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, Nixon is a curator, self-publisher, and art writer interested in alternative art histories and socially engaged art projects. 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 is an organizer for the Chicago Underground Film Festival and a co-programmer for the Onion City Film Festival. She received her MA in Arts Administration & Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Demecina Beehn, Public Programs and Community Engagement Manager

Beehn’s interest and scholarship revolve around providing access to art for underrepresented communities and creating intersectional learning environments and safe spaces. Before joining Gallery 400 in 2016, Beehn was Outreach and Engagement Manager at Rebuild Foundation, Chicago and Programs Assistant at Jane Addams Hull House Museum, University of Illinois at Chicago. She has held positions at Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE); Threewalls, Chicago; and Contemporary Arts Center Las Vegas and was the founder of Big Artist Now, an online exhibition space. She received her MA in Museum and Exhibitions Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago.