For this artist talk, Susan Giles will discuss her recreation of the four tallest observation towers and her exploration of aerial perspective as a source of visual power highlighted in her current exhibition, Scenic Overlook.
Susan Giles earned a Masters of Fine Art from Northwestern University in 2001 with an emphasis in sculpture and video, and a Masters of Art in Art Education: Studio Track from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1997. She has completed multiple large-scale installations and solo exhibitions across Chicago including The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Elmhurst Art Museum, Kavi Gupta Gallery and The Mission Projects, among others. Giles has received an award from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation in 2005 and a 1997 Fulbright Full Grant to Indonesia to study art and tourism. On a regional level, she has received a Fellowship Award from the Illinois Arts Council in 2009. Giles currently teaches art at DePaul University and lives and works in Chicago.
Giles is currently a resident artists at the Art Center. The Jackman Goldwasser Residency positions Chicago as a worldwide destination for visual art by bringing local and global artists together to work side by side in our studios, deepening engagement between local, national, and international contemporary art practices.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events for the City of Chicago (DCASE).