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Dan Gunn

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Dan Gunn is an artist, writer and educator living and working in Chicago. He recieved his Bachelor's of Science in Physics in 2003 and attended School of the Art Institute of Chicago for his MFA in Painting completed in 2007.

As an artist he has exhibited at Lloyd Dobler, the Brown Triangle, Gallery 2, and the Rider Project :Emerald City.  He also participates in an artist collaborative installation practice called "Gunnatowski" with Karolina Gnatowski.  “Gunnatowski” was most recently shown at Northern Illinois University.

As an arts write he does art criticism for Newcity Magazine and has recently published essays for Proximity Magazine’s (con)Temporary Art Guide and Pr. As a collaboration with the Hyde Park Art Center he researched the recent history of the apartment gallery phenomenon in Chicago going back to the MCA's 1984 exhibition, Alternative Spaces. The history was published as "Artists Run Spaces: A Brief History since 1984". A collection of interviews with all of the participants of HPAC's "Artists Run Chicago" show will be out this fall from Threewalls / Green Lantern Press.

Dan Gunn


Born 1980. Lives and works in Chicago.


MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL. 2007
Post baccalaureate Certificate, Painting The School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2005
B.S. Physics Wheaton College 2003



Routine Scenic Machine, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

Patchwork Plateau, UBS 12 x 12: New Artists New Work, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.


Multistable picture fable, Lloyd Doblery Gallery, Chicago.



Color: Fully Engaged Columbia College Chicago, A+D Gallery. Curated by Jamilee Polson.
MDW Fair The Suburban Booth, Chicago.
Winter Experiment 2011 Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.


New Icon, Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago Curated by Britton Bertran and sponsored by the Contemporary Art Council
DannyThinkTank, Milwaukee Avenue Art Festival, Chicago.


Sweeping the Inside Out, as a part of Gunnatowski, with Sara Hicks, Chris Miller, Jeremy Price, Bob Reinard, Jeremy Somer and Mindy Schwartz at Side Car Gallery, Hammond Indiana. Curated by Carl Baratta and Mike Kaysen.
Middleground, with Jerome Acks, Michael Hunter and Andrea Myers, Lloyd Dobler Gallery, Chicago
I love you I love you, with Gunnatowski, and Karolina Gnatowski, Livingroom Gallery


Retreat, as a part of Gunnatowski with Chris Lin, Northern Illnois University, Gallery 312 Dekalb,IL. Curated by Jen Ramos.
Territory, 2828 N. Sawyer, Chicago A collaborative installation of painting and sculpture situated in an apartment without disrupting the livability of the space. Extensions include a residency program featuring performance, responsive writing and a publication. In collaboration with Karolina Gnatowski as part of Gunnatowski.


Darrell Morris, Dan Gunn, Pilar Tena, Brown Triangle, Chicago
HA--&--LF, Sound Art Space, Laredo TX and Centro Cultural Nuevo Laredo in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, México.
Curated by Gilberto Rocha.
Graduate Thesis Show, Gallery 2, SAIC
Group Show, Gallery 2, SAIC


TV Party, Fifty50 Gallery
Emerald City, The Rider Project
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Meet Me for Lunch, 17 S. Wabash Ave. Chicago
Curated by Jason Hardwig


Experiment 400/5, Gallery 400, UIC Curators: The Alliance of Pentaphilic Curators Graduate Thesis Show, Gallery 2, SAIC

Recent Exhibits

Dan Gunn participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2015 Spudnik Press Cooperative 2015 Annual Benefit
Spudnik Press Cooperative
Jun, 2015 New American Paintings: Midwest Edition at Elmhurst Art Museum
Elmhurst Art Museum
Nov, 2014 Impromptu Airs
moniquemeloche gallery
Oct, 2013 a long line
Sep, 2013 Terrain Exhibitions Biennial
Terrain Exhibitions
Nov, 2012 Public Hearing Panel Discussion
Gallery 400 Lecture Room
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