Instructor, Sculpture (2012). BFA, 2001, and MAAE, 2012, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Exhibitions: Beauty and Brawn Gallery and Think Space, Chicago; Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Chicago; Curator’s Choice, Chicago Arts District, Pilsen; Pilsen East Artist Open House, Chicago; Around the Coyote, Chicago. Curation: Her, Beauty and Brawn Gallery and Think Space, Chicago. Publications and Grants: Illinois Art Education, MOSAIC; Beaumont Foundation Grant for Integrated Technology, Chicago.
My name is Christine (Kris) Bespalec-Davis and I am part time faculty at SAIC a well as the head of Education and Outreach at the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago. In art making, I am most interested in the role of personal narratives and their ability to communicate sensations of time, space, physical presence, and emotion to the viewer. My personal work incorporates sculpture and site specificity, largely inspired by historical events both personal and environmental.
My classroom work emphasizes the importance of this individual voice, communicating through sculptural work and materials as well as transforming understandings of both objects and the space they inhabit.
The work that inspires me deals with aspects of preservation?documentary photography, relics, old film reels, works that reveal the story of mysterious or unknown persons, historic preservation, art that represents people, places and distinct moments in time.
Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.