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 The Neo-Futurists Theater, a long time collaborator of Blair Thomas and Company, and the former Artistic Director of Sans-culottes Theater and Manifest Theatre. As a prolific writer, director, deviser, performer, and puppet designer, his work has been seen at The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, La Monnaie de Munt in Belgium, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, The Wooly Mammoth Theatre in Washington D.C., the Detroit Institute of Art, NJPAC, Steppenwolf Theatre, 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 media artist at Children’s Hospital University of Illinois. His moving-imagery, influenced by pre-CGI Sci-Fi films, experimental cinema, and sound collage, aim to disturb the viewer’s self-perception and sense of place. Subtle events appear dramatic and nature’s movements become surreal transformations, as they reside within the boundary between the physical and the virtual. His work has shown at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City; Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Photography; the Chicago Cultural Center; the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum; Chicago’s Zhou B Art Center, Rome’s MAXXI Museum; South Korea’s CICA Museum; the Armory Center For The Arts in Pasadena, California; Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum; the SIGGRAPH Conference in Los Angeles, California, the Lucca Film Festival in Lucca, Italy, London’s Visions in the Nunnery, CURRENTS New Media in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Under The Subway Video Art Night, the STREETVIDEOART exhibition in Paris, France, Brooklyn’s Ende Tymes Festival, New York’s Under The Subway Video Art Night, and the Video Art and Experimental Film Festival at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City. His work has been featured in publications including CICA Museum’s Post Human: New Media Art 2020 and Digital Body: New Media Art 2018; Mexico City’s Blancopop; Paris’ Stigmart 10 – Videofocus; LandEscape Art Review and the online audio publication, Text Sound. Peterson develops and teaches courses in the Film, Video, New Media, Animation Department and Contemporary Practices Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In addition, he writes and performs sparse melodic songs as a solo musician.
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 was the first to pilot a visual arts education program on the pediatric psychiatry unit at Rush University Medical Center. 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. His artwork has been shown in exhibitions in Chicago IL, New York NY, London UK, Miami FL, Iowa City IA, Highland Park IL, and Bloomington IL. He is an Illinois Arts Council grant recipient.
Lenny Zieben is a musician-in-residence at Rush University Children’s Hospital and has worked at Snow City Arts since 2011. Lenny also teaches music movement, principles and fun to preschool-5th grades as well as music production, history and theory (and fun!) to 6-12 grades. He has taught in public and private schools for Merit, Chime, Columbia College and Intonation, preparing students for a lifetime of musical enjoyment (and concerts). He has also worked at the Chicago Cultural Center as a sound engineer for events including World Music Fest and Summerdance. Lenny loves to sample and transform ordinary sounds into extraordinary music and soundscapes. He loves to perform, playing ukulele, voice, percussion and piano as Music For New People (MusicForNewNewPeople.com) throughout Chicagoland and sometimes the USA. Their debut recording “Innovations In Fun” is streaming world-wide and is a delight for all ages! Lenny is a graduate of DePaul University’s Sound Recording Technology program.