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Keynote #3:
Community Art

Professor Olivia Gude

Professor Gude, artist and educator, is the Chair of Art Education and the Angela Gregory Paterakis Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Professor Emerita of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Professor Gude has created many award-winning collaborative mural and mosaic projects. In recent years, she has united her work as a community artist and as an art educator by creating participatory spaces in which teachers investigate and re-invent the social practices of art education.


Professor Gude has created more than 50 mural and mosaic projects and received many grants, commissions, and awards, including two National Endowment for the Arts grants for public artworks, an Arts Midwest Regional Fellowship in Painting, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual Arts. She is a member of the Chicago Public Art Group and edited the CPAG’s online Community Public Art Guide: Making Murals, Mosaics, Sculptures, and Spaces. Her writing on community-based public art includes Innovators and Elders, Painting in the Streets in Cultural Activisms: Poetic Voices, Political Voices, and the book Urban Art Chicago: a Guide to Community Murals, Mosaics, and Sculptures. In 2018 Americans for the Arts published her white paper, Public Art and Art Education.