• but when you come from water

    An online exhibition from The Chapter House

    Opens on World Water Day, or March 22, and runs through May 15, 2021

    Water is Life

  • Songs I Play for My Loved Ones

    public intimacies

    October 5 - 18, 2020

    Tufts Art Gallery


    August 1 - 31, 2020

    The first art fair exclusively featuring contemporary artists with ties to New England.

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    Northeastern University Partners with AREA CODE

  • In Between Daydreams

    Ryan Richey

    September 21 - October 20, 2018

    3252 W. North Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60647

  • Mixed Emotions

    David Leggett | Ryan Richey

    July 14 – August 25, 2018

    “I can’t tell if you’re serious or not,” said the driver.

    “I won’t know myself until I find out whether life is serious or not,” said Trout.

    “It’s dangerous, I know, and it can hurt a lot. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s serious, too.”

    Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions

    Various Small Fires
    812 North Highland Avenue
    Los Angeles, California 90038

    Tuesday - Saturday
    10 a.m - 6 p.m

    Press and Reviews:

    Riot Material


  • RenBen 2017

    SAT, OCT 21, 2017

    The Renaissance Society is an independent, non-collecting museum that combines a flexible, experimental ethos with focused, rigorous inquiry.

    2050 W. BALMORAL AVE.
    CHICAGO, IL 60625

  • Back to the Garden

    Curated by Lauren Etchells

    Whitney Aguiniga, Natasha Carlos, Hagit Cohen, Leeza Doreian, Kathryn Dunlevie, Claire Elliott, Mary Anne Kluth, Carrie Lederer, Dionne Lee, Cathy Lu, Whitney Lynn, Erin Mallea, Kelly O'Leary, Elena Patino, Ryan Richey and Saree Silverman

    Apr 5, 2017 to Apr 20, 2017

    Reception: Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

    Root Division

    Gallery Hours (or by appointment):
    Wednesday-Saturday, 2-6pm

  • Close to Me

    Work by Mel Cook, Em Kettner, Celeste Rapone, Allison Reimus, & Ryan Richey

    Opening Friday, January 27th, 6-9 PM

    Roots & Culture
    1034 N Milwaukee Ave.
    CHICAGO, IL 60642

    Through February 25th

    THU 4-7
    FRI 4-7
    SAT 12-6
    or by appointment.

  • Everyday Romances

    September 6-29, 2016
    Artist Reception: September 8, 2016, 4-6pm
    Artist Gallery Walk: September 8, 2016, 5:15pm

    Wakeley Gallery
    Ames School of Art
    Illinois Wesleyan University
    6 Ames Plaza West
    Bloomington, Illinois 61702-2900

  • How Much Land

    June 17, 2016 - August 13, 2016

    Reception: Friday, June 17, 5-7pm

    curated by Jessica Cochran

    artists include: Jessica Caponigro, Diane Christiansen, Deborah Handler, Anna Kunz, Zoe Nelson, Josue Pellot with Josh Reames, Allison Reimus, Ryan Richey, Philip von Zweck, Erin Washington, Amanda Williams

    McCormick Gallery

  • Chicago and Vicinity

    Mar 5 - Apr 23, 2016
    Reception: Sat Mar 5 1pm

    Shane Campbell Gallery
    2021 S. Wabash Ave.
    Wed - Sat 12pm to 6pm

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  • What is the Message

    The Brilliant Influence of Deborah Boardman: a Collective Survey

    Works by: Deborah Boardman, Howard Fonda, Jackie Kazarian, Sabina Ott, Diane Christiansen, Ryan Richey, Jin Lee, Jeroen Nelemens, Ellen Rothenberg, Dianna Frid, Laurie Palmer, Paola Cabal, Jackie Kazarian, Wendy Mason, Edra Soto, and Dan Sullivan

    Friday, January 29 at 7 PM - 11 PM

    Heaven Gallery
    1550 N Milwaukee Ave, Fl 2nd, Chicago, Illinois 60622

  • People’s Pamphlets

    Edition and Installation of Artists’ Tri-Fold Pamphlets at The Printers Ball

    Curated by Jessica Cochran

    4:00 PM - People's Pamphlets Reception & Toast
    2:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Printers Ball open hours

    Hubbard Street Studios, 1821 W Hubbard

    Pamphlets by:

    Gareth Long, Fred Sasaki, Kyle Schlie, Judith Brotman, Ryan Richey, Johanna Drucker, Academy Records, Melissa Potter and Jillian Bruschera, Krista Franklin, Maddie Reyna, Lise Haller Baggesen, Cauleen Smith, Cathy Alva Mooses, Shaan Syed, Ernesto Pujol, Leonardo Selvaggio, Maria Gaspar, Gurl Don't Be Dumb, Phaedra Call, Michael Milano, Kelly Lloyd, Dianna Frid, Conrad Bakker, Rachel Foster, Ian Weaver and Sonja Thomsen

    Kiosks by:

    Ramyar Vala and Faranak Farhang

  • Ryan Richey: Ghostbuster

    Curated by Christian Rieben

    MAR 19 – APR 12|Newhart Promenade
    Opening Reception: MAR 19 | Thur. 5 – 6:30 PM

    Chicago artist Ryan Richey uses painting to vanquish the demons of the past – both his own and the art world’s. Love, aspirations, neuroses, melancholia – the detritus of modern life’s psychology fills Richey’s paintings with a humble magnificence. Like the best of Philip Guston and Robert Gober, these paintings acknowledge the futility of life, but also its inherent beauty. Any Chicago artist making a certain kind of work is going to be compared to the Chicago Imagists. Richey’s work echoes the playfulness of the Imagists, but it lacks their arch provocation. His protagonists are sincere, flawed, and quietly joyful.

  • Tall Tales, Loose Talk

    Curated by Jessica Cochran

    Karen Azarnia
    Judith Brotman
    Laura Davis
    Deborah Handler
    Ryan Richey
    Rafael E. Vera

    Opening: August 15, 2014

    Biblio Exhibitions
    Lyons Public Library
    4209 Joliet Ave. Lyons, IL

  • Sunday Afternoons

    ADDS DONNA & community
    May 12th - June 5th 2014 (opening May 15th)

    So Weit, die Zukunft [SWDZ]
    Gärtnergasse 14
    1030 Vienna



    APRIL 5 – APRIL 26, 2014

    CHROMATIC CONSORTIUM gathers a wide selection of contemporary artists, ranging from students to emerging and international artists. This exhibition focuses on the attributes of color pigment, color as a material, as well as it’s conceptual and emotional presence.

    Monochromatic, saturated, subtractive, cool, crafted, layered, fluid, primary, glossy, matte, impasto, tinted, prismatic, added.

    Easton Miller
    Radames Juni
    Josh Ippel
    Marice Oakes
    Lisa Alvarado
    Candace Briceno
    Alex Tam
    James Jankowiak
    Gisela Insuaste
    Selina Trepp
    Iryne Roh
    Juliette Hayt
    Leo Kaplan
    Ryan Richey
    Thad Kellstadt
    Alexander Cohen
    Andy Hall
    Irene Perez
    Mara Baker
    Maya Hayuk
    Charlie Roderick
    Leslie Baum

    PH. (312) 823-3632

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    Bad at Sports

    Opening Reception: Saturday December 7, 6-10pm
    From December 7 to December 28, 2013

    The Collectors

    Corinne Halbert Chris Lin Ryan Richey

    “Art making in the 21st century is crowded with ghosts. Whether we acknowledge them or not, they are often not only present in our work, but are also the catalysts. Once it was a prerequisite to copy the old masters if you were to be an artist, now you usually just need a degree. Since we already have MFAs, we felt it was time to undergo that age-old tradition by attempting to make the works that deeply inspired us to make art in the first place.”

    Visitation Rites II

    By Chris Smith & E. Aaron Ross

    Visitation Rites is a venue (fire pit) for a sculpture exhibition and content generator for a documentary video of an art exhibition opening. Using the concurrent exhibition The Collectors as the prompt and setting for the video, ghosts of art history will be burnt in effigy over the Franklin’s sacrificial altar.

    Featuring work by:

    Jessica Harvey / Ryan Richey / Chris Lin / Corinne Halbert / Tim Pigott / Raphael Barontini / Edra Soto / Jeriah Hilwine / Stephanie Burke / Jim Papadopoulos / Anna Kunz / Mara Baker / Elijah James Valentin / Kelly Reaves / Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford / Andrea Jablonski / Sarah Weber / Karen Azarina / Catie Olsen / Kevin Jennings

    T H E F R A N K L I N
    PH. (312) 823-3632

  • Water-reading

    Judith Geichman, James Kao, Susan Michod, Ian Pedigo, Ryan Richey and Rainer Spangl.


    November 11 2012 - January 6 2013

    Opening Reception: Sunday, Nov. 11 2012 4 to 7

  • Living By Example is an exhibition focusing on the continued rise and growing popularity of Chicago-based artist-run “apartment exhibitions.” For this exhibition Edra Soto and Dan Sullivan are creating a structure within the confines of a traditional gallery space. The Franklin, the name given to the structure, is being built in the form of a modern shed which, once the exhibition is complete, will reside in the backyard of Soto and Sullivan’s home and will act as their version of the common “apartment exhibition” space.

    The exhibition featured in The Franklin will consist of work from Soto and Sullivan’s private collection. Artists included in the exhibition are Jeroen Nelemans, Ryan Richey, Ryan Travis Christian, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Deborah Boardman, Dana Carter, Kirsten Leenaars, Zachary Cahill, Ann Toebbe, Melissa Oresky, Alberto Alguilar, Corinne Halbert, Meg Duguid, Heidi Norton, Paul Nudd, Maria Gaspar, Mindy Rose-Schwartz, Eric Brown, Catie Olsen, and Michael Rea. The exhibition will open on Tuesday February 14th and run through Friday March 16th.

    There will be a reception for the artists on Friday February 17th from 6-9pm. On Thursday February 23rd at 3pm Catie Olsen and Erik Brown will give a talk entitled Domestic Spaces and Alternative Venues followed by a discussion of artists as collectors by Edra Soto and Dan Sullivan. All events take place in the gallery and are free and open to the public.

    Northeastern Illinois University Fine Arts Center

    Press and Reviews:

    Chicago Tribune


    Gaper's Block

    Time Out

  • Group Exhibition

    January 14 - February 25, 2012
    Opening reception January 14 from 6 to 9 pm

    Corydon Cowansage
    Aaron Delehanty
    Brent Houston
    Charles Mahaffee
    Marykate Maher
    Ryan Richey
    And a performance by Ryan Richey and Chris Lin of Hannis Pannis

    Hinge Gallery
    1955 W. Chicago Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60622

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  • CoLaboratory
    September 6-November 2, 2011
    Glass Curtain Gallery

    Opening Reception: September 8, 5-8pm, part of ArtCrawl, Columbia College's annual fall artwalk
    Artist Lecture: The Uncommon Nature of Artists as Collaborators, with ED JR. and (ƒ)utility projects collective members Paola Cabal and Edra Soto, Monday, September 26, 6pm, Conaway Center
    Closing Reception: Wednesday, November 2, 5-7pm.

    CoLaboratory examines the nature of collaborative art by creating a visual record of this process and exploring the cultural constructs that support it. Using dramatic video projections and mobile structural interventions, Chicago artists' collaboratives ED JR. and (ƒ)utility projects will exhibit works created independently within each group, but integrated in the Glass Curtain Gallery with reference to both the space and the interactions experienced in the development of the exhibition. Visitors are invited to adjust the structures on which video projections are shown, amending and re-forming the evolving images as they move. Four gallery events will allow visitors to participate in ED JR.’s large-format painting practice; the videos from these interactions will then be screened in the exhibition itself. CoLaboratory will address the inherent frictions and challenges of collaboration, as well as its fruitful outcomes.

    CoLaboratory is curated by Annie Morse with ED JR. and (f)utility.
    Gallery Hours: Mon-Wed, Fri 9am-5pm, Thurs 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-5pm
    Exhibition Contact: Mark Porter/mporter@colum.edu/312-369-6643

    Press and Reviews:

    Chicago Tribune

    Gapers Block

    Jettison Quarterly

  • This is Paul Halupka is a group exhibition of artworks in dialogue with the identity of a young man named Paul Halupka, a near stranger from the curator’s past.

    Emphasizing a relational, project-driven brand of portraiture, works on view are the results of extensive engagements between each artist and Paul.

    A full color catalog featuring contributions from Jessica Cochran, Karsten Lund and Fred Sasaki will be published for the exhibition.

    Exhibiting Artists
    Alberto Aguilar, Pamela Bannos, Viv Corringham, Adam Farcus, Regan Golden, Bill Guy, Kirsten Leenaars, Daniel Mellis, Ryan Richey, Michael X. Ryan, Fred Sasaki, Allison Yasukawa, Mary Lou Zelazny

    July 5 - August 5, 2011
    Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 6, 5–7pm
    Gallery Panel Discussion: Thursday, August 4, 6pm.

    C33 Gallery
    33 East Congress Parkway, 1st Floor
    Gallery Hours: Mon-Wed, Fri 9am – 5pm, Thurs 9am – 7pm
    Contact: Jennifer Kiekeben/JKiekeben@colum.edu/312-369-6856

  • Gathering Smoke

    Reception: Friday, September, 10th 2010, 6:00pm–8:00pm

    Exhibition: September 10th - October 23rd, 2010

    Rowley Kennerk Gallery
    119 N. Peoria St., #3C Chicago, IL 60607

    Friday 11-6pm and Saturday 12-5pm. Call for appointment.

  • We Thought Maybe You Were in the Plot

    Judith Geichman, Ben Gill, Emily Kennerk, Ryan Richey, and Valerie Snobeck

    May 21 - June 23, 2010

    Rowley Kennerk Gallery
    119 N. Peoria St., #3C Chicago, IL 60607

    Friday 11-6pm and Saturday 12-5pm. Call for appointment.

  • Midnite Snacks: Chicago

    Studies and compositions often play a vital role in the artistic process. Whether a five-minute sketch on paper or a finely worked image on canvas, these efforts reveal the thoughts of an artistic mind at work.

    Opening Reception:
    Friday, March 12 2010

    Closing Reception:
    Friday, April 9 2010

    1366 Space
    1366 N. Milwaukee Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60642

  • Hissy

    Hannis Pannis presents the never before seen work of Hissy, along with their own, which is inspired by her life and practice.

    December 4 - December 31, 2009

    Opening reception: Friday, December 4, 2009, 5 - 9pm

    Gallery hours: Fridays and Saturdays from 2 - 6pm, or by appointment

    Gallery UNO
    Fine Arts Building
    410 S Michigan Ave, room 541

  • Fest Fest

    Saturday, September 26, 2009

    6:30PM Ryan Richey
    8:00PM Hannis Pannis

    Sunday, September 27, 2009

    9:00PM MARTHA

    Julius Cæsar
    3144 West Carroll Avenue, 2G
    Chicago, IL, 60612

  • Domestica

    Sarazen Elyse Haile, Ryan Richey, Gina Siepel and Deborah Stratman investigate domestic space, memory, socioeconomics and history through the media of film, painting, cornbread and more.

    Eel Space
    Curatorial Projects
    2846 W North Ave #1A
    Chicago, IL
    Opening: April 18, 6pm-9pm
    Through May 17

  • The Other Side

    We are artists and curators. Therefore we shall further be known as curists. You can call us curists. 1213 Sharp was once a classroom converted to a studio by the institution. The studio became a gallery via Xavier and Jesus. Presently the gallery contains the studio due to us. A void was created. So we painted it black. It is everything now. David Kellogg Lewis said so. -R.R.

    Ryan Richey with Chris Lin
    April 3 2009 6:00-9:00p

  • Nitey Nite
    Friday, February 27, 2009
    6p.m. - 9p.m.

    Come in from the cold. Bring your snacks, drinks, pillows, sleeping bags and stories. Kick back to readings and performances by Diego Leclery, Charles Mahafee, Karolina Gnatowski, Dan Gunn, Shannon Schmidt, Amira Hanafi, Kevin Fink, Lane Williams, Eric Lebofsky, Rory Jobst, Kayce Bayer, Chris Lin, Ryan Richey and you.

    119 N. Peoria #3D
    Chicago, IL 60607

  • My Whole Life

    Thirty paintings from the pages of Ryan Richey

    Richey's words capture flashes from his experience quicker than visuals. At the heart of his practice, they spring from the page and have manifested into his latest ongoing projects - his painting series, My Whole Life, and his music collaboration, Hannis Pannis.

    Opening night will feature readings from the text and a performance by Hannis Pannis.

    Readings and performances by Ryan Richey and other artists on Friday February 27 from 6-9pm.

    119 N Peoria Street #3D
    Chicago, IL
    Spoke Open Hours: Tuesdays & Saturdays 11a.m. - 5p.m.