Jaclyn Jacunski is a Chicago-based artist, was a 2016 Bolt Residency at the Chicago Artist Coalition having her solo exhibition highlighted by the Chicago Tribune. She worked for many years as an assistant to the master printers at Tandem Press in Madison, WI. She currently works at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Office of Engagement as the Director of Civic Engagement working to promote artist led projects in North Lawndale. She has up coming show at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland Maine. Jaclyn’s prints and sculptures are inspired by political controversies that surround land, communities, and acts of resistance. The work frames evidence of those acts, she lifts them out of context to re-think them. She questions how they manifest in public spaces and neighborhood landscapes as an expression of resisting powerful cultural systems such as gentrification, environmental threats, and state violence. Her work explores controversies in Chicago neighborhoods and beyond while considering the impact of an individual. She employs diverse practices but is defined by printmaking’s populist ethic in the distribution of art with posters and zines.
Jaclyn Jacunski & North Lawndale College Prep Academy
Jaclyn Jacunski is working with art students from North Lawndale College Prep High School, Christiana Campus and their teacher Ms.Elizabeth Czekner’s (Art Department Head). They are working together re-image school with the project Home Room that create spaces within a space. Home Room work to regenerate school spaces. What does is mean to have an empty school? If you could fill it, what would you put in? How would it look? How would it feel? Student will map out their story school story and what would it be like. Home Room encourages imagination, creativity and curiosity about school what it and can be.