Robert Burnier


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MFA Painting and Drawing, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, '16

Post-Baccalaureate in Painting and Drawing, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, '13

B.S. Computer Science, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, '91


Solo exhibition - Andrew Rafacz Gallery - forthcoming, Spring, 2017

Group exhibition, Art Academy of Cincinnati - curated by Eric Ruschman - forthcoming, 2016

Lovey Town - curated by Matt Morris - forthcoming, 2016

UNTITLED Miami - December, 2016

EXPO Chicago - September, 2016

CODE Art Fair, Copenhagen, Denmark - August 2016

This Room is a Work Made Up of People, curated by Alberto Aguilar, resident artist, The Art Institute of Chicago - 2016

New American Paintings Midwest Show, Elmhurst Art Museum - 2016

Group Show project, tba, Evanston Art Center, curated by Sarah Krepp - April, 2016

Dead Man's Curve, group show, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL - December, 2016

The Ship's Carpenter, solo show, Elastic Arts, Chicago, IL, curated by Jordan Martins Chicago, IL - December 2015

EXPO Chicago 2015, with Andrew Rafacz, Chicago, IL - September, 2015

Solo project, curated by Ben Foch, Starcom, Chicago, IL - September, 2015

Every Home is a Temporary Home, Project for Terrain Biennial, curated by Sabina Ott, Oak Park, IL - August, 2015

NADA, New York with Independent Curators International - May 9-11, 2015

Imaginary Landscapes, group show with Lisa Alvarado, Robert Burnier, Assaf Evron, and Caroline Kent, curated by Allison Glenn, Chicago Urban Art Society, Chicago, IL - April, 2015

Volta, New York, NY - Mar 5-8, 2015

NADA Miami, with Independent Curators International - Dec 3-7, 2014

UNTITLED Miami - Dec 3-7, 2014

Rocket Run, Group Exhibition, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE, Oct 22-Nov 23, 2014

IN/SITU, curated by Renaud Proch for EXPO Chicago, Chicago, IL - Sep 19-22, 2014

EXPO CHICAGO, Art Fair, Chicago, IL, Sept 18-21, 2014

Inland Delta, solo exhibition, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL - September 19, 2014 - November 1, 2014

The Chicago Effect: Redefining the Middle, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL - Aug. 24 - Nov. 23, 2014

Inside Space, collaboration with Jason Lazarus and Molly Brandt, Riverside Art Center, Riverside, IL - Sep. 7 - Oct. 4, 2014

Ghost Nature, La Box, École nationale supérieure d'art de Bourges, curated by Caroline Picard, Bourges, France - March, 2014

Here Lies Space, group exhibition with Robert Chase Heishman, Heather Mekkelson, Aron Gent and Jessica Taylor Caponigro, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL - April, 2014

Ghost Nature, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, group exhibition, curated by Caroline Picard, Chicago, IL - January, 2014

UNTITLED Miami - Dec 4-8, 2013

EXPO CHICAGO - Sep 19-22, 2013

Things That Can Be Mistaken for Plans, solo exhibition, Design Cloud, Chicago, IL - Sep 6-Oct 20, 2013

All the King's Horses, Gallery 175, two-person exhibition with Chris D. Smith, curated by Sarah Krepp, Chicago, IL - Apr 26-July 9, 2013

Salon Zürcher - Gallerie Zürcher, with John Opera and Jeremy Bolen, through Andrew Rafacz Gallery, New York, NY - Mar 4-10, 2013

The Horseless Carriage, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, solo exhibition, Chicago, IL - Feb, 2013

Morton College, solo exhibition, Cicero, IL - Jan-Feb, 2013

MDW Art Fair, with Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL - 2012

Passengers - Leroy Neiman Center, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, group exhibition - 2012

21st Evanston and Vicinity Biennial - Evanston Art Center, guest curator Shannon Stratton - Chicago, IL - 2012

Some Dialogue - Illinois State Museum, curated by Sarah Krepp and Doug Stapleton - Chicago, IL - 2012

12th Anniversary Show - Heaven Gallery - Chicago, IL - 2012

FORM: Art + floral - Curated by Angela Bryant - Chicago, IL - 2012

Geometrically Speaking II - Curated by Angela Bryant - Chicago, IL - 2011-2012

Chicago Artists Month Show - Las Manos Gallery - Chicago, IL - 2011

The Paper Exhibition - Las Manos Gallery - Chicago, IL - 2011

Geometrically Composed - Las Manos Gallery - Chicago, IL - 2010

New Work - Heaven Gallery - Chicago, IL - 2010

War Machines - Swell Gallery - West Dundee, IL - 2010

The Evidence Against Us - Las Manos Gallery - Chicago, IL - 2010

Dialogue 32 - Curated by Sarah Krepp - Noyes Art Center - Evanston, IL - 2010

Meeting 2.0 - The Conference Room Gallery - Los Angeles, CA - 2008

Joseph Frasca Works on Paper Exhibition - ATC Gallery, Chicago, IL - 2008

Art Part(l)y / re-S.E.E.-ycle - Group Exhibition - Artist Collective, Evanston, IL - 2008

TextaPort - Collaboration - Caro d’Offay Gallery, Chicago - 2008

ATC Select, Critics Choice - Guest critic Paul Klein - ATC Gallery, Chicago - 2008

Textaport - Collaboration - Caro d’Offay Gallery, Chicago - 2007

Art 5 - Faculty and Staff of the Art Institute of Chicago - 2007

Curator’s Choice - Curated by Shannon Stratton, Director and Chief Curator, ThreeWalls - Around the Coyote, Chicago - 2007

Subtle Combat - two-person exhibition - Around the Coyote, Chicago - 2007

The Colorist Chess - Caro d’Offay Gallery, Chicago - 2006

Sketchbook 6 - group show, Collaboraction Theater Company, Chicago - 2006

Miniatures and Multiples - group show, Around the Coyote Gallery, Chicago - 2005

Curator’s Choice - Curated by Stephanie Pavone and Brittany Reilly of Booster and Seven Gallery -


Foumberg, Jason, preview, Five Prime Spots to Discover Rising Local Artists, Chicago Magazine, Sep. 1, 2016

Reichert, Eliot and Girgenti, Maria, Breakout Artists in 2016, Newcity, Spring, 2016

Girgenti, Maria, In Profile: Robert Burnier, Newcity, Feb, 2016

Waxman, Lori, review, Terrain Biennial makes Oak Park an art nexus, Chicago Tribune, Aug, 2015

Syed, Mahjabeen, 2nd Terrain Biennial Sprawls Far Beyond the Suburbs, Newcity, Aug, 2015

Reichert, Elliot, Review: Imaginary Landscapes at Mana Contemporart, Newcity, Apr, 2015

Heddaya, Mostafa, Manifest Destiny? Volta New York Goes West, Blouin Art Info, Mar, 2015

Karman, Tony, An Unprecedented List of Cultural Exhibitions and Events in Chicago This September, Huffington Post, Sep, 2014

Kinsella, Eileen, Expo Chicago Breathes New Life into the Windy City Art Scene, Artnet, Sep, 2014

Picard, Caroline, Art Fair Musical: Setting the Stage for IN/SITU at EXPO CHICAGO, ArtSlant, Sep, 2014

Picard, Caroline, The Matter of Invisible Energy: An Interview with Robert Burnier, ArtSlant, Sep, 2014

Levitt, Aimee, Review: The Hyde Park Art Center examines the Chicago way of doing art, Chicago Reader, Sep, 2014

Cristello, Stephanie, Preview: Required Viewing – Chicago: Pictures for a Generation, ArtSlant, Sep, 2014

Behar, Ionit, Review: The Middle as a Means to an End: The Chicago Effect at the Hyde Park Art Center, ArtSlant, Sep, 2014

Dluzen, Robin, SPOTLIGHT: Chicago, Art Ltd., Sep., 2014

Indrisek, Scott, Preview: Expo Chicago Names Artists For In/Situ And More, BLOUIN Art Info, Sep, 2014

Mayo, Amanda Rosoce, Review: Here Lies Space, San Francisco Arts Quarterly, April, 2014

Black, Heiji Choy, Velvet Hammer, Chicago Magazine, May, 2014

Burke, Stephanie, Top 10 Weekend Picks (4/4-4/6): #2, Here Lies Space at Heaven Gallery, Bad at Sports art blog, April 3, 2014

Picard, Caroline, In and Out of Virtual Space: An Interview with Robert Burnier, Bad at Sports art blog, February 10, 2014

Foumberg, Jason, The 18 Best Shows in Chicago Art Galleries, Chicago Magazine, January 29, 2014

Burke, Stephanie, Top 5 Weekend Picks (1/17&1/19): Ghost Nature Bad at Sports Art Blog, January 18, 2014

Eler, Alicia, 10 Chicago Art Exhibitions to See This Winter, Hyperallergic, January 14, 2014

Velez, Pedro, Eye Exam: My Top Art Picks for Chicago and the Midwest, 2013, Newcity, December 17, 2013

Mason, Shana Beth, Art Basel / UNTITLED / Pulse in REVIEW: Art Basel Miami Beach Week 2013, San Francisco Arts Quarterly, December, 2013

Tayes, Marana, UNTITLED.: A gallerist and a curator dish on art and the fair itself, Savannah College of Art and Design Blog, December, 2013

Maneker, Marion, UNTITLED Fair Report, Art Market Monitor, December 2013

CBS Morning news, interview, Sep 19, 2013

Pieper, Troy, "Engage or Abandon?", review, fnews Magazine, Sep 15, 2013

Foumberg, Jason, Fourteen Great Art Exhibits in Chicago Right Now, Chicago Magazine, Sep, 2013

Dluzen, Robin, Editorial Feature. Visual Art Source (Art Scene/art ltd.), Feb, 2013

Dluzen, Robin, Review of MDW Art Fair. Art Fag City, November, 2012

Burke, Stephanie, Top 5 Weekend Picks (8/11&8/13): 21st Evanston and Vicinity Biennial. Bad at Sports Art Blog, August, 2012

Burke, Stephanie, Top 5 Weekend Picks (7/13&7/14): Heaven Gallery’s 12 Year Anniversary. Bad at Sports Art Blog, July, 2012

McFarlan, Emily, Review. Courier-News/Sun-Times, June, 2010

Inklebarger, Timothy, War for sale: Exhibit juxtaposes military weaponry with consumerism. Chicago Journal , May, 2007

Petliki, Myrna, Artists’ Works Send Their Messages. Chicago News-Star , April, 2007

Sullivan, Molly, Review of ‘Colorist Chess’, New City Chicago, May, 2007

Weiss, Hedy, Collaboraction's 'Program B' Beguiling, a Bit Uneven. Chicago Sun-Times, August, 2006

Workman, Michael, Review, “Eye Exam: Winter Tour”, New City Chicago, December, 2005


Artist Lecture, with The Cultivist (New York), December, 2015

Visiting Artist Lecture, Harold Washington College, October, 2015

Artist Lecture, with Gertrude (New York), at Soho House, Chicago, September, 2015

Visiting Artist Lecture, Northern Illinois University, November 11, 2014

Self Employment in the Arts, Panel discussion, College of Dupage, January 29, 2013

Robert Burnier, 2D Design Lecture, College of Dupage, January 29, 2013

Dusk is Dawn is Day, essay, published on Bad at Sports, August, 2013

The Outward Spiral, essay, published on Bad at Sports, June, 2013

Lorraine Dauw at The Hills Estheric Center, exhibition review, published on Chicago Artist Writers, June, 2013

Catholic Craft, essay, published on Bad at Sports, May, 2013

Steven Husby: BRUTe FORCE at 65GRAND, exhibition review, published on Bad at Sports, April, 2013

An Interview with Steven Husby, published on Bad at Sports, April, 2013

Relatedness, Discovery, Emergence and Materiality, lecture, College of DuPage, March, 2013

MDW Micro-Meditation:Robert Chase Heishman, exhibition review, Chicago Artist Writers, November, 2012

Get Out of the Vacuum: The Importance of Peer-to-Peer Support for Artists, symposium, organized by Stacia Yepanis, Chicago Artist Coalition, November, 2012


Founding member, Tiger Strikes Asteroid Chicago

Board Member, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL

Dialogue Critique Group, headed by Sarah Krepp, Artist and Professor Emeritus, Painting Program, School of Art and Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009-Present

Resident Artist, Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL - 2008

The Art Institute of Chicago, Departmental Specialist Technician for European Painting and Sculpture - 2006 - Present

Intuit: The Center for Outsider and Intuitive Art, Program Director of Collections and Exhibitions - 2010-2012

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