Gude is a Chicago artist and educator. She has worked in the field
of community public art for 20 years and has created over 30 large-scale
mural and mosaic projects, working with inter-generational groups,
teens, elders, and children. She has created major works in Los Angeles;
Madison, Wisconsin; DeKalb, Illinois as well as in the Chicago area.
Professor Gude has received many grants and awards, including an Arts
Midwest National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowship in Painting
in 1996, a 1991 State of Illinois Fellowship for Outstanding Achievement
in the Visual Arts, and a 1993 National Endowment for the Arts Art
in Public Places grant. In 2000 she was chosen as one of the 56 Artists
and Communities: America Creates
for the Millennium artists: she was awarded the A
& C commission for the state of Kentucky.
In 1999-2000, Professor Gude was appointed a Great Cities Scholar
at the University of Illinois at Chicago to develop the Contemporary
Community Curriculum Initiative, a project in which art teachers
collaboratively developed curriculum based on postmodern art and community
issues. Professor Gude is also the Director of Spiral Workshop, an
UIC-based Saturday art program for teens that develops theme based
curriculum. In 1999, Professor Gude received an Illinois Alliance
for Arts Education Service Award for her contributions to the field
of art education.
Olivia Gude has published many articles and book chapters on community
art and art education. Her writing has in appeared in Public
Art Review, Art Journal; Art Education: the Journal of the National
Art Education Association, Feminist Studies Journal, and in
the Suny Press book Cultural Activisms:
Poetic Voices, Political Voices. Her new work, Urban
Art Chicago: a Guide to Community Murals, Mosaics, and Sculptures,
(2000) written with Jeff Huebner, is the first book devoted to Chicago
community public art.
Professor Gude is the Coordinator of Art Education and an Associate
Professor in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois
at Chicago. She is an active member of the Illinois Arts Council Artist-in-Residency
program and is a member of the Senior Artist Circle of the Chicago
Public Art Group.
For more information on the work
of Olivia Gude:
University of Chicago Magazine June 1996
"Local Color" by Kimberley Sweet
article and photographs