About

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    Rob Funderburk is a visual artist in Chicago. His work extends from small-scale, intimate ink drawings to large abstract paintings, prints, and performance projects. Rob’s work has been exhibited at the DePaul University Art Museum, Galerie F, Believe Inn, Indiana University, Open End and AV-Aerie among other venues, and illustrations featured by Poetry Magazine, Curbside Splendor, Featherproof Books, Stop Smiling, Time Out Chicago, Chicago Tribune, THE2NDHAND, Proximity Magazine, and Another Chicago Magazine (ACM), among other publications.

    From 2004 to 2009, Rob was Resident Artist at Open End (later AV-Aerie), a popular performance/project space in Chicago, where he created a series of immersive wall murals. In 2006 and 2007, Rob illustrated and designed THE2NDHAND, a quarterly broadsheet featuring new fiction writing. Rob is a graduate of Indiana University with over 15 years of experience as a commercial artist, specializing in complex publication projects and visual facilitation for a wide range of creative clientele. Currently he advises and mentors students at Columbia College Chicago’s Career Center (see student testimonials) and consults on creative projects.

  • Exhibition & Performance

    2016 — 161217 (For Brightwater), Brightwater / 8st Market, Bentonville, AR: site-specific mural

    2015 — Solo: New Work by Rob Funderburk, curated by Jordan Martins, Elastic Arts, Chicago, IL

    2015 — Ten x Ten 2015, curated by Spudnik Press, Chicago Art Department, Chicago, IL

    2015 — Ten x Ten Release Concert & Exhibition, curated by Spudnik Press, Elastic Arts, Chicago, IL: group exhibit and performance, amplified drawing with 10 musicians

    2015 — Ten x Ten Preview Performance, Soho House, Chicago, IL: amplified drawing with 3 musicians

    2015 — Ten x Ten Recording Performance, Elastic Arts, Chicago, IL: amplified drawing with 10 musicians

    2015 — Ten x Ten Workshop Performance, Constellation, Chicago, IL: amplified drawing with 10 musicians

    2015 — YAB DIY, curated by Matthew Hoffman (You Are Beautiful), Galerie F, Chicago, IL

    2015 — (I’d Like to Suggest) LINGER ON, curated by Anna Kunz, Anna Kunz Studio, Chicago, IL

    2012 — Now Is The Time, curated by Chris Silva, Believe Inn, Chicago, IL

    2011 — Nerves Of Steel, Hungry Brain, Chicago, IL: drawing with readers from THE2NDHAND

    2010 — Nomadic Studio, curated by Stockyard Institute, DePaul University Art Museum, Chicago, IL

    2010 — Book Ends, curated by Third Coast Audio Festival and The Books, Chicago Urban Arts Society, Chicago, IL: drawing with radio documentaries, with cartoonist Corinne Mucha

    2010 — Mural for Orpheus and Euridice by Chicago Opera Vanguard, AV-Aerie Gallery, Chicago, IL

    2009 — 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, Open-End, Chicago, IL

    2004 — Mural for Arcade Fire & The Unicorns, Open-End Gallery, Chicago, IL

    2004 — Mural for Bonnie “Prince” Billy & Joanna Newsom, Open-End Gallery, Chicago, IL

    2004 — Solo: Learned Behavior, Open-End, Chicago, IL

    2004 — Solo: New Work by Rob Funderburk, Chopin Theater, Chicago, IL

    2004 — 3Three Design, Chicago, IL

    2004 — Citrus, curated by New Theater Collective, Springman Studio, Chicago, IL

    2003 — Artboat, curated by Michael Workman & David Roman, Chicago, IL

    2002 — 2-person: Rob Funderburk & Jake Webster, Labotomy Gallery, Chicago, IL

    2002 — Mad Shak Dance Company Benefit, Mars Gallery, Chicago, IL: 13 paintings with 3 musicians

    1998 — Lorentz Gallery, Elkhart, IN

    1997 — Solo: Rob Funderburk, Herman B. Wells Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

  • Presentation

    2011–Present — Host: Frequent talks, class visits, workshops, portfolio reviews, and professional engagement events (audiences of 200+), Portfolio Center, Columbia College Chicago, IL

    2011 — Presentation: Pecha Kucha: Environment, curated by Rudy Ruderman, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL

    2010 — Presentation: Rob Funderburk: Walls vs. Rectangles, The Op Shop, Chicago, IL

    2006–2007 — Co-host: THE2NDHAND Reading Series, various venues, Chicago, IL

    2006 — Lead: DIY Zine Production, segment of Small Press Seminar, Columbia College Chicago, IL

  • Service & Association

    2015–Present — AIGA (professional association for design), Chicago Chapter

    2014–Present — College Art Association (CAA)

    2011–Present — Columbia College Chicago, Albert P. Weisman Award Committee, judge and student advisor

    2014–2016 — Columbia College Chicago, Wabash Arts Corridor External Relations Committee

    2013–2015 — Homeroom Chicago, Board of Directors

    2014 — Columbia College Chicago, Career Initiatives Executive Search Committee

    2012 — Big Draw Chicago, consultant

    2011 — The Chicagoan Magazine, consultant

    2011 — The Comfort Station, Chicago, consultant

    2008 — National Restaurant Assoc. Educational Foundation, ServSafe Program, Design Chair

    2005 — National Restaurant Assoc. Educational Foundation, ManageFirst Launch, Design Second Chair

    1999 — Grainger, Cell Operation Strategic Tests, delegate representing Design

  • Awards & 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, (featured in review), Booklist Magazine

    2007 — American Inhouse Design Award (x2)

    2001 — He Puts A Little Play In Posters: Rob Funderburk, Achy Obejas, Chicago Tribune