Curriculum Vitae


Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions
Working Title, Depree Art Center and Gallery, Holland, MI
Yo Soy Museo, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL
Seeing Thoughts Through, Engage Projects, Chicago, IL
Play Comission- Alberto Aguilar and Alex Bradley Cohen, Compound Yellow, Oak Park, IL
In Flux: Chicago Artists and Immigration, Chicago Cultural Center
Alberto Aguilar moves on human scale, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago
Alberto Aguilar and Alex Bradley Cohen, In Place of Rest, Comfort Station, Chicago IL
This wall is work made up of parts, The Art Institute of Chicago
Propaganda Familiar, Antena, Chicago IL
Test/Move/Play/Ability, The Arts Incubator, Chicago IL
Living Arrangement, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston MA
(In) Between Out, The Franklin, Chicago IL
Alberto Aguilar, Roots and Culture, Chicago IL

Group Exhibitions
Making It Work, Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, KS
The Long Dream, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, Nov 7, 2020–Jan 17, 2021
LATINXAMERICAN, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL, January 7 – August 15, 2021
Artist Run Chicago 2.0, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
Team Work, The Franklin for NADA art fair, Chicago, IL
Cross Currents: Intercambio Cultural,  El Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba and Smart Museum, University of Chicago
Standing Still, Lying Down, As If, The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit MI
Care and Feeding: The Art of Parenthood, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto CA
Día de Muertos: A Spiritual Legacy, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago IL
Living Architecture: Chicago Artists and Immigration, 6018 North, Chicago IL
MCA Hearts Chicago, Alberto Aguilar: Retelling Objects, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Memoria Presente: An Artistic Journey, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL
Worldplay, Alberto Aguilar, Alex Bradley Cohen, and Jesse Malmed, Produce Model, Chicago, IL
Wasted Hours (A performance series curated by Matthew Goulish and Lin Hixon), Sector 2337, Chicago IL
Present Standard, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago IL
State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, Minneapolis Institute of Art MN
A Sign Only Has to Serve as a Sign, Providence College Galleries, Providence RI
Counterpublic, The Luminary, St. Louis MO
State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, Crystal Bridges, Bentonville AR
Risk: Empathy, Art and Social Practice, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago
Homebodies, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL
Open House, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst IL
duckrabbit, Adds Donna, Chicago IL
This House Is Not A Home, SHoP, Chicago IL
The Dining Room Project, Charlotte Street Foundation/ The Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City MO
Things to be Next to, An exchange exhibition with ThreeWalls, Chicago IL and Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City MO

Curatorial Projects
Amuleto, Co Curated with Allison Peters Quinn, Edra Soto and Madeleine Aguilar at Hyde Park Art Center, the Franklin and Mayfield, Chicago, IL
Regin Igloria: Prompts to Go, President’s Gallery, Harold Washington College, Chicago IL
Home Meant Improv/Uncertainty Makes a Great Show (co-curated w/Jesse Malmed), Compound Yellow, Oak Park IL
This room is a work made up of people, The Art Institute of Chicago
Material Normal Monumental, Riverside Art Center, Riverside IL
Public Expeditions, Sullivan Galleries SAIC, Chicago IL
El Material Normal Monumental, Garcia Squared Contemporary, Kansas City MO
On Making Things Matter: Strategies For Preservation, SHoP, Chicago IL (co-curated with Laura Shaeffer and John Preus)
Home Knowledge Spectacular, North Branch Projects (co-curated with Jorge Lucero) Chicago IL
Hecho en Casa/ Homemade, Cobalt Studio (co-curated with Jorge Lucero) Chicago IL
Center of Multiple Middles, President’s Gallery, Harold Washington College, Chicago IL

Awards, Visiting and Resident Artist
Visiting Artist, Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN
Visiting Artist, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL
Resident Artist, Facebook Artist in Residence Program, Chicago, IL
Visiting Artist, Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI
Visiting Artist, College of Fine + Applied Arts University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2017
Cross Currents: Intercambio Cultural, Havana, Cuba, MacArthur Foundation International Connections
The Art Institute of Chicago, Artist in Residence
Crossing Boundaries Residency, Art Incubator, supported by Arts and Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago
Keynote Speaker, 9th Annual Arts Education Leadership Institute, Art in the Everyday: Social Practice and Lived Experience, University of Northern Colorado
Guest Lecturer, Metropolitan State University of Denver CO
Presenter, Open Engagement, Queens Museum NY
Guest Lecturer, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park KS
Guest Lecturer, Kansas City Art Institute, Painting and Drawing Department, KC MO
3Arts Award
The Anderson Lecture Series, Pennsylvania State University, University Park PA

National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL
The Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville AR
Soho House, Chicago IL
Chicago Cultural Center
Jorge Lucero Study Collection, School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
The Blackstone Art Collection, Chicago, IL
Facebook, Chicago, IL


Alberto Aguilar Becomes the National Museum of Mexican Art, Lori Waxman, Hyperallergic, Sept., 2022
Alberto Aguilar draws no distinction between art and life, Kerry Cardoza, The Reader, April 2019

Art 50 2018: Chicago’s Artists’ Artists, Elliot Reichert, Newcity, August 2018

17 Visual Artists You Should Know In 2016 by Pricilla Frank, Huffington Post, December 2016

Portrait of a Timely Artist by JB Pravda, Legacy Arts Magazine, July 2017

Art 50 2016: Chicago Artists’ Artist by Elliot J. Reichert, Newcity, September 2016

Takeover or Hijack: Alberto Aguilar on artinstitutechi instagram by Dan Gunn, Bad at Sports May 2016

Alberto Aguilar, Miguel Cortez, and You: Staking a Claim in Pilsen by Brad Fiore, Vam Studio, April 2016

Art pushes gentrification discussion on Cherokee Street by Willis Arnold Ryder, St louis Public Radio, March 19, 2015

Art 50 2014: Chicago’s Artists’ Artists by Jason Foumberg, October 2014

An Art Wedding Full of Strangers by Kate Sierzputowski, Hyperallergic, March 28, 2014

Other Visions of Home by Lori Waxman, Chicago Tribune, March, 2013

Newcity Breakout Artist: Chicago’s next generation of image makers by Jason Foumberg, May 3, 2012

Review: Alberto Aguilar/ The Franklin by Kelly Reeves Newcity, September 4, 2012

The art world needs more children by Lori Waxman, Chicago Tribune, November 2, 2012


Yo Soy Museo: Embodying the Museum with Alberto Aguilar, The LatinX Project, NYU, January, 2023
Newcity Art Chicago, Visiting Artist, April 2015

The Aguilar Family on Open Engagement Part 1, May 2014, Cultural Reproducers

The Aguilar Family on Open Engagement Part 2, May 2014, Cultural Reproducers

Alberto Aguilar: Interview, August 2013, Cultural Reproducers, 

Studio Expanse”, Studio Chicago, October 2010 Guest Blogger

University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Art and Art History
2016- present
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
University of Chicago, Crossing Boundaries
2006- 2018
Tenured Instructor of Studio Art/Coordinator of Pedestrian Project-Exhibitions, visiting and resident artists, Harold Washington College, Chicago IL
Professor of Art History, McHenry County College, Crystal Lake IL

Master of Fine Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago