Collecting inspiration at Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon in Iceland.

Designer & Artist

Cassie Tompkins (b. 1979) grew up in the small farm and factory town of Sterling, Illinois. In 2001 she graduated with a BFA in photography from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and in 2011 received a BFA with a concentration in visual communication design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has worked with many different mediums, including photography and printmaking, almost always exploring light, pattern, color, and the little bits of beauty that are found within any environment. Cassie currently works as part of the Design team at the Art Institute of Chicago and is a freelance designer for Illinois Humanities. In 2017 she completed the inaugural FIELD/WORK residency at the Chicago Artist Coalition and attended the ACRE Residency in Steuben, WI.