Alumni portfolios

  • Between Here and There, 2014, acrylic on wood panel, 16" x 48" total (16" x 16" each). Credit: Cindy Trim.
    Between Here and There, 2014, acrylic on wood panel, 16" x 48" total (16" x 16" each). Credit: Cindy Trim.
  • Fluid Space 1, 2, 3, 2014, acrylic on wood panel, 16" x 48" total (16" x 16" each). Credit: Cindy Trim.
    Fluid Space 1, 2, 3, 2014, acrylic on wood panel, 16" x 48" total (16" x 16" each). Credit: Cindy Trim.
  • Fluid Space 4, 5, 2014, acrylic on wood panel, 16" x 32" total (16" x 16" each). Credit: Cindy Trim.
    Fluid Space 4, 5, 2014, acrylic on wood panel, 16" x 32" total (16" x 16" each). Credit: Cindy Trim.
  • Rethinking Everything, 2014, acrylic on wood panel, 16" x 32" total (16" x 16" each). Credit: Cindy Trim.
    Rethinking Everything, 2014, acrylic on wood panel, 16" x 32" total (16" x 16" each). Credit: Cindy Trim.
  • Flesh and Water, 2014, acrylic on wood panel, 23.5" x 70.5" total (23.5" x 23.5" each). Credit: Cindy Trim.
    Flesh and Water, 2014, acrylic on wood panel, 23.5" x 70.5" total (23.5" x 23.5" each). Credit: Cindy Trim.
  • Closer, 2014, acrylic on wood panel, 23.5" x 32" total (23.5" x 23.5" each). Credit: Cindy Trim.
    Closer, 2014, acrylic on wood panel, 23.5" x 32" total (23.5" x 23.5" each). Credit: Cindy Trim.

Ginny Sykes

Biography 

Ginny Sykes resides in Chicago and exhibits in the United States and internationally, maintaining both a studio and public art practice. Projects include Transcultural Exchange's The Tile Project, 2004-2008, a permanent tile installation in 22 countries, and Pandora Meets Sarajevo, which she co-curated, featuring artists from Bosnia, Vietnam, and the United States. Chicago solo shows include Divided Beauty at Woman Made Gallery and Alchemy and Archetypes at Ogilvie Pertl Gallery.

Sykes has completed more than 40 public art works, including On the Wings of Water at O'Hare International Airport. These collaborations—often initiated within her community—have resulted in significant architectural and spatial interventions for parks, civic spaces, schools, museums, and hospitals.

A respected educator, Sykes has taught in both the Museum and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has done residency teaching with Gallery 37, After School Matters, and the Illinois Arts Council. Her expertise includes traditional European painting techniques, community-based best practices, and conceptual studio practice.

Sykes received an honor award from the Illinois chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for Rora at Erie Terraces Park in Chicago, and has been awarded several Ragdale Foundation residencies. Her work is included in the publications A Guide to Chicago Murals, Urban Art Chicago, and The Chicago Public Art Guide.