Alexandria Eregbu is a visual artist, independent curator, and educator. At her core, Alexandria is most passionate about re-imagining 21st century possibilities for artistic practice through service and creating viable support structures that promote both sustainability and accessibility for artists and communities engaging the arts. Her teaching background and early interests in civic justice and youth advocacy were initially fostered through her involvement with TRACE (Teens Re-Imagining Art, Community, and Environment) a creative leadership program facilitated through the Chicago Park District between 2013-2017.

As an artist, Alexandria’s multi-faceted practice has illuminated pathways to the coasts Portland at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY, and throughout the Midwest— from the Milwaukee Art Museum in Wisconsin, The Luminary in St. Louis, Missouri, the South Side Community Art Center, Chicago Cultural Center, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. She has held fellowships, as both artist and curator, with ACRE (Steuben, WI); HATCH Projects, Stony Island Arts Bank, (Chicago, IL); The Center for Afrofuturist Studies (Iowa City, IA), Independent Curators International’s Curatorial Intensive (New Orleans, LA); and The Camargo Foundation—3Arts Residency (Cassis, France). Alexandria’s gravitation towards creative practice and inquiry has received generous support from the Propeller Fund, Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Independent Curators International, 3Arts, and Joyce Foundation. A 2016 3Arts Teaching Artist Award recipient, Alexandria 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 of Commissioned Works for Illinois Humanities' city-wide initiative Envisioning Justice(co-curated with Danny Orendorff)— which examines how over-incarceration affects Chicago communities and offer solutions to crisis. 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 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 — The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Chicago, IL
(Merit Scholarship Recipient) 

BFA —   The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Chicago, IL
(Merit Scholarship Recipient)
 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2018
Visiting Lecturer, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
 

AWARDS & GRANTS

2018
Independent Curators International & Joyce Foundation Research Fellowship, Fort de France, Martinique
2017
Merit Scholarship - Independent Curators International, New York, NY
2016
3Arts Award - Teaching Artist Category
DCASE: Individual Artists Program - Creative Projects
2015
Newcity Breakout Artist
Diversity Scholarship, ACRE
DCASE: Individual Artists Program - Professional Development Grant
2013     
Propeller Fund Grant
Graduating Student Leadership Award, SAIC
Ox-Bow Merit Scholarship
2011     
John W. Kurtich Foundation Travel Scholarship
Leadership Award, SAIC, 
2010     
Contemporary Practices Scholarship, SAIC
2009
Merit Scholarship Recipient, SAIC
Iowa Heart Award


RESIDENCIES & FELLOWSHIPS

2018
Camargo Foundation / 3Arts Residency, Cassis, France
2017
Independent Curators International: Curatorial Intensive, New Orleans, LA
2016
The Center for Afrofuturist Studies - Public Studio One, Iowa City, IA
Stony Island Arts Bank, Chicago, IL
2015
ACRE Residency — Artist + Resident Curator
DCASE Public Studio Artist Resident, Chicago Cultural Center
2014
Resident Curator, HATCH Projects, Chicago Artists Coalition
2013
Teaching Artist in Residence, The Pedestrian Project, Harold Washington College, Chicago, IL


CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2018-2019
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   
The Politics of Seeing, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL
Marvelous Freedom/Vigilance of Desire, Revisited, Arcade Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, IL


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
Oh Heavenly Father, Mother Ocean, and Cosmic Seed...!, Ditch Projects, Eugene, OR (forthcoming) 
A Blue Song (When I Think of You), Homan Square Community Center, Chicago, IL with funded support from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
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 GROUP EXHIBITIONS & PERFORMANCES

2018
Untitled (After Ralph & Louie), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
2017
Body Work, curated by Betsy Odom and Raphael E. Vera at Ralph Arnold Gallery, Loyola University, Chicago, IL
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 at Chicago Art Department, Chicago, IL
2016
Shared History, curated by Rashayla Marie Brown at The South Side Community Art Center, Chicago, IL
Your Body is a Battleground, curated by Meg T. Noe at Weinberg / Newton Gallery, Chicago, IL
2015
Simplicity, curated by Chelsea Culprit and Ben Foch at Starcom, Chicago, IL
Warm Kitty, Soft Kitty, curated by Camille Morgan at Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
Finocchio, curated by Scott J. Hunter at The Franklin Outdoor, Chicago, IL
Terrain Biennial, organized by Sabina Ott, Oak Park, IL
The Spacesuits Presents: It's at the End of the World, curated by Anaïs Duplan at Distillery Gallery, Boston, MA
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY: 004, Film screening curated by Jennifer Reeder at Nightingale Cinema, Chicago, IL
Aesthetics of Wellness, curated by Sydney Stoudmire at Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
Thoroughbreds, a performance directed by Jefferson Pinder at Sector 2337, Chicago, IL
2014
My Father's Meal with 30 Guests, Chicago Home Theater Festival, Chicago, IL  
After Party, curated by Alberto Aguilar at Student Union Galleries, Chicago, IL
Bare Bones, curated by Edra Soto at The Franklin Outdoor, Chicago, IL
2013   
Unfurling: Five Explorations in Art, Activism, and Archiving, curated by Anthony D. Stepter at The Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, Chicago, IL
Seminar, curated by Clifford Owens at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY
Feedback, curated by Allison Glenn at The Arts Incubator in Washington Park, Chicago, IL
2012    
Mythologies, curated by Rashayla Marie Brown at Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL
People You May Know, Rational Park Gallery, Chicago, IL
Plural Zones, curated by Torkwase Dyson at Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL
Out of Site Chicago, Performance festival organized by Carron Little, Chicago, IL
Kindred Visions, curated by James Britt, Andres Hernandez, and Frankie Brown at 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
New Blood V Performance Festival, SAIC, Chicago, IL
Sexier, Performance in collaboration with Jeanne Medina, curated by Larry Lee, Zhou B Gallery, Chicago, IL           
2010  
ArtBash, Betty Rymer Gallery, SAIC, Chicago, IL           

LECTURES & ARTIST PRESENTATIONS

2018
Finding Ijeoma: Entering the Marvelous Journey, Visiting Artist Lecture Series, University of Oregon School of Art + Design, Eugene, OR (forthcoming) 
Mapping the Legacy of the Marvelous: Uses of the AfroSurreal from West Africa to Across the Atlantic, organized by home school, Yale Union, Portland, OR
A Home for Surrealism: Conversation with Janine Mileaf, Art Design Chicago: Storytelling Series, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Chicago, IL
Traversing Departures, panel moderated by Xochitl Bada Garcia in conjunction with Out of Easy Reach curated by Allison Glenn, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL
Martinique: The Marvelous, ICI Curatorial Hub, New York, NY
SAIC INTERLINK: Visiting Artist + Curator Program, Guest Lecturer, SAIC, Chicago, IL
Diasporic Textiles, Guest Lecturer, Contemporary Histories: Fiber, SAIC, Chicago, IL
2017
West Side Arts: Claiming and Reclaiming Space, Jane Addams Hull House, Chicago, IL
Visualizing Resistance: Examining the Social Function of Art, Graduate Symposium, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
Working Through It: Mindfulness in Critical Art Practice, panel moderated by Zakkiyyah Dumas, Lake FX Conference, Chicago Cultural Center, IL
(Revolution) in the Service of the Marvelous, ICI Curatorial Intensive Symposium, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA
2015
Aesthetics of Wellness: Artist Talk, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
Race, Magic, Mojo: Explorations of Culture, Identity and Spirituality, panel moderated by Tracie D. Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
The City in Between, panel moderated by Didier Morelli, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Defibrillator, Chicago, IL
Eunice Johnson: Fashion’s First AfroSurrealist, panel moderated by Camille Morgan, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
2014
Tracers Takes on Feminism: Conversations about Motherhood, LGBTQ, & Race, Threewalls, Chicago, IL
2013
Marvelous Freedom Presents: A Conversation with the Artists, The South Side Community Art Center, Chicago IL
What is Afro-Surreal? Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
Visiting Artist, Marwen, Chicago, IL
2012
Artist Talk, Research Studio II, SAIC
Artist Talk with Kindred Visions, Blanc Gallery, Chicago, IL
2011
An Itch to Scratch, panel moderated by Betsy Odom, Woman Made Gallery
Symposium for Cultural Difference and Artistic Practices, SAIC, Chicago, IL 



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