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
Erin Nixon joined Gallery 400 in the spring of 2014 as Assistant Director. She received her MA in Arts Administration & Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and 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.
Anthony D. Stepter, Coordinator of Public Programs and Community Engagement
Anthony Stepter joined Gallery 400 in the fall of 2013. He received his MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently works at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he is both the Program Coordinator for the Museum and Exhibition Studies graduate program and the Coordinator of Public Programs and Community Engagement at Gallery 400. His work at Gallery 400 is focused on creating an inclusive and inviting atmosphere for communities and collaborators to engage with critical contemporary issues through lectures, special events, partnerships, and educational programs.
Ionit Behar, Gallery Graduate Assistant
Ionit Behar joined Gallery 400 in the fall of 2013. She is the curatorial assistant. Ionit received an MA in Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently a PhD student at UIC. Her interests are focused on Latin American contemporary art, the history of exhibitions, sculpture after 1960, and curatorial practice.
Pınar Üner Yılmaz, Gallery Graduate Assistant
Pınar Üner Yılmaz joined Gallery 400 in the fall of 2013. She is the archive and community engagement assistant. Pinar received her MA in Art and Design in 2009 from Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey and is currently a PhD student in Art History at UIC. She is interested in contemporary cross-cultural curatorial studies, with a focus on Istanbul Biennials.
Brianna Thiel, Gallery Graduate Assistant
Brianna Thiel joined Gallery 400 in the fall of 2014. She is the communications and development assistant. Brianna received her BA in Art History from Grand Valley State University in 2012 and is currently an MA student in Museum and Exhibition Studies at UIC. Her research interests include 20th and 21st century art and disability history.