Terrain Biennial Evanston
to Nov 7

Terrain Biennial Evanston

I’ll be exhibiting my work at 1801 Wesley Avenue in Evanston, IL as a part of the Terrain Biennial.

The Terrain Biennial is unlike any other art festival. It takes place on lawns, in front yards, on porches, beneath awnings, and in windows. Residents partner with artists to bring striking, contemporary artwork into their communities. The Terrain Biennial challenges the way art is often confined to institutional spaces and class-specific audiences. Building on Chicago’s rich tradition of apartment galleries and artist-run spaces, the Biennial brings contemporary art into the intimate terrain of the front yard, fostering dialogue between neighbors and providing access to new art for a wide range of people.

Opening reception
Sunday October 6
2–4:00 p.m.
1100 block of Florence Avenue in Evanston, IL

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SOFT, an exhibition of prints and textiles
to Aug 31

SOFT, an exhibition of prints and textiles

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I am very excited to be included in and to co-curate SOFT, an exhibition of prints and textiles curated by Victoria Marie Barquin and myself.

In addition to exploring the shared appreciation for craft, repetition, imagery, and physicality between textile and print production, SOFT confronts the often gendered interpretation of the word by exhibiting works that are all at once emotive, graphic, skillful, and strong. This exhibition will feature artwork by Meg Roberts Arsenovic, Bukola Koiki, Melissa Leandro, Nicole Del Rio, Sonnenzimmer (Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi), Fraser Taylor, Cassie Tompkins, and Chris Williford.

Image: Meg Roberts Arsenovic, Marine-target (Chesapeake Bay impact crater color study 6 & 7), 2018, faux fur on paper, 10 x 10 x 1 inches. Photo credit: David Hunter Hale.

Exhibition Opening
June 22, 2019, 5:00–8:00 p.m.

Exhibition runs through August 31, 2019

Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
4912 North Western Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60625

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Open Studio during the Chicago Print Crawl
11:00 AM11:00

Open Studio during the Chicago Print Crawl

Chicago Print Crawl at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

I’ll be opening my private studio in the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative during the Chicago Print Crawl.

The Chicago Print Crawl offers a behind-the-scenes peek into Chicago’s vibrant printmaking industry. 38 eclectic printmaking venues throughout the city are inviting the public to stop by for a day of free activities including studio tours, print sales, hands-on art projects, gallery exhibitions, and printmaking demonstrations.

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Art of the Neighborhood
to Jun 3

Art of the Neighborhood

Art of the Neighborhood

I’m excited to be chosen as one of Chicago’s 10 artists included in Willis Tower’s and Chicago Artists Coalition’s exhibit that is part of the new Art of the Neighborhood program!

Willis Tower is partnering with the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) to provide 10 local artists with a platform to showcase their work in an effort to highlight the Tower as a cultural force and destination.

The exhibit is the first phase of Art of the Neighborhood, a dynamic new arts initiative that draws inspiration from Chicago’s creative energy to foster ongoing art programming throughout Willis Tower for tenants and visitors. Because the city is so diverse and composed of many neighborhoods, each with their own energy and character, the exhibit features an exciting group of contemporary artists with diverse backgrounds and studio practices who all live and work in neighborhoods throughout Chicago.

By bringing these artworks together, the exhibition demonstrates an expansive range of color, form, technique and texture. From layered photographs to graphic collages to woven fabric and re-staged still lifes, the exhibit offers a vivid reflection of the complexity, creative energy, and constant motion of Chicago.

CNL Projects is curating the Willis Tower exhibit, which is now open in the Tower’s lobby area accessible from the Adams St. entrance. The exhibit will be open to building tenants and the general public. At the end of the program, Willis Tower tenants will have the opportunity to vote for one piece of art that will remain on permanent display in the Tower House café on the 33rd floor of the Tower.

Exhibition runs through July 9, 2019

Willis Tower
33rd floor
233 South Wacker Drive,
Chicago, IL 60606

Exhibiting Artists
Cassie Tompkins
Dianna Frid
Edra Soto
Erin Hayden
Jean Alexander Frater
Jordan Martins
Kelly Kristin Jones
Melissa Leandro
Ruben Aguirre
Whit Forrester

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Life as We Know It: A Storehouse Project
to Dec 16

Life as We Know It: A Storehouse Project

Life as We Know It: A Storehouse Project

I am grateful to be included in Life as We Know It: A Storehouse Project, an exhibition based on The Storehouse, a multi-disciplinary arts space run by Penny Duff and Michael Slaboch at their home in rural Southwest Michigan. In addition to a multi-media curated exhibition, the show will provide opportunities for students and visitors to actively engage with Duff’s notion of “the everyday as site, medium, and muse” and leave with a takeaway zine featuring artwork, recipes, poetry and more. 

Exhibition Opening
October 25, 2018, 5:30–7:00 p.m.

Exhibition runs through December 16, 2018

Eckert Art Gallery
Winter Visual and Performing Art Center
Millersville University
60 W. Cottage Avenue 
Millersville, PA 17551

Exhibiting Artists
75 Dollar Bill
Lisa Alvarado
Aram Han Sifuentes
Georgia Hubley
Chad Kouri
Archer Prewitt
Joe Puleo
Kaveri Raina
Sonnenzimmer (Nadine Nakanishi + Nick Butcher)
Cassie Tompkins
Charlie Vinz
Emily Frances Winter

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Five Works at Mana Contemporary
to Sep 30

Five Works at Mana Contemporary

Five Works: Cassie Tompkins

I am pleased to have been invited to be the current artist in Five Works, a bi-monthly project series that features five new and/or recent works by emerging Chicago artists in the Mana Chicago office space. 

Private Exhibition Viewing
Friday, August 3, 6–8:00 p.m.

Exhibition runs through September 30, 2018

2233 S THROOP ST. 

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to Jul 28


Cleve Carney Art Gallery’s second annual juried emerging artist exhibition. This exhibition is intended to provide a survey of contemporary artwork being created by emerging artists in the region and across the country. ONE is meant to be a stepping stone for those early in their artistic careers.

Opening Night
Friday, June 1, 6–8:00 p.m.

Exhibition runs through July 28, 2018
Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. and Saturday 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Cleve Carney Art Gallery
The Gallery is located in the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage.
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, Illinois, 60137
(Park in lot Fawell A)

Exhibiting Artists
Bianca Cardenas
Gianna DiBartolomeo,
Angela Dieffenbach,
Elizabeth Sidebotham
Carla Fisher Schwartz
Marcelina Gonzalez
Gina Hunt, Nate Juncer
Morteza Khakshoor
Mie Kongo
Anikó Kuikka
John Lusis
Joseph Mora
Alessandra Norman
Gyan Shrosbree
Cassie Tompkins
Henry Voellmecke
Juliann Wang
Jenny Wu
Carley Zarzeka
Jia Qi Zhen.

Alberto Aguilar
Meg Duguid
Teresa Silva. 

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to Jun 8



May 27–June 8, 2018

I'm pleased to announce I've been chosen to attend the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Open Studio Residency in Deer Isle, Maine. The residency fosters a dynamic exchange of ideas among peers and provides studio time and an opportunity to work in a supportive community of makers. I'm looking forward to having two weeks to experiment and focus on my work and meeting my fellow residents.

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to Apr 20


Short Circuit
New work by Barber, Sheida Soleimani, Cassie Tompkins, and Lauren Valley
Curated by Elizabeth Lalley

Opening Reception
April 6, 2018, 6–9:00 p.m.

Exhibition runs through April 27, 2018
Gallery hours Sundays from 12–4 p.m.

ACRE Projects
1345 West 19th Street
Chicago, IL 60608

Through photography, collage, video, and textile, the four artists in Short Circuit respond to the circulation of imagery and information within digital mass media, as they disrupt, reject, or dissect contemporary modes of image production and consumption. Employing strikingly different visual languages and critical sensibilities, these artists are united by an attempt to redirect digital currents towards a material grounding, rooted in the messiness of human output. At moments wry and dissonant, each work in the exhibition draws out issues of identity, subjectivity, and politics embedded in globalized media. 

Created from mash-ups of Instagram screenshots, Barber’s collaged prints expose the influence of algorithms on the imagery in our social media feeds. Fused side-by-side, the screenshots show how particular contents, signifiers, and shapes morph from one image to the next: digital equations that analyze our virtual identities and suggest if we like that, we might like this. Overlaying his own marks on each image, Barber adopts a critical distance, exposing how virtual computations are tailored to each human subject.

Layers of symbolism and recombined imagery can likewise be found in the work of Sheida Soleimani, whose practice melds sculpture, collage, and photography to expose socio-political currents in Iran, often sourcing material from popular press, media trends, and the dark web. In the artist’s newest body of work, “Medium of Exchange,” staged tableaus explore the tangled dynamics of power, corruption, and violence that play out between leaders of oil-rich OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) nations and the West. In the work on view in Short Circuit, a female body is masked by the face of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman—Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” in 2017—as the letters of “Time” drip ominously with oil: a gesture to the petroleum industry’s male-dominated systems. 

Adopting the alter ego of “Junie Genius” for her YouTube channel, Lauren Valley riffs on the archetype of the “mad scientist”—typically male and white— as she invents robotic devices to aid her with various dilemmas, which are often outlandish or wryly existential (a robot to wipe your tears, for instance). The devices are frequently unsuccessful, however, as each video contains a degree of structured chaos and an aesthetic of failure. Unlike the polished finish of typical “maker” videos, Valley’s series balances rough, lo-fi elements with considered cuts. Expertly weaving together art, robotics, and satire, “Junie Genius” is, among many things, a humorous display of counter-technology and an embrace of creative possibility. 

Cassie Tompkins deliberately departs from the digital realm and turns to analog methods for her vividly colorful, hand-printed textiles. The colors and shapes of quotidian life—increasingly steeped in the digital worlds behind our screens—take on a shifting, ambiguous nature within Tompkins’ textiles. Improvised and organic, each piece of cloth presents tactility and the relational nature of color (unmediated by a device) as means of revising the sensory overload of virtual space. 

ACRE Projects welcomes all gender expressions and features gender neutral bathrooms. ACRE's space is ADA Accessible. Please contact Kate Bowen (exhibitions@acreresidency.org) if you require additional accessibility information.

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to Jul 16


I'm very excited to announce I'll be attending ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) for two weeks in July. ACRE is an artist-run non-profit based in Chicago devoted to employing various systems of support for emerging artists and to creating a generative community of cultural producers. The residency takes place in rural Southwest Wisconsin, on 1000 acres of wetland, hills, and farmland. The facilities include communal work spaces, a screen-printing studio, an outdoor wood shop, an art and tech facility, a sound studio, a fibers studio, and a ceramics studio. I look forward to working with my fellow residents, getting some fresh air, and spending an unprecedented amount of time on my artwork. Stayed tuned for a correlating exhibition next year!

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Typeforce 8
6:00 PM18:00

Typeforce 8

The annual Chicago show of emerging typographic allstars

Opening Night
February 17, 6–10:00 p.m.

Exhibition runs through March 4, 2017
Email to schedule showing: loganbaybay@gmail.com

Co-Prosperity Sphere
3219 South Morgan Street

2017 Exhibiting Artists
Adam Trowbridge
Adé Hogue
Aggie Toppins
Alexa Viscius
Andy Detskas
Cassie Tompkins
Chad Reichert
Coleman Collins
Crystal Zapata
Dylan Wells
Jessica Westbrook
JP Ramirez
Kyle Green
Kyle Letendre
Luke Dorman
Nermin Moufti
Nicky Mazur
Niels Post
Renata Graw
Satoru Nihei
Sky White
Tyler Deal
Yan Zhou

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