Jaclyn Jacunski is a Chicago-based artist and cultural worker. Her works take on various formats from printmaking, installation, and sculpture using themes of community and its boundaries. Known for using materials scavenged from building sites, often in gentrifying neighborhoods, Jacunski reveals how neighborhood landscapes become expressions of a lived experience resisting powerful cultural systems such as gentrification, environmental threats, and state violence. Her practice stems from a search for understanding, engagement, and care with political controversies that surround land, and communities’ acts of resistance. She is the Director of Civic Engagement for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she creates platforms for the arts and social practice in the North Lawndale. Jaclyn works closely with local residents on the Westside to develop art programming from and with the community. In her work, she promotes community engagement in the arts with the aim to build equity and social justice in Chicago. She is an interdisciplinary artist who exhibits locally and nationally, she earned her M.F.A. from SAIC and a B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught at SAIC and Harrington College of Design. She has been an artist in resident at Chicago Artist’s Coalition’s Bolt, exhibited at the ICA in Portland and Baltimore and recently highlighted in the Chicago Tribune and Hyperallergic.
Jaclyn worked Collage Office on Sunday, April 14, 2019.
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