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Artist in Residence



Lillstreet’s resident artist program provides a unique opportunity for artists to work in a collaborative, community based arts center offering resources and instruction in a variety of media. Artists-in-Residence are encouraged to develop their existing bodies of work, explore new processes and concepts, and seek instruction in entirely new media and techniques. The residency works with minimal structure, allowing artists to shape their time at Lillstreet to their own goals. Residents spend some of their time dedicated to working with students in order to enrich the education programs, offering students the opportunity to see and learn from working artists. Residents will also work with our community outreach program, ArtReach at Lillstreet, to provide arts education to under served communities in Chicago. We hope that all residents will actively participate in our community, sharing knowledge, prompting new ideas, and building on our enthusiasm for creative expression.


Katie Chung


Katie Chung was born and raised in Chicago, IL and earned her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an emphasis in printmaking and graphic design. Her work always begins with drawing and continues in material exploration.  Katie was recently an intern at the MCA and continues to work with Marwen.




Brittney Connelly


Brittney Connelly is a sculptor, photographer and performance artist with a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from the University of Houston. Her work is influenced by poets and writers of the 1920’s, writings about early conceptual art, the language of painting, and critical theory revolving around the photographic medium. 




Cassandra Lawler


Cassie received her MFA in ceramics from Bradley University and has spent the last two years serving as a Peace Corp Volunteer in South Africa. Her work is an exploration of the fundamental process of vessel-making. Her pieces are meant to be eaten from, drank from, and served upon. As well as serving a utilitarian purpose, they also tell the story of her own daily rituals involving food preparation and consumption.




Agnes Ma


Agnes Ma received her M.F.A. in Metalwork, Jewelry Design and Digital Fabrication from Northern Illinois University. She received her B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work combines her background in the sciences with the traditions of metalworking and modern methods of fabrication to examine the relationship between humans and their surrounding environment.




Kat Powers


Kat Powers is an interdisciplinary teaching artist, printmaker and painter who enjoys metalsmithing, pattern design and ceramics. She holds a degree from Columbia College Chicago in Fiction Writing and Photography, and worked for several years as a properties designer in Chicago theater.



Tabor Shiles


Tabor earned her BA in Printmaking at Savannah College of Art and Design where she also minored in Fibers. Although her focus has been on Printmaking she’s always had a knack for working with textiles.  She loves to combine the two, and has an active project to produce a scarf a week.



Nicole Paulina


Nicole Paulina earned her MFA in ceramics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her ceramic work consists of richly decorative surfaces and questions the idea of home and personal space, resulting in two parallel bodies of ceramic art. The sculptural body examines the physical structure of home with playful absurdity, while functional pottery questions the sentimental attachment people have towards the objects they live with.




Nick Tuinstra


Nick Tuinstra works primarily in stop-motion animation. His films incorporate drawing, painting, and digital processes informed by parallels between color theory and music theory. His work has screened at multiple film festivals.  He received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the University of North Dakota.



Past Resident Artists