Virginio Ferrari is an internationally acclaimed sculptor, who’s monumental sculptures can be found on street corners and public parks, at universities and libraries, corporations and in private collections in Chicago, and all over the world. Ferrari’s current work has been described as lyrical abstract sculpture in bronze, stainless steel, marble and granite. His work is preoccupied with creating situations that delight the eye, allowing for the interaction of sculpture and the casual observer, giving the modern city a human dimension.
From 1966 to 1976 Ferrari was Assistant Professor of Art and Sculptor in Residence at the University of Chicago and since then has remained in Chicago where he has devoted his full energies to sculpting. Ferrari holds many accolades for his achievements, including the Illinois State Service Award for outstanding contributions as a sculptor who has vitalized and humanized urban spaces and being awarded the Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana (senior order of knighthood of the Italian Republic) by the president of Italy, Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, for his important contributions to the international art world.
He currently divides his time between his studios in Chicago, USA and Guardistallo, Italy.
Marco G. Ferrari
Marco G. Ferrari is an artist based in Chicago, Illinois. He builds films, installations, digital images, and video projection performances that explore our relationships with place and time, to probe how identity is shaped by tensions raised by our attachments to or de-attachments from our built and natural environments.
His films have been screened at exhibitions such as the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale; Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea–Palazzo Forti (Verona, Italy); the Athens International Film and Video Festival (Ohio); and the University of Chicago in Delhi (India).
Ferrari received his MFA from the University of Chicago in Visual Arts and his BA from DePaul University in Communication and Italian Studies. He currently balances his art-making studio practice as an independent curator, lecturer in Media Studies at John Cabot University, and freelancing as a cinematographer and VJ.
Alberto Ferrari is the Creative Director for the City of Chicago’s Graphics and Reproduction Center. He graduated from the Univerisity of Illinois–Chicago where he began his creative work as a photographer focusing on architectural based projects. He continues his interest in design and image as a freelance graphic designer and photographer.
Monica Chadha is a LEED certified, licensed architect who has been practicing for over 20 years. She is the Founder and Principal of Civic Projects, a hybrid design practice that uses social engagement to work collaboratively with communities and organizations. Ms. Chadha focuses not only on the quality of the built environment but also on with emerging entrepreneurs to build their businesses through economic drivers such as pop-up retail and business incubation.
At both Studio Gang Architects and Ross Barney Architects, Ms. Chadha was responsible for the design and team leadership of several award-wining buildings including the Champaign Public Library and the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Civil Engineering Building. Current projects include the Englewood Exchange, a café/retail storefront with a demonstration and commercial kitchen that is being built in partnership with Whole Foods, US Bank and the Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation and the Englewood Accelerator, the first business incubator on Chicago’s South Side, which opened in 2014; and a contemporary arts space in Oak Park.
Ms. Chadha has been an Adjunct Professor in the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology since 2007. She is also on the faculty of Archeworks, a Chicago-based design school, research lab and think-tank. In 2011, she served as the Founding Director of Impact Detroit, a partnership with the Detroit Collaborative Design Center (University of Detroit, Mercy) that provides comprehensive design, environmental, social and economic development services to communities in Detroit.
Ms. Chadha received her Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Architecture from the University of Waterloo, Canada. The Design Futures Council recognized her as an Emerging Leader in 2010 and in 2013 she was included in the inaugural Public Interest Design 100 list of leaders.
Jennifer Park, AIA, is principal and owner of Jurassic Studio, a design firm that enjoys exploring form, patterns, composition and their translation into our social context. Her professional experience in architecture, design and education spans cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Richmond, and her project experience spans academic, commercial, retail and residential settings. Jennifer maintains close ties to academia currently serving as an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute (SAIC) and Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) teaching architecture studio courses. She believes in teaching students how to think critically about our social and political environment as part of the design process. In addition to several project awards, Jennifer was acknowledged as one of Chicago's 2015 Women of Influence in Michigan Avenue magazine and was a finalist for Curbed's 2015 Young Guns Award recognizing rising talent in the fields of architecture and development. She also is a recipient of the 2015 Burnham Prize for the Currencies of Architecture Competition hosted by the Chicago Architectural Club in affiliation with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.