Born Minneapolis, MN

Lives and works in Chicago, IL



Solo Exhibitions

 

2023 Not yet titled, Dennos Museum, Traverse City,  MI (forthcoming)

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



Residencies / Awards / Grants 


2022

   Tusen Takk Foundation, residency, Leland, MI

   Illinois Arts Council Agency Grant

2021

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

   First Prize, Fifth Midwest Open, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago

2020  

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

   Illinois Arts Council Agency Grant

2019  

   The Macedonia Institute, Chatham, NY

   Individual Artists Program Grant, CAAP, City of Chicago Cultural Grant

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, CAAP, City of Chicago Cultural Grant

   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 Group Exhibitions


2022

Deep Freeze, CIRCA Gallery

Threaded Together, Alma, Chicago

2021

Group Show, SHRINE Gallery, New York

Continuous Span, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

Myriad, CIRCA Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Winds of Change, Gallery 1871, Chicago

Fifth Midwest Open, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago (juror: Alison Wong)

lately ii, CIRCA Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

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

Ahavani Mullen + Lindsy Halleckson, CIRCA Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (2-person show)

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

Elements of Light, Brickton Art Gallery, Park Ridge, IL (2-person show)

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


2021

 Newcity, 60wrd/min COVID Edition: Ahavani Mullen, Lori Waxman

 Lifted Lab, Interview: Ahavani Mullen

2020

 Create Magazine, Ahavani Mullen: Transforming your Medium

 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

 Artguardian, What’s Your Process

2014

 The Diptych Project II: A Collaboration in Wax, 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 Maryland, Repurposed: Earth-Friendly Art

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




Selected Collections


Museum of Encaustic Art, Santa Fe, NM

The Macedonia Institute, NY

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