ACRE Proudly Announces 2020-2021 Curatorial Fellows

Update / 11.25.19

Curatorial Fellows Rohan Ayinde, Max Guy, Sarita Hernández, Lindsay Hutchens, Stephanie Koch, Rachel McDermott, and Gee Wesley visit the residency each summer and work with alumni artists to organize exhibitions and programming, provide valuable feedback, and build relationships. 

Chicago, IL, November 25, 2019Artists’ Cooperative Residency & Exhibitions (ACRE), a community-led non-profit that provides emerging artists with an accessible, equitable, and interdisciplinary residency and exhibitions program, announces the seven new 2020-2021 Curatorial Fellows that will serve on ACRE's Curatorial Board. Curatorial Fellows Rohan Ayinde, Max Guy, Sarita Hernández, Lindsay Hutchens, Stephanie Koch, Rachel McDermott, and Gee Wesley will visit the residency each summer and work with artists over the course of two years to organize exhibitions and programming, provide valuable feedback, and build relationships. 

Comprised of artists, organizers, independent curators, and writers, the ACRE Curatorial Fellows work in collaboration with alumni artists following the residency to organize group exhibitions, facilitate public programming, and provide resources. ACRE's Exhibition Program presents these monthly exhibitions at our Chicago gallery, ACRE Projects, and partners with galleries and curatorial projects in Chicago and the region. 

ACRE 2020-2021 Curatorial Fellows:

Rohan Ayinde

Rohan Ayinde is a Chicago based artist, writer and curator. His interdisciplinary work is centered around creating "otherwise" potentials (Ashon Crawley), and in so doing breaking down and simultaneously reconfiguring the ideological architectures that shape our daily and generational lives. Most often the landscapes he explores are rooted in questions about quantum physics, black radical aesthetics and architecture. 

Max Guy

Max Guy is a Chicago-based artist working in performance, collage, sculpture and installation. His work very clumsily gives form to existential crises, moral and ethical dilemma. Guy has exhibited work at Prairie, The Back Room, and Bar 4000, Chicago; Moonmist, Houston; 321 Gallery, New York; What Pipeline, Detroit; Federico Vavassori, Milan; Nudashank and Franklin Street, Baltimore; and has performed at Signal and Canada Gallery in New York, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Sector 2337, and Comfort Station. Max currently works as Manager of Institutional Giving at Hyde Park Art Center.

Sarita Hernández

Sarita Hernández is a Chicago based arts educator, oral hxstorian, and print/zinemaker from Califas. Sarita is co-founder of marimacha monarca press, a queer and trans* people of color zine familia based in Chicago’s South Side. Sarita has been a teaching artist and curatorial fellow for the UIC Latino Cultural Center, Art Institute of Chicago, and National Museum of Mexican Art. Hernández is interested in artist interventions of the historical archive, reimagining social documentation, and activation of everyday hxstories.

Lindsay Hutchens

Lindsay Hutchens makes photographic art, writes about vernacular family photographs, sometimes gets to do research and write wall labels at the MCA Chicago, and curates exhibitions in her apartment gallery, Gallery Kin. A Chicago transplant from Texas, Lindsay holds an MA in Visual Critical Studies and an MFA in Photography, both from SAIC.

Stephanie Koch

Stephanie Koch is interested in the links between nation and narration. Her multidisciplinary projects adopt editorial histories and processes to shift the authorial voice from the nation to those on the periphery.  Koch is currently a 2019-2020 Hatch Projects Curator at Chicago Artists Coalition and is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Annas, a residential studio and gallery. 

Rachel McDermott

Rachel McDermott is an arts administrator and curator based in Chicago. She works with artists who question our understandings of the vernacular everyday to shift how we move through social, ecological, and digital spaces. McDermott has previously worked on curatorial and marketing teams at ASMP Chicago/Midwest, Galley 400, EXPO CHICAGO, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Robert F DeCaprio Art Gallery.

Gee Wesley

Gee Wesley is an arts organizer born in Monrovia, Liberia, and based in Brooklyn where he is the Program Director of Recess. Wesley is currently faculty in the Curatorial Practice graduate program at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), the InPractice 2019 Curatorial Fellow at the SculptureCenter, and a 2019 Public Programming Fellow at CUE Art Foundation. Wesley’s work addresses the relationship between publics and publications and the role of small scaled and independent arts initiatives in incubating new modes of curatorial and artistic practice.