• Violet Poe Projects is on hiatus while I complete several large exhibitions and publications at University Galleries. Stay tuned for upcoming projects!


    Adam Farcus
    Staying Found
    Friday, November 6, from 5 to 8pm

    For more information on Farcus's work, see http://adamfarcus.com/.

    Rachel Herman
    Preliminary Tests for Reverse Alchemy
    Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 4 to 6 pm

    For more information on Herman's work, see http://www.rachelherman.net/.


    Thanks to WUIS, Springfield's NPR affiliate, for including Violet Poe Projects in this feature about alternative art spaces!

    Violet Poe Projects will return from hiatus on May 1, 2014 with Melissa Pokorny's project, May Day! For more information on Pokorny's work, please visit http://www.melissapokorny.com/.


    Violet Poe Projects has been on hiatus while I've been finishing multiple books and organizing several large exhibitions for my full-time curatorial position. Projects will resume in Spring 2014. Stay tuned for details!


    Thanks to Dave Linneweh for devoting a Studio Break "Highlight Episode" to Violet Poe Projects and our upcoming project at Best Friends Gallery!

    September 15, 7-10 pm
    Best Friends Gallery
    728 N. Dryden Ave., Arlington Heights, IL

    The first off-site project for Violet Poe Projects will be presented at Best Friends Gallery in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Inspired by Youna Kwak's poem, ORISON FOR THE FOREST, the photographs, video, sculptures, collages will be installed in a large suburban backyard. Recordings of Kwak and the artists reading the poem will play through hidden speakers throughout the yard.

    Artists include
    Stephanie Brooks (Chicago, IL)
    Jennifer Gustavson (Brooklyn, NY)
    Jenny Hansen (Normal, IL)
    Claire Hedden (Normal, IL)
    Youna Kwak (Brooklyn, NY)
    Dawn Roe (Asheville, NC/Winter Park, FL)
    Sarah Stonefoot (Madison, WI)

    Curated by Kendra Paitz.

    April 20, 5-8 pm
    Erik Waterkotte

    For more information on Waterkotte's work, please visit http://erikwaterkotte.com/


    December 2, 6-8 pm
    Michael Wille
    At 7:45, each visitor will be invited to select a piece from the wall.

    Wille will create an installation of new paintings in the living room.

    For more information on Wille's work, please visit http://michaelwille.com.

    Violet Poe Projects is featured in threewalls' Phonebook 3!

    October 7, 5-8 pm
    Living with Everyday Problems
    Adam Farcus and Allison Yasukawa

    with a reading/performance at 6:00

    Farcus and Yasukawa will respond to the spaces of the front porch and the first floor of the house.

    For more information about the artists, please visit their websites:

    May 15
    Violet Poe Projects will be closed for the summer. We will re-open with new projects in the fall. Check back for more details.

    April 8, 7-9 pm
    Claire Hedden's new ceramic pieces will be placed in response to the furniture in the living room and dining room, as well as the attic stairway landing.

    For more info on Hedden's work, see http://clairehedden.weebly.com/.

    March 21, 7-9 pm
    Dawn Roe will project her new video, I-55 Back/Forth (After Michael Snow) on the exterior of the garage. Roe will also give a Visual Culture Colloquium lecture at University Galleries of Illinois State University at 4 pm.

    For more info on Roe's work, see http://dawnroephotography.com.


    Check back for updates about 2011 projects by Claire Hedden, Dawn Roe, and more!

    November 12, 7-9 pm
    A dropbox for Jason Lazarus' Too Hard to Keep photo archive will be on site during Bill Conger's project. Bring your photos!

    "I have started an archive of photographs deemed 'too hard to keep.' Submissions may include photos of friends, family, pets, places/objects too hard to view again, etc. The reason you can't live with the photo or photo album I do not need to know...I am creating a repository for these images so that they may exist without being destroyed.Please dictate whether the images you submit to the archive are: 1. images not to be shown again, or 2. images that may be exhibited in the future with other submissions to the archive."
    --Jason Lazarus

    See www.toohardtokeep.blogspot.com for more information.

    November 12, 7-9 pm
    Bill Conger's project, something so much, will take place on the enclosed front porch.

    For more info on Conger's work, see www.billconger.com

    October 22, 7-9pm

    One night only!
    Our inaugural project features new drawings, sculptures, and photographs by Benjamin Gardner. apophatic time will take place in the additional bedroom.

    For more info on Gardner's work, see www.benjaminagardner.com