erin smego


b. 1987, New Lenox, Illinois 


IG: colorsnob

Lives & Works in Chicago, Illinois



2009- 2011 BFA in Studio Arts (Painting) | School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

2005-2009 BA Liberal Arts | Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana



***UPCOMING*** 2020 | boundary, Chicago, Illinois

2019 Fast Parallels | Stumble Chicago - curated by Jared Packard | Chicago, Illinois

2017  deviating forms - curated by Mia Capodilupo  |  Ignition Project Space, Chicago, Illinois

2017  INADEQUATE COLOR, Submissive Exhibitions  |  THE SUB-MISSION, Chicago, Illinois

2016  COLD COLOR | The Hermosa Walls, Chicago, Illinois 

2015  Sometimes Active Holds No Clout (please, please prove me wrong) | Box Gallery, Palatine, Illinois



***UPCOMING*** 2019 Rags and Riches - curated by Jean Sonderand | Maggi Peyton Gallery, New York City , NY

2019 Beyond The Selfie | The Art Center Highland Park, Highland Park, Illinois

2019 Transcendence  | IA&A (formerly Hillyer Art Space) NW, Washington, D.C.

2019 Spontaneous Remarks - curated by Courtney Cintron | Chicago Artists' Coalition, Chicago, Illinois 

2019 Material Objectivity - curated by Caleb Beck | baby blue gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2018  Somewhere Behind Us - curated by Jamillah Hinson, | Chicago Artists' Coalition, Chicago, Illinois 

2018  Holographic Body - curated by Caleb Beck  |  baby blue gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2017  business casual  |  65Grand, Chicago, Illinois

2016  Now Or Neverland: Urban Uproar, Art Basel  |  MUCE, Miami, Florida

2016  Navigating Intersectionality: (De)Constructing Our Identities  |  Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

2016  Digital Culture  |  Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (CICA) Museum, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

2016  Annual Juried Art Competition - juried by Alejo Benedetti |  South Arkansas Arts Center, El Dorado, Arkansas

2015  Square Foot Art Basel Miami 3  |  Projects Gallery, Miami, Florida 

2015  Elements of Abstraction - juried by School of the Art Institute of Chicago Adjunct Professor Claire Ashley  |  St. Louis                                 Artists' Guild & Galleries, Clayton, Missouri   

2015  Bob and Roberta Smith: Art Amnesty | MoMA PS1, New York, New York

2015  | noun | : Person, Place, Thing | The New Bohemian Gallery, Brainerd, Minnesota

2014  Square Foot Art Basel Miami Redux | Projects Gallery, Miami, Florida 

2014  The Theoretical Show | EFA Project Space, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, New York

2014  Cats -  awarded 1st place in photography | Focus Point Shape International Online Gallery

2014  Behave (video/performance) - directed by Murat Adash, MFA Show | Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, Illinois

2014  Risk: Art and Social Practice (performance) - curated by Tricia Van Eck | 6018 North, Chicago, Illinois

2014  Grand | The Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

2013  Everything is Practice- curated by Steve Juras & Kyle Fletcher | Fulton Street Collective, Chicago, Illinois

2013  More, More; Less, Less | THE ATTIC, Chicago, Illinois

2013  Night Lights- curated by Jessica Calek & Dan Streeting | 22, Berwyn, Illinois

2013  Modular Variations | The Lee E. Dulgar Gallery at South Suburban College, South Holland, Illinois

2012  Small Works | Eighteen O Five, San Diego, California

2012  MODULAR22 - curated by Jessica Calek & Dan Streeting | 22, Berwyn, Illinois

2012  Works on Paper | Sticky Wicket, Berlin, Germany 

2012  Thaumazein (video/perfomance) - directed by Caitlin Mattia | Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, Illinois

2012  4by6 6by4 | Grace Albrecht Gallery, Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio

2012  The T-Shirt Show | 22, Berwyn, Illinois

2012  Blank Page | 22, Berwyn, Illinois

2012  The Sketchbook Project | Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, New York 

2011  Intertwined | Korean Cultural Center of Chicago, Wheeling, Illinois

2011  BFA Show | Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 



2017-2018  HATCH Projects Artist Residency  |  Chicago Artists Coalition,  Chicago, Illinois

2013  Artist Residency, Post Contemporary (formerly CAC Woodside) - fellowship awarded | Troy, New York 

2013  Writing for Artists | Spudnik Press, Chicago, Illinois

2012  The School at Co-Prosperity Sphere | Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, Illinois



2016  What Is and Never Was, co-curator with Caitlin Mattia  |  )( gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2014  Distance, co-curator with Caitlin Mattia | )( gallery, Austin, Texas and Chicago, Illinois

2014  Giving Up, co-curator with Caitlin Mattia | )( gallery, Chicago, Illinois 



2014 - 2015  Full-time Associate | The Home Depot

2012-2013  Executive Gallery Assistant, Intern | 22, Berwyn, Illinois

2012  Assistant (Editor, Blogger) | Chicago Gallery News, Chicago, Illinois

2011, 2012  Studio Artist Assistant | SAIC Professor Ian Weaver 

2011  Studio Artist Assistant | SAIC Professor Deborah Boardman 



2019 Navigating Sculptural Fashion, written by Chester Alamo-Costello, THE COMP Magazine, University of St. Francis

2018 Voyage Chicago, Art & Life With Erin Smego

2018 WERKS video, interview - directed by David P. Downs

2018 TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (7/26-8/1) | | Bad at Sports

2016  TOP V. WEEKEND PICKS (8/11-8/17) |  | Bad at Sports

2016  PANTSDESTROYER  |  Zine | No Pop Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

2015  ALIEN, Raw Paw Vol. 6 | Raw Paw Zine

2015  Shared Textures, SLAG Mag Issue 5  |  SLAG Mag, Archive at James Madison University's Library Special Collections

2014  Erin Smego, She/Folk Gallery, She/  |  She/Folk 

2014  The Wallflower, The Fighter, The Plaster Stranger |  Just In Time Art Magazine

2014  Interview, | A Frank Juarez and Greymatter Gallery Collaborative Project

2013  Abstract Painting: The Turd That Won’t Flush |  Jeriah Hildwine, Bad at Sports



2013  Contributor, Why Abstract Art You Say! | Abstract Painting: The Turd That Won’t Flush, Bad at Sports

2012  Author, Refreshing Group Show at Andrew Rafacz Gallery | Chicago Gallery News Blog

2012  Author,  MDW Fair: Slowly Evolving | Chicago Gallery News Blog

2012  Author, Riverside Arts Center: Quality Art in the Suburbs | Chicago Gallery News Blog 



2017  Working Artist Organization Purchase Award, November/December

2016  Edna L. Cushing Annual Memorial Prize  |  St. Louis Artists' Guild


Edra Soto and Dan Sullivan 

Philip L. Colleran and Mary Ann Hendowski 

Jessica Calek and Dan Streeting 

Francesca Gagliano

Steve Juras

B. David Zarley