Monica Acosta is a visual artist in residence at Central DuPage Hospital. She graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with degrees in Interior Architecture and Fine Arts. In addition to being a teaching artist at Snow City Arts, Monica is also an art curator for American Indian Veterans Exhibits at The Trickster Gallery in Schaumburg. Her interest is in color science and theory. She is an active artist in the Chicagoland area working with water-soluble mediums. She has worked with the Field Museum, Trickster Gallery and The Filipino Historical Society, collaborating an exhibit about cross-generational identities titled, “We Are Family.” Her work, “Unveiled Through The Arts”, exhibited at the Trickster Gallery and was chosen to exhibit with the Illinois Secretary of State during Asian-American Heritage Month. As an art instructor, she teaches workshops in mindful creativity. Monica believes that art has the capacity to empower one to find their own authenticity.
Emmy Bean is a musician-in-residence at Children’s Hospital University of Illinois and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and is a singer, theater artist and teacher living in Chicago. She performs frequently with Theatre Oobleck, Curious Theater Branch, and The Neo-Futurists. She writes songs and performs with Chris Schoen and T-Roy Martin in the trio 80 Foots Per Minute. Other performance work includes appearances at the Parlor in Philadelphia, Judson Church in New York City, Studio Theater in Washington DC, and Sandglass Theater in Putney, VT. She has toured with Amanda Maddock’s play “Mrs. Wright’s Escape” and co-created the “Three Piggy Opera” at Links Hall in Chicago. Since 2008, she has worked as an Associate Curator at the Great Small Works International Toy Theater Festival in New York City. She holds an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago and a B.A. in Religion from Vassar College, with a concentration in Music and Culture.
Eric Elshtain is a creative writer-in-residence at Children’s Hospital University of Illinois and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He has taught poetry and other subjects through the Poetry Center of Chicago’s Hands on Stanzas program, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Chicago, and the Better Boys Foundation. His poetry, reviews and interviews have been published in such journals as the Notre Dame Review, McSweeney’s, American Letters & Commentary, among many others. His book, Here In Premonition, was published in 2006. His most recent book, This Thin Memory A-ha, was published by Verge Books. Additionally, Eric is the editor of the on-line poetry press Beard of Bees. He received his PhD in Poetry from the University of Chicago.
Dan Kerr-Hobert is a Theatre Artist-In-Residence at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Rush University Children’s Hospital. He is an ensemble member of Blair Thomas and Company, former Artistic Director of Sans-culottes Theater and Manifest Theatre, and a regular collaborator with the Chicago Neofuturists. As a renowned director, deviser, performer, and puppet designer, his work has been seen throughout the United States at venues such as the MCA, the DIA, NJPAC, Steppenwolf, the Pritzker Pavilion, HERE Arts Center in New York, Dad’s Garage in Atlanta and The Actors Theatre of Louisville. Additionally, he has taught at The Theatre School at DePaul University and the Art Institute of Chicago. Dan is an alum of the Acting program at The Theatre School at DePaul University.
John Lyons is a filmmaker-in-residence at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. John is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and a teaching artist, who has been making films with students in the Chicago area for over 10 years with various arts organizations. He is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and is also the Assistant Director of Technology and Administration at Marwen. When he’s not teaching, he enjoys hiking with his wife Jessica and discussing outer space with his daughters Catie and Annie.
Mikey Peterson is a filmmaker-in-residence at Children’s Hospital University of Illinois. He is a video/audio artist and singer/songwriter who actively exhibits and performs at galleries, festivals and clubs internationally. His video work is also shown on the Paris/London-based satellite television channel, Art Television and the New York-based website, Videoart.net. Additionally, he teaches video/audio art, filmmaking, animation, and music to elementary and high school students at Marwen Foundation and Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education.
Kevin is a musician-in-residence at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Rush University Children’s Hospital, and is a guitarist, composer, and music educator from the Chicagoland area. He began studying classical guitar performance at the University of Georgia with John Sutherland before finishing his degree at the Chicago College of Performing Arts under the instruction of Denis Azabagic. During this time, Kevin took first prize in the 2005 Society of American Musicians Competition and the 2006 D’Addario Classical Guitar Competition. Along with his classical and solo engagements, Kevin can be found performing and recording with a number of bands around Chicago, such as Gussied, Third Coast Percussion Ensemble, and Ami Saraiya and the Outcome. He has also recorded several studio albums with his band Cpt. Captain.
Allison Spicer is a visual artist in residence at Rush University Children’s Hospital and Lurie Children’s Hospital. She is an exhibiting 2D visual artist and art educator in Chicago. Her work delves into the documentation of time and space, social theory, and relationships. She works primarily in drawing, painting, and photography (manual and digital). Allison earned her B.A. in Political Science at the University of Michigan and her M.A. in Art Education at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been a teaching artist since 2002, developing her pedagogy at, the Rush Day School, Sherwood Academy Columbia College, Detroit and Chicago Public Schools, the Smart Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Marwen, Hyde Park Arts Center, and Street Level Youth Media. She is a certified Aesthetics Education instructor from the Lincoln Institute of Arts in New York. She also teaches children with emotional/behavorial disorders and autism at the Rush Day School. She is the first to pilot a visual arts education program on a pediatric psychiatry unit at Rush University Hospital. In 2013, Allison was awarded the Artigiana Artist Residency in Sicily, where she was granted her first international exhibition by the Italian Consulate.
Jonathan Stein is Visual Artist-in-Residence at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Rush University Children’s Hospital. He is an abstract painter and printmaker, as well as being an art educator who has been working with Snow City Arts since 2007. He exhibits his own artwork at Thomas Masters Gallery in Chicago. Also, his artwork has been shown in galleries and exhibitions in New York, London, Miami, Chicago and throughout Illinois. He is an Illinois Arts Council grant recipient. As an educator Jonathan has also been working in the Kraft Artabounds Studio program at the Chicago Children’s Museum since 2004.
Lenny Zieben is a musician-in-residence at Rush University Children’s Hospital and has worked at Snow City Arts since 2011. When not at Snow City, Lenny teaches children’s music classes, works as a sound engineer and composes music under the name Voluptuous Tusk. He is a graduate of DePaul University and has worked with kids at The Old Town School, Lincoln Park Cultural Center, Women’s Athletic Club and led recording workshops at Music Industry Workshop and Waukegan School District. Lenny has performed throughout the USA but mostly in Chicago, Minneapolis and Texas.