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Allison Lacher is an artist and curator based in Springfield, IL. She is the Exhibitions Manager at the University of Illinois Visual Arts Gallery and she is a founding member of the artist-owned gallery Monaco in St. Louis, MO. In 2013 she Co-founded DEMO Project, a space for contemporary art in Springfield, IL, and served as Co-director of the space until its demolition in 2018.
She has exhibited at venues that include E.TAY Gallery, The Luminary, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, PDX Contemporary Art, CUAC Contemporary, Future Tenant, Grounds for Sculpture, and the Illinois State Museum.
She has been awarded artist residencies with ACRE, Spiro Arts, Prairie Center of the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Luminary, and Signal Fire on US/Mexico borderlands. She was a HATCH Projects curatorial resident with the Chicago Artists Coalition and is a previous recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award.
In addition to her independent studio practice, she maintains an active collaborative practice with artist Jeff Robinson. Recent collaborative projects have taken place at Illinois State University Galleries, Roman Susan, Outhaus, Ski Club, and the 3d Terrain Biennial.  

Solo + Collaborative Exhibitions
2018 - TBD in collaboration with Gina Hunt, STNDRD, St. Louis, MO (forthcoming)
2017 - Good Neighbors in collaboration with Jeff Robinson, 2018 Terrain Biennial, Terrain Exhibitions, Oak Park, IL
2017 - Subdivision in collaboration with Jeff Robinson, Illinois State University Galleries, Normal, IL
2016 - No Diving! in collaboration with Jeff Robinson, Roman Susan, Chicago, IL
2016 - I’m Here for Pets in collaboration with Jeff Robinson, Ski Club, Milwaukee, WI
2016 - Sky Parlor in collaboration with Jeff Robinson, Outhaus, Urbana, IL
2015 - Water. Water. in collaboration with Jeff Robinson, Museum Blue, St. Louis, MO
2015 - A Kitchen Without a Knife is Not a Kitchen in collaboration with Jeff Robinson, Kitchen Space, Chicago, IL
2014 - Nonnative, CUAC Contemporary, Salt Lake City, UT
2012 - That’s Love, Baby, UIS Visual Arts Gallery, University of Illinois Springfield, Springfield, IL
2012 - That’s Love, Baby, Backspace, Peoria, IL
2011 - Play Date, Blackburn College Gallery, Blackburn College, Carlinville, IL
2009 - Perform in collaboration with Victoria Calabro, The Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno, NV
2008 - Slow and Deliberate, Future Tenant, Pittsburgh, PA
2007 - Sigh-specific, Red Mill Gallery at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2005 - Think Pink (Young Love), Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UT
2004 - Rich Material, Center for Contemporary Art, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA
2004 - Hanging, Brew House Space 101, Pittsburgh, PA
2003 - True Love Forever, SOFA Gallery, Bloomington, IN
2003 - Roommate, Susu, Pittsburgh, PA
2002 - Think Pink (Young Love), Fuller Projects, Bloomington, IN
2000 - Pretty Girl, Cactus Bra Gallery, San Antonio, TX

Selected Group Exhibits
2017 - Grand Prix, Monaco, St. Louis, MO
2017 - Suspended States, Tessellate, Pontiac, MI
2017 - Outside Jokes, DEMO Project, Springfield, IL; curated by Jesse Malmed
2017 - Art & Design Series 10, Dock 6, Chicago, IL; curated by Edra Soto and Dan Sullivan
2017 - Property, Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, Chicago, IL
2017 - Attach Files, 50/50, Kansas City, MO
2016 - VERBLIST, E.Tay Gallery, New York, NY; curated by Mark Joshua Epstein
2016 - GHOST, The Luminary, St. Louis, MO; curated by Sage Dawson
2016 - Blueprints, Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center, Chicago, IL
2016 - Resident Alumni Invitational, Gallery One, Prairie Center of the Art, Peoria, IL
2014-2015 - Protext: When Visual Art Meets the Written Word, Illinois State Museum: Chicago and Springfield, IL; curated by Robert Sill
2015 - Gifted, DEMO Project, Springfield, IL
2014 - OUTPOST on the Border, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
2014 - Resident Alumni Invitational, Gallery One, Prairie Center of the Art, Peoria, IL
2014 - Trigger, M. G. Nelson Gallery, Springfield, IL
2013-2014 - Where History and Progress Meet, West Chicago City Museum, West Chicago, IL; curated by Anni Holm and Sara Phalem
2013 - Regional Contemporary, Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL
2011 - In Stitches, Cobalt Studio, Chicago, IL; curated by Adriana Baltazar
2011 - Material and Metaphor, Cleveland State University Gallery, Cleveland, OH; curated by Irina Koukhanova
2011 - Wee Bitty Things, Space Camp MicroGallery, Indianapolis, IN
2010 - Threadbare, Bulldog, Rochester, NY
2009 - Hand Drawn Map Association, The Green Library at Florida International University, Miami, FL; curated by Kris Harzinski
2008 - MIXTAPE, The Tom Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; curated by Tom Sarver
2007 - Contemporary Women Artists XIV, Mad Art Gallery, Saint Louis, MO
2007 - TiNT, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN
2007 - TiNT, Franconia Sculpture Park, Franconia, MN
2006 - draw_drawing_2, The Foundry, London, England
2005 - Mixed Media, Kiehle Gallery, Saint Cloud State University, Saint Cloud, MN
2002 - Fall/Winter 2002/2003 Exhibit, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ; curated by Tom Eccles, Valerie Fletcher, and Donald Kuspit  

Grants, Fellowships and Awards
2014 - Individual Artist Support Grant, Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, IL
2013 - Fellowship Award, Spiro Arts Foundation for the Arts, Park City, UT
2012 - Individual Artist Support Grant, Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, IL
2012 - Richmond Artist Advancement Grant, Springfield Area Arts Council, Springfield, IL
2009 - Artist Fellowship Award, Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, IL
2009 - Individual Artist Support Grant, Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, IL
2007 - Full Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2007 - Richmond Artist Advancement Grant, Springfield Area Arts Council, Springfield, IL
2002 - Outstanding Student in Contemporary Art Award, Sculpture Magazine/International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, NJ
2001 - Outstanding Student in Contemporary Art Honorable Mention, Sculpture Magazine/International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, N

Residencies
2018 - Artist Residency, The Luminary, St. Louis, MO
2017 - Artist Residency, ACRE, Steuben, WI
2104-2015 - Resident Curator, HATCH Projects, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL
2014 - Artist Residency, Signal Fire OUTPOST, Pajarita Wilderness (US/Mexico Border), AZ
2013 - Artist Residency, Spiro Arts, Park City, UT
2011 - Artist Residency, Prairie Center of the Arts, Peoria, IL
2009 - Artist Residency, University of Nevada Reno, Reno, NV
2007 - Artist Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Selected Panels + Public Lectures + Visiting Artist & Critic
2018 - Admissions Review Panelist, ACRE Residency, Chicago, IL
2018 - Guest Lecturer, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
2017 - Artist Talk/Visiting Critic, Illinois State University Galleries, Normal, IL
2016 - Panelist, You Are Looking Good, A Real Good Looker, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL
2016 - Visiting Artist, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO
2015 - Artist Talk, Text Talks, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
2015 - Artist Talk, Museum Blue, St. Louis, MO
2015 - Artist Presentation, Installation Art: Environment and Experience, Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL
2014 - Artist Presentation, Constructing Response, Illinois State Museum Collections and Research Center, Springfield, IL
2014 - Panelist, What it Means to be Regional, Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL
2013 - Youth Outreach Presentation, Kimball Arts Center, Park City, UT
2010 - Visual Arts Representative, Final Panel Review, Individual Artist Support Awards, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Chicago, IL
2010 - Preliminary Visual Arts Panelist, Individual Artist Support Awards, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Chicago, IL
2009 - Artist Lecture and Visiting Artist, University of Nevada Reno, Reno, NV
2008 - Presenter, Arts + Creativity + Entrepreneurship Conference, Millikin University, Decatur, IL

Professional  
2011-Current - Exhibitions Manager, Visual Arts Gallery, University of Illinois Springfield, Springfield, IL
2011-Current - Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Springfield, Springfield, IL
2013-2018 - Co-Founder and Co-Director, DEMO Project, Springfield, IL            
2011-2012 - Adjunct Instructor, Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, IL
2008-2010 - Instructor + Gallery Manager, Millikin University, Decatur, IL
2007 - Adjunct Instructor, University of Illinois Springfield, Springfield, IL
2006 - Adjunct Instructor, Blackburn College, Carlinville, IL
2005-2006 - Assistant Professor of Sculpture, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
2004-2005 - Museum Attendant and Installation Assistant, Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT

Education
Master in Fine Arts in Sculpture, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture, Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA