DEPS - Department of Exhibitions, Performance & Student Spaces Columbia College Chicago
Division of Labor
Division of Labor
Division of Labor
Oyster multiple
Four Sisters
Fankled Zed
Sketch for an anachronic object
Box of Raisins
Proposal for Charter School Swingset
 Illuminate Each Other
c.c. 3
THE PINK EGG (excerpt)
Baby Muscle (detail)
Rainbow Square
Stella's Stoichiometry: All things being equal, 6 lbs. 13 oz.
Rest Area (Museo Picasso Barcelona)
Meat Pea

November 20, 2014 – February 14, 2015

Opening Reception November 20, 2014, 5-8pm

Division of Labor addresses the impact of parenthood on an artist's creative practice and career. Featuring a select group of emergent to internationally recognized contemporary artists working across media, a diversity of perspectives and approaches are represented. Division of Labor examines direct links between the aesthetics, materiality and meaning of an artist’s work in relation to parenthood while also revealing unexpected moments at the intersection of art-making and family life.

Inventive modes of display, all-ages events and advocacy-based auxiliary programming combine the creative approaches to art-making-while-parenting.

Artists include: Alberto Aguilar, Candida Alvarez, Claire Ashley, Lise Haller Baggesen, Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam, Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford, Heather Mekkelson, Paul Nudd, John Preus, Brittany Southworth-LaFlamme, Tony Tasset, Ann Toebbe, Jim Trainor, Selina Trepp, and Andrew Yang.

Chicago Artists in the Reading Room include: AREA Chicago, Susan Bright, Jeffrey Brown, Cultural ReProducers, Christa Donner, Poetry Magazine, Melissa Potter, Keiler Roberts, Fred Sasaki & August Sasaki and Chris Ware.

Curated by: Christa Donner and Thea Liberty Nichols

Catalog available at the opening

Exhibition Programming

Opening Reception:
Thursday, November 20th, 5 – 8pm

Tiny Cover Band + Family Friendly Opening Party: 
Saturday, November 22nd, 10am
Get a fresh look at the show and mingle with artists and their families at this morning opening featuring Tiny Cover Band performing pop music played on toy instruments.

Co-Occupations: Readings from Division of Labor

Wednesday, December 10th, doors at 7pm, reading at 7:30pm
Sector 2337, 2337 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60647

Sector 2337 hosts a reading and curated bookshelf that explores personal reflections on the impact of parenthood on an artist’s personal and professional lives. Co-organized by Caroline Picard, this event features readings by artists including Cándida Alvarez, Christa Donner, Lise Haller Baggesen, Thea Liberty Nichols, Keiler Roberts and Fred Sasaki. Sector 2337 hosts an affiliated shelf in the bookstore with titles from these readers available for purchase. For more information:

Cultural ReProducers \\ Making It What We Need:
Saturday, January 31st, 10am Glass Curtain Gallery, 1104 S. Wabash, Chicago IL 60605
Cultural ReProducers invites you to participate in a workshop and conversation generating concrete ideas about how cultural institutions can support the work of cultural producers who are also working it out as parents. Led by Cultural ReProducers organizers Christa Donner and Selina Trepp with the participation of students, arts administrators, exhibiting artists and others, Making it What We Need considers alternate models for living, making, and making a living as artists. This conversation will be relevant to anyone working toward a sustainable life in the arts, and non-parents are welcome to join the conversation. 

This is the final installment of the Cultural ReProducers' Event Series, a project supported by the Propeller Fund.

Free on-site childcare is available by pre-registration only. For more information visit
The Day After Groundhog Day Might Still be Groundhog Day: a kid* friendly screening of works by former kids* who have current kids*
Tuesday, February 3rd, 7pm, Nightingale Theater, 1084 Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60642
$ 7-10 Suggested Donation 
This all-ages screening of short films by artist parents doubles as an understated fundraiser benefiting S.A.C.K. (Supporting Artists with Children and/or Kids), an ongoing project that raises questions about the art market, parenthood, and corporate identity. Programmed by Jesse Malmed and Kyle Schlie. All proceeds support the work of artist parents. For more information:
* and/or children
Exhibition Contact: Justin Witte,, 312-369-8177

Gallery Hours: M-W,F: 9am to 5pm, Th: 9am to 7pm, Sat: 12pm - 5pm

Press Contact:

Press and Reviews

Chicagos Best Visual Art in 2014, Chicago Tribune Critics Pick

Division of Labor artist Ann Toebbe reviewed in NYTIMES

Children welcome: Art by parents at Columbia College Gallery, Chicago Tribune

Media and Resources

Exhibition Catalogue

Virtual Reading Room