Amanda Taves is a photographer and installation artist exploring identity against the backdrop of forensic processes. She frequently collaborates with forensic professionals, city officials, and community organizations in her practice. Prior to receiving her BFA in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Taves cultivated a visual literacy program at The Night Ministry and interned with Industry of the Ordinary. Her work has been curated by the New York Museum of Modern Art and she has participated as a panelist and visiting instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited nationally at venues including the Phoenix Museum of Art and Indianapolis Museums of Contemporary Art. Taves is the recipient of various awards including a Chicago Cultural Center CAAP Grant, Goldman Sachs Scholarship, and an Endsley Fellowship, among others. She currently resides in Chicago with her husband and parrot.


Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

2018   Focus 2018, b.j. spoke Gallery, Huntington, NY        
           Bayesian/Bindle, USS Gallery, Chicago, IL
           Presence/Absence, The Tube Factory, Indianapolis, IN
           we like small things v.2, Filter Photo Gallery, Chicago, IL       
           Art from the Heartland, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN
           Expert Witness, Orland Park Library, Orland Park, IL       
           21st International Open, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL  
           @indymoca instagram takeover, iMOCA, Indianapolis, IN
           No Man's Land, Politits Art Coalition, Rochester, NY                          
           View from a Stranger's Window, Latent Image Magazine, March                    
           ESL Spectrum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, IN                                                                           CounterCulture, Bucktown Gallery, Chicago, IL                                                                                            

2016   Entity of Origin, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL
           41.85193,87.6585, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL

2015   The Carousel, 1952-1987, Facets Cinematheque, Chicago, IL
                                                     Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY
                                                     Locallective (live performace), Chicago, IL                                                           
                                                     Gallery 400 Chicago, IL
                                                     University of Chicago, Chicago, IL                               

2014   1939-1943, John M. Flaxman Library, Chicago, IL
           Manifest, Gallery X, Chicago, IL

2012   Trespassing, The President's Gallery, Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD
           Resurrection, Dispatch Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
           Reflection and Projection, Push Pin Gallery, Ogden Museum, New Orleans, LA
           Portraits, Upstream People Gallery, Chicago, IL

2008  Selected Student Work, Phoenix Community College, Phoenix, AZ
           Eric Fischl Vanguard Exhibit, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
           Western Eye, Phoenix, AZ

Scholarships and Awards

2016   The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Endsley Fellowship, Chicago, IL
2013   The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Goldman Sach's Award, Chicago, IL
           The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Dean's List Award, Chicago, IL
2011    The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Merit Scholarship, Chicago, IL
2010   Chicago Cultural Center CAAP Grant, Chicago, IL
2008  Eric Fischl Vanguard Award, Phoenix, AZ

Education and Related Experience

2018   Visiting Instructor, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 4/10                                        2016   BFA in Photography, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL                                            2015   Visiting Instructor, The Night Ministry, Chicago, IL                                                                                      2014   Panel Discussion, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 10/24                                        2013   Internship, Industry of the Ordinary, Chicago, IL
2008  Phoenix Community College, Phoenix, AZ