Tom Denlinger bio

Tom Denlinger was born in Los Angeles, California, and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois, where he teaches in the Art School at DePaul University, as well as in Printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has an MFA degree from SAIC, and a bachelor’s degree from California State University East Bay, Hayward, California. Mr. Denlinger has had solo exhibitions in New York, Rome, Venice, and Chicago, as well as exhibitions in Berlin, Seoul, Turin, Madrid, Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Vaishali, India. He has received grants from Artadia, the Illinois Arts Council, the City of Chicago, and Kunstlerhaus, e.V. in Hamburg. His work has been reviewed in Art in America, Artforum Online, Frankfurt Allgemeine, Szene-Hamburg, the New Art Examiner and Art Papers, and has been collected by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Art Frankfurt, the MacArthur Foundation, the State of Illinois Museum, the City of Chicago, the School of the Art Institute, the Joan Flash Artist Book Collection, the University of Iowa, JPMorgan Chase, the Chicago Transit Authority, and the Notebaert Natural History Museum in Chicago. In 2009 he co-authored a book on Surrealist games, The Exquisite Corpse: Chance and Collaboration in Surrealism’s Parlor Game, published by the University of Nebraska press, and has published several artist’s books, among them: Territorial by Design, published by the School of the Art Institute in 1992, and Financial District Mirror Stage:16 Suggested Positions for the Middle Class, 2012. Most recently his work has been included in a book about remembering East Germany, Imperfect Recall: Re-collecting the GDR. Forthcoming his work can be seen in a group exhibition, Trees Give Us Life, opening in March, 2021, at the Arsenale Nord, Venice, Italy.

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