Joel Ross

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False Promises , 2009 C Print © Courtesy of the artist and moniquemeloche gallery
Heaven or Hell, 2010 © Courtesy of the artist and moniquemeloche gallery
IN THE FUTURE (Installed and Abandoned, Bradley, IL), 2012 © Courtesy of the artists and moniquemeloche gallery
© Courtesy of the Artist and moniquemeloche gallery
Quick Facts

American, born Texas 1966, lives Illinois

1992 MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield, MI
1990 BFA, Tufts University, Medford, MA
1990 Diploma, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Solo Exhibitions
2007 I Tried to Tell You IPRH Gallery, The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
2006 It’s a Free Country, Rare Gallery, NY
2005 A Place Some People Call America, moniquemeloche, Chicago, IL
2001 I Borrowed My Mother's Bedroom, moniquemeloche, Chicago, IL
Playing Dead and other Recent Work, Rare Gallery, New York, NY
2000 Slip, Performance with Ribbon Effect, Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
1999 Slip, Performance with Ribbon Effect, Vedanta Gallery (now Kavi Gupta), Chicago, IL
Measuring Texas, Vedanta Gallery (now Kavi Gupta), Chicago, IL
1996 Capacity, Chicago Project Room, Chicago, IL
Between, Pictura Gallery, Lunds University, Lund, Sweden
1995 Severed, Gallery One, Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL

Selected Group Exhibitions
Boys of Summer, moniquemeloche, Chicago, IL
Cultivating Instability, Cliff Dwellers, Chicago IL curated by Iain Muirhead
Lifting: Theft in Art, Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto, Ontario
Facades Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
curated by Judith Hoos Fox and Ginger Gregg Duggan
Lifting:Theft in Art Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen Scotland curated by Atopia Projects, Scotland,
Travels to Georgia Sherman Projects, Canada, April 26 – June 7, 2008
(un)-Building, Mills College Art Museum, Boston, MA curated by Dina Deitsch
Tell Me Something I Don’t Know, raw&co, Cleveland, OH
Something to do with Failure, Moser Performing Arts Center of the University of St. Francis,
Joliet, IL
Under Fire, I Space, Chicago, IL
Mind in Matter, Opensource, Champaign, IL
Going West, Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, TX.
Shutters, UB Art Gallery, Center for the Arts, Buffalo, NY
2003 Operation: Human Intelligence organized by the Curatorial Intelligence Agency
Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL, travels to University of Memphis Art Museum
Bad Touch curated by Bill Thelen/Lump projects/gallery N.C.
v.3 Ukranian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago 2002
v.4 Keith Talent Gallery, London, UK 2003
v.5 The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 2003
v.6 Beaker Gallery, Tampa, FL 2004
There Goes My Hero, Squire Gallery, College of Northumbria in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Gun Crazy, University of Alabama Visual Art Gallery, Birmingham, AL
HOMEWRECKER, moniquemeloche, Chicago, IL
Chicago Artists 1999, Gallery 312, Chicago, IL
Sculpture in Chicago, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Greatest Hits, Volume 2, Beret International Gallery, Chicago, IL
Obsessions, SPACES Gallery, Cleveland, OH

Selected Bibliography
Morrison, Gavin and Fraser Stables. Lifting – Theft in Art. Atopia Projects in collaboration with Peacock Visual Arts. exhibition publication.

“The James, Chicago”, Conde Nast Traveller, May.
Glusac, Elaine. “The Class of 2006”, The Dallas Morning News, November.
Hochman, David. “Travel: Chicago”, Forbes Life, October, pp 60-61.
Hahn, Jason. “The Art of Comfort”, Design and Architecture, Issue 032, pp 58-61.
Ballinger, Barbara. “Making the It List,” i4design, fall 06, vol.1, no.3.
Toller, Carol. “Sleepover: The James Hotel, Chicago”, The Globe and Mail, Wed. Sept. 27,
Hotels, Travel, R-9.
Artner, Alan. Review of “Under Fire” at I Space, Chicago Tribune, Sept. 22, sec.7, p.25.
Chen, Aric. “Hotel of the Moment: The James”, Departures, Sept.
cbs 2 eye on chicago june 2006 video clip – review of James Hotel,
A.M. “Joel Ross: A Place Some People Call America”,, issue 58, Oct. 25-31.
McKinnon, John. “Flagging Power: Questioning the Authority of a Symbol”, f news, Dec.
Keever, Erin. “Going West”, Catalogue, Arthouse at the Jones Center.
Santomauro, Jenny. “Spies Like Us: ‘Shutters’ at UB Art Gallery”, ArtVoice: Buffalo’s
Alternative Newsweekly, Sept. 30.
Review: “Austin and Art Destination to Watch”,, Feb.
Review: “Leaving Stories project curated by Monique Meloche”, Bridge 5, vol.2, no.1, pp.133-141.
Nelson, James R. “Gun takes on loaded forms in exhibit”, The BirminghamNews, Aug.
Speh, Scott. “Sex in Chicago”,, Oct. 3.
Finch, Leah. Review: “I Borrowed My Mother’s Bedroom”, New Art Examiner, Sept.
Kastner, Jeffery. Review: “Playing Dead and other Recent Work”, ArtTex, May/June.
Waddell, Stephanie. Review: “I Borrowed My Mother’s Bedroom”, TenByTen Magazine June
Wiens, Ann. The Chicago Collection, fall.
Bulka, Michael and Pedro Velez. Review: “HOMEWRECKER”, Chicago Art Critics
Association, FGA online (http://www.chicagoartcriticsassocia...).
Wiens, Ann. Review: “Measuring Texas”, Dialogue, Sept./Oct.
Hixson, Kathryn. Review: “Measuring Texas”, New Art Examiner, Nov.
Bastyr, Kim. “The Fab Five: A Sampling of Chicago’s New Guard of Artists”, Chicago Social,Sept.
Artner, Alan. Review: “Measuring Texas”, Chicago Tribune, June.
Camper, Fred. “Size Matters”, Chicago Reader, June.
La Piana, Siobhan. “Obsessive Replay”, The Cleveland Times, March.
Litt, Steven. “Disturbing, provocative views of the mundane”, The Plain Dealer, March 14.
Wiens, Ann. Review, New City, Dec. 5.
Dorlings, Jim. Review: “Buried Alive”, The Chicago Reader, Oct.
Syahn, Gorel. Review: “Har soks konstens innersta sanningar”, Sydsvenska Dagbladet, May.
Wickberg, Jenny. Review: “Installation med hangande tandborstar”, Skanska Dagbladet, May.

Related Experience
2004-present Assistant Professor, School of Art & Design, University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, IL
2005 Visiting Artist, Photography Department, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
1998-2001 Instructor, Sculpture Department, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1997 Visiting Artist, Graduate Critiques, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago
1996 Artist-In-Residence, Lunds University, Lund, Sweden
Exhibitions Committee member, N.A.M.E., Chicago
1995 Visiting Artist, Elgin Community College, Elgin
Visiting Artist, Graduate Critiques, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1991-92 Teaching Asst, Painting Dept., Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

2007 Arnold O. Beckman Research Award, University of Illinois
Residency, Zygote Press, Cleveland OH
1999 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship
1997 Community Arts Assistance Program Grant, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
Fellowship Finalist Award, Illinois Arts Council
1996 Chicago Artists International Program Grant for residency abroad, Chicago Department of
Cultural Affairs

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