Curriculum Vitae


MFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago 1982
BA California State University, Hayward, California   1978



2016           Ekstatic Edgewater, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago, IL

2015           CTA Red Line, Jarvis stop, permanent installation. Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL

2012            Cielo: Rome e Chicago, VerA, Rome, Italy.

2012            Artist’s Connect: Tom Denlinger Art Institute of Chicago, Presentation of studio work and connections to artists in Art Institute collections, Chicago, IL

2009            Lo Sguardo di Pavese: Le colline intorno, il demone dentr0  CEPAM (Centro Pavesiano Museo Casa Natale), Santo Stefano Belbo, Italy

2008            Rowland Contemporary, Chicago, IL

2008            Imperfect Recall, Chicago Academy of Sciences Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, IL.

2002            Plenum, Tom Blackman Associates, Chicago, IL

2001            Castelli di Fiori, Castelli d’Acqua, Installation, Watertower City Gallery, Chicago

2000            Barbara Von Stechow Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany

2000            Ten In One Gallery, New York, NY.

1998            Ten In One Gallery, Chicago, IL.   Uncomfortable Spaces, Frankfurt Art Fair, Frankfurt, Germany.

1996            Kunstlerhaus e.V., Hamburg, Germany.

1995            Ten In One Gallery, Chicago, IL.


2014            When Worlds Collide: the Prokaryotic Kingdom of Monera @ Terrain, Terrain, Highland Park, IL

2013            Streamlines, Mahaprajapati Nunnery (Buddhist Temple), Vaishali, India.

2013            Faculty Exhibition (juried), DePaul Art Museum, DePaul University, Chicago, IL

2012            Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, Industry of the Ordinary “Portrait Project”

2011            Skyline, 310 Contemporary Gallery, Chicago

2010            House-Warming NR.VII, artEmbassy, Berlin-Mitte, Germany

2008            In Sede: Che Schatto!, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Turin, Italy.  The Third Mind, “Memorials to Future Catastrophes,” video / sound            collaborative work, Brooklyn Lyceum, Brooklyn, NY.

2006            Sonic Impact, New Music Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL Oct. 28-29, 2006: Yago, a video / sound collaboration with composer Gene Coleman.

2005            Location Matters, artMbassy, Berlin, Germany; First part of a two-part collaborative exhibition with four Chicago-based artists and four artists based in Berlin, Germany.  Kyoto In_Ex., Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL, World Music Festival; Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL

2004            Yago, Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Soundfield Festival of New Music; International Currents Gallery, John David Mooney Foundation, Chicago, IL.  Photography, Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, benefit exhibition.  Fine Words Butter No Cabbage, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

2003            Yago, House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany, Transsonic Festival of New Music

2002             ArtCouncil Awards Show, Gallery 312, Chicago, IL, 2002, Artadia Organization.

2001            Sight, Site, Insight, Sonnenschein Gallery, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL

1999            Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI.

1997            Art Exchange, Downtown Alliance for NY, New York, N.Y  Distractions, Tom Blackman Assoc., Chicago

1996            Uncomfortable Spaces, ARCO, Madrid, Spain.

1995            Pure Hinterland, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL.  Pressed for Time.Shin Se Gae Gallery, Seoul, Korea.  Residue, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

1994            Location, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI  Little Things, Art In General, New York, NY

1993            In Flux, Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL.  The Landscape Show, Tom Blackman Associates, Chicago, IL  Tom Denlinger-Luke Dohner, Ten In One Gallery, Chicago, IL.

1992            The Landscape: Subject of Renewed Scrutiny, Foster Gallery, Univ. of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WI.  Address, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL.

1991            Divide and Multiply, NAME Gallery, Chicago, IL

1988            Reliable Machines, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

1986            Installations, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL.

1983            80th Chicago and Vicinity Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.  Alibi, Moming Dance and Arts Center, Chicago, IL; set design, dance   performance.

1977            Palo Alto Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Palo Alto, California.


2012            Artist’s Connect: Tom Denlinger at the Art Institute of Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Presentation of studio work with connections     to  artists in the Art Institute collections.

2006            &Now Lake Forest College Literary and Arts Festival, Lake Forest College,Lake Forest, IL, April 4-6. Co-organizer.

2005            Media, New, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA, June 7-9. Break-out session facilitator, “Exquisite Corpse Project.”

2004            &Now, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, April 5-7. Presenter, “Memorials to Future Catastrophes.”

2003            Teaching and Learning with Technology in the Humanities, Midwest Instructional Technology Center, hosted at Lawrence University, Appleton, WI, June 24. Presenter, “Make Sure that Our Graves are Kept Clean: A Multi-Campus Exquisite Corpse.”


2009            Art in America, February, “Tom Denlinger at Rowland Contemporary,” Susan Snodgrass

2008            Artforum online, 15 June, “Tom Denlinger,” Alicia Eler

2008            New City, 22 May, “Tom Denlinger,” Michael Weinstein

2008            Chicago Tribune, 7 March, ‘Where color borders on danger and landscape is reduced to essentials,” Alan Artner

2007            La Repubblica, 17 November, “La Fotografia,” Marina Paglieri

2007            In Sede: Che Scatto, 15 November, catalog essay by Francesco Poli

2006            Location Uncertain, NIU Gallery, DeKalb, IL, exhibition catalog, with essay by Bertha Husband.

2005            Berliner Morgenpost, “Location Matters,” Mbassy Gallery, Berlin, Germany.

2004            Subjective Realities, Revco Collection catalog.

2002            Catalog for The ArtCouncil Awards Show, Artadia Organization.

2001            New Art Examiner, April: “Tom Denlinger,” John Brunetti.

2000            Tom Denlinger, exhibition catalog, with essay by Hamza Walker.
Frankfurt Allgemeine, November 4: “Blauen Himmel über Chikago,” Marc Peschko.

1998            Art In America, October: “Tom Denlinger,” Susan Snodgrass.

1998            New Art Examiner, September: “Tom Denlinger,” Ellen Steinberg.

1997             Chicago Tribune, May: “Distraction,” Alan Artner.

1996            Szene (Hamburg, Germany), August: “Dunkles Lachen,” Julia Mummenhof.

1995            New Art Examiner, December: “Tom Denlinger,” Jason Greenberg.  Art Papers, Nov.-Dec.: “Tom Denlinger,” Jennifer L. Riddell.

1994            New Art Examiner, June: “Refried,” Michael Bulka. Chicago Tribune, May 13: “Of What Use?,” David McCracken.
Hyde Park Herald, March 16: “Blurring the Lines Between Art and the Everyday,” Cara Glatt.

1992            Crain’s Chicago Business, Feb.10: “Address,” Editor’s Choice.

1991            Chicago Tribune, March 1: “Divide Delves into Serial and Atomistic Art,” David McCracken.

1988            Chicago Tribune, April 22: “Gallery Scene,” David McCracken.



MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL                                 Blackstone Hotel, Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL                    JP Morgan Chase, New York, NY
City of Chicago, Edgebrook library, Chicago, IL             DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL
Molinette Hospital, Turin, Italy                                         University of Iowa
Telos, SpA, Rome, Italy                                                        Bank of America, Chicago, IL
Art Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany                                   Chicago Transit Authority, Jarvis Stop – Red Line, Chicago, IL
Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL


2014             Chicago Transit Authority, Red Line, Artists Fellowship, Chicago, IL

2009            Governor’s International Exchange Award, Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, IL

2004            Japan Study Center, Earlham College, Travel Grant for art research project in Kyoto, Japan.
ACM, ACS, GLCAI, Tri-Consortial Global Partners Project, three-week seminar in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

2003            Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, IL Individual Artist’s Fellowship.

2002            Artadia Foundation, New York, NY, Individual Artist Fellowship.
Midwest Instructional Technology Center, Ann Arbor, MI.  Express Lane Grant for development of Exquisite Corpse Collaborative Project including Colorado, Monmouth and Lake Forest Colleges.

1996            Kunstlerhaus e.V. Hamburg, Germany, Visiting Artist (July –August).

1990            Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, IL, Individual Artist’s Fellowship.

1985            Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, IL, Individual Artist’s Fellowship.


2010         Financial District: Mirror Stage – 16 Suggested Positions for the Middle Class, Center for Functional
Recuperation, Chicago, IL

2009         The Exquisite Corpse: Chance and Collaboration in Surrealism’s Parlor Game Tom Denlinger, Kanta      Kochar Lindgren, and Davis Schneiderman, eds.    Contains the essay Exquisite Mori: Corpse and Contiguity, by Tom Denlinger and Davis Schneiderman. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE (Fall 2009).

1992            Territorial By Design, limited edition offset book. School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.


2004                   De Paul University, Annual Student Exhibition, juror and guest speaker.

1997-2005         Gallery 312, Chicago, IL, Programming Committee.

2000                   City of Chicago Public Art Program, Project Advisory Panel.

1993-1996          Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL, Chairman, Exhibitions Committee.

1992-1994          New Art Examiner, Chicago, IL, board member.


Tom Denlinger

Department of Art, Media and Design

DePaul University

Chicago, IL 60614