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

Originally from Italy, and currently residing in Chicago, Chiara is a queer artist, writer, organizer, acupuncturist, immigrant, and former teen mother living with multiple disabilities. They are committed to building collaborative spaces for community care and centering collective health in and out of movements for justice.

Chiara has worked for two decades in the fields of gender violence prevention, prison abolition, healing justice, and politicized art. They also have worked as a researcher and public intellectual, lecturing on topics like disability justice, accessible healthcare, and using art as a cultural tool for structural change. They hold an MFA in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where they were a Soros New American Fellow. After that, they gained an MA in Italian Studies at NYU and a Master in East Asian Medicine at Pacific College of Health and Science. They are currently part of the Creative Wildfire artist cohort with the support of the New Economy Coalition, Movement Generation, and the Climate Justice Alliance. You can see Chiara's work on Instagram at @chiara.acu or their website: www.chiaraAcu.com.

  • MSc Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine | Pacific College of Health and Science 2018
  • MA Italian Studies | New York University (NYU) 2015
  • MFA Painting | School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2012
  • BA International Studies | Indiana University Bloomington 2008
  • BA Art History | Indiana University Bloomington 2008
  • BFA Studio Art-Painting | Indiana University Bloomington 2008
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