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.

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

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, 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

2018
Solo exhibition, Nichols Tower in Homan Square, Chicago, IL with funded support from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (forthcoming) 
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, 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
Reinterpreting Religion, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL (forthcoming)
Untitled (After Ralph & Louie), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL (forthcoming)
2017
Body Work, Ralph Arnold Gallery, Loyola University, Chicago, IL
Old Black Magic, Chicago Art Department, Chicago, IL
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           
 

LECTURES & ARTIST PRESENTATIONS

2018
Martinique: The Marvelous, ICI Curatorial Hub, New York, NY
Guest Lecturer, SAIC INTERLINK: Visiting Artist + Curator Program, 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, Lake FX Conference, Chicago Cultural Center, IL
(Revolution) in the Service of the Marvelous, ICI Curatorial Intensive Symposium, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA
Terence Nance, Alexandria Eregbu, & Devin Cain, Film screening at Public Space One, Iowa City, IA
2015
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY: 004, Film Screening at Nightingale Cinema, Chicago, IL
Aesthetics of Wellness - Artist Talk, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
Race, Magic, Mojo: Explorations of Culture, Identity and Spirituality, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
The City in Between, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Defibrillator, Chicago, IL
Eunice Johnson: Fashion’s First AfroSurrealist, Milwaukee Art Museum
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
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 with Betsy Odom, Woman Made Gallery
Symposium for Cultural Difference and Artistic Practices, SAIC



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