Chronology of events

Project History 1983 - 2022



10 x 10: Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago, IL - (invited)

Art in Place 2022: Regional site-specfic installations - CNL Projects

Making Our History: artists render Lincoln's Legacies - Univ of Illinois, Springfield (20 artists)

Pilsen summer Art walk - Citlalin Gallery, Chicago, IL (invited)

My Painted Lyre: Daughter of Athena: homage - National Hellenic Museum - Exterior court, Chicago, IL (invited)

Lincoln Legacy Residency 2021-2022: University of Illinois -Sprngfield, IL (juried)

Visible/invisible: Noyes Cultural Arts center -Evanston, IL (juried)


Yellow wallpaper: Chicago Danz theater-Ensemble collaboration -Chicago, IL (juried)

Art on Lockdown: Rock Island Gallery-Quad City Arts - Rock Island, IL (juried)

Quarantine Show: Parlor and Ramp Gallery - Chicago, IL (curated)

Guest Artist: Pirate: Contemporary Art Gallery - Lakewood, CO (invited)

Liberty and Justice for all: Stola Contemporary Art Gallery - Chicago, IL- (juried)

Hands up!: Citlalin Art Gallery Theater - Chicago, IL (curated)


Who's Afraid of Red?: Gallery Oh - Chicago, IL (curated)

Re-encounter: Prospectus Art Gallery - Chicago, IL (curated)

Dia de los Muertos: The Art Center - Highland Park, IL (curated)

Where's the Revolution?: Bridgeport Art Center - Chicago, IL- (curated)

Sólo un poco aquí: Dia de los Muertos: National Museum of Mexican Art - Chicago, IL

Humanity Amorphic: Evanston Art Center - Evanston, IL (solo)

Art-in-Place: CNL Projects - (collective)


Human Rights: Uri Eichen Gallery - Chicago, IL (collective)

Confessions of an X-Zonian: Triton College - River Grove, IL (solo)

Members Show: Oak Park Art League - Chicago, IL (collective)

Made in Pilsen XIV: Prospectus Gallery - Chicago, IL (collective)

Safe Passage:  Chicago Teachers Union  - Chicago, IL (solo)

Colectivo: Triton College - River Grove, IL (collective)

Journey to Korea: OPEN Ctr for the Arts - Chicago, IL (collective)

From the Vault: Prospectus Gallery - Chicago, IL (collective)

Opalescense: Oak Park Art League - Oak Park, IL (collective)

One Inspired Evening: Inspiration Corp - Chicago, IL (juried)

Narratives of Necessity: Three Seeds Gallery - Chicago, IL (solo)

All Politics are Local: Jackson Junge Gallery - Chicago, IL (juried)


Homecoming: Oak Park Art League - Oak Park, IL (collective)

Made in Pilsen XIII: Prospectus Gallery - Chicago, IL (collective)

Sounds of Music: Jackson Junge Gallery - Chicago, IL (juried)

Invisiblia: Governors State University - Chicago, IL (Juried)

Cardboard Show: Co-Prosperity Sphere - Chicago, IL (collective)

Out of the Vault: Prospectus Gallery - Chicago, IL (collective)

Lighthouses on the Mag Mile: "Dream" 626 N. Michigan Ave.,  - Chicago, IL (Public Art)

Steam Punk Art Show: Triton College - Art Gallery  - River Grove, IL (collective)

Fox River Arts Ramble: Gallery 1904 - Aurora, IL (collective)

14th Annual Benefit: Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art  - Chicago, IL (collective)

Sounds of Painting: Prospectus Gallery - Chicago, IL solo

Identity/People: Gallery 1904 - Aurora, IL (collective)


Made in Pilsen XII: Prospectus Gallery - Chicago, IL (Curated collective)

Superstitions portfolio: Coronado Print Studio, New York, NY (curated)

Chornobyl - artists respond: Ukrainian Institute of America, New York, NY (curated)

Jazz Record Art Collective: Fulton St. Collective - 3/22/17, Chicago, IL (invitational)

Witness: the artist's response: Elephant Room Gallery - Chicago, IL (juried)

College Art Faculty Invitational: Gallery 215 - NIU at Dekalb, IL (juried)


Traditional to Contemporary: Oak Park Art League - Oak Park, IL (juried)

Inequity Reversal: West Suburban Medical Center - Oak Park, IL (solo)

95th Annual: Oak Park Art League, Oak Park, IL (juried)

Annual Art on Cardboard Show: Project Onward - Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago

Made in Pilsen XI: Prospectus Gallery - Chicago, IL (Curated)

ConTextual: Oak Park Art League, Oak Park, IL (juried)

Triumph over Chaos: Veeck Gallery - Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL (Group)

Chee Taxua: Ferguson Art Gallery-Concordia Univ., River Forest, IL - (curated)

Endangered Species: Prospectus Gallery, Chicago, IL -(solo)

Places Spaces: Oak Park Art League, Oak Park, IL (collective)

2nd Annual Educator Show:: Bridgeport Art Ctr., ChicagoHonorable Mention


Annual Art on Cardboard Show: Project Onward - Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago

Chuee Taxua: Museo de Arte Indígena Contemporáneo en Cuernavaca Mor., Mexico - (Curated)

La Muerte Nina: Dia de los Muertos: National Museum of Mexican Art - Chicago, IL (Curated)

Made in Pilsen X: Prospectus Gallery - Chicago, IL (Curated collective)

Folktales and Legends: John Michael Kohler Arts Center - Sheboygan, WI (juried collective)

Climate Crisis Solutions: Water Street Studios Gallery, Batavia, IL. (juried)

Art Educators Show: Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago. (Collective)

Public Art: Conrad Chicago Hilton, Chicago, IL (collective)


Annual Cardboard Show: Project Onward-Bridgeport Art Center; Chicago, IL (collective)

So Much More: Swedish Covenant Hospital; Chicago, IL (juried collective)

Made in Pilsen IX: Prospectus Gallery; Chicago, IL (curated)

Southside MANIFESTO: Co-Prosperity Sphere; Chicago, IL (collective)

Survival, Spirit, ......: Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art; Chicago, IL (4 person show)

Artists on Board, ......: Reverie Gallery-Lacuna Artist Lofts; Chicago, IL & Portland, OR 

Pahana; Paperish Mess, Chicago, IL (Installation )

Gestos Graficos: Rene Arceo and Friends; Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL (collective)



CTU Strike 1yr Anniversary Art Show: URI-EICHEN Gallery; Chicago, IL (collective)

Haiyan Relief Fundraiser: Co-Prosperity Sphere; Chicago, IL (collective)

11th Annual Cardboard Show: Bridgeport Arts Center; Chicago, IL (collective)


Made in PilsenVIII: Prospectus Gallery; Chicago, IL (collective)

Passages: Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago - Juried (collective)

Indecent Liquidation: Prospectus Gallery, Chicago - (solo)

One Inspired Evening-Benefit: Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium, Chicago - (Juried)



Made in Pilsen VII: Prospectus Gallery; Chicago, IL (collective) 

Cloud Bash 2012: Design Cloud, Chicago, IL (collective)

Hanal Pixan: food for the Souls; National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL (curated)

A Conspiracy of Silence; Triton College Gallery, River Grove, IL -(solo)

We are the Awakening; 6902 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL - (Collective)

Keepers; National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL curated (collective)


Santitos Portfolio; Casa Tres Mundos, International travelling Show -  (curated)



Reverse Engineering; Carlos and Dominguez Gallery, Chicago - (solo)

Testimony of Being; Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago - Juried (collective)

Made in Pilsen VI; Prospectus Gallery, Chicago - Curated (collective)

Arceo Press Print Portfolio; Ferguson Art Gallery, Concordia Univ., River Forest, IL - (curated)



Made in Pilsen V; Prospectus Gallery, Chicago - curated (collective)

From the Wash; Antena, Chicago - (solo)

Collective Show; Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago - curated (collective)



Made in Pilsen IV; Prospectus Gallery, Chicago - (curated)

Collective Show; Casa Aztlan, Chicago - (curated)



Peace in Pilsen Art Auction; Carlos & Dominguez Gallery, Chicago - (curated)

Mutations; Douglas Park-Field House, Chicago - (curated)

End of the 80´s; Avram Eisen Gallery, Chicago- curated (collective)
Los Artistas de la Calle 18; World Gym-Pilsen, Chicago- curated (collective)

One Inspired Evening-Juried Benefit; RiverEast Art Center, Chicago- juried (collective)

Celebration 2009; Prospectus Gallery, Chicago- curated (collective)


If Artist Ran the Media; C33 Gallery, 33 East Congress Ave., Chicago- curated (collective)

Art of the Ride: Motoworks Chicago - (solo)
Experiencing the War in Iraq: Machines with Magnets, Pawtucket, Rhode Island - juried (collective)

30 Years and Moving On: Prospectus Gallery, Chicago- curated (collective)

Made in Pilsen III:Prospectus Gallery, Chicago- curated (collective)


Collective Show: Colby Gallery, Chicago- curated (collective)
18th St. Pilsen Open Studios: GringoLandia Studio, Chicago
Pass it On: Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art; Chicago- curated (collective)
Mural Acquisition: Permanent Collection for U.S. Embassy, Panama- curated purchase for collection
Made in Pilsen 2: Prospectus Gallery, Chicago- curated (collective)
Dusk to Dawn:
Cafe Duvall, Chicago - (solo)
Kigali Rwanda Benefit: Univ. of IL at Chicago
- curated (collective)
POLVO Benefit: 18th Street, Chicago- curated (collective)
Art of Teaching: Gallery 37 Center Space, Chicago
- juried (collective)


Made in Pilsen: Prospectus Gallery, Chicago- curated (collective)
Chicago Art Open:
Zhou B. Art Center, Chicago
- juried (collective)
Bare Walls: SAIC -
847 W. Jackson Bldg., Chicago
- juried (collective)
Beyond Teaching I:
South Shore Cultural Center, Chicago
- curated (collective)
Beyond Teaching II:
Cafe Mestizo, Chicago
- curated (collective)
Beyond Teaching III:
Casa Michoacan, Chicago
- curated (collective)
Pilsen Cultural Celebration: Harrison Pk, Chicago-installation
Chicago Music Garage, Chicago
- curated (collective)
The Art of Teaching:
Gallery 37 - Center Space, Chicago
- juried (collective)
Navigating the Landscape:
Prospectus Gallery, Chicago - (solo)

Classic Cymbals: Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra,Traveling exhibition through 2006
Art for Animals Auction:
Chicago Cultural/CenterTree House Animal Foundation
- curated (collective)
18th St. Pilsen Open Studios:
GringoLandia Studio, Chicago
Hometown Video Festival :
Alliance for Community Media, Monterey, California
- juried
Eminent Domain :
Pilsen Cultural Celebration, Harrison Park, Chicago-installation
POLVO Benefit:
POLVO, Chicago
- curated (collective)
Chicago Homeland Expo :
McCormick Center, Chicago - (solo)

Art of Teaching : Gallery 37 Center Space, Chicago- curated (collective)
Cardboard 2: Birdhouse museum installed on S. Morgan St., Chicago
- curated (collective)

Chicago Art Open: Vietnam Veterans Art Museum,Chicago - juried (collective)
Artist as Terrorists 2 :
POLVO, 18th St , Chicago
- curated (collective)
Art and War: the artists voice
Aldo Castillo Gallery, Chicago
- curated (collective)
War and Peace : Gallery 415, Chicago
- curated (collective)
Portraits of Imagination:
CCT Gallery, Chicago
- curated (collective)
SAIC 847 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago
- juried (collective)
18th St. Pilsen Open Studios:
GringoLandia Studio, Chicago
Tu Casa es Mi Casa :
POLVO, Chicago
- curated (collective)

Alas de Papel: 2000-2004 International Travelling Show, curated (collective)

Chicago Solution Show: Gallery on Lake,Chicago- curated (collective)
Globalization Show :
Hothouse Gallery, Chicago
- curated (collective)
Chicago Art Open:
847 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago
- juried (collective)
Art & Industry :
Union Street Gallery - Chicago Heights, IL
- juried (collective)
Bare Walls:
SAIC-847 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago
- juried (collective)
Urban edge :
BAAC, Barrington, IL
- juried (collective)
Visual Candy:
Butchershop, Chicago
- curated (collective)
Artist as Terrorist :
POLVO, Chicago
- curated (collective)
The El:
Hothouse Gallery
, Chicago
- curated (collective)
Artists against the War:
Chicago Athenaeum-Museum, Schaumburg, IL.
- curated (collective)
18thSt. Pilsen Open Studios:
Gringolandia Studio, Chicago
The Art of Teaching:
Gallery 37 Center Space, Chicago
- juried (collective)

Udderly Suite: Chicago Historical Society - Museum- curated (collective)
Casa Michoacan auction: Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Chicago
- curated (collective)
Chicago Athenaeum-Museum, Schaumburg, IL
- curated (collective)
Sept. 11 Show:
Chicago Athenaeum-Museum, Schaumburg, IL
- curated (collective)
911 Show & Erotic Show:
JettSett Gallery, Chicago
- juried (collective)
Bare Walls:
SAIC- 847 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago
- juried (collective)
Chicago Art Open:
847 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago
- juried (collective)
The Art of Teaching:
Marwen-833 N. Orleans, Chicago
- juried (collective)

Hemingway Show: Hemingway Museum, Oak Park, IL- juried (collective)
Art for Sara’s Sake:
Swedish American Museum, Chicago
- curated (collective)
Operation Icarus:
Gringolandia Studio, Open air installation launching
24th Annual Exhibition:
Beverly Art Center, Chicago
- juried (collective)

Chicago PingPong 2000: Pump Station Gallery-WaterTower, Chicago Public Art Program
Absolut Visions-art 2000:
Gwendajay A. Gallery, Chicago
- curated (collective)
The Midway Show:
Las Manos Gallery, Chicago
- curated (collective)
Tales from GringoLandia:
Harry S.Truman College, Chicago - (solo)

Sightings: Gwendajay A. Gallery, Chicago- curated (collective)
Cows on Parade:
Hancock Tower Building on Michigan Ave., Chicago
-  Sponsored (collective)
Original Recipe:
Builders Bank, Chicago (

Chicago Art Open: 847 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago- juried (collective)
Against the Nightstick:
Casa Guatemala, Chicago
- (collective)
Bok Guai :
A.T.Coyote Festival, Chicago - installation
GringoLandia HeirLines:
Chicago Public Library, Chicago - (solo)
Collective Exhibitions:
Las Manos Gallery, Chicago
- curated

West Town Realty Scandals: A.T. Coyote Festival, Chicago - installation
Lost and Found:
Gallery 7000, Chicago
- curated (collective)

Americana Show:
Imperfect Fluids Gallery, Chicago- curated (collective)
GringoLandia 22:
A.T. Coyote Festival, Chicago - installation

Erotica Show: Naked “i” Gallery, Saint Charles, IL- curated (collective)
Full Box/Empty Culture:
Process Bldg., 935 N. Damen, Chicago
- curated (collective)

Mr. Whitey's Wild Ride: Crux Gallery, Chicago - installation
Disco Gazebo:
APO Bldg.,18th St., Chicago - installation
Red Line:
Feral Dog Gallery, Chicago - installation
New Art Examiner Auction:
World Tattoo Gallery, Chicago
- curated (collective)
Collective Show:
LayAway Gallery, Chicago
- curated (collective)

ReCycle America: Reicher Gallery-Barat College-Lake Forest, IL North Pier, Chicago - installation
Collective Show:
Beret International Gallery, Chicago
- juried
Artist-in-Residence Show:
Oak Park Civic Arts Council, Oak Park, IL

GringoLandia II:
North Lakeside Cultural Center, Chicago - installation
Collective Show: Erie Street Gallery, Chicago
- curated (collective)

GringoLandia: ARC Gallery RAW SPACE, Chicago - (solo) - installation
Your Message Here:
Randolph Street Galley, Chicago
- curated (collective)
Galeria Uniques, Panama City, R.P. - (solo)

13th Annual Competition : Beverly Art Center, Chicago- juried (collective)
Prints by Illinois Artists: State University of New York, StonyBrook, NY
- curated (collective)
Artists Define Furniture:
ARC Gallery, Chicago
- juried (collective)
ARC Gallery, Chicago
- juried (collective)
Black and White Show:
ARC Gallery, Chicago
- juried (collective)
Modern Love: ARC Gallery, Chicago- juried (collective)
N.A.M.E. Re-Membered:
203 W. Lake St,, Chicago
- curated (collective)
Art Fun/Life Serious:
Prairie Avenue Gallery, Chicago
- curated (collective)
The Historical Moment: Gallery 400, UIC, Chicago - (solo)
15 Years 15 Walls:
ARC Gallery, Chicago
- juried (collective)
The Incredible Museum:
A.M. Ward Gallery, Chicago - (solo)

Hung Jury: NAB Gallery, Chicago - juried (collective)
Chicago Transit :
Prairie Avenue Gallery, Chicago
- curated (collective)
11th Annual Exhibition:
Beverly Art Center, Chicago
- juried (collective)
Dia de los Muertos:
Objects Gallery, Chicago
- juried (collective)

Two by Two: International Art Expo - Navy Pier, Chicago- juried (collective)

American Artists in Panama': U.S. Embassy Residence, Panama'- curated (collective)
Subasta Pro Museo:
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Panama'
- juried (collective)

Mark Nelson '84: Teatro Anayansi, ATLAPA Center, Panama'- (solo)

ArteGulf 83: Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Panama'- juried (collective)


2021 Lincoln Legacy Residency, UIS, Springfield, IL

2016 Honorable Mention, 2nd Annual Art Educators Show, Bridgeport Art Ctr.,Chicago

2013 Oppy Award, Oppenheimer Family Foundation, Chicago

2012-2013 Intuit Teaching Fellowship, Intuit Center, Chicago

2008 Teacher of Distinction, Golden Apple Foundation

2006 1st Place-Art of Teaching, Gallery 37
2005 Honorable Mention-Hometown Video Festival

2005 2nd Place-Art of Teaching, Gallery 37
2003, 1991 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship
2003 First Place Award, Barrington Area Arts Council
2003 Academic Achievement through the Arts-CPS
1999, 2002, 03, 04,06, 08 Chicago Foundation for Education
1997, 96, 2001, 04, 06 Chicago Cultural Affairs CAAP
1997 IAC Special Assistance Grant
1993, 94, 2001,02 Chicago Cultural Affairs NAP
1997, 99, 01, 02, 03, 04,06,07,08, 09,10,11,12, 13, 14, 15, 16 Oppenheimer Foundation Grant
2001, 2002 CPS Art Enhancement Grant


10-20-19 Badass Teachers Association – CTU Strike Artistic Representation

10-19-17 Chicago Tribune-HOY Pilsen Open Studios celebra sus XV años

10-16-16 Radio Vocalo 91.1 FM (CHI)- Pilsen Open Studios

06-22-16 Teachers Union takes to streets in the loop, - Chicago Sun Times

01-08-16 12 Art Gallery Openings you shouldn't miss this season by Carrie McGath - Chicagoist.com

10-11 Arte del Barrio - Univision, Enrique Ortiz - Emmy Award Recipient 2012

10-08 1Tail.com/sa/news - Oct 2

11-07 La Raza, Chicago
7-07 La Prensa, Panama'
5-06 Chicago Artists News
6-02 ArtScope.net
9-99 Sun Times
4-99- Hyde Park Herald
5-99 Lerner News
4-93- Chicago Tribune
4-93- ChicagoSunTimes
4-93- NewArt Examiner
6-91- Chicago Reader


2012 Video Shorts for MNRR-NPS, Youtube.com/missouririvernp

2011 "Pancho," the art of Francisco Mendoza, Chicago CAN TV April, 2011

2010-2011  Video Shorts for PEFO-NPS, Youtube.com/petrifiedforestnp

2006 Chicago Artists Resource:Artist Story: Mark Nelson

2000 Urban Art Chicago: Olivia Gude and Jeff Huebner, Ivan R. Dee: Publisher
1999 Cows on Parade in Chicago: Neptun Art Press
Vecinos: Hometown Video Festival, Olympia-Washington & Monterey, California
Comcast Cable Stations (11 Chicago Suburbs, Chicago CAN TV-Ch.21,
Meztli Cinema/Gallery; 556 W. 18th St., Chicago, POLVO; 18th ST., Chicago


2009 National Board Certification - Art/EMC , NBPTS  Master Certificate                                                                          

1988 University of Illinois at Chicago  MFA
1986 School of the Art Institute of Chicago  BFA
1982 - 1983 Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas                                                                                                    

1981- 1982 Universidad Nacional de Panama'
1982 Canal Zone College, Panama  AA