|The POETIC DIALOGUE PROJECT
an exhibition of collaborative works by artists and poets
Ana Fernandez was born in Madrid,Spain, but moved to the US during her late teens. She obtained undergraduate
degrees in Fibers, Printmaking, and Japanese Language at the University of Washington, and her MFA degree at
the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has participated in group and solo shows in the Northwest region of
the US, as well as Chicago. She currently works at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, MI. Her latest work
includes elements of printmaking, painting, drawing and collage, and it focuses on the interaction between the
female body & fashion. It is informed by a critique of the political and social messages regarding popular
perceptions of the female body, what constitutes beauty, and the search for beauty.
Michael Ferris Jr. received a B.F.A from The Kansas City Art Institute in 1991 and a M.F.A from Indiana University in
1996. He has been the recipient of many honors including the Presidential Scholar in the Arts award, the George
Sugarman Foundation Grant and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio Grant in New York City. His work has been shown
throughout the United States including The Illinois State Museum, The Queens Museum in Queens New York, The
de young Museum in San Francisco California and The American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City. In
January of 2008, Michael will have a one-person show of sculpture and drawings at the George Adams Gallery in
New York City.
Shelley Gilchrist received the B.A. in studio art at Northeastern Illinois University in 2000. Gilchrist has exhibited her
work regularly in Chicago area venues such as ARC Gallery, Gillock Gallery, Gallery Mornea, Noyes Cultural Arts
Center, the Art Center of Highland Park, and Woman Made Gallery, where she has also been a juror. Her work
has appeared in the juried publication American Art Collector. In 2007 she had her first solo exhibit of all abstract
work at ARC Gallery in Chicago. Gilchrist won the 2008 Director's Prize at "On the Edge," an encaustic exhibition at
Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, Massachusetts, awarded by Laura Moriarty of R & F Paints. Gilchrist works
primarily comprise encaustic painting.
Jane Hammond, educated at Mt. Holyoke College and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, had in 1989 the first
solo show of her paintings mounted at Exit Art in New York. Since then she has had eleven solo exhibitions in New
York and other solo exhibitions in Stockholm, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bilbao, Milan, Detroit, Chicago, Seattle, St.
Louis and Kansas City. Her work is now held in over forty public collections.
Solo museum exhibitions have been organized in 1990 at the Honolulu Academy of Art, in 1993 at the Cincinnati
Museum of Art, in 1994 at the Orlando Museum of Art and in 2002 at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip
Morris. In 2001 the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art organized a one-person show, “Jane Hammond: the
John Ashbery Collaboration 1993-2001”, which then traveled to the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, the
Madison Art Center and the Blaffer Gallery at the University of Houston. In 2003, the Weatherspoon Museum in
Greensboro, NC organized “Jane Hammond: The Rebus Paintings.” In 2006 the Mt. Holyoke College Art Museum
organized “Jane Hammond: Paper Work.” show, now traveling until early 2009 with exhibitions at the Tucson
Museum of Art; the Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI; the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR; the Herbert F.
Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; the Achenbach Foundation at the DeYoung Museum, San
Francisco, CA and the Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI.
Her paintings have been written about in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, Art in America, The New
Yorker, Artforum, Art on Paper, Modern Painters, Art News, Art & Antiques, BOMB Magazine, The Village Voice,
FlashArt, Arts Magazine and many other publications. She is the recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation
Grant, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant in Painting, two New York State Council on the Arts Grants, the
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant Award. Ms. Hammond lives in
New York City where she is represented by Galerie Lelong.
Donna June Katz, a fiber artist, creates paintings on cloth and hand-painted quilts inspired by her interest in natural
history, geology, maps and cosmography. Her work has been exhibited nationwide. Recent exhibit venues include
Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), Creative Arts Workshop (New Haven, CT), Art St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
and the South Bend Regional Museum of Art (South Bend, IN). She is a recipient of an Illinois Arts Council
Fellowship Grant and the First Prize James R. Thompson Award for Excellence in Craft. Her artwork has been
profiled in “Fiberarts” magazine, and can also be seen in the book, Art Scene: Chicago 2000.
Dianne Kornberg is an artist known for her work with bones and insects, and for her large-scale black and white
gelatin silver prints. In 2000 she and began inkjet printmaking. Although she was trained as a painter, her medium,
for twenty-five years, has been photography. She is represented in several important collections including those
of the International Center for Photography, The Princeton Art Museum, the Houston Museum of Art, the Seattle
Art Museum, and the Portland Art Museum. Kornberg has exhibited throughout the United States and
internationally in more than twenty solo exhibitions. A book of her work, Field Notes: Photographs by Dianne
Kornberg 1992-2007 was published in 2007 by Marylhurst University. It includes an essay by Terry Toedtemeier,
Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum, which places her work in the context of the history of
photography. She is a featured artist in other book publications including Contemporary Art in the Northwest, 100
Artists of the West Coast, and Selected Works of the Portland Art Museum, and in periodicals including American
Photographer, Photo/Design Magazine, Elle Décor, Town & Country, and Lens Work Quarterly. She is represented
by Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland and by Nohra Haime Gallery in New York City.
Kim Laurel has exhibited in the United States, Canada and England since 1977. Her work is in various public and
corporate collections including: The Deloitte Corporate Collection, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Quad
Graphics Collection, Atlas Communications, Up Shot Promotional Marketing Corp., Bemidji State University, The
Stockton Arts Commission Collection, The Peace Museum Archive, State of Illinois, Executive Mansion Collection,
Sandoz Agro Inc., Samata Associates, The Burpee Museum Collection, Bloomington Federal Savings and Loan,
Center for the Visual Arts Gallery Collection at Illinois State University and The Mayer Collection. Her long term
affiliations and memberships in Chicago and regional arts organizations include: the Chicago Printmakers
Collaborative, the Chicago Artist's Coalition, the Mid America Print Council and Around the Coyote.
Recent exhibitions include: 2007 Small Print Show at the Workshop Print Gallery of the Chicago Printmakers
Collaborative, Ink; Works from the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative at the Tall Grass Arts Association Gallery;
The Mythopian Group: Works On Paper Exhibition at the Old Town Arts Center in Chicago; Reassignments: Group
Exhibition at ARC Gallery in Chicago; Art Synthesis 2007 at the Chicago Public Library; A Celebration of the
Ancestors Exhibit at the Irish American Heritage Center; 4 SUM: Works by 4 Chicago Artists - Group Show at Las
Manos Gallery in Chicago; Fortunes & Misfortunes - Group Show at Mars Gallery in Chicago; Hot off the Press -
Group Printmaking Exhibit at Norris Cultural Art Center Gallery in St. Charles, Il.
Lynda Lowe received her MFA at Indiana University, then began a fifteen year teaching career at Wheaton
College and Northern Illinois University. Lowe’s interest in the relationships between art and science, perception
and consciousness is evident in her imagery that juxtaposes highly rendered objects alongside text and poetry
fragments, scientific observations and mathematical formula. Her paintings over the last decade have been widely
exhibited in twenty-seven solo exhibitions and numerous group shows in galleries and museums across the
country. She is the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowships, IAC special assistance and arts resource
grants, Fulbright and Ford Foundation grants. She was awarded eight residencies and selected as a lifetime
distinguished resident at Ragdale Foundation. Lowe is represented by Gail Severn Gallery in Sun Valley, Idaho and
Arden Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts. She currently works painting in her studio on Puget Sound.