Art & Design

Hale Ekinci

Associate Professor of Art and Design; Student Gallery Coordinator


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Hale Ekinci is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist with strong ties to her Turkish heritage.  She received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts & Media at Columbia College Chicago and is currently an Associate Professor of Art & Design at North Central College. Focusing on personal history, cultural identity, gender politics, and craft traditions, her works vary from videos and fiber installation to embroidery paintings embellished with vibrant colors, patterns, and autobiographical relics.

She is currently a Hatch Projects Artist Resident at Chicago Artist Coalition. Her work has been exhibited nationally at EXPO Chicago, Woman Made Gallery, Giertz Gallery, Bridgeport Art Center, VAE, St. Louis Artists’ Guild, and Queens College Art Center. Her international video screenings include The Nightingale Cinema, Filmfront, College of DuPage, Musrara Mix Festival (Jerusalem, Israel) Trestle Gallery (New York City), CAN TV (Cable Access Channel 21), Momentum Worldwide (Berlin, Germany) and Center for Contemporary Art (Warsaw, Poland). She has been awarded the “Figure and Fiber Award” by Surface Design Association and has completed residencies at ACRE, Jiwar Barcelona, Momentum Worldwide Berlin, and Elsewhere Museum.

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Selected Scholarship


Hatch Projects Artist Resident at Chicago Artist Coalition

Solo Exhibition of Recent Work, One River Art School (Curator: Robert Sebanc), Chicago, IL

Lifted: an exhibition exploring image-based appropriation in the digital age, Pearl Conard Art Gallery, Mansfield, OH

Pushing Paper, Indianapolis Art Center (Juror: Kyle Herrington), Indianapolis, IN


A Hopeful Gesture, A film screening in conjunction with Creative Time Summit, Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, POLAND | Online Exhibition, The Muted Horn, Cleveland, OH; Storoboskop Space, Warsaw, POLAND

Open Door 14: Juried Exhibition, Rosalux Gallery (Curator: Nicole Soukup), Minneapolis, MN

Nevertheless She Persisted, Koehnline Museum of Art, Des Plaines, IL A Small Matter, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY

Resident Exhibition, Elsewhere Museum (Curator: Emily Ensminger), Greensboro, NC Textile Show, VAE, Raleigh, NC

Illinois at 200, Giertz Gallery (Curator: Doug Stapleton), Champaign, IL

Loved Ones, Bridgeport Art Center (Curator: Lelde Kalmite), Chicago, IL

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

Alternative to What, Sulfur Studios (Curator: Bridget Conn), Savannah, GA

Pen & Ink, Union Street Gallery (Juror: Kate Lewis), Chicago Heights, IL


Asides + Besides 2, Video Artists Remixing Artist Videos, The Nightingale Cinema, Chicago, IL

Spotlight Exhibition: EXPO CHICAGO 2017 Showcase, ShopColumbia at Averill and Bernard Leviton Gallery, 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

Advanced Design Studio

2-Dimensional Design

Beginning Typography

Digital Arts and Design

Digital Photography

Motion Graphics

Portfolio Workshop

Visual Literacy