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Out of Easy Reach Opening Reception (2018)
Out of Easy Reach, opening reception, 2018

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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. 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.

DENNY MWAURA, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Denny Mwaura is the Assistant Director of Gallery 400, UIC. Exhibitions and public programs he has organized and supported include Young, Gifted and Black: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art (2021), A Species of Theft (2022), and Crip* (2022) at Gallery 400; Malangatana: Mozambique Modern (2020) and Igshaan Adams: Desire Lines (2022) at the Art Institute of Chicago;  Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich: Speculative Archives (2021) and Wong Ping: Digital Fables (2021) at Conversations at the Edge. He received his MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was the 2021 recipient of the Schiff Foundation Fellowship for Critical Architectural Writing, an award granted by the Dept. of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago.

NORA JAMES, GRADUATE STAFF MEMBER

Nora James is an MA student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, studying modern and contemporary art history. Her interests include disability studies, museum and exhibition development, and accessibility in cultural spaces. She has held positions in public programming, interpretation, and exhibition development at the Gund Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Most recently, she worked as the Museum Educator at the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center in Cody, Wyoming, where she conducted research on disabled incarcerees in a WWII-era Japanese American incarceration camp. She holds a BA in art history and English from Kenyon College.

ARTIE FOSTER, GRADUATE STAFF MEMBER

Artie Foster is a PhD student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, studying modern and contemporary art history, with a focus on the arts of the Black Atlantic in the mid-20th century. He has previously presented his work at the George Washington University Art History Graduate Symposium, the UIC In/Between Conference, the 2022 Tufts University symposium Beyond Borders, and the 2022 Midwest Art History Society conference. His research has been supported by the UIC Art History Fellowship, Art History Travel and Research Award, and the Provost’s Graduate Research Award. He also co-curated 6.13.89: The Canceling of the Mapplethorpe Exhibition, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and Networks of Resistance at the Co-Prosperity Sphere in Chicago.  

HUMAIRA HOSSAIN, GRADUATE STAFF MEMBER

Humaira Hossain is a first-year PhD student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, studying south Asian Art History. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary painters from Bangladesh, especially in intersectional artistic interventions with geopolitical identity. Before joining UIC, she worked as a curatorial and social media intern at the George Washington University Textile Museum where she worked on the permanent collection; the social media program Fabric Friday; and the exhibition Indian Textiles: 1,000 Years of Arts and Design. She has experience at the Asian American Art Centre as an Archival Intern. She holds a BA from the University of Dhaka and an MA from Louisiana State University, both in Art History.

RACHEL DUKES, GRADUATE STAFF MEMBER

Rachel Dukes is a first year Museum and Exhibition Studies graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Arkansas with minors in Spanish and African and African American Studies. Rachel’s work in arts administration and arts writing centers the history and culture of Black communities. She is passionate about anchoring her exploration of Black art and Black spaces in community and accessibility.