Born Minneapolis, MN

Lives and works in Chicago, IL



Solo Exhibitions

 

2020  From Sky to Sky, CIRCA Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2019  Friendship with the Unknown, Gallery 1871, Chicago, IL

2018  Festival, One River School of Art + Design, Evanston, IL

2016  Ocean Inside the Drop, Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL 

2015   Here and Now, South Suburban College, South Holland, IL

2013   Silence Speaks, Morpho Gallery, Chicago, IL



Two Person Exhibitions


2017  Ahavani Mullen + Lindsy Halleckson, CIRCA Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2015   Elements of Light, Brickton Art Gallery, Park Ridge, IL



Grants / Awards / Residencies


2020  

   Hypatia-in-the-Woods residency, Shelton, WA

   Anonymous was a Woman Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts

   Illinois Arts Council Agency Grant

2019  

   The Macedonia Institute residency, Chatham, NY

    Individual Artists Program Grant Award, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

2018  

   Vermont Studio Center residency, Johnson, VT

   Partial Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center

   Illinois Arts Council Grant

2015  

   3rd Place, ArtFutura, Northwestern University Lurie Center, awarded by James Rondeau, Director, Art Institute of Chicago

   3Arts Artist Project Award, 3Arts, Chicago, IL

2014  

   Individual Artists Program Grant Award, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

   First Prize for Mountain Silence, Encaustic Nature in Art, The Art Center - Highland Park, IL

   Second Prize for Tenderly, Wax Effects, Art Central Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA

2013  

   Illinois Arts Council Grant

   Award of Excellence for Winter, Small Art Big Impact Exhibition, Manhattan Art Int’l, NY

   First Prize for Tenderly, Fluidity, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL

   Special Merit Award, Abstract Art Competition, Light Space & Time Gallery

2012  

   Special Recognition Artist, Seasons Art Competition, Light Space & Time Gallery



Selected Exhibitions


2020

  Art-in-Place, Terrain Exhibitions + CNL Projects

  Rockford Midwestern Biennial, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL (juror Jim Dempsey)

  Intention, CIRCA Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

  By & For, curated by Pia Singh

  Winter Salon, Gallery 1871, Chicago, IL

  Lately, CIRCA Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2019

  Painting with Fire, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL

  Nouveau, CIRCA Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

  Variations in Wax, Robert Morris University, Chicago, IL

  Spatial Stillness, CIRCA Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2018

  Rockford Midwestern Biennial, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL (juror Aron Packer)

   Bold Boho, CIRCA Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

   depth of [color] field, CIRCA Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

  Summer Show, Gallery 1871, Chicago, IL

  Summer Salon, CIRCA Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2017

  New Horizons, Gallery 1871, Chicago, IL

  Encaustic 2017: Rebirth of an Ancient Medium (invitational), Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL

  Diffused Surface (invitational), Gallery 201, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL

2016

  Winter Salon, CIRCA Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

   New Works by Gallery Artists, Gallery 1871, Chicago, IL

  Summer Salon, CIRCA Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

  Winter Salon, Gallery 1871, Chicago, IL

2015   

   ArtFutura, Northwestern University Lurie Center, juried by James Rondeau, Director, Art Institute of Chicago

   Another Way of Keeping a Diary, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo, CA   

   New Works by Gallery Artists, Gallery 1871, Chicago, IL

   Expansive Visions, Christopher Art Gallery, Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL

   12th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition, Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL

   Honouring Pollinators, Alton Mill Art Centre, Caledon, Ontario, Canada

   Textual Encounters, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL 

   Winter Salon, Gallery 1871, Chicago, IL

2014   

    Abstract Sanctuary, Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR 

   Wax Effects, Art Central Art Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA

   Encaustic Nature in Art, The Art Center, Highland Park, IL.

   Unbound(ed), Morpho Gallery, Chicago

   Fused, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL

   Small Art Big Impact, Manhattan Arts International, New York

   The Diptych Project, Engine Gallery, Biddeford, ME

  Green, Fine Arts Building, Chicago

   Minute Musings, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL

2013   

    National Juried Encaustic Exhibition, Encaustic Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM

  Seven, 7th International Encaustic Conference, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro, MA (Juror: Shawn Hill, critic Art New England)

   Fluidity, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL

   Miniatures, Linus Galleries, Los Angeles, CA 

   6x6x2013, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY

   Abstract II, Brickton Art Center, Park Ridge, IL

   12th Annual Art Inter/National Exhibition, Box Heart Gallery, Pittsburgh

   WAX(in') Blue, Morpho Gallery, Chicago

   Growth, Expansion Gallery, Lacuna Artist Lofts, Chicago

   FusedChicago 3, Fine Arts Building, Chicago

   8th Annual Emerging Artist Exhibition, Morpho Gallery, Chicago

   Introspect, Arterie Fine Arts, Naperville, IL

   Abstract, Light Space Time Gallery, Jupiter, FL

2012   

   Repurposed, University of Maryland, Rockville MD

   Rhythm in Wax, Norris Cultural Arts Gallery, St. Charles, IL

  Sacred Spaces, The Art Center - Highland Park, IL

   Encaustic, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, St. Charles, IL

   Tactile Encounters, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago

   The Buzz, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago

   ReInvention, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

   Morsels, AnySquared Projects, Chicago

   For the Love of Paint!, Flow Art Space, Minneapolis

   Painting: Color Dominates, Evans Encaustics, Sonoma, CA

   Seasons, Light Space Time Gallery, Jupiter, FL

   The Abstract Show, Brickton Art Center, Park Ridge, IL

2011   

    Age 1.5 and Up, Prak-sis Gallery, Chicago

2010   

    Beyond Abstraction, Space/Division, Chicago, IL



Selected Bibliography


2020

   NBC 5 Chicago, Art-In-Place Initiative Invites Artists to Display Exhibits Outside Homes

   Newcity, Artists Turn Their Homes Into Galleries, with Art-in-Place

   New Art Examiner, COVID-19 vs. The Art Field

2019

   Praeterita, Paintings and Sculpture by Ahavani Mullen, Phillip Hartigan

2018

    Still Point Arts Quarterly, Still Point X 

2017

   Encaustic Arts magazine, Spring 2017

2015   

    Studio Visit Magazine, Volume 28, Juror: Carl Belz, Rose Art Museum, Director Emeritus, Brandeis University

   South Suburban CollegeHere and Now by Ahavani Mullen, Bulldog Bites video interview

   Artguardian, What’s Your Process

2014   

   The Diptych Project II: A Collaboration in Wax - New England Wax + FUSEDChicago,

     Dietlind Vander Schaaf

   YoungSpace, Ahavani Mullen, Kate Mothes

   Below the Surface, Collaboration and Inspiration: The Diptych Project II, New

      England Wax

2013   

   FUSEDChicago, Ahavani Mullen, Featured Artist Interview

   Panorama Arts Magazine, Tenderly

2012   

   Debra Claffey Art Blog, Natura Viva, Making Something out of Nothing

   University of MarylandRepurposed: Earth-Friendly Art

   Encaustic Art Blog, Ahavani Art Studio Encaustic Paintings, Cherie McClelland Smith

   Chicago Tribune, The Abstract Show



Selected Collections


Museum of Encaustic Art, Santa Fe, NM

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV

Dussias Wittenberg Koenigsberger LLP, Chicago, IL

Harrison Law, Chicago, IL

Million Dollar Round Table, Executive Suite, Park Ridge, IL

Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY

Other private and corporate collections



Curatorial Projects


The Abstract Show IV, Juror, Brickton Art Gallery, Park Ridge, IL, 2016



Teaching


Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL

Prak-sis Contemporary Art Association, Chicago

Arterie Fine Arts, Naperville, IL




Education


Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, B.A., 1996

University College London, University of London, England 1994