P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Chiara Galimberti, 2011

MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Chiara Galimberti is an immigrant from Italy

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MFA in Painting at School of the Art Institute of Chicago

CHIARA GALIMBERTI is a Chicago based artist.

Chiara moved to the United States from her native Italy with her young twin daughters in 2002, leaving behind a violent and dysfunctional family life.

After a year in the Indiana University continuing studies program, Chiara gained admission to the regular academic track and, four years later, graduated, with Highest Distinction, with degrees in international studies, art history and painting. In 2010, Chiara was accepted into the MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the painting and drawing department.

Chiara won travel grants to Germany, Spain, Austria, France and Italy, where she analyzed cross-cultural responses to gender violence. In early exhibits she mounted her MFA, she has explored issues of immigration, assimilation and otherness. Her work is also influenced by her experience with being blind in one eye since infancy.

Chiara recently participated in the 2nd Floor Rear Festival of Itinerant Spaces, the first art festival in Chicago showcasing art in public and non traditional spaces and was also interviewed by "Curbed" online magazine.

In addition, Chiara has secured a position as assistant to Mary Jane Jacob, who is the chief curator for the Sullivan Galleries in Chicago, for a summer partnership between Jacob and the Italian artist group "Artway of Thinking". She was also chosen as a regular contributor to the ART21 blog, for which she started writing in December and an essay she wrote was published in the book "Excavating History: Artists Take on Historic Sites", written by Rebecca Keller and published through StepSister Press. She is now in the process of applying to the Whitney Independent Studies Program in New York City.

  • MFA Painting | School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2012
  • BA Art History | Indiana University Bloomington 2008
  • BFA Studio Art-Painting | Indiana University Bloomington 2008
  • BA International Studies | Indiana University Bloomington 2008
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