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The Art School's 2024 Senior Studio Seminar Thesis Exhibition Opening

Thursday, June 13, 2024, 4:30-6:30pm

All are welcome to come celebrate the work of The Art School at DePaul's senior studio seminar artists Victoria Bush, Mady Cairl, Audrey Dwyer, Julieanne Dworkin, Allison Freeman, Evelyn Rubi Hernandez, Arabella Johnson, Anna Kraus, Jamie Lauderbaugh, Morgan Nugent, Lily Rooney, Cameron Santa-Cruz, Anna Stivers, Jae Valdez, Paul Vaughns, Vyolet Weissman, and Madeline Zawada. 

The exhibition will run in DPAM's 2nd floor event space from Thursday, June 13 through Sunday, June 16. Gallery hours are Thursday, 11am-7pm and Friday through Sunday, 11am-5pm.

Artwork design by Quyen Cobb and Zack Ostrowski.

Childhood Memories: Frottage

Wednesday, May 29, 2024, 2-2:30pm

Please join us for a performative action by Selva Aparicio as she does a frottage of her carved rug Childhood Memories (2023-24) presented in her DePaul Art Museum solo show In Memory Of. A frottage is a technique that involves rubbing a medium such as graphite onto a paper that has been placed on top of a textured object. Aparicio has done frottages of a variety of surfaces in the past, one of them being her work Mourning August 17, 2017, as a response to the terrorist attack in Las Ramblas, Barcelona. Aparicio organized a collective frottage the morning after the incident, where people created a 1800 ft long frottage of the van’s path in order to collect a visual history of the moment and initiate a grieving process.

Image: Selva Aparicio makes frottage of Catalan ruins at Parc Natural de la Serra de Collserola, Barcelona, Spain. ca. 2015.

D.E.F. Showcase 2024

Saturday, May 18, 2024, 1:00-5:00pm

 D.E.F. is both an acronym for “DePaul Experimental Film” and the slang word “def,” meaning “cool.” Experimental film is a visionary art form, boundary pushing and virtually limitless in scope. And yes it’s really, really cool!

The juried “Showcase Screening” features short films that span many forms of the experimental filmmaking medium, from letterist cinema, to lyrical film, to collage, to structural, to landscape, to music video, to dance film, to experimental documentary, experimental narrative, and beyond. In many cases the work is challenging and complex, stunning visually, and oft times incredibly personal—it is work that deserves to be seen and celebrated. Preceding the “Showcase Screening” is Experimental Animation on loop from 1–2:30pm.

These projects were created by DePaul University School of Cinematic Arts students in Experimental Filmmaking I and Experimental Filmmaking II classes.

50 tickets will be available for the 3pm Showcase Screening. To reserve a spot please register below.

Forms & Features at DePaul Art Museum: Poem-making as Housekeeping: A Generative Poetry Workshop on Domestic Violence

Saturday, May 11, 2024, 2-4pm

All are welcome to a poetry discussion and creative writing workshop led by Maggie Queeney of the Poetry Foundation. Together, we will explore a wide variety of poems and domestic violence through DePaul Art Museum’s exhibition Selva Aparicio: In Memory Of. In a guided poetry-writing workshop, we will create poems that reimagine remembered domestic spaces into structures providing recognition, shelter, nourishment, and liberation for survivors. 

This free workshop will take place in-person at DePaul Art Museum. Registration is required; space is limited. Virtual attendance will not be available, and the event will not be recorded. Registration opens on Monday, April 15. This program is for adult participants, aged 18 and older. 

A counselor will be in attendance for this program, and resources for those experiencing domestic violence will be available. We are happy to provide ASL interpretation for this program. If you would benefit from any other accessibility measures, please contact the Poetry Foundation by emailing Light refreshments will be provided.

Illustration by Sirin Thada

DePaul Art Museum, The Theatre School, and DePaul’s School of Music Present "Memo", Previews Friday, May 10

Friday, May 10, 2024 - Sunday, May 19, 2024, See schedule

Created in response to DePaul Art Museum’s exhibition Selva Aparicio: In Memory Of, Memo is a site-specific performance that explores privacy, secrets, and intimate moments in the context of ordinary household life. How do the walls of a home free us? Constrain us? Hold us? From the everyday absurdities of sharing space to the quick flares of family tempers, Memo invites audiences to join artists from The Theatre School, School of Music, and DePaul Art Museum in a unique look at who we are when we are not quite alone.

With DePaul student-developed and performed theatrical vignettes set to student-composed music, made in response to Chicago-based artist Selva Aparicio’s artworks, this run marks the first collaboration between three of the DePaul Fullerton Arts Corridor departments. Theatrical performances have been directed by The Theatre School’s Professor Toranika Washington with musical guidance from the School of Music's Assistant Professor Osnat Netzer as part of The Learning Studio museum education initiative with Jim Duignan of DePaul’s College of Education for DPAM.

Performance Dates:

[SOLD OUT] Friday, May 10, 7–9pm (Preview Night)

[SOLD OUT] Sunday, May 12, 2–4pm

Thursday, May 16, 2–5pm

Saturday, May 18, 7–9pm

Sunday, May 19, 2–4pm

Dandelions in the Concrete: A Night for Recentering Community

Thursday, April 25, 2024, 5:30-7:30pm

This is an open event that welcomes students, faculty, community members, and their friends and families to create a space that cultivates a sense of transformation and healing for all bodies and people. There will be arts and crafts, food, storytelling, self care practices, and creative performances.

Dandelions is also a night dedicated to relationship building and practices of transformative justice within communities at DePaul and Chicago. AND, it is the perfect opportunity to meet new people.

In partnership with ​​DePaul’s Women and Gender Studies, the Women’s Center, College of Liberal Arts and Social Science, and Love & Protect.

A Reading and Conversation with Cristina Rivera Garza

Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 6pm

Join us for a reading and conversation with internationally acclaimed author, Cristina Rivera Garza, who will discuss her award-winning non-fiction book, Liliana’s Invincible Summer: A Sister’s Search for Justice, a 2023 National Book Award Finalist. Dr. Rivera Garza serves as the M. D. Anderson Distinguished Professor in Hispanic Studies and Director of the Ph.D. program in Creative Writing in Spanish at the University of Houston, the first creative writing program in Spanish in the U.S. This event is in conjunction with DPAM’s exhibition, Selva Aparicio: In Memory Of and is in partnership with DePaul’s Center for Latino Research, Women's and Gender Studies and the Women's Center.

This will be a hybrid (virtual and in-person) event with limited in-person seating at DPAM. A book signing will follow and books are available for purchase.

Spring/Summer Exhibitions Opening Reception

March 14, 2024, 6–8pm

Please join us for an in-person reception celebrating the opening of DPAM’s Spring/Summer 2024 exhibitions Selva Aparicio: In Memory Of and The Image Pool. Light refreshments will be served. Join us for a live performance at 7:00 pm by cellist Alison Chesley in conjunction with Selva Aparicio: In Memory Of.

ciclo y ciclo: Poetry Reading and Conversation

Saturday, February 3, 3:00-4:30 PM

ciclo y ciclo is a celebration of Sixty Inches from Center’s first book, Chicago Archives + Artists Project: Case Studies in Collaboration. This event features DePaul Art Museum's Collection and Exhibition Manager David Maruzzella and multidisciplinary artist Natasha Mijares, one of the archive + artist pairings commissioned for the publication.

A poetry reading/performance by Natasha Mijares will be followed by a conversation between Natasha Mijares,  David Maruzzella, and artist Dianna Frid, whose work was a touchstone for Mijares's research within DPAM's collection. The event and reception are free and open to the public.

Prior to the event, David Maruzzella will lead a special, behind-the-scenes tour focusing on DPAM's collection of works by Latinx artists. The tour begins at 2:00 PM and is limited to 20 guests. 

To attend the collection tour please RSVP to

On the Life Cycle of an Artist

Wednesday, January 24, 6pm

Please join us for a conversation with Life Cycles artists William J. O’Brien, Devin T. Mays, Iris Bernblum, and Ava Wanbli moderated by Bibiana Suárez where they will share their changes as artists, their experiences as teaching artists, and art as a mode of survival.