Michelle Keim & Lane Tech College Prep High School

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Michelle Keim

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Michelle Keim is a fine art photographer living and working in Chicago. She received her MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1997 and has taught at Columbia College and Wilbur Wright College in Chicago. Her industrial landscape photography, “Iron Beauties”, was represented by Catherine Edelman gallery for roughly 10 years and published as a monograph in 2006 by Nazraeli Press. Her landscape work is in the permanent collections of Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Federal Reserve Bank and many other corporate and private collections. She is currently engaged in a long term landscape photography project in which she is taking a close look at the brick-making industry in her rural Ohio hometown situated in the largest Amish community in the country. Representing a mid-life career change of sorts, in recent years Keim has become entrenched in the world of athletes, combat sports in particular. She got her start photographing team mates in Mixed Martial Arts, then transitioned to covering live events and is now the official photographer and social media director for the historic Chicago Golden Gloves. She has worked closely with UFC number 9 ranked strawweight fighter, Felice Herrig, for over 3 years covering training camps and personal aspects of her life as a successful professional athlete. Getting a late start in life as an athlete herself, Keim is currently undefeated in Muay Thai kickboxing holding a record of 1-0. She has 3 children, all of whom have attended CPS schools.

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Michelle Keim is a fine art photographer living and working in Chicago. She received her MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1997 and has taught at Columbia College and Wilbur Wright College in Chicago. Her industrial landscape photography, “Iron Beauties”, was represented by Catherine Edelman gallery for roughly 10 years and published as a monograph in 2006 by Nazraeli Press. Her landscape work is in the permanent collections of Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Federal Reserve Bank and many other corporate and private collections. She is currently engaged in a long term landscape photography project in which she is taking a close look at the brick-making industry in her rural Ohio hometown situated in the largest Amish community in the country. Representing a mid-life career change of sorts, in recent years Keim has become entrenched in the world of athletes, combat sports in particular. She got her start photographing team mates in Mixed Martial Arts, then transitioned to covering live events and is now the official photographer and social media director for the historic Chicago Golden Gloves. She has worked closely with UFC number 9 ranked strawweight fighter, Felice Herrig, for over 3 years covering training camps and personal aspects of her life as a successful professional athlete. Getting a late start in life as an athlete herself, Keim is currently undefeated in Muay Thai kickboxing holding a record of 1-0. She has 3 children, all of whom have attended CPS schools.

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Janet Mesic Mackie & Amundsen High School

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Melissa Ann Pinney & The Bell School

“The Bell School is a 100 year old Chicago Public Elementary School with three programs: Neighborhood, Deaf and Gifted. There are 1,000 students in total. From the beginning I wanted to focus on the children– their games and relationships to one another and to the physical environment, mostly outside of the classroom,” – Melissa Ann Pinney, photographer.

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This project looks closely at Chicago’s children as they build their futures within the social, cultural and political milieu of the Chicago Public School system. Schools are a rich setting to explore emerging female identity, a long-time subject of mine that is more important now than ever in this era of #MeToo. I’ve seen how sharing the photographs with the students, parents and teachers builds community. It is an exciting and rare privilege to photograph a diverse population of Chicago’s students during a time when the city is in the forefront of a national conversation about public education, racism and economic inequality.

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Melissa Ann Pinney

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Melissa Ann Pinney’s closely-observed studies of the social lives and emerging identities of American women have won the photographer numerous fellowships and awards, and found their way into the collections of the major museums in the US and abroad. Pinney’s work first garnered attention when it was included in the Museum of Modern Art’s major 1991 exhibition, Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort. Her evocative photographs of the stages of life of American women earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1999, which resulted in her first major monograph, Regarding Emma: Photographs of American Women and Girls (2003). Melissa Ann Pinney’s next book, Girl Ascending, (2010) focused on a touchstone moment in the lives of American girls. Pinney’s latest book, TWO, includes 80 photographs and short essays by ten distinguished authors on the nature of two. Ann Patchett edited the book and wrote the introduction.

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Melissa Ann Pinney’s closely-observed studies of the social lives and emerging identities of American women have won the photographer numerous fellowships and awards, and found their way into the collections of the major museums in the US and abroad. Pinney’s work first garnered attention when it was included in the Museum of Modern Art’s major 1991 exhibition, Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort. Her evocative photographs of the stages of life of American women earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1999, which resulted in her first major monograph, Regarding Emma: Photographs of American Women and Girls (2003). Melissa Ann Pinney’s next book, Girl Ascending, (2010) focused on a touchstone moment in the lives of American girls. Pinney’s latest book, TWO, includes 80 photographs and short essays by ten distinguished authors on the nature of two. Ann Patchett edited the book and wrote the introduction.

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Portrait by Devina Yoestong

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