About

ARTIST STATEMENT: As an artist, I claim two distinct – yet interconnected – bodies of work. My figurative representations of nature coexist beside object-based artwork, with the two separate bodies of work intended as complementary rather than competitive. Each informs the other, illuminating the universal experience of life on earth. Environmental themes in my object-based sculpture play out on a subtle level while my nature-based work aims for more literal interpretation of the world around us. Man-made designs are manipulated to reflect organic origins, such as clustered doorknobs resembling a virus or star-shaped safety cones re-appropriated in likeness of spiked seedpods or diatoms. Simultaneously, direct depictions of Flora and Fauna, whether
in the context of earth and grass or among human-implemented industrial piping and cigarette butts, allow me to further explore systems impacted by man’s activity.

Photo by Chester Alamo-Costello

BIOGRAPHY: Victoria Fuller is a Chicago sculptor, painter, and natural science illustrator. Her educational background includes studies at the San Francisco Art Institute, Parson’s Paris Program in Paris, France, and a graduate degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Fuller has been honored with fellowships from the Colorado Council for the Arts and Humanities and the Illinois Arts Council with appearances in galleries, museums, and public spaces Internationally. She has been awarded commissioned projects from private and community organizations such as Disney’s ESPN Zone, St. Louis’ Arts in Transit, and Seattle’s Sound Transit where she recently completed her 35’ bronze sculpture, Global Garden Shovel. Fuller is best known for Shoe of Shoes, a large-scale shoe-shaped sculpture comprised of thousands of aluminum high-heels in front of Brown Shoe Company, and for her large scale sculpture, Canoe Fan, made from canoes forming a fan shape.

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EDUCATION

2016Center Program (professional development program), Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
1994MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1994MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019Victoria Fuller Solo Exhibition, Lee E. Dulgar Gallery, South Suburban College, South Holland, IL
2015Going Nuts, Installation in Dickson Window Art Project Space, Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL
2014Nature², Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL
20012001 The Emancipation of the Common Object, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS                       

2019-The Plant Show, Ground Level Platform Gallery, Chicago, IL
-Grappling With a luminous Doom, Beverly Art Center, Curated by Sal Campbell and Carla Winterbottom, Chicago, IL
2018-Evanston and Vicinity Biennial 2018, Evanston art Center, Evanston, IL
2017-The 3rd Terrain Biennial, international exhibition of site-specific outdoor art in front yards, balconies, and porches, Oak Park, IL
-Domestic Disturbances, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL
-50 x 50 Invitational / The Subject is Chicago: People, Places and Possibilities, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
-Seeking Location: Mapping and Borders In Art, Lubeznik Center For The Arts, Michigan City, IN
2016-The Measure of All Things: Rethinking Humanism through Art, University of Buffalo, Department of Art
Gallery, Buffalo, NY
-New Business, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
-True To Form, Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso, IN
-Tempo Memoria, Museo Internazionale Italia Arte, Turin, Italy
-Making Nature, NEIU Fine Arts Center Gallery, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
2015-Disruption, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
-Hybrid’s Paradise, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
-Canoe Imagine Art, Large Scale outdoor installation in Gallup Park of Canoe Fan, Ann Arbor, MI
-Scientificious, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2014-Invasive Species: The Art of Upcycling, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN
-Art Gathering Series: Sculptors Connect, Atrium Gallery, Governors State University, University Park, IL
-Plants, Birds, & Pollinators: Art Serving Science, Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Denver Botanical Gardens, Denver, CO
2013Gallery Artists Group Show, Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL
2012-Chicago Twelve: Twelve Artists Mobilizing the Earth, Zhou B. Art Center, curated by Sergio Gomez, Chicago, IL
2011-Recycled, Reclaimed, Repurposed, Willis Tower, curated by Nixon Art Associates, Chicago, IL
Ethereal Fauna, H. F. Johnson Gallery at Carthage College, H. F. Johnson Gallery, Kenosha, WI
20102010: Sculpture Invasion, Koehnline Museum of Art, Des Plaines, IL
2009Art Prize: Grand Rapids, Devos Place Convention Center, Grand Rapids, MI
Size Matters, Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL
-Paradise Lost?: Climate Change in the North Woods, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum , Chicago, IL
2008Chicago Sculpture International Biennale, Flatfile Galleries, Chicago, IL

SELECTED AWARDS, HONORS, AND RESIDENCIES

2019-Individual Artists Program Grant, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, Chicago, IL
2012-Artist Residency, Ragdale, Lake Forest, IL
2009-Community Artist Assistance Program (CAAP) Grant, Illinois Arts Council
2000-Artist Fellowship Award, Illinois Arts Council
-Best of 3-D, Rockford Midwest Juried Exhibition, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
-Juror’s Award, 5th Evanston and Vicinity Biennial Exhibition, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
1999-Artist Residency, Sculpture Space, Utica, NY
1998-Linda Kramer Award, Artemesia Gallery, Chicago, IL
1992-Associate Residency with Janet Fish, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna, FL
1986-Creative Fellowship in the Visual Arts, Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities, Denver, CO

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2018Chester Alamo Costello, Somewhere In-Between Chicago, featuring artists of Chicago, hardcover book, artist edition
2017Emma E. Jenson, “Seeking Location, Mapping and Borders in Art,” Bad At Sports, Blog, May 8th2017
2016Chester Alamo Costello, July 8, 2016, The Comp Magazine, online interview with Chester Alamo-Costello, http://www.thecompmagazine.com/victoria-fuller/
2016Ilene Dube, “Disruption, ISC Chapter Groups at Grounds For Sculpture”, Sculpture Magazine, May 2016 issue, pgs. 56-59 (review and feature photo of “In My Back Yard”)
2015Grounds For Sculpture, “Disruption”, inside cover featuring “In My Back Yard,” Sculpture Magazine, Oct. 2015
2015Danny Zawacki, Coda Magazine (digital magazine), Earth and Urbanism issue, Global Garden Shovel, July 15, 2015
2015Jack Walsworth, “Recycled Canoes Form Public Art Along Huron River”, The Ann Arbor News, June 20, 2015
2015Rooney, E. Ashley and Standish, Stephanie, “Star Spangled!,” Featherweight Press (print)
2014Monovios, Kalliopi, “Science Art Heats Up This Summer”, Scientific American Blog
McKean, Lise, “The State of Nature: Recent Work by Tom Denlinger and Victoria Fuller”, Bad at Sports (review)
Hartigan, Philip A., “Critical Americana in Chicago,” Hyperallergic (review)
McGrath, Carrie, “Review: June 27, 2014, Packer Schopf Gallery”, New City (review and recommendation)
2012Gomez, Sergio, “In Sync with Victoria Fuller,” Sergio Gomez: All Things Creative (interview)
“Chicago’s Twelve”, Il Meglio Dal Mondo Magazine, (article in internationally distributed publication)
“Wanderings: Seattle”, Western Art and Architecture Magazine (sculpture featured in Spring/Summer 2011 issue)
2019“Making a Big Deal of It”, Seattle Times (sculpture featured in Arts and Life section)

PUBLIC ART 

2019White Peanuts, Live! By Loews, wall relief commission, Arlington, TX
2016Canoe Fan, Large-scale canoe sculpture, gallup Park Ann Arbor, MI 
2010Fine Art Fridges: Peas and Quiet: Public sculpture created from recycled refrigerators, ComEd, Michigan Avenue and Discovery Center Museum, Chicago and Rockford, IL
2009Global Garden Shovel: Public sculpture commission, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA
2001I Want: Public sculpture commission, Arts in Transit, Bi-State Development Agency, St. Louis, MO
1999Oh Say Can You Scream: Sculpture commission, ESPN Zone, Disney Regional Entertainment, Chicago, IL

CORPORATE , MUSEUM AND MUNICIPAL COLLECTIONS

City of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI
Sound Transit, St. Luois, MO
Caleres Shoes, St. Louis, MO
Burrell  , Chicago, IL
Mind Inc., Garrison, NY
Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA