renee mcginnis

Statement & Resume

New Paintings
Works on Paper
Battersea Palace
Derelict Superstructures
Clouds and Jewels
Tondos and Roses
The Girls
Iron Whores
Unified Field Theory & Palace Floor

Renee McGinnis  "Illinois Central II" oil on panel, 18" x 36.5"


My work continues to explore man verses the natural eco-systems that sustains humanity both physically and visually, yet rapidly being depleted and knowingly disregarded. I paint luscious bio systems, juxtaposed in frozen landscapes with ghostly remains of various man-made modes of transportation.

Flowers, jewels and delicate butterflies represents our desire of aesthetic beauty, a distraction of the fragility of nature, and our shortsightedness.  Trains, planes and ships, fueled by the ancient compression of flora (fossil fuels) and emblems of Western progress, lie frozen in the barren, inhospitable future they brought to pass. 
I’m am fascinated with humanities' triumphs and tragedies and how these conditions continually co-exist within my paintings.



Studied Atelier Neo Medici under Patrick Betaudier, Bordeaux, France
1993 University of Chicago, Chicago, IL Sociology, Anthropology
1984 B.F.A. Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL
Awards & Honors
2010 Richard H. Driehaus award  Art Loop Open
2002 Honorable Mention. Judge John Brunetti, Works on Paper. Eastern IL. University
Best of Show, Judge: Ed Paschke, Anti-Cruelty Society Animal Images Show, Chicago, IL
2001 2nd Place, Art Against Aids, The Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL
2000 Honorable Mention, Juror: James Yood, Artists of the Millennium, Rockford Art Museum, IL
Best of Show 13th Annual Women’s Works, Woodstock, IL.
1999 1st Place, International Platform Association, Washington, D.C.
1998 Honorable Mention, Jurors T. Blackman, G. Verna, J. Dandy. Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
Best of Show by Popular Ballot Inspired Parnership Art on the Walk
1997 Honorable Mention, ARC IV Regional, Juror Ann Sass, Curator Whitney Museum, N.Y.
1996 Best of Show, by popular ballot. Northern Indiana Arts Association
1991 National Television Emmy Award “A Message from Michael Jordan” designer
1987 National Bronze Award, Broadcast Designers Association
1984 Grumbacher Award, McLean County Art Association, NY
Solo Exhibitions:
2024 Flora & Firmament, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
2019 Renee McGinnis, South Shore Arts, The Center for Visual & Performing Arts, Munster, IN
2018 The Garden of Mega-Structures, Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL
Of Rust and Men, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
2017 A Collections of Works, Schoenherr Gallery, F.A. Center, North Central College, Naperville, IL
2014 Fragile Beauty, Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2013 The Girls, Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL
2011 Views From the International Park System, Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL
2008 Safety-Kleen Gallery, Elgin Community College , Elgin, IL
2007 Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL
2002 Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD
2001 Montgomery Ward Gallery, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
2000 International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, IL
1999 Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL
Selected Group Shows:
2024 Zg Spring Collection, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
This Living Earth, Our Shared Gaia, group show, Beverly Art Center, Chicago, IL
Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Regional Showcase Exhibition, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2023 Midwestern Museum of American Art, Elkhart, IN
Zg Summer Group Show, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
Sky, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Zg Spring Group Show, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
2022 Rockford Art Museum Midwestern Biennial, Rockford, IL
Zg 20th Anniversary Exhibit: 20" x 20", group show, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
Zg 2022 Spring Collection P2, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
2021 Zg Summer Group Show, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
Ephemera: Power of Impermanence, The Art Center Highland Park, IL
Zg Spring Group Show, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
Bilingual: Abstract & Figurative, Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2020 Zg Winter Group Show, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
The New (Ab)Normal, group show, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
2018 Zg Summer Group Show, Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
2017 Celebrating Women of Courage, group exhibit, Ukrainian National Museum, Chicago, IL
Para·Natural World, ZG Gallery, Chicago, IL
2014 Metaphors, Christopher Gallery, Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL
2012 So Real, Governors State University, curator, Susan Aurinko, University Park, IL
Ways of Making, Governors State University, curator, Delores Mercado, University Park, IL
2000 Ateleirhof Kulturhandwerk, Bremen, Germany
Neues Museum, Hamburg, Germany
Beverly Fine Arts Center, Chicago, IL
Steppenwolf Theater, Chicago, IL
1999 Steppenwolf Theater, Chicago, IL
1998 Swan Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Derriere Guard Graham Foundation Arts Festival, Chicago, IL
Then and Now, NIU Art Museum , Chicago, IL
1997 Plausible Deniability, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Slide exhibition, Los Angeles, CA
2016 Sports Illustrated, by Robin Dluzen and B. David Zarly
2015 Poets and Artists, juror Daniel Maidman, November issue #68
New American Paintings Blog by B. David Zarly
2013 WTTW Chicago Tonight Arts Blog by Marc Vitali
American Art Collector Magazine , November
Hi-Fructose Magazine blog, "The Girls" by Nastia Voynovskaya


New American Paintings, Midwest Edition 101


Kirrko ja Kaupunki by Panu Pinkala, Helsinki National Magazine.
Paul Klein’s Art letter


Harpers Magazine, Illustration Te Amo Colombia, February


Illinois Wesleyan University Magazine, Spring Issue pg.14-16


Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Solution Show, Margaret Hawkins, June 17, 2005


The Chicago Tribune/Art Scene, The Chicago Solution Show. Feb. 7, 2003
Chicago Solution Show, Dziennik Zwiazkowy, Piatek -Niedziela, Jan 31 -Feb. 2. 2003


In The Arts, The Washington Gazette. Oct 30, 2002 p b-4


Chicago Tribun, Suite Home Chicago, 7-22-01 (Special Section pg. 1,5,8)
Chicago Artists Coalition News -Cover Story, by Jeff Helgeson (June, ’01)


Rock River Times, Aug 16-22, 2000, Rockford, IL
Chicago Reader, Review author Fred Camper June 9, 2000 (Section 1 pg.40)
Who’s Who of American Women 22nd Edition
Women Caucus for Art Newsletter Feature, April
Kunstzeitung NR.40 December 1999 p22
Punkt Kunst im Nordwestem “Deutsch-amerikanischen Kulturaustausch” by D.I. Herrmann, p39


Chicago Sun-Times, July 16 (NC pg. 25)
Elmhurst Pioneer Press, May 28
Elmhurst Pioneer Press, March 18, B16
Chicago Sun-Times, Friday, January 29 Features. (NC pg 45)
1998 Chicago Sun-Times September 4th. Friday
American Arts Quarterly “The New Radicals” Spring, Summer
Radio, Television & Film
2007 Artist To Artist with Enid Silverman , Comcast Cable
WBEZ Public Radio – Three to see 848 Charles Darwin, Jasper Johns and Renee McGinnis
2004 “AMERICAN BURQA,” co-starred, H.Khandan & S.Yazdani film, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL.
2003 WTTW Ed Paschke, Artbeat Chicago – Chicago Solution Show
WGN Morning News, Chicago Solution Show
WBEZ Public Radio – Interview w/Renee McGinnis, Ed Paschke & Leon Golub: Chicago Solution Show
2002 WBEZ Public Radio – Morning edition with Tony Serabia -artist responds to 9/11
2001 WGN Morning News “Suite Home Chicago”
Free For All, WYCC “Suite Home Chicago”
Chicago Works, Channel 23 “Suite Home Chicago”
1999 WGN 9:00 News: Teen Living Benefit at ARC Gallery
1991 WGN 9:00 News: Ohio St. Gallery Debut
Corporate & Public Collections:

East Bank Club, Chicago, IL
Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL
Hedge Fund Research, L.L.C. Chicago, IL
Lettuce Entertain You Ent., Chicago, IL
Nicholas Financial, Chicago, IL

Orleans Plaza, Chicago, IL
Schopf & Weiss, Chicago, IL
TVO Realty, Chicago, IL
Water Tower Realty, Chicago, IL

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