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Whirlwind, 2018 Site Specific, Luther College Gallery, Decorah, Ia. Tape, Various Acrylic On Wood 13' X 16'
Field of Reference, 2018 Acrylic On Canvas 52" X 48"
Untitled (Double Bundt), 2018 Acrylic On Panel 31" X 49"
Altered Translation, 2017 Acrylic On Wall, Corner Projects, 2900 North Damen, Chicago, Il. Approx 33' X 13'
Mundane Marvel, 2017 Acrylic, Doily On Wood 12" X 12"
Interfered Alliance, 2017 Acrylic And Glitter On Wood 24" X 24"
Shroud, 2017 Acrylic On Wood 20" X 20"
Celestial Circulation, 2017 Acrylic On Wood 20" X 20"
Tart (Pasteles Con Rayas de Fuego), 2017 Acrylic On Wood 20" X 20"
Untitled (Arc) , 2017 Acrylic On Panel 20" X 20"
Tart (Pastel Intergalactico Con Rayas de Fruta), 2016 Acrylic And Glitter On Wood 24" X 24"
Disjointed Communique, 2017 Acrylic On Canvas 72" X 48"
The Consolation of Color, 2016 Graphic Vinyl On Glass Each Glass Panel 56" X 49", Total Of 18 Panels © Chicago Transit Authority, Union Station Transit Center
The Consolation of Color, 2016 Graphic Vinyl On Glass 56" X 49" (Detail) Shown Are Three Panels Of 18 © Chicago Transit Authority, Union Station Transit Center
Middle C, 2016 Acrylic On Canvas 72" 48"
Dissonant Tilt, 2016 Acrylic On Canvas 72" X 48"
Language of a Wreck, 2016 Acrylic On Canvas, 3 Acrylic On Wood Circles 120" X 72" X (Circles) 84"
Promise, 2016 Acrylic On Wood 12" X 7"
There Are Cracks Everywhere, That's How the Light Gets Through, 2016 Acrylic On Marine Board 144" X 84" © Collection of Suzanne and Andrew Lampert
Red Touching Yellow, Red Touching Black, 2014 Acrylic On Canvas 132" X 72"
The Northerly Island, De Zwarte Ruyter Gallery, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2010 Masking Tape And Mirrors On 13' X 22'
Entoptic Phenomena, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL. 2010 Wood, Masking Tape, Mirrors, Latex Paint And Vinyl 8'h X 34'l X 6'w
It All Starts Here, Antena Gallery, Chicago Il. 2009 Masking Tape On Wall And Floor 8' X 20'
The Hermit's Scepter, 2009 Acrylic On Canvas 60" X 60"
Triop Season #2, 2008 20 Lbs Of Gummi Raspberries, Straight Pins Approx. 4' X 16'
Quick Facts
Chicago, IL.
Birth year
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Studio - Mana Contemporary
2233 South Throop #611B


     Born (1969) and raised in Chicago’s South side Back of the Yards neighborhood, James Jankowiak has crafted the knowledge and skills honed from his early years as a graffiti artist and applied them to his full-time endeavors as a professional artist, teaching artist and activist. 

     James’ current paintings and installation focuses on the role of color and the symbiotics of familiar form as a means of communication in our day to day environment. He has led numerous permanent public art projects both within Chicago Public Schools and neighborhood streets. James was recently commissioned to design artwork for the CTA’s newly constructed Union Station Transit Center, recently completed in the summer of 2016. 

     He has also been a dedicated teaching artist with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago's Learning and Public Art Programs since 2003, focusing on introducing contemporary practice to Chicago Public School students and facilitating professional development programs for art teachers across the city. Known for his dedication to young people, he was chosen to design the permanent entrance artwork for the Illinois Holocaust Museum’s Youth Museum in 2011.




2014                 Visual Arts Certificate, The Graham School of The University of Chicago

2014                 “The Center Program” Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL 

1988-1989        School of the Art Institute of Chicago

1987-1988        Columbia College Chicago


Solo Exhibitions


2018                 Luther College Gallery, “Prismatic Vernacular”,  Decorah, IA.

2017                 Corner Gallery, “Altered Translation”  Chicago, IL 

2016                 Waubonsee Community College, “Closer Than You’d Think”,  Sugar Grove, IL

2012                 Firecat Projects, “The Flexible Plan of Immanence and Process of Becoming (catalogue), Chicago, IL

2012                 Johalla Projects, “James Jankowiak,” Chicago, IL 

2010                 The Architrouve, “Leap of Faith” (catalogue), Chicago, IL 

2010                 Co-Prosperity Sphere, “Entopic Phenomena,” Chicago, IL 

2010                 De Zwarte Ruyter, “James Jankowiak,” Rotterdam, NL

2010                 Beverly Art Center, “Homegrown, 2004-2010,” Chicago, IL 

2009                 Antena “James Jankowiak,” Chicago, IL 

2008                 Chicago Urban Art Society “Southside Spiritual” 32ndUrban Space, Chicago, IL 

2007                 Blackbird “Salon Series: James Jankowiak and Chef Paul Kahan,” Chicago, IL 

2007                 Mustache Gallery “Dirty Little Whirlwind,” Chicago, IL 


Selected Group Exhibitions/Fairs


2017                 Western Exhibitions, “Underlying System is Not Known” curated by Scott Speh, Chicago, IL.

2017                 Rhona Hoffman Gallery, in conjunction with Open House Contemporary “Infinite Games” curated by John Preus, Chicago, IL. 

2017                 Co-Prosperity Sphere, “Visible, Invisable, Divisable”, curated by Linda Dorman

 2016                Figure One Gallery, University of Illinois, “White Feelings,” curated by Albert Stabler, Champaigne, IL

2016                 The Arts Incubator of The University of Chicago, “Shared Language: A Community Classroom,” curated by Tempestt Hazel, Chicago, IL 

2015                 Hyde Park Art Center at Expo Chicago, “Conductors and Interceptors”, curated by Jim Dempsey, Chicago, IL 

2015                 Three Walls, “Dominodomino Tournament,” curated by Scott Hunter, Chicago, IL

2014                 Soho House Chicago, permanent collection, curated by Francesca Gavin, Chicago, IL 

2014                 Hyde Park Art Center, “Front and Center,” curated by Tricia Von Eck, Chicago, IL 

2014                 The Franklin, “Chromatic Consortium,” curated by Edra Soto, Chicago, IL 

2013                 Chicago Cultural Center, “Paint, Paste, Sticker: Chicago Street Art (catalogue), Chicago, IL

2013                 ReedSpace, “HandSelecta” curated by Christian Acker, New York, NY

2012                 Roots and Culture, “Blood and Fire,” Chicago, IL 

2012                 Manifold, “Time and Materials,” Chicago, IL

2011                 Sidecar, “Water,” Hammond, IN

2011                 Firecat Projects, Chicago, IL, “Art Brooklyn” art fair curated by Tony Fitzpatrick, New York, NY

2011                 Johalla Projects, Chicago, IL. “Next” art fair curated by Anna Cerniglia, Chicago, IL

2010                 What It Is, Oak Park, IL, “Verge” art fair curated by Tom Burtonwood, Miami, FL

2010                 Antena, Chicago, IL, “Next” art fair curated by Miguel Cortez, Chicago, IL 

2009                 Version Festival NFO XPO “I Against I,” Chicago, IL 

2008                 Museum of Contemporary Art, “Living and Working – The MCA Teaching Artist,” Chicago, IL 

2007                 Crewest, “The Sharpie Show,” Los Angeles, CA

2006                 Lloyd Dobler, “Wondergems” curated by Patricia Courson, Chicago, IL 

2006                 Highland Park Art Center, “Remembering Childhood,” Highland Park, IL

2005                 Museum of Contemporary Art, “Artists and Their Kids,” Chicago, IL 

2005                 Scion Space Culver City, “Installation,” Catalog available, Los Angeles, CA

2004                 1920 Gallery, SAIC Roger Brown House, “Throwing a Spin in the Works,” Chicago, IL 

1999                 The Butcher Shop, “Ten by Ten Benefit Exhibition,” Chicago, IL 

1993                 Mary Leigh Block Museum, “From the Border” (curated by Johannes Birringer), Evanston, IL




2014                 Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, City of Chicago, Individual Artist’s Program Grant

2014                 Full Scholarship, The Center Program, Hyde Park Art Center

2014                 Full Scholarship, The Graham School of The University of Chicago, Visual Arts Certification Program

2012                 Illinois Arts Council, Individual Artist Support Initiative Grant

2010                 Illinois Arts Council, Individual Artist Support Initiative Grant

2010                 City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, CAAP Grant

1998                 City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, CAAP Grant


Selected Commissions


2018                 Linda Warren Gallery c/o Kirkland and Ellis, private collection, Washington DC

2017                 Corner Gallery Chicago, “Altered Translation”, 33’x13’ mural on site,  Chicago, IL. 

2016                 Chicago Transit Authority, “The Consolation of Color” Union Station Transit Center, permanent artwork for bus shelter glass, Chicago, IL.

2013                 “Monument,” Orange Walls, Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce (public artwork), 

Chicago, IL

2011                 “Make a Difference,” Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center Entrance mural for youth center, Skokie, IL

2001                 “Leo Burnett,” 18’ x 8’ mural, Chicago, IL 

2000                 “Chicago White Sox,” 100thAnniversary Mural 56’ x 4’ mural celebrating 100 years of The Chicago White Sox, Chicago, IL 


Visiting Artist Lectures/Presentations/Workshops


2018                 Luther College, Decorah Iowa

2017                 InTouch Solutions (Brand/Marketing Agency) lecture and Q/A, Chicago, IL.

2016                 Waubonsee College, lecture and workshop, Sugar Grove, IL.

2015                 Harold Washington College, lecture and workshop, hosted by Alberto Aguilar

2014                 Goucher College, lecture, graduate presentation, hosted by Libby Lai Chiu, Baltimore, MD

2013                 School of the Art Institute of Chicago Lecture, undergraduate presentation, hosted by Cheryl Pope

2013                 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Lecture, undergraduate presentation, hosted by Miguel Aguilar 

2013                 Urban Gateways, presentation to board of directors of Urban Gateways Center for Arts Education

2012                 Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL Workshop, professional development facilitator

2011                 Columbia College, Chicago, IL lecture, undergraduate presentation, hosted by Professor Stephanie Shonekin

2010                 Columbia College, Chicago, IL lecture, undergraduate presentation, hosted by Professor Stephanie Shonekin

2009                 Columbia College, Chicago, IL lecture, undergraduate presentation, hosted by Professor Stephanie Shonekin