2019 Exchange Artists

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Angela Fegan

Angela Davis Fegan is a native of Chicago’s South Side. A graduate of Chicago’s famed Whitney Young High School, she received her BFA in Fine Arts from New York’s Parsons School of Design and her MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago. Angela has mounted shows at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Montgomery Ward Gallery, Galerie F, Chicago Artists’ Coalition, the DePaul Art Museum, The Center for Book Arts (NY) and the Hyde Park Art Center. Her work has been selected for book covers including How to Seduce a White Boy in Ten Easy Steps by Laura Yes Yes, The Truth About Dolls by Jamila Woods, Secondhandby Maya Marshall, Where Brooklyn At by Roger Bonair-Agard and All Blue So Late by Laura Swearingen-Steadwell. Her MFA thesis, and on-going practice, the lavender menace poster project, has been written up by The Offing (LA Review of Books), HyperallergicChicago Magazine, the RedEyeGo MagazinePop Sugar, the Chicago Reader, and Newcity.

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Leticia Contreras

Leticia Contreras is a queer interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer born and raised in Houston, TX. Her work explores themes of embodied memory, radical joy, and our relationship to each other and our environment. She uses materials that draw from the natural world such as sugar and water. Leticia engages a variety of media; photography, installation, and performance to unveil the stories of a place. She uses her body as a vessel for longing, grief and desire. Viewers cross the boundaries of witnessing and participating.

She received a BA from Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, 2012 and is currently pursing a MFA in Interdisciplinary Practices and Emerging Forms at The University of Houston, Houston, TX. In 2018 she was a participating artist in the Desert Unit for Speculative Territories (DUST) program - Marfa, TX, an international research collaboration with The University of Houston and School Fine Arts De Nantes Saint-Nazaire, France. Since 2012, Leticias has been an active member of Alternate Roots, an organization based in the Southern USA whose mission is to support the creation and presentation of original art, in all its forms, which is rooted in a particular community of place, tradition or spirit. Group shows include Bloodlines, University of Houston, TX (2018), Between the Sun and Me, Marfa, TX (2018), El Chow: Frutos en Vaina, El Rincón Social (2018), Lo Que Me Dijieron Was… performance with Mujeres Malas, Houston, TX (2017), Black Women Artist for Black Lives Matter, Project Row Houses (2016), Creative Women Unite: Labels, blueOrange Gallery (2016).

About the Organizations

Project Row Houses is a community-based arts and culture non-profit organization in Houston’s northern Third Ward, one of the city’s oldest African American neighborhoods.The mission of Project Row Houses is to be the catalyst for transforming community through the celebration of art and African-American history and culture.

Founded in 1939, Hyde Park Art Center is a unique resource that advances contemporary visual art in Chicago by connecting artists and communities across the city’s diverse landscape in unexpected ways. As an open forum for exploring the artistic process, the Art Center fosters creativity through making, learning about, seeing, and discussing art—all under one roof.