Lauren Iacoponi (Ike) is an artist, curator, and arts administrator living and working in Chicago, IL. Iacoponi is the Director and Founder of Purple Window Gallery and the Director and Co-founder of Unpacked Mobile Gallery, she serves as the Director of Exhibitions at Columbia College Chicago and previously served as the Exhibitions Manager at Elmhurst Art Museum, and the Midwest Representative for BOCCARA Art, an international art dealing agency with locations in Miami, Palm Beach, Los Angeles, Moscow, Monaco, and Seoul. Iacoponi is on the Wabash Arts Corridor Advisory Board, where as a member she initiated the successful Kickstarter campaign funding Darryll Schiff's 24 x 56 foot mural, “Descending to Heaven”, located at 710 S. Wabash.
Iacoponi has over nine years of experience working as a fine arts professional and is adept in independent curation, exhibition coordination, and fine art promotion. Iacoponi is keenly interested in the development of living artists, and actively promotes the work of emerging, mid-career, and under-represented artists.
She is an art critic and certified art historian. Lauren covers Art & Culture in Chicago as a freelance writer for Sixty Inches from Center, New Art Examiner, Chicago Reader, Chicago Artist Writers, Third Coast Review, Odyssey, DEFINE ART, APOTH Creative, and Discovering Art in Chicago.
Iacoponi received her MFA from Northern Illinois University with a Certificate in Art History and her BFA from Columbia College with a Minor in Art History. She was the 2016-2017 recipient of the Northern Illinois University Fellowship for the School of Art and Design.
Iacoponi has exhibited at Chicago's A+D Gallery, C-33 Gallery, Studio Oh!, Elephant Room Gallery, Ground Level Platform, Beverly Arts Center, Zhou B Art Center, ARC Gallery, Gallery 214, Annette and Jerry Johns Gallery, Purple Window Gallery, and Terrain Exhibitions, and a solo exhibition at the University Club of Chicago. Iacoponi has guest curated exhibitions at Rubberneck Gallery, Chicago, MdW Fair 2022 at Mana Contemporary, BOCCARA Art, Miami, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, and Mies van der Rohe's McCormick House at Elmhurst Art Museum.
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