Madeleine Aguilar tells stories, builds archives, maps spaces, constructs furniture, records histories, organizes data, catalogs objects, prints publications, creates frameworks, collects imagery, acquires trades, ties knots, repurposes materials, imitates structures, utilizes chance, plays instruments, follows intuition, prompts participation, guides observation, leaves evidence, develops routines, takes walks, breaks habits, and makes lists. Using the archive as form, she acknowledges the passing of time by cataloging lived spaces, collected objects, familial histories, personal relationships, natural phenomena, mundane routines, and ephemeral moments.

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Education 
 

2022    Master of Fine Arts in Printmedia, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 

2020    Bachelor of Fine Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 

2019     Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, Saugatuck, MI 

2016     Marwen, Chicago, IL 
 

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions 
 

2021     you are here, Compound Yellow, Oak Park, IL 

2018     Spies!, Condo Association, Chicago, IL 

2017      I just want to stay home, Box Gallery, Chicago, IL 


Group Exhibitions 
 

2022    46: Artists' Books from Franklin Furnace Archive 1976-2022, Pratt Institute Library, Brooklyn, NY 

              Dock 6 Design & Art 14, Dock 6, Chicago, IL

              Ohklahomo @ MDW Fair, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL

              Overlap: Research, Results, and More, John M. Flaxman Library, School of the Art Institute of Chicago 

              Common Practice, Betsy Gallery at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, Saugatuck, MI

              Soft Noise, The Plan, Chicago, IL

              Spring Graduate Thesis Exhibition, SAIC Galleries, Chicago, IL

              Birdhouse, Our House, Sullivan Fabrication Studio, School of the Art Institute of Chicago 

2021     Keep In Touch: Terrain Biennial, 2021, Terrain Exhibitions, Oak Park, IL 

2020    The Long Dream, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL 

               Artist Run Chicago 2.0, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL 

               Spring Undergraduate Exhibition, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL 

               I Can’t Believe It’s Not a Butterfly in a Job Bag, Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, Chicago, IL 

2019     Equal Parts, Stewdio Visit, Tucson, AZ 

               moves on human scale, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL 

2018     A Four Part Performance, Circle L Ranch (MOCA), Oracle, AZ 

              The Beasts, Circle Contemporary at The Arts of Life, Chicago, IL 

2017     Art Bash, SITE Galleries, Chicago, IL 

              Puppet Cabaret, SAIC Performance Space, Chicago, IL 

2016     Chicago Public Schools All-City High School Exhibition, SITE Galleries, Chicago, IL 

               Home Meant Improv / Uncertainty makes a good show, Compound Yellow, Oak Park, IL 


Performances + Lectures + Workshops

 

2022     EXPO Chicago 2022, Chicago, IL

               Flatlands Final Publication Release: An Atlas, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL

               Workshop Leader, RISOgraph 101, Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) Annual Conference, Chicago

2021      5 Beginnings: ESS, Every house has a door, Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, IL

               Lecturer, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Urban Wood: Utilization Initiatives in Art, Architecture, and Design, Chicago, IL 

               Milwaukee Zine Fest, Milwaukee, WI 

               Multiple Goods Fair, Compound Yellow, Oak Park, IL

               Terrain Biennial Block Party Community Event, Overton Elementary, Chicago, IL

2020    Waveforms Summer 2020, SAIC Sound Department, Chicago, IL 

2019     Workshop Leader, Homemade Stories and Handmade Books, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL

               America: A Hymnal, Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, IL 

               Some Kind of Duty, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL 

               Terrain Biennial, Oak Park, IL  

               Chicago Zine Fest, Chicago, IL 

2018     Prism-isms, Roman Susan, Chicago, IL

               Line Age Gap: A Father/Daughter Artist Talk In Turn, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL

2016     Exhaust the Possible, Trunk Show, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL

               Water Music on the Beach 2016, 6018|North, Chicago, IL 

2014     MCA Live: Boulevard Dreamers, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL 

 

Experience 

2022     Print and New Media Studio Manager, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residency, Saugatuck, MI

               Co-director, Mayfield, Chicago, IL 

               Teaching Assistant, Printmedia, Photography, and Painting & Drawing departments, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

               Production Assistant, Service Bureau, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

               Teaching Assistant, Sullivan Fabrication Studio, School of the Art Institute of Chicago 

               Artist-in-Residence, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residency, Saugatuck, MI   

               Visiting Artist, Marwen, Chicago, IL 

2021      Artist-in-Residence, Compound Yellow, Oak Park, IL  

2020     Intern, Prints and Drawings department at the Art Institute of Chicago

               Composer, Aquarium, A film by Every house has a door, Chicago, IL  

               Studio Facilitator, Marwen, Chicago, IL 

               Contributor, Warm Violet: a Compilation for Chicago Community Jail Support, Chicago, IL 

               Illustrator/Comics Contributor, F Newsmagazine, Chicago, IL 

2019     Massey Chicago Scholar Student Ambassador, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2018

               Counselor/Instructor, Girls Rock Chicago, Chicago, IL 

               Studio Facilitator, FrankenToyMobile, Chicago, IL 

               Participant, MCA Family Day: Trail Mix, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL 

2018     Composer, Scarecrow, Every house has a door, Helsinki, Finland & Steppenwolf Theater, Chicago

2017     Composer, Truck Tracks Ruhr: Red, blue, white, yellow, black, Every house has a door, Essen, Germany

2016     Musician, New Life Community Church, Chicago, IL 

2014     Volunteer/Presenter, Open Engagement 2014, Queens Museum, New York 

2013     Student Ambassador, Marwen, Chicago, IL 
 

Awards & Publications 

Trunk Show Catalogue, 2021

Walter and Shirley Massey Chicago Scholarship Recipient, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2016-2020 

Xerox Candy Bar, issue 33, Fall 2019 

Pinnacle Award Finalist, College Media Association, 2019 

New Tones (For Newton) compiled by Andrew S. Yang, Prism-isms, April 2018 

Dean's List, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2018 

Collections

Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s John Flaxman Library, Chicago, IL 

Franklin Furnace Archive at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY 

 

Look Hear Library at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, Saugatuck, MI 

Jorge Lucero Study Collection at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL 

Quarantine Public Library, https://www.quarantinepubliclibrary.com/ 


 

Bibliography 

Luteboy series, F Newsmagazine, monthly 2018- 2020 

Minis: Madeleine Aguilar, High-Low Comics, September 27, 2020 

Madeleine Aguilar’s Minicomics, High-Low Comics, October 2, 2019 

TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (11/30-12/06), Bad At Sports, by Visualist Chicago, November 30, 2017 

Walter and Shirley Massey Chicago Scholarship Fund 2017 Report, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Spring 2017 

Meet the New Class, School of the Art Institute of Chicago Magazine, Fall 2016 

 

Memorable End: An Artist’s Daughter Experiences Crystal Bridges For The First Time, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art  Blog, October 3, 2014 

The Aguilar Family on Open Engagement 2014, Cultural Reproducers, June 2, 2014