where to where from: Artist Bios

Anya Belyat-Giunta – Russia (lives in USA) was born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1975. In 1998, she received a B.F.A from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. In 1996 she was a recipient of Florence Honours Scholarship which allowed her to study at the Academia Di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy. In 2000/2002 she attended School of Fine Arts of Toulouse, France and served as an assistant for the printmaking department. In 2001 she was a recipient of Charles Oulmont Prize from the Foundation of France and exhibited at Vert-Gallant Gallery in Paris, France. She participated in numerous international exhibitions including 12th Tallinn Print Triennial Tallinn, Estonia, IV Art Exhibit and Colloquium of Graphic Art, Havana, Cuba. Recently, she was awarded a 2003 C.A.A.P. Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. She will begin her Graduate Study at Northwestern University in 2003-2004 academic years.


Sandra Binion – USA, is a performance artist, film and video maker who collaborates with musicians and composers to make works that integrate cinema, sound and live action. She holds a BFA in dance from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and an MFA in filmmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since 1978, she has presented over 25 such pieces often at multiple venues throughout the US (Berkley, Chicago, Evanston, Houston, Kalamazoo, Milwaukee, New York, San Francisco, Santa Fe), Canada (Montreal), and Europe (Germany: Stuttgart, Cologne, Berlin, Italy:Venice), and others. She also creates video installations intended for specific architectural settings.Binion has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council, CAAP, Art Matters, Inc., the Goethe Institute and is a recipient of the 1998 Illinois Artist Fellowship Award as Finalist in Interdisciplinary/Performance Art. Ms. Binion has taught as Visiting Artist at Columbia College, Chicago, Hochschule der Kunst, Berlin, Germany, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, the University of California, Berkeley, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, the Goethe-Institut, Chicago, San Francisco State University and the University of California, San Diego.


Cat Chow is a Chicago artist who fabricates sculptural garments using mundane yet unconventional materials such as zippers, dollar bills, band-aids and baby bottle nipples. Having once worked as a chain mail fabricator (for Renaissance fairs), Chow is partial to a related linking construction process of these industrial or found materials. Her garments contain subtle allusions to traditional fashion modes such as “the white wedding dress” and also hint at issues such as fashion ‘s constraints upon the feminine form – reinforced by punning titles such as Tied and Trained. Her work thus invites us to re-examine fashion in relation to issues of social context and sexual identity. Chow’s work has been included in several group exhibitions, most prominently at The Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, Texas; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. This year she had her first solo exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center. Chow was recently the recipient of an Artists’ Fellowship Award from the Illinois Arts Council. She is currently an Instructor in the Fashion Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Aylene Fallah was born in Iran. In the early eighties her and her family immigrated to the US, where she has been living ever since. In 1998, she graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with bachelor in sculpture and a minor in painting. Aylene’s mix media sculptures have been exhibited in shows and galleries in Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Boston, Florida, Canada and California. There were several reviews written about her work, many TV and radio interviews were aired discussing her artworks. Her work explores women’s issues, social perspectives, culture and religious traditions, and political history relating to her Persian roots.
Bohyung Kim – was born in Seoul, Korea in 1969. She received a B.F.A. in 1992 from Seoul National University, Korea. In 1993, she was awarded a merit scholarship from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago(S.A.I.C.) for Post Baccalaureate program and received a M.F.A. from S.A.I.C. in 1997. She was a staff writer for Chicago Korea Central Daily between 1998-2000. Kim has participated in shows around Chicago including Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Hyde Park Art Center, Betty Rymer Gallery, Andrew Bae Gallery, and Gallery 2. In 2000/2001, she was invited to the 57th Juried Exhibitionat Sioux City Art Center, Iowa and Evanston and Vicinity: 15th Biennial Exhibition at Evanston Art Center, Illinois. In 1998, she was selected for Who’s Up and Coming at Dong-Ah Gallery in Seoul, Korea, which showcased young talents in the visual arts.


Cecilia Mandrile – Argentina (lives in USA and Great Britain), was born in 1969. She received a BFA from the National University of Cordoba, Argentina in 1991. In 1997, she received her MFA at the University of Maryland at College Park. Currently she is working in a research project as a candidate for a PhD at the University of the West of England, UK. She has had solo shows in Argentina, USA, England and Saudi Arabia since 1989. She also participated in international biennials and invitational shows in the USA, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, China, Croatia, England, Estonia, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain and Argentina. In 1995 she was awarded a graduate fellowship from the University of Maryland at College Park and was a recipient of the Center for Fine Print Research fellowship at the University of West of England, UK, she also received David Driskell Award and The Creative Database Artist Development Grant