Tyehimba Jess

Tyehimba Jess

Tyehimba Jess’ first book of poetry, leadbelly, was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. The Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review both named it one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005.”  Jess received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004-5 Winter Fellow at […]


Gloria Araya Quinlan

Gloria Araya-Quinlan is an International Presenter and Choreographer, who has traveled the world teaching and educating other professionals in the field of fitness and dance.  She has been nominated for Best Presenter in Switzerland and recognized by her home town as Best of Chicago by Chicago Magazine.  She has also served as spokesperson for the […]

Will Simms

Will Simms (II)

Will Sims II received his B.F.A. from North Carolina A&T State University and his M.F.A. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Theatre.  He was last seen at Alabama Shakespeare Theatre Festival in SANTIFIED. Previous credits include Congo Square’s BLACK NATIVITY, SEVEN GUITARS (which won three Jefferson Awards for best director, best production and best […]


Tom Scarff

S.Thomas Scarff has established himself over the past thirty years as an important artist at the forefront of contemporary sculpture. A pioneer in the usage of light in sculpture, Scarff still incorporates illumination in large scale indoor and outdoor public works.  Born in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and a graduate of the School of the Art […]


Lillian Friedberg

LILLIAN FRIEDBERG is a bilingual author with a PhD from the University of Illinois/Chicago and an MA from the University of Chicago. Lillian is also one of the first non-African students of Les Ballets Africains legend and Malinke master drummer Famoudou Konaté. Lillian is a writer and teacher, and has spent 20+ years as a […]


Christine Rojek

CHRISTINE ROJEK studied painting at the University of Illinois, and the American School of Fontainebleau (France) focusing on performance and installation, before moving to Chicago where she currently resides.  When not pursuing sculpture she teaches at Columbia College, and serves on the Chicago Public Arts advisory board.  Rojek creates interactive environments that are often provocative, […]