O L I V E S T E F A N S K I
Master of Fine Art (2015) Performance Department. School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Bachelor of Arts. (2013) Women’s and Gender Studies. DePaul University
Chicago Weaving School (January 2017-March 2020) textile apprenticeship
Reiki Master Teacher. (December 2017-present), taught in Usui Reiki tradition by Yvonne E Nieves, Reiki Master Teacher
EXHIBITIONS AND PERFORMANCES:
Solo and Duo Shows:
Forthcoming: Solo Show at Roman Susan Gallery (August 2021). Chicago
ENTER ROSES (2018). Duo show with Ruby T. Curated by Erika Raberg at Occasional Gallery. Chicago.
Swarm Residency Summer Solstice Showcase. (2019) . FDC Studios. Chicago.
To Cradle a Kind Thought. (2018) Yr It! Window Gallery at Roots and Culture Gallery. Chicago. February 2nd-March 3rd.
The Spirit Marches Serenely On. (2018) Underground Performance Series. Hume Gallery. Chicago.
Interlacements: Works by students of the Chicago Weaving School. (2018). MoonTree Studios. Plymouth, Indiana. April 7th-May 19th.
Experimental Composition for Two Violins. (2018) Live Performance with Johanna Brock. Comfort Station and Planet Malevolent. Chicago.
Time Cleanses Itself. (2018). Weaving created in collaboration with Carolina Poveda. ICUQTS festival. Chicago.
Dream Craft (2017) Group Installation with Emily Schulert, Molly Berkson, Danielle Wordelman, Magritte Nankin, Carolina Proveda, Yani Aviles and Allie Shyer. 2nd Floor Rear Festival. F4F. Chicago. Curated by Danielle Wordelman
Soft Sculpture (2017) in collaboration with José Santiago Pérez. 6 Polaroid film photographs as documentation of With/Held (aproxymate) , a performance based sculpture creation by José Santiago Pérez. International Museum of Surgical Science. Chicago.
Gather Your Strength (2016) 2nd Floor Rear Festival at Church of Templehead. Chicago.
Object to Change (2016) Performance with Lisa Stertz, Peyton Stewart, Johanna Brock, and Amelia De Rudder. No Nation Art Gallery. Chicago.
The Trickster Explains How It is Possible to Continue. (2016) Performance at Color and H Symposium. TriTriangle. Chicago.
I Am Committed to Reducing My Suffering (2016) Eternal Return: 13th Series. Archer Beach Haus. Chicago.
The Statistician Has Differentiated Us From The Animal (2016) Archer Beach Haus. Chicago.
Cosmic Worker (2016) No Nation Art Gallery. Chicago.
Moth Chest (2016) Performance and installation in collaboration with Johanna Brock. The Learning Machine. Chicago.
MOUTHY WOMEN Art Sale (2016) art sale at private residence in Chicago.
522 Years of Golden Medallions (2014, 2015) Performance by MOUTHY WOMEN (Olive Stefanski and Magritte Nankin). Roman Susan Gallery. Chicago.
Little Plates and Only Friend Nesting In Each Others Skulls (2015). MOUTHY WOMEN. Site Specific Installation in Empty Apartment in Chicago.
Little Plates and Only Friend Prepare For the Worst (2015) MOUTHY WOMEN. MFA Performance Festival. School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Little Plates and Only Friend Dwell in the Garden of Discontent. (2015) MOUTHY WOMEN.Aesthetic Disorder Exhibition. Archer Beach Haus. Chicago, IL. Curated by S+S Project.
Nobody Watched You Before and Then You Were Watched. (2015) MOUTHY WOMEN.Cuerpos Consumidos/Consuming Bodies Exhibition. Fundación del Centro Cultural del México Contemporáneo. Mexico City, Mexico. Curated by S+S Project.
Little Plates and Only Friend Consider the Options. (2015) MOUTHY WOMEN. Duos Performance Festival. Co-Prosperity Sphere. Chicago.
When the Circle Poisons (2014) Mana Contemporary and Defibrillator Gallery. Chicago.
The Arc of the Lavender Circle is Strong. (2013, 2014) Queergasm Performance Festival at Northwestern University, Rape Victim Advocates Presents: Breaking the Silence, New Blood VII Festival at Links Hall. Chicago and Evanston.
Best of Breed (2014) Public performance for Chicago Artists Month. Comfort Station.
Little Plates and Only Friend Exit the Gas Closet (2013) MOUTHY WOMEN. Threewalls Gallery. Chicago.
Peace Circle Project. (2013-2015) private monthly ritual with artists.
Artist’s Union: A Performative Intervention (2013) . New Blood VII Festival. Links Hall.
CURATORIAL AND ORGANIZING EXPERIENCE:
Juror (2019). Hysteria Group Show. ARC Gallery. Chicago.
Core Organizer and Founding Member (March 2017-October 2018) Chicago Skillshare Network, a collective of artists and educators dedicated to creating accessible, community-based educational workshops for creative skills.
Co-Organizer with Chicago Skillshare Network (2017) The Good Goods Fair: A Winter Art and Craft Market.
Co-organizer. (2016) Art and Value Conversation Series: Ecology of Artist Run Spaces, Art vs. Capitalism, Affective Labor.
Head Curator and Organizer. (2013) So Very Alive: Performing Feminist and Queer Utopias, Futures and Dreams. Rumble Arts Center. Chicago.
AWARDS AND GRANTS:
Chicago Artists Relief grant (2021)
Propeller IMPACT fund (2020)
Featured Artist. (2014) Chicago Artists Month. Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
Gelman Fellowship Nominee. (2014) School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Edes Fellowship Nominee. (2015) School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Carol Klimick Cyganowski Outstanding Service Award. (2013) Women’s and Gender Studies Department. Depaul University.
PUBLICATIONS AND PRESS:
High Priestess Guided Meditation. (2019). Published in How to Dream anthology by Amina Ross.
Top 5 Weekend Picks (10/25-10/31 2018) #3 Enter Roses, duo exhibition w Ruby T. Visualist + Bad At Sports
Olive Stefanski Interview. (2017) Published in Dreamcraft Exhibition Catalogue. Interviewed by curator Danielle Wordelman.
MOUTHY WOMEN Interview. (March 2016) Practice/Anthology. 3rd Language Artist Collective.
MOUTHY WOMEN Interview. (2015) Lumpen Radio for Duos Fest. Chicago.
Featured Artist Profile. (2014) New City. Chicago Artists Month.
Swarm Artist Residency. Scattergood Farms. (July 2019)
LECTURES AND ARTIST TALKS:
Artist Talk and Lecture (March 2021). Self Care in the Age of Hyper-Productivity Class, taught by KG. School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Artist Talk and Lecture (2018). ChiArts High School. Sculpture 2 Class
Artist Talk and Lecture. (2015) ‘Why Bother Being So Miserable, so Reductive When One Could Play’ Performance Art and Radical Imagination."DePaul University Women’s and Gender Studies Spring Colloquium.
Artist Talk (2014) Magic Always Smells Bad to the Oppressors. School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Co-Lead Artist. (August 2019-present) Teen Creative Agency at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
Artist Guide (August 2019-Jan 2021). Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Community Education Organizer and Co-Founder (Jan 2017-October 2018). Chicago Skillshare Network
Art and Creativity Educator (August 2015-December 2015). Jewish Enrichment Center
Teaching Assistant, Department of Contemporary Practices and Performance Department. School of the Art Institute of Chicago. (Sept. 2013- Jan. 2015)