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
2010 director/founder-silettante studios
2012-present, instructor-graham school of continuing studies-university of chicago
2010-2014 co-founder and co-director-SHoP (southside hub of production)
2011-2013 lead fabricator for theater gates studio
2011-2013 creative director of the rebuild foundationJuror-MAKER grant, 2015
solo exhibitions
2014 JOHN PREUS: ON DRAWING, Vogelmann Kunsthalle, Heilbronn Kunstverein, Heilbronn Germany
2014 THE BEAST, Hyde Park Art Center, gallery 1
2014 SLOW SOUND, Audible Gallery/Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago
group exhibitions
AN INVISIBLE HAND, David Weinberg gallery, Chicago, 2015
THE FREEDOM PRINCIPLE, special project. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. 2015
DIVISION OF LABOR, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago. 2015
SOCIAL FURNITURE-EXPO CHICAGO, represented by Rhona Hoffman gallery. 2014
A SPECTRUM OF IMMERSION. operetta directed, written and composed with Leroy Bach (Wilco), starring soprano, Sarah Lawrence and tenor, Calland Metts. performed in The Beast at the Hyde Park Art Center. 2014
THE SWING AND THE WALL SHoP @ the Comfort Station. 2014
METAMORPHOSIS, Noyes Cultural Center, Evanston, IL. 2013
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. 2013
NEW MATERIAL- performances with instruments made of broken furniture. 2013
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. 2012THREEWALLS CSA (community supported art) commission to make 35 objects, sold as a package with 3 other objects from csa artists, to local collectors. 2012
YOU COMPLETE ME @ Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Mi. 2012 ANTHEM/REQUIEM-Huguenot House, Kassel , Germany, during Documenta 13. 2012 THIS HOUSE IS NOT A HOME-SHOP, Chicago. 2012P-SAD, Harold Washington College, Chicago. 2012
co-curator with laura shaeffer, toward a union of public artists, SHOP, chicago. 2012
co-curator with laura shaeffer, on making things matter: strategies for preservation, SHOP. 2011 chicago co-curator with laura shaeffer, this house is not a home, SHOP, chicago. 2011
2014 Finalist-Creative Capital.  Included in On The Radar listing
2014-2015 Efroymson Fellowship Award-$25,000
2014 Maker Grant, 1st prize-$3,000
2014 DCASE individual artist grant – $4,000
2014 Kickstarter campaign -$5,000
2014 Graham Foundation -$5,000 to Hyde Park Art Center for programming in the Beast
2014 Illinois Humanities Council – $5,000 to Hyde Park Art Center for programming in the Beast.
2013 Finalist-Maker Grant and Propeller Fund
2012 Threewalls Community Supported Art Prize-$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
2010 project and travel grant, “Rebuilding Mayfield”, Museum of Contemporary Craft, $4200
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
2010 project and travel grant, “I’d Rather Be Fishin'”, Northern Michigan University and the Devos Art Museum, $3,000
2008 project and travel grant, “democracy in america”, creative time, $1,400
2008 project and travel grant, Braddock Active Arts, $1,500
2006 project stipend, “Biographical Extensions”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, $600
2005 commission: Benches in Service of Looking at Beyond Green @ the Smart Museum, $1500
2016 project residency at Montserat College of Art,
2015 Gustavus Adolphus College – visiting artist2015 museum of contemporary art chicago partner school initiative-John Hancock College Prep
2015 ACRE artist residency – visiting artist
2014 project-based residency, Heilbronn Kunstverein, Heilbronn, Germany
2013-2014 Jackman-Goldwasser resident, Hyde Park Art Center
2010 visiting artist – 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
2015 JOHN PREUS: ON DRAWING, artist monograph with Snoeck, 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
Chicago’s Best Visual Art in 2014, (The Beast). Waxman, Lori, Chicago Tribune, 12.12.2014 Children Welcome: Art by Chicago Parents, Waxman, Lori, Chicago Tribune. Jan 28. 2015
Die Politik des Handwerks. Roeschman, Dietric. Artline Kunstmagazin. 10. 2014
Wie Alles Zusammenhängt. Sommer, Andreas. Heilbronn Gazette, Sept. 5. 2014
John Preus in the Belly of the Beast, Waxman, Lori, Chicago Tribune, June 26, 2014
Artist Profile, 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
The Real Estate Artist. New Yorker, 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/.The World as Text. Ise, Claudine. critics’ pick, Artforum, july 29, 2011 Booked Solid: “the World as Text” immerses visitors in artists’ publications. Weber, Candice. 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.
A Guide to Democracy in America. Thompson, Nato. edited by Creative Time. New York, new york. 2008.