Adia Sykes, Columbia College Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, IL
Relearning with Mentions, curated by Zakkiyyah Najeebah, Chicago Art Department, Chicago, IL
2018

Chanel Silver Eye, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Film screening curated by Kate Kelley, Pittsburg, PA
2017
Terence Nance, Alexandria Eregbu, & Devin Cain, Film screening curated by Anaïs Duplan at Public Space One, Iowa City, IA
Old Black Magic, curated by Ciera McKissick, Chicago Art Department, Chicago, IL
2016
Shared History, curated by Rashayla Marie Brown, The South Side Community Art Center, Chicago, IL
Your Body is a Battleground, curated by Meg T. Noe, Weinberg / Newton Gallery, Chicago, IL
2015
Simplicity, curated by Chelsea Culprit and Ben Foch, Starcom, Chicago, IL
Warm Kitty, Soft Kitty, curated by Camille Morgan, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
Finocchio, curated by Scott J. Hunter, The Franklin Outdoor, Chicago, IL
The Spacesuits Presents: It's at the End of the World, curated by Anaïs Duplan, Distillery Gallery, Boston, MA
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY: 004, Film screening curated by Jennifer Reeder, Nightingale Cinema, Chicago, IL
Aesthetics of Wellness, curated by Sydney Stoudmire, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
2014
After Party, curated by Alberto Aguilar, Student Union Galleries, Chicago, IL
Bare Bones, curated by Edra Soto, The Franklin Outdoor, Chicago, IL
2013   
Unfurling: Five Explorations in Art, Activism, and Archiving, curated by Anthony D. Stepter, The Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, Chicago, IL
Feedback, curated by Allison Glenn, The Arts Incubator in Washington Park, Chicago, IL
2012    
Mythologies, curated by Rashayla Marie Brown, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL
People You May Know, Rational Park Gallery, Chicago, IL
Plural Zones, curated by Torkwase Dyson, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL
Kindred Visions, curated by James Britt, Andres Hernandez, and Frankie Brown, Blanc Gallery, Chicago, IL
Twenty in Their Twenties, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
The Layered Cities, Kriti Gallery, Vanarasi, India
2011     
Shape. Shift. Substitute. Tom Robinson Gallery, Chicago, IL
2010  
ArtBash, Betty Rymer Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago           


LECTURES & SELECTED PANELS

2019
Facilitator
| Deconstructed Anthems: Ekene Ijeoma in conversation with Alexandria Eregbu, Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Panelist | Artist Talk: Relearning with Mentions, Chicago Art Department, Chicago, IL
Presenter | Infinite Plentitude & Afrosurrealism: du monde noir, Poets House, New York City, NY
2018

LecturerFinding Ijeoma: Entering the Marvelous Journey, Visiting Artist Lecture Series, University of Oregon School of Art + Design, Eugene, OR  
LecturerMapping the Legacy of the Marvelous: Uses of the AfroSurreal from West Africa to Across the Atlantic, organized by home school in partnership with PNCA, Yale Union, Portland, OR
PanelistA Home for Surrealism: Conversation with Janine Mileaf, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Chicago, IL
PanelistTraversing Departures, panel moderated by Xochitl Bada Garcia in conjunction with Out of Easy Reach curated by Allison Glenn, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL
SpeakerArtists’ Lifestyles + Funding Models, LAUNCH: Invitational Residency, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL
Panelist | Martinique: The Marvelous, ICI Curatorial Hub, New York, NY
Lecturer | SAIC INTERLINK: Visiting Artist + Curator Program, Guest Lecturer, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
LecturerMapping the Legacy of the Marvelous: Uses of the AfroSurreal from West Africa to Across the Atlantic, Contemporary Histories: Fiber, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2017
Panelist | West Side Arts: Claiming and Reclaiming Space, Jane Addams Hull House, Chicago, IL
Presenter | Visualizing Resistance: Examining the Social Function of Art, Graduate Symposium, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
PanelistWorking Through It: Mindfulness in Critical Art Practice, panel moderated by Zakkiyyah Najeebah, Lake FX Conference, Chicago Cultural Center, IL
Presenter(Revolution) in the Service of the Marvelous, Independent Curator's International: Curatorial Intensive Symposium, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA
2015
PanelistAesthetics of Wellness: Artist Talk, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
Panelist | Race, Magic, Mojo: Explorations of Culture, Identity and Spirituality, panel moderated by Tracie D. Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
Presenter | The City in Between, moderated by Didier Morelli, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Defibrillator, Chicago, IL
PanelistEunice Johnson: Fashion’s First AfroSurrealist, moderated by Camille Morgan, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
2014
PanelistTracers Takes on Feminism: Conversations about Motherhood, LGBTQ, & Race, Threewalls, Chicago, IL
2013
Panelist | Marvelous Freedom Presents: A Conversation with the Artists, The South Side Community Art Center, Chicago IL
SpeakerWhat is Afro-Surreal? Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
Lecturer | Marwen, Chicago, IL
2012
Lecturer | Research Studio II, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
PanelistArtist Talk with Kindred Visions, Blanc Gallery, Chicago, IL
2011
PanelistAn Itch to Scratch, moderated by Betsy Odom, Woman Made Gallery
SpeakerSymposium for Cultural Difference and Artistic Practices, School of the Art Institute of Chicago


SELECTED PRESS

2018
"A West Side Artist's Inspiration Begins at Home," Austin Weekly News, Written by Igor Studenkov
http://www.austinweeklynews.com/News/Articles/2-13-2018/A-West-Side-artist's-inspiration-begins-at-home-/

Alexandria Eregbu, Interview with John Bergin, Off-Kilter Magazine, Issue 003
https://www.offkiltermag.co/

2017
"Break, Flatten, Surge: Durational Performance and the Unlearning of Habitual Affect," Misty DeBerry, PhD., Northwestern University

2016
"2016 3Arts Teaching Artist Award-Winners," Teaching Artists Guild, Interview with Kate Bell
https://issuu.com/teachingartistsguild/docs/quarterly_issue_07_issuu

"Shaping an Unknown Path," The Daily Iowan, Written by Tessa Solomon
http://daily-iowan.com/26060/arts/shaping-an-unknown-path/

"Social Media Revolution Influences Art at The Luminary," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Written by Calvin Wilson
https://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/arts-and-theatre/social-media-revolution-influences-art-at-the-luminary/article_feff562e-3455-5642-bfc5-333d323fe1cc.html

"3 Art Openings to Visit this Weekend," River Front Times, Paul Friswold
https://www.riverfronttimes.com/artsblog/2016/06/02/3-art-openings-to-visit-this-weekend

"Conversations with CAR: Alexandria Eregbu," StoryCorps, Interview with Kara Sajeske
http://www.chicagoartistsresource.org/artist-stories/conversations-car-alexandria-eregebu

"25 Creative Entrepreneurs of Color You Should Know," MADE Magazine - July / August Issue, 2016

"Six Chicago-based Artists Who Are Changing Photography," Time Out Chicago, Written by Kayl Parker
https://www.timeout.com/chicago/blog/six-chicago-based-artists-who-are-changing-photography-042916

"Alexandria Eregbu: Through Visibility," VAM Magazine, Written by Shawna Jones
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SO6EPWFzjzfLZ4mYKNuR3PpRr9L1IJx5dDZGjqpPT9U/edit?usp=sharing

2015
"News: Chicago Artists Coalition’s “The Annual: An Exhibition of New Chicago Art” to Run Concurrently with EXPO Chicago" Written by Elliot Reichert
https://art.newcity.com/2015/07/28/chicago-artists-coalitions-the-annual-an-exhibition-of-new-chicago-art-to-run-concurrently-with-expo-chicago/

"Breakout Artists 2015: Chicago's Next Generation of Image Makers," Art Newcity, Written by Matt Morris
https://art.newcity.com/2015/04/30/breakout-artists-2015-chicagos-next-generation-of-image-makers/

“Review: EXODUS/Arts Incubator,” Art Newcity, Written by Elliot Reichert
https://art.newcity.com/2015/02/20/review-exodusarts-incubator/

“Alexandria Eregbu: Interview + Studio Tour” Eleven Thirty-Seven, Interview with Alysia Alex
http://www.11thirtyseven.com/blog/2015/1/30/chicago-local-alexandria-eregbu

2014
“Quasi-Choreography” @ HATCH Projects,” Chicago Artist Writers, Review written by Jenyu Wang
http://temporaryartreview.com/quasi-choreography-at-hatch-projects/

2013
“The Surreal Life,” Afro-Futurism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture, Book written by Ytasha Womack
https://www.amazon.com/Afrofuturism-World-Sci-Fi-Fantasy-Culture/dp/1613747969/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1533863569&sr=1-1&keywords=ytasha+l.+womack

“When Art Spaces Go Extinct,” Hyperallergic, Review written by Alicia Eler
https://hyperallergic.com/89646/when-art-spaces-go-extinct/

“Notes on the Crisis of Black American Performance Art,” Radical Presence: Black Contemporary Art, Essay written by Clifford Owens
https://www.amazon.com/Radical-Presence-Black-Performance-Contemporary/dp/1933619384

"Hey Ya!" Mythologies Catalogue, Essay written by Romi Crawford

“Black Venus is on Fire!” F Newsmagazine, Video Interview
http://fnewsmagazine.com/2013/04/alexandria-eregbu-black-venus-is-on-fire/

“It’s Her World, We Just Live in It” F Newsmagazine, Essay written by Rashayla Marie Brown
http://fnewsmagazine.com/2013/04/its-her-world-we-just-live-in-it/

“Marvelous Freedom/Vigilance of Desire, Revisited” F Newsmagazine, Video Interview
http://fnewsmagazine.com/2013/04/marvelous-freedom-vigilance-of-desire-revisited/

“Representing Race” F Newsmagazine, Review written by Kim Harty
http://fnewsmagazine.com/2013/03/representing-race-africa-and-america-collide-in-mythologies-at-sullivan-galleries/

2012
"Mythologies at SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries” Bad at Sports, Review written by Danny Orendorff
http://badatsports.com/2012/exhibition-review-mythologies-at-saics-sullivan-galleries/

“Black to the Future Series: An Interview with Alexandria Eregbu” Sixty Inches from Center, Interview written by Tempestt Hazel
http://sixtyinchesfromcenter.org/archive/?p=15974

“Twenty in Their Twenties” Art Voices Magazine, Review