• Art Practice

    Painting and drawing are spiritual vocations for me. I often sketch from observation outdoors, and incorporate this fieldwork with collage, lettering, and digital or silkscreen reproduction in the studio to produce series of paintings and prints. I enjoy exploring figure-ground relationships and experimenting with visual narrative in abstract graphic landscapes.
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  • Design Production

    I am passionate about process, and adept in a variety of digital and manual creative methods as well as effective teamwork. I've led teams in projects ranging from large-scale commercial art installation to international product development, identity systems and marketing campaigns, and believe that "well-begun is half done."
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  • Talent Development

    As an Industry Liaison at Columbia College Chicago, I provide a blend of creative coaching, action-oriented career advising, and skills-development sessions in 1:1 and group settings. I help emerging creatives set and achieve goals, and strive to empower them with holistic understandings of professional creative practice.
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  • Arts Administration

    I develop, produce and support programming that empowers emerging creative talent, such as large-scale portfolio reviews, outcome-based exhibition and mentoring programs, and discussion forums hinging on career development.
  • Exhibition

    2016 - Mural: 161217 (For Brightwater), Brightwater / 8th Street Market, Bentonville, AR
    2015 - Solo: New Work by Rob Funderburk, curated by Jordan Martins, Elastic Arts, Chicago, IL
    2015 - Group: Ten x Ten 2015, Homeroom / Spudnik Press, Chicago Art Department, Chicago, IL
    2015 - Group: YAB DIY, curated by Matthew Hoffman (You Are Beautiful), Galerie F, Chicago, IL
    2015 - Group: (I’d Like to Suggest) LINGER ON, curated by Anna Kunz, Anna Kunz Studio, Chicago, IL
    2012 - Group: Now Is The Time, curated by Chris Silva, Believe Inn, Chicago, IL
    2010 - Mural: The Robin and The Worm, for Nomadic Studio, curated by Stockyard Institute, DePaul University Art Museum, Chicago, IL
    2010 - Mural: For Orpheus and Euridice, Chicago Opera Vanguard, AV-Aerie Gallery, Chicago, IL
    2009 - Group: Peter Lemke’s Collection, curated by Peter Lemke, Milwaukee Avenue Arts Fest, Chicago, IL
    2007 - Mural: For 365 Days/365 Plays, Suzan-Lori Parks / Collaboraction, Open-End, Chicago, IL
    2005 - Mural: Untitled, Open-End, Chicago, IL
    2004 - Solo: Learned Behavior, Open-End, Chicago, IL
    2004 - Mural: Untitled, for Arcade Fire & The Unicorns, Open-End Gallery, Chicago, IL
    2004 - Mural: Untitled, for Bonnie “Prince” Billy & Joanna Newsom, Open-End Gallery, Chicago, IL
    2004 - Solo: New Work by Rob Funderburk, Chopin Theater, Chicago, IL
    2004 - Group: Citrus, curated by New Theater Collective, Springman Studio, Chicago, IL
    2003 - Group: Artboat, curated by Michael Workman & David Roman, Chicago, IL
    2002 - 2-person: Rob Funderburk & Jake Webster, Labotomy Gallery, Chicago, IL
    1998 - Group: Lorentz Gallery, Elkhart, IN
    1997 - Solo: Rob Funderburk, Herman B. Wells Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Performance

    2015 - 150319 with Josh Berman & ensemble, Ten x Ten Release Concert, Elastic Arts, Chicago, IL
    2015 - 150901 with Josh Berman & ensemble, Ten x Ten Preview Performance, Soho House, Chicago, IL
    2015 - 150319 with Josh Berman & ensemble, Ten x Ten Recording Performance, Elastic Arts, Chicago, IL
    2015 - 150319 with Josh Berman & ensemble, Ten x Ten Workshop Performance, Constellation, Chicago, IL
    2011 - Nerves Of Steel with THE2NDHAND, Hungry Brain, Chicago, IL
    2010 - Book Ends with Third Coast Audio Festival and The Books, Chicago Urban Arts Society, Chicago, IL
    2002 - Mad Shak Dance Company Benefit Party, Mars Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Press

    2015 - The Ten x Ten Experiment, Jordan Martins, Graphic Notes #1, Elastic Arts
    2009 - Analogging On, Jake Malooley, Time Out Chicago, #249
    2007 - Hiding Out by Jonathan Messinger, Booklist Magazine
    2001 - He Puts A Little Play In Posters: Rob Funderburk, Achy Obejas, Chicago Tribune