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Carlos Flores

About

Carlos Flores (b. 1992 Guadalajara,  Mexico) is a multidisciplinary artist and organizer working primarily in sculpture, collaborative installations, and community building. He holds a BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His work is informed by his experience as a queer Latinx immigrant on the West Side of Chicago and brings viewers face-to-face with issues of displacement, class, gender, and race. Currently he is focused on dismantling predatory practices by real estate investors targeting vulnerable populations in Little Village. He is also working on launching a startup that would be both a business and a critical artwork, to take on the growing problem of displacement.

In addition to being an artist, Carlos is the General Manager at Chicago Art Department, a community art center in Pilsen offering residencies for twenty artists and over a hundred free programs to the community per year. He is committed to growing opportunities for artists from all backgrounds and career stages.



Education

2019 –     

Visual Arts Certificate Program, University of Chicago Graham School

2016 –  

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago


Proffesional Experience

2018 - Present

General Manager, Chicago Art Department, Chicago, IL

2016 – 2019

Museum Operations, Adler Planetarium, Chicago, IL

2014 – 2016

Studio Lab Assistant, School of Art and Art History, UIC, Chicago, IL

2013 – 2014

Visual Arts Instructor, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Chicago,  IL


Residencies / Fellowships 

2017 –               

Ox-Bow School of Art Fall Residency, Saugatuck, MI

The Center Program; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL 

2016 –                 

Luminarts Visual Arts Fellow, Chicago, IL

LAUNCH Invitational Residency, Chicago Artists Coalition


Achievements / Awards  

2017 

Full Scholarship, The Center Program, Hyde Park Art Center

Fall Artists' Residency Stipend Award, Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, MI       

2016 – 2017 

Education Advisory Group member for the Chicago Artists Coalition

2016 – 

UIC Faculty Award for Art, School of Art and Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago 

Talent Tuition Award, School of Art and Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago

2015 –          

Talent Tuition Award, School of Art and Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago


Exhibitions / Artist Talks 

2019 –

Made In the Fab Lab, Link, Polsky Exchange, Chicago IL

Post Practice,  Chicago Art Department, Chicago IL

Solo Exhibition, Chicago Art Department, Chicago IL

2017 – 

Front & Center, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

2016 –                

Project Zero Waste, Hostel Earphoria, Chicago, IL

Villarte, 11th annual Arts Festival, Chicago, IL

Luminarts Visual Arts Competition Exhibition, Union League Club of Chicago

As Little Defined As Anything Else, University of Illinois at Chicago

2014 –                  

Introspection: Anatomy of the Interior, 5th Floor Gallery, University of Illinois at Chicago