Hume Chicago is an artist-led project space focused on serving the Humboldt Park and Logan Square communities through dynamic, accessible arts programming. We aim to foster an inclusive, creative environment in which emerging Chicago artists and their neighbors can commune and engage.
Hume maintains an open call for exhibitions, workshops, and other creative projects that align with our mission. Hume’s new location is 3242 W. Armitage Ave (one block west of Kedzie). Thanks to generous community donations, our storefront is now wheelchair accessible!
Hume is a completely volunteer-run and artist-run space. Here’s who we are:
Hume is led by Executive Director and co-founder Fontaine Capel, a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist, curator, educator, and facilitator. Her work has appeared domestically and internationally. In conjunction with her studio and curatorial practice, she has worked as a teaching artist at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and at Marwen. She is a graduate of Oberlin College where she studied Art History and Studio Art. She has been a resident at ACRE and the Chicago Artists Coalition.
Hume’s Studio Manager is Caroline Walp, a printmaker who works primarily in silkscreen, drawing and bookmaking. After receiving her BFA in Printmaking from Ohio University, Caroline spent six glorious months as a studio intern at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York where she assisted in the creation of several artists books. She has been a Studio Fellow at the Paper Circle in Nelsonville, Ohio and Spudnik Press in Chicago, Illinois and currently works as a studio assistant for LandLand.
Hume’s Performance Events Manager is Katy Albert, who has run DIY performance and music events for a good number of years at local spots, Big Forever and Pinky Swear. Katy recently collaborated with sincerely.tv, developing and staring in television programs, Katies Crossing and Vaseline Screen. She has performed as Mothergirl (with artist Sophia Hamilton) for many years, as well as co-founding and hosting Bits and Pieces: A Monthly Salon for Ideas and Experiments.
Hume’s Programming and Exhibitions Manager Krystal DiFronzo is a Midwestern born artist, educator, and curator based in Chicago, IL. Her comics have been published by kuš!, Bred Press, and Believed Behavior as well as in multiple self-published minis. She has received an Honorable Mention in Best American Comics two years running. She currently co-edits a comics column for Bad At Sports.
Hume’s Media Manager Emeritus Nabil Vega is a Chicago-based Bengali artist working with new media, photography, socially engaged art and performance. Their most notable projects include “Visiting Thahab” (ongoing), a rich exploration of the contemporary presence and experience of the Muslim femme. Vega creates immersive works that examine elements of our lived experiences as they intersect with identity, personal politics, and queerness. Since 2014 they have been organizing and curating performance and new media works in collaboration with organizations and artist run platforms such as MIX NYC and their own platform VIX: Virtual International Exchange. Vega is recipient of the prestigious Traveling Fellowship (2018) and Springborn Fellowship (2011) from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Their works have been exhibited nationally and internationally in museums, festivals and galleries; including a solo exhibition at the New Bedford Museum of Art (2018) and featured in publications such as Emergency Index Vol. 6, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post & The Aerogram.
Hume’s Programming Manager Emeritus is Katie Waddell, an independent curator, writer, and event producer based in Chicago, IL. Katie collaborates with artists across disciplines, organizing their projects, artworks, or ideas into total environments or sequential events. Her research and projects focus on the encounter, by way of public events and programming, as the nexus from which intimacy, curiosity, and the experiential unfold. Katie holds a dual-M.A. in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism and Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Waddell is the Founder and Creative Director of 2nd Floor Rear, a future founder of 2FR Projects (forthcoming), and a general doer of things. Learn more about her work at katiewaddelldoesthings.com
Hume’s Media Manager and Co-Founder Emeritus is Gita Jackson, a nice girl who likes dating sims, cats, black lipstick, and weird old man cocktails. She’s the assistant editor for the Comedy section at Paste Magazine, and has written for Paste, Polygon and the Arcade Review about videogames, fashion, womanhood and race. She is also a co-founder of Hume Chicago, an artist-led project space focused on serving the Humboldt Park and Logan Square communities through dynamic, accessible arts programming.
Hume Chicago es un espacio artístico autogestionado y comunidad-apoyado, enfocado en servir a las comunidades de Humboldt Park y Logan Square a través de programación de arte dinámica y accesible. Nuestro objetivo es fomentar un ambiente inclusivo y creativo en que los artistas emergentes de Chicago y sus vecinos pueden comulgar y participar.
Hume mantiene una convocatoria abierta para exhibiciones, seminarios públicos, y otros proyectos creativos que se alinean con nuestra misión. Hume está situado en una tienda en 3242 W. Armitage Avenue. Gracias al apoyo de la comunidad, Hume ahora es accesible para sillas de ruedas!