Founder and Executive Director, Ivonne is a Chicago-based artist, photographer, advocate, educator, and curator. Working in a variety of different mediums and content, Ivonne loves to create and collaborate. Inspired by every day’s beauty and expressing some of the challenges we all face. She received her Master’s in Arts Education from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has been in arts education for the last 15 years. Previous experience includes working for SkyART located in South Chicago as Program Manager for the Schools. Helped provide a variety of different schools vital arts residencies during the school day and after-school. Also, previously worked for the Chicago Architecture Center as the Program Teen Manager and was a full-time art teacher at ACE Technical Charter High School.
More of Ivonne's artwork can be found at: www.ivonnecruz.org
Josie KoznarekArtist and designer Josie Koznarek works in an evocative stream-of-consciousness style that results in striking works that are both whimsical and yet grounded in form and composition. Working primarily with sumi ink on paper to emphasize the organic aspects of her process, Josie also aims to underscore the principles of compositional design, which the autodidact showcases throughout her body of work.
Based in Chicago, Josie has recently participated in projects such as the Chicago division of The Other Art Fair and live painting performances for the Storefront Project that debuted at the PROP Thtr and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in 2019.
More on Josie and her work can be found on her Instagram (@jkoznarek) or her website: jkoznarek.com.