Olive Stefanski (they/she) is a queer Jewish artist and teacher, currently living on Potawatomi, Odawa, Ojibwe, Miami, Fox and Illinois land. Their first solo exhibition of weavings and sculptures titled And Before One, What Are You Counting? premiered at Roman Susan Art Foundation in August of 2021 and was chosen as a partner exhibition program by the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
In 2015, they earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, followed by an apprenticeship at the Chicago Weaving School from 2017-2020. Recently, their work was included in an essay written by Solomon Brager and published in ArtForum titled States of Mind: Towards an Alternative Future for Jewish Art which highlighted queer, leftist, and Anti-Zionist Jewish artists, cultural workers, exhibitions, and art movements.
They currently work as a Lead Artist for the Teen Creative Agency at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. They can be found online @floatyplace and can be contacted for studio-related inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their second solo exhibition, Becoming One Who Holds Many, will open May 7th and run through June 10th 2023 at Tiger Strikes Asteroid Chicago.