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Stacee Kalmanovsky
I immigrated to Chicago from Belarus with my family in 1989, as a 7 year old, so you do the math! I have been an artist all my life, and was recognized for my achievements since a very young age. I lived in Florence, Italy for over 5 years, between my Bachelors of Fine Art and my Masters of Fine Art degree, where I made and showed my work. If you ever go there ask me where to eat and shop and sightsee!
In 2012, I received my Masters in Fine Art from the University of Chicago, where I was a course and teaching assistant for two years, and have been teaching independently ever since.

I was classically trained by Skokie’s very own Leonid and Sonya Osseny, and conceptually trained during my university degree work. My own teaching practice provides a mixture of both methodologies, which I believe will produce the most successful future artists, and engage my students’ intellects as well as develop their techniques.
I have exhibited in the United States, Canada, and Italy, and you can find some of my work described below. I continue to maintain my own art practice, which is currently focused on paintings with ink on paper, collage, and sculpture.

Rain, first created at Ometti Studio in Florence, Italy while I was pregnant with my first son, and later a version of it was bought by a Canadian luxury condominium developer. It is a large scale (12′ cubed) installation made up of crystal, glass, and plexiglass beads on acrylic thread, suspended under a large sky light. It is probably my most well know work, and has been published in various international design magazines, and a myriad blogs.

These are some of my ink and gouache paintings, mostly completed in 2008-2009. They are themed around the idea of offering and sacrifice, through the decadent setting of a table or preparation of a meal or cake. To individual degrees, each work teeters between beauty and ruin