Whitney Bradshaw & Chicago High School for the Arts

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Whitney Bradshaw

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Whitney Bradshaw is a photographer living and working in Chicago. She is currently the head of the visual art conservatory at The Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts). In addition to chairing the visual art department, Whitney teaches the 2-year AP Photography Major course to juniors and seniors. Before beginning her work at ChiArts in 2012, Whitney was the assistant curator of the renowned LaSalle Bank Photography Collection and the curator of photography for the Bank of America Collection. As a curator, she developed more than 40 exhibitions, which have been loaned to museums and cultural centers throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. In addition, she has published a number of books and essays on the collection’s holdings and served on the editorial board of the Columbia College Press. During her 13 years as a curator, Whitney continued to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses at Columbia College Chicago. She received her MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2001. Her photographs can be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography as well as numerous private collections and have been published in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune as well as in My Body Your Body (No. 1 in the 6×6 Series) published by Columbia College Chicago in 2003. Prior to her graduate studies, Whitney attained a BA in Sociology, spearheaded, and was the first to graduate with a minor in, the Women’s Studies program at Eastern Illinois University. In addition to working in a CPS school, Whitney has a daughter who has attended CPS schools for 12 years.

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Whitney Bradshaw is a photographer living and working in Chicago. She is currently the head of the visual art conservatory at The Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts). In addition to chairing the visual art department, Whitney teaches the 2-year AP Photography Major course to juniors and seniors. Before beginning her work at ChiArts in 2012, Whitney was the assistant curator of the renowned LaSalle Bank Photography Collection and the curator of photography for the Bank of America Collection. As a curator, she developed more than 40 exhibitions, which have been loaned to museums and cultural centers throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. In addition, she has published a number of books and essays on the collection’s holdings and served on the editorial board of the Columbia College Press. During her 13 years as a curator, Whitney continued to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses at Columbia College Chicago. She received her MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2001. Her photographs can be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography as well as numerous private collections and have been published in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune as well as in My Body Your Body (No. 1 in the 6×6 Series) published by Columbia College Chicago in 2003. Prior to her graduate studies, Whitney attained a BA in Sociology, spearheaded, and was the first to graduate with a minor in, the Women’s Studies program at Eastern Illinois University. In addition to working in a CPS school, Whitney has a daughter who has attended CPS schools for 12 years.

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Kris Brailey & Polaris Charter Academy

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Kris Brailey

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Kris Brailey is a photographer from the great state of Michigan. She moved to Chicago in 1991 where she still resides. She received her BA in Photography from Grand Valley State University and her MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. Her photographic work has been exhibited by: Columbia College Chicago, Firecat Projects, Northern Trust Bank, Quad City Arts Center, and Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. She has received grants from: The City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program, Art Council of San Francisco, Illinois Arts Council and a faculty Development Grant from Columbia College Chicago. Brailey was Senior Lecturer for First Year Seminar at Columbia College Chicago and has taught photography at Columbia College Chicago, College of DuPage, and Roosevelt University. Brailey has been a teaching artist for: Museum of Contemporary Art, CAPE, Marwen and Polaris Charter Academy. Currently she is the High School Coordinator at the Polaris CharterAcademy; a K-8 Elementary school in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park neighborhood.

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Kris Brailey is a photographer from the great state of Michigan. She moved to Chicago in 1991 where she still resides. She received her BA in Photography from Grand Valley State University and her MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. Her photographic work has been exhibited by: Columbia College Chicago, Firecat Projects, Northern Trust Bank, Quad City Arts Center, and Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. She has received grants from: The City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program, Art Council of San Francisco, Illinois Arts Council and a faculty Development Grant from Columbia College Chicago. Brailey was Senior Lecturer for First Year Seminar at Columbia College Chicago and has taught photography at Columbia College Chicago, College of DuPage, and Roosevelt University. Brailey has been a teaching artist for: Museum of Contemporary Art, CAPE, Marwen and Polaris Charter Academy. Currently she is the High School Coordinator at the Polaris CharterAcademy; a K-8 Elementary school in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park neighborhood.

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