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Floating Museum is an arts collective that creates new models exploring relationships between art, community, architecture, and public institutions. Using site-responsive art, design, and programming we explore the potential in these relationships, considering the infrastructure, history, and aesthetics of a space.  Floating Museum is co-directed by Avery R Young, Andrew Schachman, Faheem Majeed and Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford.  



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Andrew Schachman

Best known as a poet, songwriter, and performer, multi-disciplinary artist Avery R. Young is also an award-winning teaching artist who mentors youths in the crafts of creative writing and theater. He has been an Arts and Public Life Artist-In-Residence at the University of Chicago and has written curriculum for Columbia College Chicago, Young Leeds Authors, True Star Magazine, and Chicago Public Schools Art Integration Department. Young’s poems and essays on HIV awareness, misogyny, race records, and art integration have been published in The BreakBeat Poets, The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, AIMPrint, and other anthologies.

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avery@floatingmuseum.org

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Andrew Schachman designs environments, infrastructures, and installations. He is the executive co-director of two organizations that are experimental spaces for delivering arts and culture within existing metropolitan networks: Floating Museum and Fieldwork Collaborative Projects. Trained as an architect, he designed and managed projects for the offices of Zaha Hadid, Perkins and Will, Carol Ross Barney, and Doug Garofalo. His projects have received numerous awards including the Distinguished Building Award from the American Institute of Architects and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design.  Principal of Studio Andrew Schachman, he recently completed the design for the Palais de Tokyo’s exhibition, “Singing Stones,” in the roundhouse of the DuSable Museum of African American History. Andrew is a Lecturer in Urban Design at the University of Chicago.

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andrew@floatingmuseum.org
Faheem Majeed is an artist, educator, curator, and community facilitator. He blends his unique experience as a non-profit administrator, curator, and artist to create works that focus on institutional critique and exhibitions that leverage collaboration to engage his immediate, and the broader community, in meaningful dialogue. Majeed received his BFA from Howard University and his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

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Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford is a visual artist and Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Indiana University Northwest.  He is also a co-director and founder of the collective Floating Museum.  His work has been shown at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The UCSD Art Gallery, The Glass Curtain Gallery and The Hyde Park Art Center, among other spaces.  He has held fellowships at the Sculpture Space, the MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, the Brown Foundation Program at the Dora Maar House, and the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting.  His work has been supported by grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Harpo Foundation, the Propeller Fund, the Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Foundation, an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship and a Fulbright Fellowship in Sicily.   

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jeremiah@floatingmuseum.org




Bianca Marks
Eric Perez
Gabrielle Ching
 

Bianca Marks is a marketing + communications specialist and arts enthusiast with proven expertise in increasing artist productivity and efficiency through multi-channel communications, collaboration and studio management. Her ability to transcend between corporate and creative environments have made her an asset in the business of art, strengthening relationships between artist studios and partnering galleries, institutions and project collaborators.

Referred to as “The engine that makes art move in Chicago,” she impacts the day to day operations of the artist studios; leading in all areas of arts administration and elevating studio performance. She received her degree in Consumer Sciences from The University of Arizona and currently resides in Chicago’s southside.


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bianca@floatingmuseum.org

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Eric Perez is an artist and educator in the city of Chicago. Perez's work primarily uses photography to focus on his experience on the impacts and experience of being a marine during his two deployments as part of the Global War on Terror. As Project Manager for Floating Museum, he deploys his skills in photography and videography to document Floating Museum’s projects. He also leads a team in the deployment of two inflatable monuments throughout the city of Chicago.

Eric studied photography at Triton College and earned his BFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2019, he was selected to take part in Chicago Artist Coalition's Launch Residency. In 2022, he was selected to be a National Endowment for the Humanities Veteran Fellow with the emerging Veterans Art Movement. Perez's work has been shown in UIC's 2019 BFA thesis show, Triton College Art Gallery, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Gallery400.


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eric@floatingmuseum.org
Gabrielle Ching is trained in studio arts, art history, and business management. Leveraging her expertise in arts and business, she fundraises for museum general operations and art projects.

She received her MA in Art History and Curatorial Studies from the University of Chicago in 2021.


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