Tom Denlinger was born in Los Angeles, California, and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois, where he teaches in Print Media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Department of Art, Media and Design at DePaul University. He has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree from California University East Bay, Hayward, California. Mr. Denlinger has had solo exhibitions in Rome, New York, Italy, Frankfurt, and Chicago, as well as exhibitions in India, Seoul, Turin, and Madrid.
He was recently chosen to supply the artwork for the Jarvis Station of the Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, Illinois, which was unveiled in March, 2015, and was selected to present his work at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Artist’s Connect Lecture series in 2012.
He has also been the recipient of an Illinois Governor’s International Exchange Award, 2009, a Japan Study Center Travel Grant from Earlham College, 2004, and several Individual Artist’s Fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, in 2003, 1990 and 1985. He also received an Individual Artist’s Fellowship from the Artadia organization in 2002, and a Visiting Artist’s Grant from the Kunstlerhaus e.V., Hamburg, Germany, in 1996.
He has been a programming committee member of Gallery 312 from 1997 through 2005, has been an advisory juror for the City of Chicago Public Art Program in 2000, was chairman of the Exhibitions Committee for the Hyde Park Art Center from 1993 through 1996, and was on the board of the New Art Examiner art journal from 1992 through 1994.
He has published three books. One by the University of Nebraska Press in 2009, The Exquisite Corpse: Chance and Collaboration in Surrealism’s Parlor Game which he co-edited with Kanta Kochar Lindgren and Davis Schneiderman, and Territorial By Design an artist’s book published with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992. In 2010 he published The Financial District: Mirror Stage_16 Suggested Positions for the Middle Class.
His work has been reviewed numerous times in a number of publications, most notably by Art in America in 2009 and 1998, Artforum Online, Chicago Tribune and New City in 2008, La Repubblica in 2007, Berliner Morgenpost in 2005, New Art Examiner in 2001, 1998, 1995, and 1994, Frankfurt Allgemeine in 2000, Szene-Hamburg in 1996, the Chicago Tribune in 1997 and 1992, and Crain’s Chicago Business in 1992.
His work has been collected by the MacArthur Foundation, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Art Frankfurt, the Revco Collection, Molinette Hospital in Turin, Italy, the City of Chicago, Telos SpA and VerA in Rome, the University of Iowa, JP Morgan Chase in New York City, DePaul Art Museum, Bank of America in Chicago, Blackstone Hotel in Chicago, and the Chicago Transit Authority.