April 26, 2018 //

Erika Valenciana

Erika Valenciana, a filmmaker, printmaker, and teaching artist, received a Film and Video degree from Columbia College Chicago. She has worked as a teaching artist for various organizations in Chicago, including Urban Gateways, The Center for Community Arts Partnerships, Street Level, Changing Worlds, and Marwen. Erika‚Äôs films have been screened at various film festivals nationally …

March 15, 2018 //

Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez

Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez lives and works in Chicago. He works with photography, video, and multi screen installation to examine the slippage between time and the act of image creation. His projects examine the ambiguities of language and of what is gained or lost in the translation from image to text. His most recent work has …

January 31, 2018 //

Zapata’s Young Photographers

Media teaching artist Oli Rodriguez spent his spring (2017) at Zapata Elementary helping students explore identity, community, and their Back of the Yards neighborhood through photography. Oli’s 1st, 2nd, and 7th grade classes focused on portraits and landscapes. Seventh graders, pictured here doing portrait work on May 10, discussed¬†community engagement and activism and how empowerment …

February 23, 2016 //

Media Art Meets History, One Photo at a Time

The history of the Great Migration, the Great Depression, and the Harlem Renaissance came to life for students at Lake View High School, who used real vintage family photos to learn about the time period and to put together a digital scrapbook.

December 8, 2015 //

Jesse Avina

Jesse Avina is a teaching artist living and working in Chicago. He works with photography, video, and sculpture to create pieces that deal with violence mediated through pop culture. He received his BFA from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio, and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. An avid …


Oli Rodriguez

Oli Rodriguez was born in Chicago and grew up in Humboldt Park. He attended Whitney Young High School and continued on to DePaul University where he double majored in Psychology and Gender Studies with a minor in Photography. While attending DePaul, Oli was a part of the Human Services track under Psychology and was also …