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CURRENT & RECENT HISTORY

Currently: Chair, National Veterans Art Museum Art Committee & Board Member

Currently: Advisory Board, Center for Artistic Activism

Currently: Volunteer Organizer, Iraq Veterans Against the War

Nov. 2013: Group Show, Citizen Soldier Citizen, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN

Aug. 2013: Workshop, Recording Line & Texture: A New Approach to Old Traditions, Penland School of Craft, NC

Jul. 2013: Training, School for Creative Activism, Chicago, IL

Jun. 2013: Group show and installation, Coming Home, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH

Jun. 2013: Guest Lecturer, Coming Home, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH

Jun. 2013: Training, Training for Change Super-T, Philadelphia, PA

May 2013: Performance, Tea, Open Engagement, Portland, OR

Apr. 2013: Lecture, Social Engagement, Performance, & U.S. Militarism, American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

Mar. 2013: Group show, Sorrows of War, Memphis School of Art, Memphis, TN

Mar. 2013: Performance, Tea, Ashkal Alwan: The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Beirut, Lebanon

Jan. - Mar. 2013: Artist in Residence, Ashkal Alwan: The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Beirut, Lebanon

 

FORMAL EDUCATION

2009: Master of Fine Arts, Art Theory and Practice, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

2006: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL

 

TRAININGS & WORKSHOPS

2013: Recording Line & Texture: A New Approach to Old Traditions, Penland School of Craft, NC

2013: School for Creative Activism, Chicago, IL

2013: Training for Change Super-T, Philadelphia, PA

2012: Military Peer Counselor Training, STOP, Killeen, TX

2011: Train the Trainer, Training for Change, Philadelphia, PA

2011: Supervisor Workshop, Midwest Academy, Chicago, IL

2010: Confronting Racism/White Ally Training, Freedom School, Chicago, IL

2009: Organizing for Social Change, Midwest Academy, Chicago, IL

2006: Landscape as Muse, Ox Bow Artists’ Residency, Saugatuck, MI  

2006: The Sidney Kahn Summer Institute, The Kitchen, New York, NY

2005: US Army Peer Leadership Development Course, Fort Ashland, NA

2004: Combat Life Saver School Camp, Arifjan, Kuwait

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

2009 - 2012: Organizing Team Leader (Organizing Director), Iraq Veterans Against the War

2007 - 2009: Teaching Assistant, Northwestern University

2000 - 2006: Sergeant, Army National Guard, Illinois 1244th Transportation Company (Deployed Kuwait/Iraq 2003 - 04)

 

RESIDENCIES, HONORS, & AWARDS

2013: Ashkal Alwan: The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Beirut, Lebanon

2010: Cost of War Focused Residency, Blue Mountain Center, New York, NY

2009: Delegate, International Labor Conference, Erbil, Iraq

2009: College of Tactical Culture, Eyebeam, New York, NY

2009: Graduate Research Grant, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

2006: Full merit based scholarship, Ox Bow Artists’ Residency, Saugatuck, MI  

2006: Grant Recipient, The Sidney Kahn Summer Institute, The Kitchen, New York, NY

 

SELECTED SOLO SHOWS & PERFORMANCES

2013: Tea, Open Engagement, Portland, OR

2013: Tea, Ashkal Alwan: The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Beirut, Lebanon

2012: Tea, Maruki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2012: Tea (in conjunction with Feast & Enemy Kitchen at the Smart Museum), Chicago, IL

2010: Tea: History and Vulnerability, Lycoming College Art Gallery, Lycoming, PA

2006 - 08: Shifting Memories: Reconstructing an identity amidst the dust of false understandings, deceiving narratives, and Iraq. National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, Chicago, IL

2007: Ahmed: Photographs by a young Iraqi amputee, drawings by a cynical veteran, stories of sadness, pain, trust, beauty, and hope, Illini Union Gallery, Champaign, IL

2006: Dust Memories, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Urbana, IL

 

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2011 - 2013: War is Trauma, portfolio shows

- Rainbow Books, Madison, WI    

- Maruki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

- Rum 46, Aahus, Germany

- Peace Center, Wichita, KS

- West Seattle Cohousing Common House, Seattle, WA

- Central Texas College, Killeen, TX

- Hot Shops, Omaha, NE

- University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

- Dave Dittemore, Tacoma, WA

- La Esquina, Speak Easy, Kansas City, MO

- 5604 Manor, Austin, TX

- DryHootch, Milwaukee, WI

- Bushwick Print Lab, New York, NY

- Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

- Booklyn Arts, New York, NY

- Mess Hall, Chicago, IL

-  Under the Hood, Killeen, TX

- Percolator, Lawrence, KS

- Art In These Times, Chicago IL

2013: Citizen Soldier Citizen, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN

2013: Coming Home, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH

2013: Sorrows of War, Memphis School of Art, Memphis, TN

2012: Aaron Hughes & Ash Kyrie, Maruki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2012: IN WAR, North Central College, Naperville, IL

2012: Impact, ArtStart, Rhinelander, WI

2011: Visions of War, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, WI

2011: No Glory, Form + Content Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2010: War is Trauma, Art In These Times, Chicago, IL

2010: Collectivism After Collapse: Chicago Activist Art Spaces, Collectives, and Projects, Mess Hall Chicago, IL

2009: MFA Thesis Show, Block Museum, Evanston, IL

2009: Art as War/War as Art, Morgan Conservatory, Cleveland, OH

2009: 2,191 Days and Counting, Powerhouse Arena, Brooklyn, NY

2008: Testimony to War: Art from the Battlegrounds of Iraq, The Visual Arts Museum, New York City, NY

2008: Songs of Returning, Both Silent and Aloud (The Domestic Struggle Part Three), Art of This Minnesota, MN

2008: VDC Project with Red 76, Columbus, OH

2007: In County, The Annoyance Theatre, Chicago, IL

2007: The Insurmountable Dilemma of a Rooted Practice, Artivistic Montreal, Quebec

2007: Intrusive Thoughts, National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, Chicago, IL

2007: Remaking Sense, Green Door Studios, Burlington, VT

2007: Reflections in War, Visions for Peace, Busboys and Poets, Washington, DC

2007: Swap Meet Project 2007, Richmond, Virginia

2006: Studio Works, National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, Chicago, IL

2006: Behind the Facade, The Springer Cultural Center, Champaign, IL

2006: Thinking Outside The Book, University Library Champaign, IL

2006: Come Together, The Kitchen, New York, NY

2006: Transferred Image: A Printmaking Exhibition, 33 Collective Gallery, Chicago, IL

2006: Spectacles of the Real, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Urbana, IL

 

SELECTED ORGANIZING PROJECTS

2010 - 2012: Operation Recovery Campaign, Iraq Veterans Against the War

2012: NATO Protest: March and Ceremony for Reconciliation (veterans return military service medal), Iraq Veterans Against the War, Chicago, IL

2011: Right to Heal Tour, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Houston, TX, Albuquerque, NM, Colorado Springs, CO, San Francisco, CA, Sacramento, CA, & Joint Base Lewis McCord, WA

2011: Worker Rights = Human Rights March, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Madison, WI

2010: Campaign Organizing & Leadership Development Training, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Chicago, IL

2009: Iraq Labor Tour, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Pittsburgh, PA, New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA, & Washington, DC

2009: Iraq Labor Conference, US Labor Against the War, Erbil, Iraq

2009: War’s Real Impact, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Chicago, IL

2008: Winter Soldier: Iraq & Afghanistan (Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupation), Iraq Veterans Against the War, Silver Springs, MD

2007: Operation First Casualty, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Washington, DC, New York, NY, & Chicago, IL

 

SELECTED CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2011 - 2013: War is Trauma, Justseeds and Iraq Veterans Against the War

2012: IN WAR: Intergenerational Trauma (Welcome Home), National Veterans Art Museum, Chicago, IL

2011: IN WAR: Radical Vulnerability, National Veterans Art Museum, Chicago, IL

2010: IN WAR: Intrusive Thoughts, National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, Chicago, IL

2010: Operation Exposure: War is Trauma, Art In These Times & Mess Hall, Chicago, IL

2007: You are not my enemy, National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, Chicago, IL

2007: Memories of an Era Reflections or Our Time, National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, Chicago, IL

2007: A Concrete of Images: Back From Iraq, National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, Chicago, IL

2006: In War/At War: The Practice of Everyday, OPENSOURCE Art, Champaign, IL

2006: OPENdraw: a drawing show, OPENSOURCE Art, Champaign, IL

2006: Spectacles of the Real, OPENSOURCE Art, Champaign, IL

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2013: Smith, Stephanie. Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art. Chicago: Smart Museum of Art The University of Chicago.

2013: Lampert, Nicolas. A People’s Art History of the United States. New York: The New Press.

2011: Warrior Writers. After Action Review. Philadelphia: Warrior Writers Project.

2011: IVAW & Justseeds. War is Trauma. New York: Justseeds and Iraq Veterans Against the War.

2011: Field Organizing Team. Operation Recovery Tool-Kit. New York: Iraq Veterans Against the War.

2011: Justseeds & Iraq Veterans Against the War. Operation Recovery. New York: Printed Matter.

2010: Hughes, Aaron and Lampert, Nicolas. Temporary Conversations. Chicago: Temporary Services.

2010: Hughes, Aaron and Lampert, Nicolas. “Operation First Casualty.” Proximity 007(2010): 28-32.

2008: Hughes, Aaron. Not My Enemy. Brooklyn: Booklyn Artist Alliance.

2008: Hughes, Aaron. Dust Memories. Brooklyn: Booklyn Artist Alliance.

2008: Hughes, Aaron (illustrations). “The Way to a Just Foreign Policy” Yes! Summe Issue 46

2008: Hughes, Aaron. Journal of Radical Shimming Issue 5, Red76

2008: Warrior Writers. Warrior Writers: Re-making Sense. Philadelphia: Warrior Writers Project & Iraq Veterans Against the War.

2007: Hughes, Aaron. Passing Notes. Chicago: Aaron Hughes and Nada Shalaby.

2007: Hughes, Aaron and Tucker, Daniel. “Spectacle and info-war during wartime” Area Issue 5

2007: Hughes, Aaron. Ahmed. Chicago: Aaron Hughes, 2007.

2007: Fletcher, Harrell and July, Miranda. Learning To Love You More. New York: Prestel USA, (2007): 119.

2007: Hughes, Aaron. Drawing For Peace. New York: Aaron Hughes, 2007.

2007: Calica, Lovella, ed. Warrior Writer First Edition. Philadelphia: Warrior Writers Project, 2007.

 

SELECTED LECTURES & PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

2010 - Present: Board Member, National Veterans Art Museum, Chicago, IL

2010 - Present: Chair, Art Committee, National Veterans Art Museum, Chicago, IL

2013: Guest Lecturer, Coming Home, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH

2013: Guest Lecturer, Social Engagement, Performance, & U.S. Militarism, American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

2012: Japan Art & Speaking Tour

2012: Guest Lecturer, Okinawa Prefecture Museum & Art Museum, Okinawa, Japan

2011: Facilitator, Exploring Radical Vulnerability Workshop, Neighborhood Writing Alliance & Warrior Writers

2011: Guest Lecturer, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, WI

2011: Guest Lecturer, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

2010: Panelist, Occupations, College Art Association’s Radical Arts Caucus

2009: Facilitator, Warrior Writers Workshop, Fort Hood Texas

2009: Expert, It is what it is, by Jeremy Deller, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

2009: Board of Directors, Iraq Veterans Against the War

2007: Regional Coordinator, Iraq Veterans Against the War

2007: President, Chicago Chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War

2007: Guest Lecturer, Consuming War, Warrior Writers & Iraq Veterans Against the War, Hyde Park Art Center Chicago, IL

2007: Guest Lecturer, New Millennium Studies, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

2007: Guest Lecturer, Summer Intensive English Language Institute, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

2007: Guest Lecturer, Modern Art Colloquium, University of Illinois Champaign, IL

2005 - 07: Vice President Board of Directors, OPENSOURCE Art, Champaign, IL

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich, Germany

Chapman University, Orange, CA

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Harvard University Library, Cambridge, MA

Jaffe Center for Book Arts/FAU Libraries, Boca Raton, FL

Lafayette College, Easton, PA

La Salle University; Connelly Library, Philadelphia, PA

Library of the Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA

Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

National Veterans Art Museum, Chicago, IL

New York Public Library, New York, NY

Pritzker Military Library, Chicago, IL

Scripps College, Denison Library, Claremont, CA

Stanford University Library, Palo Alto, CA

Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

University of California, Irvine, CA

University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

University of Connecticut Special Collections, Storrs, CT

University of Minnesota, MN

Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

Yale University, Special Collections, New Haven, CT