JOHN PREUS (B. 1971) 6816 N. Lakewood Ave. Chicago, IL 60626. 773.640.6767

MFA University of Chicago, 2005
BA Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, 1993
studied painting and digital imagery at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002-2003, studied contemporary practices with South African artists Rose Shakinovsy and Claire Gavronsky in Italy in 1992, 1994, and 1996
apprenticed for two years under master furniture-maker, John Nesset, from 1997-1999

independent artist/founder Dilettante Studios
co-founder and co-director-SHoP (southside hub of production) business owner-Dilettante Studios
teacher-graham school of continuing studies-university of chicago 2011-2013 lead fabricator for theater gates studio
2011-2013 creative director of the rebuild foundation




A SPECTRUM OF IMMERSION. operetta directed, written and composed with Leroy Bach, starring soprano, Sarah Lawrence and tenor, Calland Metts. performed in The Beast at the Hyde Park Art Center.
THE BEAST, solo exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center, gallery 1. Preus is also the 2013-2014 Jackman Goldwasser resident at HPAC.
SOLO EXHIBITION at the Heilbronn Kunstverein, Heilbronn Germany
DUAL EXHIBITION at the Franklin, with Deborah Boardman
MIRROR/HAMMER/DREAM @ EXPO Chicago-large-scale installation
THE SWING AND THE WALL SHoP @ the Comfort Station

METAMORPHOSIS, group exhibition @ Noyes Cultural Center, Evanston
SLOW SOUND-solo exhibition @ Experimental Sound Studio
SPONTANEOUS INTERVENTIONS: design actions for the common good. US pavilion at the Venice architecture biennial, re-exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center
REMODELING HOME, Home Gallery, chicago
NEW MATERIAL- performances with instruments made of broken furniture

sept.- carpet songs for Homebodies @ Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago may @ Dock 6 semi-annual art exhibition
march-House Music, performance with Marvin Tate @ Elmhurst Museum Feb-performance with marvin tate @ Black Cinema House

SLOW RECOVERY, Dock 6 annual exhibition, Chicago
THREEWALLS CSA (community supported art) commission to make 35 objects, sold as a package with 3 other objects from csa artists, to local collectors.
YOU COMPLETE ME @ Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Mi ANTHEM/REQUIEM-Huguenot House, Kassel , Germany, during Documenta 13
P-SAD, George Washington College, Chicago

co-curator with laura shaeffer, toward a union of public artists, SHOP, chicago
co-curator with laura shaeffer, on making things matter: strategies for preservation, SHOP, chicago co-curator with laura shaeffer, this house is not a home, SHOP, chicago

2014 Maker Grant, 1st prize-$3,000
2014 DCASE individual artist grant – $4,000
2014 Kickstarter campaign -$5,000
2014 Graham Foundation -$5,000 for programming in the Beast
2014 Illinois Humanities Council – $5,000 for programming in the Beast.
2012 Threewalls CSA-$1500
2012 Propeller Fund Award-$2,000. with Laura Shaeffer and Jim Duignan
2012 project stipend and travel grant for “You Complete Me” @ the Devos Art Museum, Northern Michigan University, $2700
2011 project stipend, “the World as Text”, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts, $3,000.00
2010 project and travel grant, “Rebuilding Mayfield”, Museum of Contemporary Craft, $4200.00 2010 commission: kitchen remodel entitled, “You Remind Me of My Mother”, She Faltered. – $11,600
2010 Threewalls commission, “2nd-Hand Reading Room”-artist stipend $5000.00
2010 project and travel grant, “I’d Rather Be Fishin'”, Northern Michigan University and the Devos Art Museum, $3,000.00
2008 project and travel grant, “democracy in america”, creative time, $1,400.00
2008 project and travel grant, Braddock Active Arts, $1,500.00
2006 project stipend, “Biographical Extensions”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, $600.00 2005 commission: Benches in Service of Looking at Beyond Green @ the Smart Museum, $1500

2014 project-based residency, Heilbronn Kunstverein, Heilbronn, Germany
2013-2014 Jackman-Goldwasser resident, Hyde Park Art Center
2010 project-based residency, Harold artist residency, Ohio
2010 project-based residency, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR
2009 project-based residency, Northern Michigan University, Marquette MI
2008 project-based residency, creative time, incubate, and the elizabeth foundation for the arts, new york, ny
2008 project-based residency, braddock active arts, braddock, pa

upcoming: artist monograph with Snoeck publishers, Germany.
2013 ON LOVE AND LABOR: Thoughts That Accompanied the Making of a Table. Proximity Mag.
2012 ANTHEM/REQUIEM-John Preus for, Theaster Gates: 12 ballads for Huguenot House. Walter Konig press. pp. 124-125
2012 ANTICIPATING DEPARTURE. for AREA magazine. chicago.
2012 RELATIONAL PROSTHETICS. in exhibition catalog for YOU COMPLETE ME at the Devos Art Museum
2011 THE WORLD AS TEXT-exhibition catalog

profile in Artslant, with Thea Liberty Nichols

Into the Belly of John Preus’s Beast. Levitt, Aimee, Artist Profile, Chicago Reader, April 10. 2014. p. 33

Profile of the Artist: John Preus. Sethi, Shreya Ashok. New City, April 2014.

You Should Know Chicago Artist John Preus. Foumberg, Jason. Chicago Magazine. April 11. 2014

Hyde Park Art Center Will Expand with New Wing For More Artists. (features the Beast) Cholke, Sam. DNA INFO. April 14. 2014

The Beast/75 Years of the Hyde Park Art Center. Litoff, Nina. The Seen. April 22, 2014

Kickstarter Aids Chicago Hyde Park Art Center’s Anniversary Show. (featuring the Beast) Dluzen, Robin. April 10. 2014

Hyde Park Art Center newsletter-feature profile. March 2014
Ballads from a Bedpost, Peter Margasac, Musicworks, pp. 32-33, Spring 2014

Craftsman Preserves ‘Social Memory’ by Reconfiguring Desks, Tables, Chairs. Dawn Turner. Chicago Tribune 10.28.13

Collaboration Through Craft. Circling Back Into That Thing We Cast Forward: A Closing Read on Gestures of Resistance. Bloomsbury Press, 2013. Shannon Stratton and Judith Lehman, pp. 219-232

Named in New Yorker article on Theaster Gates. Jan. 20. 2014, p.29

A Room With a Brew: on Red Flags Pub in SHoP, Ise, Claudine. Chicago Magazine, feb, 2012 theaster_gates_12_ballads_for_huguenot_house_documenta_13_2012/.

Ise, Claudine. “the World as Text” critics’ pick, Artforum, july 29, 2011

Weber, Candice. Booked Solid: “the World as Text” immerses visitors in artists’ publications, Timeout Chicago, july 14, 2011

An Alternative Summer Reading List. Waxman, Lori. the Chicago Tribune, july 14, 2011

A More Imperfect Machine: Sara Black and John Preus Invoke the Demiurge in Portland. Stabler, Bert. Proximity Magazine. spring/summer 2010, p. 122.

The Art of Recycling. Moore, Anne Elizabeth. The Progressive Magazine. march 2010 issue.

Thompson, Nato. a Guide to Democracy in America. edited by Creative Time. New York, new york. 2008.