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Alexandria Eregbu is a visual artist and arts practitioner. On a fundamental level, Alexandria believes that art’s impact and cogency is strengthened by community. As a passionate leader and champion of the creative process, Alexandria is most dedicated to providing services that promote empowerment and advocacy for artists and communities engaging the arts. Alexandria’s work has included educational, curatorial, writing, and philanthropic participation. Her early background and interests in expanded learning and civic justice were initially fostered through her involvement as Lead Teaching Artist and co-founder of the Community Curatorial Project with TRACE (Teens Re-Imagining Art, Community, and Environment)— a youth activism program facilitated through the Chicago Park District between 2014-2017. As an artist, Alexandria’s multi-faceted practice has illuminated pathways throughout the Midwest— Milwaukee Art Museum (Milwaukee, WI), The Luminary (St. Louis, MO), the South Side Community Art Center, Chicago Cultural Center, and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL) and to the coasts of Portland at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY. She has held fellowships, nationally and internationally with ACRE (Steuben, WI); HATCH Projects, Stony Island Arts Bank, (Chicago, IL); The Center for Afrofuturist Studies (Iowa City, IA), Independent Curators International’s Curatorial Intensive (New Orleans, LA); The Camargo Foundation—3Arts Residency (Cassis, France) and ICI / Joyce Foundation Research Fellowship (Fort de France, Martinique). Alexandria has received generous support from the Propeller Fund, Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Independent Curators International, and 3Arts. Alexandria received her BFA in Performance and Fiber & Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a current MA Candidate in Visual & Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Alexandria also holds a position as Curator of Commissioned Works for Illinois Humanities' city-wide initiative, Envisioning Justice— which examines how over-incarceration affects Chicago communities offer solutions, inquiry, and propositions to crisis. Previous curatorial projects include, The Annual: A New Exhibition for Chicago Art presented at Chicago Artists Coalition, Tertiary Dimensions presented as part of PLATFORMS: 10 Years of Chances Dances, and Marvelous Freedom / Vigilance of Desire, Revisited— a group exhibition co-organized with Devin Cain, Krista Franklin, that engaged the richness of Chicago’s Surrealist history by reexamining the first Marvelous Freedom/Vigilance of Desire, the world’s largest Surrealist exhibition that took place in Chicago in 1976.
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