Jim Duignan builds objects, makes drawings and photographs, and creates small books on being in Chicago.

The works of Jim Duignan and his pedagogical practice in Chicago, Stockyard Institute, have been exhibited in the U.S. and Europe including Allgirls Gallery in Berlin, Germany, rum46, Aarhus, Denmark, Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland, Hull House Museum, Galeria de la Escuela de Artes Plasticas, Puerto Rico, P74, Llubljiana, Slovenia, Mess Hall, Chicago, and published in the New Art Examiner, Chicago Social Practice History Series, Artforum, Chicago Reader, Whitewalls, Proximity Magazine, Prestel, Chicago Tribune, Palm Press, AREA Chicago, New City, Green Lantern Press, Set Up Tolerance, and The New York Times.

Duignan works as a Professor of Visual Art and Education in the College of Education at DePaul University. Duignan started the Stockyard Institute as a grassroots artist project occupied from an abandoned school in the Back of the Yards community of south Chicago in 1995. Stockyard Institute began as an experiment, considering radical pedagogy from an artist perspective. The works are built on relationships, duration, and a collective deliberation.  Jim Duignan lives and works in Chicago.