Bibiana  Suárez

Professor of Studio Arts
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Bibiana Suárez is currently a professor of art in the Department of Art, Media and Design.  Suárez was born and raised in Puerto Rico, but has resided in Chicago since 1980. She has a BFA (1984) and an MFA (1989) in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Suárez has exhibited extensively in the United States as well as in Puerto Rico and Mexico.  Her most recent installation project Memoria (Memory), was exhibited at the Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago), December 11 2011 - March 25, 2012. Other solo exhibitions include Domino/Dominó at El Museo del Barrio (1998) in New York and the Illinois Arts Gallery (1999) in Chicago; De Pico a Pico (Beak to Beak - Face to Face) at Sazama Gallery, Chicago (1993); Island Adrift: The Puerto Rican Identity in Exile at Taller Puertorriqueño in Philadelphia (1993); In Search of an Island also at Sazama Gallery (1991) and A Grafito at the Art Students league in San Juan, Puerto Rico (1985).  

Among her numerous group exhibitions are: 1898: DIWA Arts, Rene J. Marquez, Maria Matinez-Cañas and Bibiana Suárez at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (1998) and Puerto Rican Equation at Hunter College (1998) in New York; Second Sight: Printmaking in Chicago, 1935-1995 at the Mary Leigh Block Gallery of Northwestern University in Chicago (1996): National Drawing Invitational, The Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock (1992); In the Heart of the Country/ En el corazón del país, The Chicago Cultural Center (1991); Adivina! Chicago Latino Expressions at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago and the Museum of Modern Art in Chapultepec, Mexico City (1998) and Expresiones Hispanas a two-year traveling exhibition (1988-89) from the Mexican Cultural Institute in San Antonio.

Suárez has also been the recipient of several awards including three Illinois Arts Council Individual Visual Artist Fellowship Awards (1991, 1994, 1999), an Arts Midwest/NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship (1992) and was the inaugural recipient of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture’s (University of Chicago) Artist in Residence Fellowship in 2003-2004. In autumn 2011 Suárez was a faculty fellow in the Center for Latino Research at DePaul.

She teaches courses in painting and drawing at all levels and the capstone thesis course for seniors in the studio arts and media arts concentrations. Over the years Suárez has contributed with several courses to the Honors Program as well as the Liberal Arts Studies Program. She has also held numerous service appointments but is recently a research associate to the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, a member of the Steering Committee of the Center for Latino Studies and of the University Board for Promotion and Tenure.  In addition, Suárez is an active contributor to the field of art and Latino Studies at the local, regional and national levels.