Jo Hormuth is a multidisciplinary artist whose ideas spring from a fascination with perceptual, cognitive, and linguistic contradiction, backed by research into the architecture, history, and material conditions of the situation in which a work will be developed and shown. A recent public project, Better Grammar–Garden, wraps the atrium of the Chicago Botanic Garden's Learning Center with eight large color compositions, assemblages of monochrome macro photographs of plants taken over the course of a year, which together form a portrait of the garden—itself an abstraction.

As founder of Chicago Architectural Arts, she focuses on the restoration of significant interiors and the design and fabrication of period rooms for museum exhibitions. Over the course of a decade, she researched and recreated interior finishes for Darwin Martin House in Buffalo, New York, Frank Lloyd Wright’s largest Prairie-style complex. For the recent restoration of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Willow Tea Rooms in Glasgow, Scotland, she oversaw the color palette, recovered designs for original carpets and fixtures, and recreated numerous textile elements.

Hormuth holds a BFA from Grand Valley State Colleges and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she teaches in the Department of Painting and Drawing. She has exhibited internationally, has work in numerous museum and private collections, and is represented by Kusseneers Gallery, Brussels.

Selected Public Art Commissions
Better Grammar–Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden, Regenstein Learning Center, Glencoe, IL
Somewhere, O’Hare International Airport, Terminal 2, Chicago, IL
Canopy Lights (a.k.a. Doodle Flowers), Chicago Transit Authority, Red Line, 47th Street station, Chicago, IL
Pansies/Pensées, Chicago Public Library, Rogers Park Branch Library, Chicago, IL
Pansies/Pensées II, Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center, Muskegon, MI
Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, IL
Betzold Investment Group, Chicago, IL

Selected Collections
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The Art Institute of Chicago, Prints and Drawings
Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
 

Education
MFA, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago
BFA, Grand Valley State Colleges, Allendale, MI
Slade School of Art, University College London, UK
University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

Solo Exhibitions
2012                There is only you., Julius Caesar, Chicago, IL
2011                Anymore, Kusseneers Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
2007                Close-Ups and Stick-Ups, Old Gold, Chicago, IL
2006                Are You Ready?, ArtLedge, Chicago, IL
1998                Scar Stories, INOVA, Milwaukee, WI
1997                Ducks in a Row, Tough Gallery, Chicago, IL
1995                Frozen Turkey Dinners, Tough Gallery, Chicago, IL
                       Clepsydras, Dahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL
1994                A Charm Bracelet, I Space, Chicago, IL
1993                Inflorescence, Tough Gallery, Chicago, IL
                       Oil Spills, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
 
Two-Person Exhibitions
2010
 
Jo Hormuth and Curtis Mann, Solo Project, St Jakobshalle, Basel, Switzerland
2007
 
Jo Hormuth and John Phillips—No Blind Date, Grand Valley State
University, Allendale, MI
2000
 
Jo Hormuth and Gail Fitzgerald, Deven Golden Gallery,
New York, NY
   
 
Selected Group Exhibitions 
2019 Rival Exchange, ADDS DONNA, Chicago, IL
2017 Fruiting Bodies, Iceberg Projects, Chicago, IL
2015 Chrome Green, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL
2013 Sideshow Nation, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2012



 
Two Kinds of Funny, University of Cincinnati, Meyers Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Industry of the Ordinary: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
Wishyouwerehere, ADDS DONNA, Chicago, IL                       
2011


 
Group Show, Kusseneers Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
Pulse with Kusseneers Gallery, Miami, FL
Write Now, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
Skyline, 310 Contemporary, Chicago, IL
2010 Ornament and Crime (and Crime), ADDS DONNA, Chicago, IL
2009 39 Verbs, Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL
2008 Next Fair with Kusseneers Gallery, Chicago, IL
Next Fair with Old Gold, Chicago, IL
2007

 
Bright, I Space, Chicago, IL
Guns and Ammo, Gallery 40,000, Chicago, IL
I am the Walrus, Gallery 40,000, Chicago, IL
2006 To London From Chicago, I Cabin, London, UK
2005 Spooktacula, private residence, Chicago, IL
2004 All the Right Moves, Suburban Fine Arts Center, Highland Park, IL
2002 Round/Rounded, S. Cano, Brooklyn, NY
2001


 
Sculpture in Chicago Now, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
Ego-berry, Nagoya University of Arts, University of Kyoto, University of Osaka, Japan
2000




 
Electraslip Knife,  private loft, Chicago, IL
Libidinal, TBA Gallery, Chicago
Observation/Revelation, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Sun Valley, ID
Interior Spaces/Still Lives, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL
1999

 
Donald Young Invitational, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, IL
San Miguel Art Project, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL
Sextablos, Hyde Park Art Center, Hyde Park, IL
1998



 
Taste of Chicago, Post, Los Angeles, CA
Reality Bites, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
The Velvet Show, Caffe Baci, Chicago, IL
The Harry Carey Show, Diverse Works, Houston, TX
Warm, I Space, Chicago, IL
1997 Klein Gallery Sculpture Garden, Chicago, IL
Art Chicago with Tough Gallery, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
1996



 
Thing, Deven Golden Fine Art, New York, NY
Arco International with Tough Gallery, Madrid, Spain
10th Anniversary Exhibition, Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL
Art Chicago with Tough Gallery, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
1995

 
Uncomfortable Show 2, MWMWM Gallery, Chicago, IL
Art Chicago with Tough Gallery, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
Home: Domestic Narratives, NIU Art Museum, Dekalb, IL
1994



 
Invitational Exhibition and Benefit, New Museum, New York, NY
Post Haste, Tough Gallery, Chicago, IL
Real Small (Little Things), Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, Memphis, New York, Budapest
Alterniture, Lorenzo Rodriquez Gallery, Chicago, IL
1993



 
Chicago Drawings, Galleria Porta 33, Funchal, Portugal
A Sequence of Forms: Sculpture by Illinois Artists, Chicago Cultural Center, IL
Living Room, Betty Rymer Gallery, The School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL
1992



 
Not Working in L.A., Nomadic Site Project, Pasadena, CA
Forecast, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Installations, Prairie Avenue Gallery, Chicago, IL
Personal PAC–Target Choice, Exhibition and Benefit, World Tattoo, Chicago, IL
1991
 
Buy / Low, Prairie Avenue Gallery, Chicago, IL
Home Sweet Home, Columbia College Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
1990 Looking at Labor: What Price Beauty?, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
   
 
 
Grants/Fellowships
2004                 Dreihaus Award, nominee
1995                 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Grant
1979                 Alexander Calder Fine Arts Scholarship
 

Selected Professional Activities
2014–present
 
Instructor, Painting and Drawing, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL                                                  
2012
 
Panelist, Power Tools 7, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
2008–2010
 
Graduate Adviser, Painting and Drawing, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
1997–1999
 
Visiting Artist, Painting and Drawing, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
1997
 
Co-Teacher, Advanced Painting, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
1991–1996 Exhibitions Committee Member, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL
1995



 
Adjunct Professor, Sculpture, The University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
Co-Curator, VAST, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL            
Co-Curator (with Hamza Walker), You Are Here, Gallery 2, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago,  IL
1993
 
Graduate Adviser, Sculpture, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
1992–2007

 
Lectures and critiques: School of the Art Institute of Chicago; University of Illinois, Chicago; Grand Valley State University; College of Dupage
   
Selected Bibliography
2011



 
Weinberg, Lauren. “WishYouWereHere at ADDS Donna,” TimeOut Chicago, Dec. 14
Stabler, Bert. “Review: WishYouWereHere/ADDS Donna,” Newcity Art, Dec. 13
Hormuth, Jo. Better Grammar, artist’s book
2010
 
Suzy Kusseneers, “Solo Project,” exhibition catalog, St. Jakobshalle, Basel, Switzerland
2009

 
David Humphrey, Alexi Worth, and Chris Klaus, Blind Handshake: David Humphrey, Art Writing + Art 1990–2008 (Periscope Publishing), p. 102, photo p. 104
2007

 
Alan Artner, “Fun, Form and Color in ‘Bright’ Group Show,” Chicago Tribune, Dec. 14, sec. 7, p. 20,  photo
Jo Hormuth, Close-Ups and Stick-Ups, artist’s book
2002
 
Stephen Luecking, Object, Space, and Meaning: Principles of Three-Dimensional Design (Prentice Hall), text, photo
2000


 
David Humphrey, “Gail Fitzgerald and Jo Hormuth,” Art Issues, March/April, p. 36, photo
Ken Johnson, “Gail Fitzgerald and Jo Hormuth,” New York Times, Jan. 14, p. B45
1999




 
Alan Artner, “Strong Physical Impulses Mark Hormuth’s Exhibit,” Chicago Tribune, July 22
Susan Snodgrass, “Report from Chicago,” Art in America, pp. 81–87, color photo p. 81
Michael De Luna, Sextablos, exhibition catalog (Luna Books), color photo p. 34
1998







 
Fred Camper, “Not Quite Normal,” Chicago Reader, May 29, pp. 28–29
Jan Estep, Review: “Ducks in a Row,” New Art Examiner, Feb. pp. 47–48, photo
Marilu Knode, “The Harry Carey Show,” exhibition catalog, Diverse Works, p. 8, photo p. 12
Ann Weins, Review: “Ducks in a Row,” New City, Oct. 16
Claire Wolf Kranz, “Reality Bites,” CACA Newsletter, vol. 1, no. 1, Spring
1997


 
Johanna Drucker, “Thingness and Objecthood,” Sculpture, April, pp. 20–23, photo
David McCracken, “Jo Hormuth@Tough,” Hip Pocket, Sept./Oct., p. 8
1996



 
Alan Artner, “Not Obvious but First-Rate,” Chicago Tribune, Nov. 29, sec. 7, p. 61, photo
J. Bower Bell, “Thing,” Review Art, Oct. 15, p. 31
Janet Cavallero, Review: “Frozen Turkey Dinners," New Art Examiner, Jan.. pp. 37–38, photo
1995











 
Alan Artner, “Hormuth's Zoo Teems with Complex Readings,” Chicago Tribune, Nov. 17, p. 70, photo
Alan Artner, “Betting on a Winner,” Chicago Tribune, Sept. 8, p. 30
Fred Camper, “Art People: Jo Hormuth's Funny Farm,” Chicago Reader, Nov. 3, sec. 1, p. 9, photos
S. R. Carroll, “Artist's Project Goes with the Flow,” Chicago Tribune, Nov. 6, sec. 2, p. 3, photo
Susan Snodgrass, Catalog essay for Clepsydras
Lisa Stein, “1995’s Top 5 Gallery Shows, New City, Dec. 28
Lisa Stein, “Balloon Magic,” New City, Oct. 26, p. 32, photo
Hamza Walker, “All That Gravity Will Allow, or Ode to Joy Revisited,” catalog essay for Frozen Turkey Dinners
1994


 
Susan Snodgrass, Review: “Inflorescence,” Art in America, March, pp. 105–106, photo
Deborah Wilk, Review: “Barney's New York Holiday Windows,” New Art Examiner, Feb., p. 32
1993

























 
Alan Artner and David McCracken, “The Arts in ’93—10 Best Exhibits,” Chicago Tribune, Dec. 26, Arts sec., p. 7
Alan Artner, Profile: “Artists on View,” Chicago Tribune, Sept. 17, Arts sec., pp. 32, 53, photos
Alan Artner, “Art in 3-D,” Chicago Tribune, Feb. 7, Arts sec., p. 15
Michael Bonesteel, “Fun and Games Hit Evanston,” Pioneer Press, Jan. 14, photo
Michael Bulka, Review: “Inflorescence,” New Art Examiner, Dec., p. 28, photo
Garrett Holg, “Sculptors Make Statements with Everyday Objects,” Chicago Sun Times, March 7, p. B-13
Diane Lobdell, “Expose Yourself,” F, April, p. 6
Diane Lobdell, Review: “Inflorescence, Dialogue,” March, photo
David McCracken, “Hormuth Dresses Up a Garden of Subterranean Delights,” Chicago Tribune, Oct. 15, Arts sec., p. 70, photos
David McCracken, “Hormuth's Oil Spills a Rich Pool,” Chicago Tribune, Feb. 19, Arts sec., p. 15, photos
Bonita McLaughlin, “Sense of Site,” Chicago Reader, Jan. 29, p. 30, photo
Mitchell Stevens, “Forms to Warm the Heart,” Chicago Reader, Feb. 19, p. 29
James Yood, “Sculptural Assets,” New Art Examiner, May, pp. 30–31, photo
Olga Zdanovics, Review: “Living Room,” New Art Examiner, Summer, p. 35, photo
1992


 
Alan Artner, “Installations the Thing to Catch the Eye and Ear,” Chicago Tribune, July 24, Arts sec., p. 72, photo
Mandy Morrison, “The Harder They Drum,” Chicago Reader, Aug. 14, p. 35, photos