Amy Honchell

Honchell’s focus on conflating the spaces we inhabit – landscape, architecture, bodies, and minds – merges social and scientific boundaries including hidden patterns such as topography, weather patterns and bodily systems, which provide inspiration for her site-specific installations and drawings. Drawing from the histories and structures of textiles, geography, biology, and architecture, Honchell creates objects and images that are deliberately imperfect, somewhat slippery in form, and occasionally ragged around the edges. In her installations, the sum of the parts is greater than any individual gesture, inviting viewers to cross unseen boundaries and discover new territories while exploring the sense of touch in a visual way.

EDUCATION
MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), 2002
BFA with concentration in Art History, Theory and Criticism, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), 1996
Independent Study, Wintersession Term, Spéos Photographic Institute, Paris, France, 1995
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2011 Soft Infrastructure, Lula, Chicago, IL
2009 Personal Geographies, Eagle Upper Gallery, Murray State University, Murray, KY (catalog forthcoming)
2008 Things Have to be Imagined to be Changed, Museum of Contemporary Art/Lollapalooza Commission, Grant Park, Chicago, IL
An Abiding Locale, LivingRoom Gallery, Chicago, IL
Points of Impact, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL
2004 Sense of Skin, Bertram N. Linder Art Gallery, Keystone College, La Plume, PA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012 SOFA Chicago (with Jean Albano Gallery), Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
Objets Extraordinaire, Highland Park Art Center, Highland Park, IL
Re-Source, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2011 Groupings, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
SOFA Chicago (with Jean Albano Gallery), Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
Fictional Landscapes: Amy Honchell and Young Cho, O’Connor Gallery, Dominican University, River Forest, IL
Chain Letter 2011, organized by David Horovitz, golden PARACHUTE, Berlin, Germany
Vivre L’accord!, Spéos Gallery, Paris, France
Swimsuit Edition: A Visceral Body, Swimming Pool, Chicago, IL (calendar/catalog)
2010 Vivre L’accord!, Red Eye Gallery, Providence, RI
Contributor to Trevor Stone’s fashion karaoke photo booth, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Still Action, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL
2008 Department (Store): A Collaboration with J. Morgan Puett, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL
Barewalls, Gallery 2 and Project Space, Chicago, IL
Fair Game, Estudiotres Gallery, Chicago, IL, exhibition co-curated with Rob Bondgren
Matter, SPACE Gallery, Portland, ME
2006 Body in Fiber, Tarble Arts Center, Charleston, IL (catalog)
Unifying Threads, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
2005 Perfect: a group exhibition tour: ICA, Grand Rapids, MI; University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN;
Fermilab, Batavia, IL; Illinois State Museum, Carbondale, IL (catalog)
Experiment 400/5, Gallery 400, UIC, Chicago, IL
Sketchbook 5: A Theater Art and Music Festival, Chopin Theater, Chicago, IL
2004 Voice of Site: Tokyo-Chicago-New York, Sakamoto, Tokyo Gei Dai University, Tokyo, Japan (catalog)
Summer of Love, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Exquisite Corpse, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME
Curators’ Intuition: Three Curators Select, ICA at MECA, Portland, ME (brochure)
Perfect: a group exhibition, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL (catalog)
2003 Brilliant, Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Five Chicago Artists, Lula, Chicago, IL
2002 The Next Generation: Four Recent Graduates from the SAIC, Noyes Cultural Center, Evanston, IL
Luscious Too, Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
MFA Thesis Exhibition, 847 W. Jackson Gallery, Chicago, IL
FRESH, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
2001 Playing, going fast, special collaborative performance during Welcome to My Dollhouse,
Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Juried Graduate Student Exhibition: Gallery 2, Chicago, IL
Renovate, Exfoliate, Redecorate: Honchell, Resseguie, Woods, Gallery X, Chicago, IL
Lil’ MFA, Modest Contemporary Art Projects, Chicago, IL
1996 Photography & Sculpture Exhibition, Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI
Oxidant, Red Eye Gallery, Providence, RI
1994 Juried Photography Biennial, Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI
HONORS
2009-2010 SAIC Faculty Enrichment Grant for research at Dieu Donné, New York, NY
2007 Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award nominee
Richard H. Driehaus Emerging Artist Award nominee
2004 Chosen as Representative of SAIC MFA Alumni to participate in cross-cultural exchange at Tokyo Gei Dai
University (Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music), Japan
2003 Chicago Artist Assistance Program (CAAP) Grant, Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago, IL
2002 James Nelson Raymond MFA Fellowship, SAIC Graduation, Chicago, IL
2001 F. Lammot Belin Arts Grant Finalist, Waverly, PA
1996 Steven T. Mendelson Art History Award, RISD, Providence, RI
Herbert and Claiborne Pell Award for Community Service, RISD, Providence, RI