Alexandria Eregbu was born on July of 1991 to her two parents: Obinna, a retired athlete from Nigeria and Ericka, a fiery young woman from the West Side of Chicago. That very same year the Chicago Bulls had won their first NBA Championship, Miss Black America had been raped, Rodney King had been beaten by L.A.’s police force, and the Cold War was declared over. Alexandria’s middle name “Ijeoma” means “safe journey,” given by her father after his sister’s passing. Eregbu spent most of her childhood in the company of her younger sister, Erin and familial matriarchs— watching Disney, collecting objects, playing dress up in mom’s military uniform, and admiring dad’s athletic accomplishments. She still has an aspiration to see the world on a magic carpet.

Raised in Iowa, Alexandria's awareness of “difference” was first called to attention at age 6 by her classmates on picture day. Since then, her work as a visual artist has frequently focused on subjects surrounding family, ancestry, visibility, and collectivity. Alexandria's work has been featured in two solo exhibitions and several group exhibitions. Most notably, Alexandria was a recipient of the 3Arts Award in 2016. She has received fellowships with HATCH Projects (2014); Chicago Cultural Center, ACRE (2015); The Center for AfroFuturist Studies, Stony Island Arts Bank (2016); and Independent Curator International's - Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans (2017). In 2018, she will be an Artist Resident at Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. She was a recipient of the Propeller Fund Grant, John W. Kurtich Foundation Travel Scholarship, and was listed in Newcity’s list of Breakout Artists in 2015. Her work has been highlighted in Bad at Sports, AFROPUNK, Hyperallergic, Sixty Inches From Center, and Radical Presence: Black Contemporary Performance Art. She has been an artist since before she could fully dress herself.

 

 

EDUCATION

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

 

AWARDS & GRANTS

2017
Merit Scholarship - Independent Curators International (ICI) 
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, 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

2015
The Annual: An Exhibition of New Chicago Art, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL
Tertiary Dimensions, 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, Chicago, IL


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017
Solo Show, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA
2016
The Shadow on the Ground, The Luminary, St. Louis, MO
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
Reinterpreting Religion, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL (forthcoming)
2017
Body Work, Ralph Arnold Gallery, Loyola University, Chicago, IL (forthcoming)
2016
Shared History, South Side Community Art Center, Chicago, IL
Your Body is a Battleground, Weinberg / Newton Gallery, Chicago, IL
2015
Simplicity, Starcom, Chicago, IL
Warm Kitty, Soft Kitty, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
Finocchio, The Franklin, Chicago, IL
Terrain Biennial, Oak Park, IL
The Spacesuits Presents: It's at the End of the World, Distillery Gallery, Boston, MA
Aesthetics of Wellness, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
Thoroughbreds, (performance with Jefferson Pinder) Sector 2337, Chicago, IL
2014
Words We Live By, New Assembly, Chicago, IL
hAiRTist, Milwaukee Arts Festival, Chicago, IL
The Finding Ijeoma ProjectChicago Home Theater Festival, Chicago, IL  
After Party, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL
Bare Bones, The Franklin, Chicago, IL
2013   
Unfurling: Five Explorations in Art, Activism, and Archiving, The Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, Chicago, IL
Hair, Paul Robeson Galleries, Newark, NJ
Seminar, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY
Embody, Design Cloud LLC., Chicago, IL
Feedback, Arts Incubator, Chicago, IL
2012    
Mythologies, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL
People You May Know, Rational Park Gallery, Chicago, IL
Plural Zones, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL
Out of Site Chicago 2012, Chicago, IL
Kindred Visions, 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, Chicago, IL
Hair Show, Siragusa Gallery, Chicago, IL
Sexier, Zhou B Gallery, Chicago, IL           
2010  
ArtBash, Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago, IL           


SELECTED PRESS

2016
"2016 3Arts Teaching Artist Award-Winners," Teaching Artists Guild, Interview with Kate Bell
"Shaping an Unknown Path," The Daily Iowan, Written by Tessa Solomon
"Social Media Revolution Influences Art at The Luminary," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Written by Calvin Wilson
"3 Art Openings to Visit this Weekend," River Front Times, Paul Friswold
"Conversations with CAR: Alexandria Eregbu," StoryCorps, Interview with Kara Sajeske
"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
"Alexandria Eregbu: Through Visibility," VAM Magazine, Written by Shawna Jones
2015
"Breakout Artists 2015: Chicago's Next Generation of Image Makers," Art Newcity, Written by Matt Morris
“Review: EXODUS/Arts Incubator,” Art Newcity, Written by Elliot Reichert
“Alexandria Eregbu: Interview + Studio Tour” Eleven Thirty-Seven, Interview with Alysia Alex
2014
“Quasi-Choreography” @ HATCH Projects,” Chicago Artist Writers, Review written by Jenyu Wang
“Moving Canvas with the Nexus Project,” Review written by Sid Smith
2013
“The Surreal Life,” Afro-Futurism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture, Book written by Ytasha Womack
“When Art Spaces Go Extinct,” Hyperallergic, Review written by Alicia Eler
“Notes on the Crisis of Black American Performance Art,” Radical Presence: Black Contemporary Art, Essay written by Clifford Owens
"Hey Ya!" Mythologies Catalogue, Essay written by Romi Crawford
“Black Venus is on Fire!” F Newsmagazine, Video Interview
“It’s Her World, We Just Live in It” F Newsmagazine, Essay written by Rashayla Marie Brown
“Marvelous Freedom/Vigilance of Desire, Revisited” F Newsmagazine, Video Interview
“Representing Race” F Newsmagazine, Review written by Kim Harty
2012    “
Mythologies at SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries” Bad at Sports, Review written by Danny Orendorff
“Black to the Future Series: An Interview with Alexandria Eregbu” Sixty Inches from Center, Interview written by Tempestt Hazel
“Twenty in Their Twenties” Art Voices Magazine, Review