About

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.

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 a 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 currently works as the Education Coordinator at Alphawood Gallery in Chicago.

Noora Al Balushi, Program Assistant Garden for a Changing Climate

Noora Al Balushi joined Gallery 400 in the fall of 2017. She is a program assistant in the public art project Garden for a Changing Climate. Noora received a BSc in Applied Geosciences from the German University of Technology in Oman, and is currently a MA student in Museum and Exhibitions Studies at UIC. Her interests shift between human geography and toponomy through the history of interactions of various communities with their environment, and a focus on representations of women and minorities in cultural institutions in Oman.