Jim Duignan is a Chicago artist and Associate Professor in the College of Education at DePaul University where he founded the Arts Education Program. He started the Stockyard Institute in 1995 as an artist project and a small community institute in the Back of the Yards neighborhood in Chicago. From the start, the Stockyard Institute was a community center working to collectively design and organize visual and pedagogical projects alongside youth, artists, teachers, community members, and the public, which speculate on art, education, aesthetics, and the city. The Stockyard Institute was influenced by an awareness of neighborhood histories and an under recognized group of community artists, architects, radical teachers, and local activists where a deep consideration of the social and civic forms of engagement were as critical to their practice as to their lives.
Recent publications include, Building a Gang-Proof Suit: An Artistic and Pedagogical Framework, for the Chicago Social Practice History Series, (Eds.) Mary Jane Jacob and Kate Zeller, published University of Chicago Press (2015) and No Longer Interested for the Blade of Grass Foundation (2014). Recent exhibitions include PUBLIC SCHOOL, Hyde Park Art Center (2017), Smart Museum (2017), the Chicago Cultural Center (2016), Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland (2016), Interference Archive, Brooklyn, NYC (2015), Sullivan Galleries, Chicago (2014), Kochi-Muziris Biennial, India (2014) and the Hull House Museum (2013).
The work of Jim Duignan has been published in The Atlantic Monthly, Prestel Publications (Nick Cave’s Epitome), The Art Newspaper, New York Times, New Art Examiner, Chronicle of Higher Education, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, and many others. He received a B.F.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was deeply influenced by two of his teachers, artists, Robert Nickle and Martin Puryear. Duignan received a MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Studio Arts.
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