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2000                            MFA - Painting, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale        

1994                            BFA - Illustration, Kansas City Art Institute                                         



2017- Present            Realtor, Licensed Real Estate Agent in Illinois and Colorado

                                   Keller Williams Realty

2013-2019                 Assistant Professor of Painting + Sculpture, Graduate Faculty

                                  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Art and Design

2006-2013                 Professor of Foundation Studies

                                  Savannah College of Art and Design, School of Foundation Studies

2000 -2006                Assistant Professor of Foundations and Design 

                                  American University of Sharjah, 2+2+4 year rolling, School of Architecture & Design, UAE

1997-2000                 Instructor of Record, Teaching Assistant

                                  Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, School of Art and Design

1994-1997                 Manager

                                  Gallery Picture Framing, Rochester, NY


2020 - Present           Director of Sales, Scott Bechtel Group, Keller Williams Realty

2013 - 2018               Chair of the Foundations Curriculum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Art and Design

2011 - 2013               Vice President for Biennial Conference, postHaus, 2013 National Conference, FATE

2010 - 2013               Vice President for Communication - Integrative Teaching International

2009                          FATE Regional Forum committee, Chair, "Envisioning a New Foundation: Identity and Purpose"

2006                          Visiting Artist and Designer Committee – Chair, 05-06, Design Dept., AUS

2002                          Admission Management Committee for Foundation Year, SA&D, AUS - Chair



2016 -present           Fuchs Projects, New York, NY

2012 -2020               Amos Eno Gallery, New York, NY

2012 -2016               Gallery Gray,

2008-2009                2 Car Garage Contemporary Art, Savannah, GA

2007-2008                Chroma Gallery Savannah, GA

2001-2006                Majlis Gallery Dubai, UAE



2020                            Current Work, Amos Eno Gallery, New York, NY 

2019                            Current Work, Fuchs Projects, New York, NY 

2018                            You Promised Me Poems, Northwestern University, Illinois

2018                            Chris Kienke: Paintings, Luther College, Iowa

2017                            Hotrods and Handguns, Gallery of Art, University of Missouri at Kansas City

2016                            Exit Six: Just Enough Rope, Fuchs Projects, New York, NY

2016                            Exit Six: On the Road, Amos Eno Gallery, New York, NY

2016                            Flag Bombs, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

2016                            Exit Six, Monmouth College, Illinois

2015                            Kites and Flags, Art Center at the National Central University, Taiwan (two-person)

2014                            Chris Kienke: Exit Six, Amos Eno Gallery, New York, NY

2014                            A Lot Can Happen, Gail Floether Steinhilber Art Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Osh Kosh

2014                            Exit 6: Southern Gothic, Johnson Art Gallery, Jackson State University

2013                            Exit Number Six, Tony Hungerford Memorial Gallery, College of Southern Maryland

2012                            Exit 6, Gallery Gray,,

2011                            Chris Kienke: The Armada, Bowery Gallery, New York, NY

2010                            The Armada Series: new works by Chris Kienke, Desoto Row, Savannah, GA

2009                            Chris Kienke: Gijon Fractured, 2 Car Garage Contemporary Art Gallery, Savannah, GA

2000                            Chris Kienke: Works on Paper, Center at High Falls Museum, Rochester, NY

2000                            Chris Kienke: Current Works, University Museum, SIU, Carbondale, IL

1999                            Paradise: Model 6, Angus Conference Centre, Arbroath, Scotland

1998                            Recent Work, Vergette Gallery, SIU, Carbondale, IL  

1996                            Current Works and Collaborations, Tea House Art Gallery, Rochester, NY



2017                            Governor's Island Art Fair, New York City

2015                            Select: Contemporary Art Fair, New York City, showing with Fuchs Projects

2012                            Verge Art Fair, Miami Beach

2011                            Florence Biennale 2011, Florence, Italy

2009                            Brussels Biennial 1, Center for Fine Art, Brussels, Belgium

2008                            C’est la vie, GARDENfresh, Chicago, IL

2007                            Recognise, N4 Contemporary Art Platform, in conjunction with In Focus project, London, UK

2005                            Sharjah International Art Biennial 7, Sharjah, UAE, curator Jack Persekian

2004                            Chobi Mela 3 – International Festival of Photography, Russian Cultural Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2003                            Sharjah International Art Biennial 6, Sharjah, UAE, curator Peter Lewis

1997                            25th Annual Upstate Invitational Pyramid Art Center, Rochester, NY



2017                            Cedarhurst Midwestern Biennial, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt Vernon, IL juror Barry Blinderman

2016                            Freak Out, Zhou B Art Center, curated by Didi Menendez and Sergio Garcia

2016                            Art and Lounge VIP Club, Newark International Airport, 3 months showing with Fuchs Projects

2015                            fall.out, Whitdel Arts, Detroit, MI exhibition reviewed in Detroit Free Press

2015                            Birds and Bees, Fuchs Projects, Brooklyn, NY, in collaboration with The Big Lean

2015                            Painting is Dead!?!, Figure One Gallery, Champaign, IL, curated by Rehema Barber

2014                            Rockford Midwestern Biennial, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL, juror William Lieberman

2013                            Faculty Exhibition, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL

2013                            New Members Exhibition, Amos Eno Gallery, New York, NY

2013                            2nd Biennial FATE Members Exhibition, Alexander Hall, Savannah, GA, juror Elaine Gustafson

2013                            Tilting At Windmills, Porter Butts Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Madison

2012                            Diverse Works, DeSoto Row Gallery, Savannah, GA

2012                            Faculty Exhibition, Wallin Hall, Savannah, GA

2012                            Low Fidelity, Tower Galley, SUNY, College at Brockport, Brockport, NY

2012                            Armstrong National 2-D Competition, Armstrong Atlantic University, Savannah, GA juror Shana Barefoot

2011                            Art Prize, Grand Rapids, MI

2011                            Faculty Exhibition, Wallin Hall, Savannah, GA

2011                            Spectrum, Gutstein Galley, Savannah GA juried

2011                            Romp & Resolve, Buckram Gallery, Flint, MI juried

2010                            13th Annual SECAC/MACAA Members Exhibition,1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA, juror Joe Seipel

2010                            Planet Home, Gutstein Galley, Savannah GA juried

2009                            15th Telfair Art Fair, Jepson Center for the Arts, Telfair Art Museum, Savannah, GA juried

2009                            New American Paintings issue # 82, Southern Edition, juror Ron Platt

2009                            Fresh: An Exhibition of Urban Contemporary Art, Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA juried

2008                            14th Telfair Art Fair, Jepson Center for the Arts, Telfair Art Museum, Savannah, GA juried

2008                   Nude International, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY, Best of Show juror Jay Gorney

2008                            The Best of 2 Car, 2 Car Garage Contemporary Art Gallery, Savannah, GA

2007                            13th Telfair Art Fair, Jepson Center for the Arts, Telfair Art Museum, Savannah, GA juried

2006                            Opus III – Faculty Exhibition, Sharjah Art Museum,  Sharjah, UAE

2005                            Sixteen-Twenty, The Center at High Falls Gallery, Rochester, NY

2004                            Opus II - Faculty Exhibition, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE

2004                            L’Affresco e Strappo D’Affresco, Palagio di Parte Guelfa, Piazzetta di Parte Guelfa, 1- Firenze, Italia

2002                            Figurative Works (accepted), Armory Center, West Palm Beach, FL, USA

2002                            Where are the best paintings in Rochester?, The Center at High Falls Museum, Rochester, NY,USA

2002                            Here and Now, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE, Dubai Media City, Dubai, UAE

2001                            Summer Group Exhibition, The Majlis Gallery, Dubai, UAE

2000                            “miniprint”, Toyura Historical Museum, Nigita, Japan Hotel Kangetsu Gallery, Nigita, Japan

2000                            The Glove Factory, Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1999                            The Hospitalfield Legacy: The 20th Century Collections, The Meffan Institute, Forfar, Scotland,UK

1998                            Post - Pop Nihilism, Surplus Gallery @ The Glove Factory, Carbondale, IL, USA

1997                            Knock Out to Dispense, Wagner Gallery, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL, USA

1997                            Boxes, Books and Altars, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, NY, USA

1996-97                       Verve, Village Gate Square, public installation, Rochester, NY

1996                            gravity, Tea House Art Gallery - aka group show, Rochester, NY

1996                            Finger Lakes: Salon des Refuses Tea House art gallery - aka group show, Rochester, NY

1996                            Hideout Cabaret, Pyramid Art Center, Rochester, NY

1995                            19th Amendment: Aftereffects, 468 W. Main St., Rochester, NY



2016                            Campus Research Board Grant, UIUC, Hotrods and Handguns, $25,100.00

2016                            Sylvia White ‘72 Artist in Residence, Dickinson College (declined)

2015                            Creative Research Award, College of Fine and Applied Arts, UIUC, $4000.00

2015                            Teaching Advancement Board, UIUC, Travel to the FATE Conference, $850.00

2015                            FATE Emerging Educator Award, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education

2015                            Travel Grant, Teaching Advancement Board, UIUC, Travel to the FATE Conference $850.00

2014                            Travel Grant, UIUC, Travel to the MACAA Conference $650.00

2014                            Travel Grant, UIUC, Travel to the SECAC Conference, $650.00

2013                            Campus Research Board Grant, UIUC, Exit Six Large Format Paintings $24,188.00

2012                            Student Ambassador Choice Award for Exceptional Teaching, SCAD

2011                            Presidential Fellowship for Faculty Development – SCAD, $5000.00

2010                            SCAD Travel Grant Think Tank 5 as an invited workshop leader. $1,208.00

2009                            SCAD Travel Grant Think Tank 4 as an invited participant. $1,300.00

2008                            SCAD Travel Grant, National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists

2007                            Vermont Studio Center, One-month residential fellowship for the month of December. 

2004                            AUS Research Grant, studied Bon Fresco painting at Bottega del Bon Fresco, Florence, Italy $4000.00

2003                            Vermont Studio Center, One-month residential fellowship for the month of August. 

2001                            AUS Research Grant, Urban Glass: A Study of Form, Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY

1998-99                      Hospitalfield Trust Fellowship, One Year Residential Fellowship (pioneer year) Scotland, UK 

1997                            NYSCA/NYFA Grant, materials grant for "Verve" a 1-year public installation of sculpture at Village Gate Square $1000.00



United Kingdom National Collection, The Hospitalfield Centre for Art and Culture, Scotland

Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

ABN Amro Bank, Corporate Collection

DRIK Institute, Dhaka, Bangladesh

The Fiduciary Group, Savannah, GA

Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, USA

The School of Art and Design, SIUC, USA

Private collections in Scotland, USA, UAE, Mexico, Canada, Vietnam and The Netherlands



2017                            Cedarhurst Midwestern Biennial, catalog essay by Barry Blinderman

2015                            Painting is Dead!?!, exhibition catalog, edited by Rehema Barber

2012                            Oil Paintings in Public Ownership, Public Catalogue Foundation, United Kingdom

2012                            Inaugural Armstrong Atlantic University National 2D Exhibition, catalog essay by Pang-Chieh Hsu

2011                            Florence Biennale 8, Catalog Essay by Pasquale Celona, President of the Florence Biennale

2005                            Sharjah Biennial 7, Catalog Essay by Jack Persekian, Curator ISBN – 9948 – 04 – 272 – 7

2004                            Chobi Mela 3, Catalog Essay by Shahidul Alam, Senior Curator and Event Organizer

2003                            Sharjah Biennial 6, Catalog Essay by Peter Lewis, Senior Curator



2018                            "Launching the Imagination", 6th edition, full color illustration 2.33, page 50 title: From the Hip

2017                            "An Art Fair for the 99 Percent" New York Times, August 30, 2017, by Daniel McDermon

2017                            "Art Amid Governors Island's Architectural Decay", Hyperallergic, September 25, 2017 by Allison Meier

2017                            "The Island of Emerging Art: Governors Island Nourishes Rising Talents With It's Latest Art Fair", Art Net, September 1, 2017                                     by Sarah Cascone 

2017                            "Stately Governor's Island 'Colonels Row' Houses Filled With Wild Art" Gothamist, September 3, 2017 by Scott Lynch

2016                            “Seeing is Believing: 5 Art Shows Which Question Reality”, Bushwick Daily, April 2, 2016 by Kseniya Baranova

2015                            “engagement of place” work featured for week long discussion

2015                            Poets and Artists magazine, Destroying the Figure in the 21st Century, p.10&11, curated by Daena Title

2015                            International Painting Annual 5, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH release date Summer 2015

2015                            Thinking Through Digital Media: Transnational Environments and Locative Places (Mew York and London: Palgrave                                                  Macmillan, 2015, image reproduced, authors Dale Hudson and Patricia R. Zimmerman p.

2014                            Launching the Imagination, 5th edition, illustration 2.33, page 49 title: From the Hip

2013                            Studio Visit Magazine, Volume 19, juror Jonathan Greene

2010                            "Ship Shape", Savannah Morning News, by Allison Hirsch

2010                            Studio Visit Magazine, Volume 11

2009                            "State of Play" published in first peer-reviewed journal for Integrative Teaching International

2009                            “Urban Depictions” Falls Church News-Press, article by Kevin Mellema May 2009

2009                            “Abstract Thought” Savannah Morning News, review by Alison Hirsch, February 22, 2009

2009                            “Interview with Chris Kienke”, Connect Magazine interview by Ben Gargash

2008                            “Best in Show: Exhibit showcases range of approaches to contemporary art”

                                    Savannah Morning News, Savannah Now, article by Alison Hersh

2008                            Cambridge Who’s Who – listed in on-line registry for 2008-2009

2008                            Encaustics – catalog preface about Jesse Payne’s current work authored by Chris Kienke

2006                            “Reflections on War Room” Judy Bullington,PhD, Department of Art, Belmont University

                                    article published in March issue of the New Media Cacaus journal N-Media

2005                            “Bridges of Understanding” Sylvia Naef, University of Geneva, 39th Annual MESA Conference,

                                    panel session Art and War, panel organizer Jessica Winegar, Fordham University

2005                            Sharjah Biennial 7 catalog ISBN – 9948 – 04 – 272 – 7

2005                            “Smart Arts: Observations on Art in Academia”, Works+ Conversations issue10 by Katina Huston

2005                            “A layman's guide to the Sharjah Biennial”, Gulf News, 29/4/2005, (UAE) by Mildred Fernandes,

2005                            “Arts and minds” Time Out Dubai, April 2005 pp 30-31, by Antonia Carver

2005                            “but home” BIDOUN, Spring/ Summer 2005 ISSN – 15514048, by Jack Persekian

2005                            “Sharjah Biennial 7” CANVAS, May 2005, by Peter Wheeler

2005                            “War Room” Al-Tashkeel, Spring 2004

2004                            Chobi Mella III – International Festival of Photography, Asia 2000, catalog, no ISBN available,

2004-05                       Universes in Universe – Worlds of Art

2004                            The Gulf Today, "OPUS II Exhibition Opens at Sharjah Art Museum" The Gulf Today, January 23

2003                            Exhibition Catalog essay by Peter Lewis, Sharjah International Biennial : 6 , April 8 – May 8, 2003

2003                            "Sixth Sharjah Biennial - In The Picture", Gulf Today, Weekend Magazine, April 18, by Kokila Jacob

1997                            "Visual Language" Brighton - Pittsford Post, February, 24, 1997, by Linda Quinlan

1997                            "At Pyramid: A Sumptuous New 'Invitational' City Newspaper, February 19-25, 1997, Ron Netsky


2019                            "Beyond Foundations", FATE 2019, panel chair William Potter

2018                            "Chris Kienke: You Promised Me Poems" Artist Slide Talk, Northwestern University

2018                            "Becoming Posthaus" FATE In Review, 2018 issue

2018                            "Chris Kienke: Paintings" Artist Slide Talk, Luther College

2018                            "Hotrods and Handguns" CAA 2018, Los Angeles, panel chair Christopher Olszewski

2017                            "Chris Kienke: Hotrods and Handguns" Artist Slide Talk, Illustration Department, Kansas City Art Institute

2017                            "Hotrods and Handguns" Artist Gallery Talk, Department of Art, University of Missouri at Kansas City

2017                            "What Do We Value and What Are We Good At?", FATE 2017, panel chair Elissa Armstrong

2016                            Visiting Artist, External Program review and Juror for 5th Annual Foundations Exhibition at University of Kentucky

2015                            “The Glitch Aesthetic” Art Is… 28th National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists, SVA, NY, NY         

2015                            This is No Shotgun Wedding, FATE 2015, Tectonic Shifts, panel chair Chris Kienke

2015                            Instilling Courage/Fostering Curiosity, FATE 2015, panel chair Michael Arrigo

2015                            What do Foundations Professor do in the Studio?, CAA, NYC, panel chair Chris Kienke

2014                            Post Modern Abstraction, MACAA 2014, panel chair Jonathan McFadden

2014                            Exit Six, SECAC 2014, panel chair Reni Gower

2014                            Getting Rid of Digital Media Classes, FATE Panel, session chair, CAA, Chicago

2013                            Creative Practice, FATE 2013, postHaus, panel chair Dennis Farber

2013                            What is the Value of an Art and Design Education?, CAA 2013, MACAA Panel, panel chair, Stephen Bliecher

2013                            “Recent Work and Ideas About Teaching” Artist Slide talk, Department of Art, Florida State University

2013                            “Ideas About Teaching & Recent Work” Artist Slide talk, School of Art + Design, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

2012                            Exit Six: Florence Biennale, Ideas In Sight, SCAD, Savannah, GA

2012                            Pecha Kucha, SECAC 2012, Collisions, panel chair Jason Guynes

2012                            “What Do Painter’s Teach?”, SECAC 2012, Collisions, panel chair Chris Kienke

2012                            ThinkTank 7, Foundations Now, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2011                            “An Expanded Vocabulary”, SECAC 2011, Text and Texture, panel chair, Reni Gower

2011                            ThinkTank 6, University of Georgia, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Athens, GA

2011                            "Envisioning a New Foundation", FATE Biennial Conference, On Stream, St Louis, MO

2011                            “Using the Traditional and Digital” Artist Slide talk, School of Visual Art, Virginia Tech

2010                            “Drawing: Beyond Formal Approaches”, SECAC/ MACAA 2010, Panel Session Chair for Curiouser, VCU, Richmond, VA

2010                            Think Tank 5 – invited Master Educator and panel session leader for “Visual Narrative”

                                     University of Georgia, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Athens, GA

2009                             Think Tank 5 – fellowship juror

2009                            “Industrialized Society, Material Culture and First Year Modular Design Strategies” MX Design Conference 2009,                                                        Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico double blind juried

2009                            “Zhu pa Zhaie”, SECAC 2009, panel: I Love You, Now Leave: Desire and Repulsion in Visual Arts” chair Lou Haney

2009                            Think Tank 4, invited participant, University of Georgia, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Athens, GA

2009                            “Drawing Studio: Beyond Formal Approaches” Talk About Teaching, SCAD

2009                            “The Spare Part and the Module: Using the Industrial Revolution as a Launch Point”

                                     Confluence, FATE Biennial Conference, Portland, OR, panel chair - Steven Bleicher

2009                            “Consistent Grading Practices in a Studio Classroom” workshop with Graduate Students

                                     Department of Art, University of Kentucky

2009                            “Select Projects from the past Decade” artist slide talk, Department of Art, University of Kentucky

2009                            “Representation and Abstraction: Documenting a Process” Art First Lecture series, SCAD, Savannah, GA

2008                            “The War Room: Bearing Witness” Design, the Arts and the Political: images and words that propagate and dissent                                                    National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists, SVA, NY,NY         

2008                            “The War Room: A Collaborative Construction” Art First lecture series, SCAD, Savannah, GA

2007                            “Present(re)present: Toward a Contemporary Regional Identity”,

                                     Translations: 23rd International Conference on the Beginning Design Student

                                     Presenter and invited panel session coordinator, SCAD, Savannah, GA, USA

2007                            “Present(re)present: Toward a Contemporary Regional Identity”,

                                     College Art Association, Panel session titled “Western Art Studies in a Middle Eastern Context”

2006                            “Physiognomy and the Contemporary Portrait”, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities

                                     Honolulu, Hawaii

2005                            “Books on Landscape – Cultural Perspectives from the Middle East”, MX Design Conference

                                     Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico

2005                            “Bottega del Bon Fresco”, Research Colloquia series, SA&D, AUS

2004                            “The War Room”, Chobi Mela 3 – International Festival of Photography, Asia 2004

                                     Lecture and slide presentation titled ‘War Room’, Goethe Institut, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2003                            “Landscape: Books on Perspective” 19th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student  

                                     Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA

2002                            “Urban Glass – The Creation of New Artifacts”, slide lecture and discussion, SA&D, AUS

2001                            “An evolution of a visual language”, Eye Opener lecture, SA&D, AUS

1999                             US/Scot Consortium – Hospitalfield House, Arbroath, Scotland, UK

                                     Administrative Assistant to the conference director, facilitated program and coordinated events.

1999                            “Current Work from Scotland”, Kansas State University slide lecture and graduate studio visits

1999                            “Hospitalfield House”, The Colombian Theater, slide lecture, Wamego, Kansas, USA

1999                            “Recent Work: An Overview” Glasgow School of Art

                                     Visiting Artist- slide lecture and studio critiques, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

1999                            “Painting as Space and Form”, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design

                                     Principle presenter at a seminar on Fine Art and Architecture, Dundee, Scotland, UK

1997                             Pyramid Art Center, Exhibiting artist lecture series. In conjunction with the 25th Annual

                                     Upstate Invitational, Rochester, New York, USA

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