Mirtes M. Zwierzynski


Mirtes Zwierzynski has conducted residencies since 1987 under the auspices of arts education organizations such as Urban Gateways, Chicago Public Art Group, Art Resources in Teaching, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education, Gallery 37, and the IAC, and through independent commissions such as the Chicago Children’s Museum, the Cergy-Pontoise housing project in France, and schools and institutions. Her most recent independent commissions were for Loyola University and the Cook County Hospital. She is the recipient of the Chicago Public Schools–American Bar Association award for work performed at Healy Elementary School, and she was awarded commissions under the City of Chicago 1% Program for the Arts for the South Branch Library and for Gallery 37’s building. She has exhibited her studio work extensively in the United States, Latin America, and Europe.

Artistic Statement: 

I strongly believe that art should be an integral part of daily life. It has always been an enjoyable challenge for me to explore how art can help people make contact with their visionary selves and with their lifelong learning experiences. As an artist, I’m always looking for opportunities to engage with other people in the exploration of their experiences and of their imagination. In my many years of experience teaching art, there has never been a dull moment or a standardized routine. In the journey of helping people learn and discover, I always learn and discover something about myself.

Residency Type: 
Individual Artist