Gallery 400 Staff

Lorelei Stewart, Director

Lorelei Stewart, Director of Gallery 400 since 2000, has organized over 40 exhibitions, including the Joyce Award-winning exhibition Edgar Arceneaux: The Alchemy of Comedy...Stupid (2006). In 2002 she initiated the acclaimed At the Edge: Innovative Art in Chicago series, a commissioning program that encouraged Chicago area artists' experimental practices. Stewart currently serves as Interim Director of the Master of Arts in Museum and Exhibition Studies program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She holds an MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, a BA from Smith College, and a BFA from Corcoran College of Art and Design.

Erin Nixon, Assistant Director

Assistant Director at Gallery 400 since 2014, Erin Nixon is a curator, self-publisher, and art writer interested in alternative art histories and experimental art practices. She was a co-curator of Extinct Entities, a project that explored histories of Chicago-based art spaces and collectives that no longer exist through newly commissioned time-based work, and was an organizer for the Chicago Underground Film Festival and a co-programmer for the Onion City Film Festival. She currently co-curates Channels: A Quarterly Film Series which hosts screenings at venues throughout Chicago. She received her MA in Arts Administration & Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and BA in Art History from the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

Marcela Torres, Community Engagement & Public Programs Manager 

Marcela Torres, Community Engagement & Public Programs Manager, approaches projects through the intersectional lenses of performer, educator, and community organizer, each practice slipping into one another. Within her own arts practice she creates immersive events, curatorial structures, and publications that involve community groups ranging from libraries, public schools, and arts audiences. She has served as Education Manager for CUAC in Salt Lake City, UT; created innovative arts integration programs for Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Book Arts Program at The J. Willard Marriott Library; and currently works with Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education. She holds an MFA in Performance from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and BA in Sculpture and a BFA in Art History from the University of Utah.

Erin Madarieta, Curatorial Graduate Assistant

Curatorial Assistant Erin Madarieta joined Gallery 400 in the fall of 2017. Erin received a BA in International Studies with a minor in Art History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012. She is currently an MA student in Art History at UIC, with a concentration in Latin American and Latinx Studies. Her research is focused on modern and contemporary Peruvian art and the politics of its engagements with knowledge practices ranging from quipu making to mapmaking.

Rachel McDermott, Communications Graduate Assistant

Rachel McDermott graduated from the College of Charleston in 2014 with a BA in Historic Preservation and Community Planning, and she is currently an MA student in the Museum and Exhibition Studies program at UIC. Her interests include researching strategies in communications and didactic materials that create welcoming and inclusive contemporary art spaces. Rachel joined Gallery 400 in the fall of 2017, and she is currently the Art Gallery Coordinator at the Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL.

Megan Moran, Public Programs & Community Engagement Graduate Assistant

Megan Moran received her BA in Art History from Seattle University in 2014 and is currently an MA student in Museum and Exhibition Studies at UIC. Her research interests include community-driven museum programming and trauma-informed museum education models. Prior to joining Gallery 400 in fall 2017, Megan held the role of Museum Educator at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and was the Education Coordinator at Alphawood Gallery in Chicago.