Art & Design

Hale Ekinci

Professor of Art and Design, Chairperson of Art and Design, Student Gallery Co-Coordinator


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Hale Ekinci is a multidisciplinary Turkish artist based in Chicago.  She received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts & Media at Columbia College Chicago and is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of Art & Design at North Central College. Focusing on personal history, cultural identity, gender politics, and craft traditions, her works vary from videos to embroidery paintings embellished with vibrant colors, patterns, and autobiographical relics. At North Central, she has been involved with the design and interactive media curriculum, teaching a wide range of courses in the department. Her current teaching focus is Digital Art and Design, Motion Graphics, Web Design, Professional Practices, and Design Agency (a community-engagement designated practicum).

She is currently the Engaged Artist-in-Residence at the Gayle Karch Cook Center for Public Arts and Humanities at Indiana University. She was recently a Facebook Chicago Artist-in-Resident. Her work has been exhibited nationally at EXPO Chicago, One After 909, Woman Made Gallery, South Bend Museum of Art, Koehnline Museum of Art, St. Louis Artists’ Guild, and Queens College Art Center. Her videos have been screened internationally, including in New York City, Berlin, Warsaw, and Jerusalem. She has completed residencies at ACRE, Jiwar Barcelona, Momentum Worldwide Berlin, Elsewhere Museum, and Chicago Artist Coalition.

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Selected Scholarship


Terrain Biennial, Ludington, MI

Tapestry of Voices, Christopher Art Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL


For (Y)Our Eyes Only (solo exhibition), SooVAC, Minneapolis, MN

Engaged Artist-in-Residence at the Gayle Karch Cook Center for Public Arts and Humanities, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

TL;DR (too long; didn’t read), Heaven Gallery (Curator: Jenn Sova), Chicago, IL

Between You and I (solo exhibition), Comfort Station, Chicago, IL

Lineage, Field Projects (Curator: Kris Racaniello), New York City, NY



Compound Subjects (solo exhibition), Leonor R. Fuller Gallery, Olympia, WA

Motif: Silent Language (solo exhibition), University of Illinois Springfield Gallery, Springfield, IL

When or if I was there: Rachel de Cuba & Hale Ekinci, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Chicago, IL

Sugar Coating, Co-Prosperity, Chicago, IL

Continuum, Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN

Double Time, C-Worker Gallery at River House Arts, Toledo, OH

Textiles and Fiber Art Juried Exhibition, Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery, Lincoln, NE


Connected, Facebook Office, Permanent Site-specific Installation, Chicago, IL

Different Future in the Making: Building Garment Worker Power, Studio Gang and Blue Tin Production, Chicago, IL

Built by Pictures, Stay Home Gallery (Curator: Carolina Alamilla), online


Oya: Borders of History, (solo exhibition) Dittmar Gallery, Chicago, IL

How Have You Been?, Schwitzer Gallery, Indianapolis, IN

Home As Situation, Bolivar Art Gallery at University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Bridge Residency Program Exhibition, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

Complex Territory: Image and Appearance, Giertz Gallery, Champaign, IL


Written in Oya: Entangled Stories (solo exhibition), Pearl Conard Gallery, Mansfield, OH

The Gün (a.k.a. Gold Day) Video Screening + Participatory Event, FilmFront, Chicago, IL

HATCH RESIDENCY, Chicago Artists Coalition

Serious Vanity, One After 909, Chicago, IL
The Body is Work, Chicago Artist Coalition (Curator: Elliot Reichert), Chicago, IL
Reminiscence, One After 909, Chicago, IL

Terrain Biennial, Terrain Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

23rd Annual No Dead Artists, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (Juror: Robyn Dunn Schwarz, Carmon Colangelo, Nick Korniloff), New Orleans, LA

Survey 1, Chicago Artist Coalition (Curators: Alexis Brocchi, Elliot J. Reichert, Jeff Robinson), Chicago, IL

Fiber Focus 2019, Art St. Louis (Juror: Arturo Alonzo Sandoval), St. Louis, MO

Biennial 30, South Bend Museum of Art (Curator: Sarah Rose Sharp), South Bend, IN

Beyond The Surface - Surface Design Association’s Annual International Juried Members Exhibition, St Louis Artists’ Guild (Jurors: Jo Stealey and Jim Arendt), St Louis, MO

Refreshing Feminism, Woman Made Gallery (Curator: Dorit Jordan Dotan), Chicago, IL


EXPO Chicago (International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art), Special Exhibitions - ShopColumbia Booth, Chicago, IL

Musrara Mix Fesival - Exhibition in Public Places, Jerusalem, ISRAEL

Courses Taught

2-Dimensional Design

Advanced Design Studio

Design Agency

Digital Arts and Design

Digital Photography

Motion Graphics

Professional Practices

Visual Literacy

Web Design