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About the Curator and Director

"On Space and Place: Contemporary Art from Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Vancouver" is the product of a collaboration between ART21 and the DePaul Art Museum.

Wesley Miller

Miller is the Curator at ART21 has co-curated the ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century television series with Susan Sollins since 2001. He is also co-creator of the ART21 Exclusive series of short form videos (since 2007 with Nick Ravich) and the project ART21 New York Close Up.  Miller earned a B.A. in Philosophy at Sarah Lawrence College (2000) and an M.F.A. in in sculpture at Yale University (2002) and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Pilchuck Glass School (2003). Prior joining ART21, Miller worked at the Blaffer Gallery and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and has served as a guest lecturer, critic and panelist at MOMA, Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University, Parsons, Penn State, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Rhode Island School of Design among other institutions. Miller has been bestowed with numerous awards and honors including two Peabody awards, a Webby and an Emmy.

Julie Rodrigues Widholm

Before joining the DePaul Art Museum as Director and Chief Curator in August 2015, Julie Rodrigues Widholm served 16 years as a nationally renowned curator of contemporary art at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago where she curated more than 50 exhibitions and was a champion of local and lesser know artists. Widholm has authored exhibition catalogs, Doris Salcedo (University of Chicago Press/MCA Chicago) and Amalia Pica (MIT Press/MCA Chicago) among others and has contributed to the publications Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks (MCA Chicago), Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art (Thames and Hudson/MCA Chicago), and Escultura Social: A New Generation of Art from Mexico City (Yale University Press/MCA Chicago). Widholm earned a B.A. in Art History and Political Science at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1997) and a M.A. in Art History, Theory and Criticism, Contemporary Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1999).

An interview with Widholm in the DePaul Newsline can be found at