Born in Norwich, CT 1967
Lives and works in Chicago, IL


1992 MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1989 BFA, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
1987/89 New York Experimental Glass Workshop, New York, NY
1987 AAS, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY


2014 “There remains a fifth constellation which God used for embroidering the constellations on the whole heaven.
Plato”, commission for esam, Chicago, IL
Hex Hut, collaboration with Steve Badgett for Simparch, US /Mexico border crossing station
2010 Jon Langford and the Thirsty Singers, concerts performed at Chicago Cultural Center and Fitzgerald’s, Berwyn,IL
2008 Parking for the Masses, NEXT, Chicago, for Priska Juschka Fine Art, NY
2007 The Subject of Tonight’s Sermon Is__, Museum of Photography, University of California Riverside, CA
2006 Working on the Failed Utopia, commission for Manilow Sculpture Park, Governor’s State University, IL
2004 Intern Crates, in collaboration with Randall Kober, 3 housing units for interns, Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN
2003 Amnesiac Commemorative, commissioned by MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
Plan-Relief from Les Invalides, industrial wallcoverings commissioned by Wolf-Gordon, NY
2002 I Hate Living in Late Capitalism, public installation on abandoned Woolworth, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, MO
2001 Warm, Fuzzy, Fun, Children’s Advocacy Center, Stanley Tigerman Architect, Percent for Art, City of Chicago, IL
Battleship Shed, commissioned by esam, Goose Island, Chicago IL


2012 Christine Tarkowski, Wabansia College, IL
2010 Last Things Will Be First & First Things Will Be Last, Chicago Cultural Center, IL
2007 Whale Oil, Slave Ships & Burning Martyrs, Priska Juschka Fine Art, New York, NY
2006 Imitatio Dei, 12 x 12, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
2004 Proposals for Indestructible Living, mn gallery, Chicago, IL
Administrative Bunker and Rook, Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago, IL
2002 Fortifications & Landscape, UCLA Gallery of Architecture and Urban Planning Los Angeles, CA
1999 Bunker, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL
1998 Architectural Targets, Textile Arts Center, Chicago, IL


2015 REMOTE / WEST, Future Force Geo-Speculators; Carole Lung, Ellen Rothenberg, Christine Tarkowski, ILGWU, Long Beach, CA
2014 REMOTE / CENTRAL, Future Force Geo-Speculators; Carole Lung, Ellen Rothenberg, Christine Tarkowski, Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, IL
2013 CARPA, Future Force Geo-Speculators; Carole Lung, Ellen Rothenberg, Christine Tarkowski, Mojave Desert
The American Dream:(W)holy Grail, EdgeUP, Chicago, curated by Trica Van Eck
Lapsus Undone, Durand Art Institute, Lake Forest College, curated by Lia Alexopoulos
2012 In an Indescribable Vessel and Moving Rapidly Toward an Indistinct Shore, Marshall J. Gardener Center for the Arts, Miller Beach, IN
Opening the Black Box: the Charge is Torture, Sullivan Gallery, Chicago, IL
2011 Write Now: Artists and Letterforms, Chicago Cultural Center, IL
2010 Fabrications, Cynthia Reeves Projects at Newport Mill, Newport, NH
Projects, Betty Rymer Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
2009 Glue Factory, curated by the Museum of Contemporary Phenomena, I Space, Chicago, IL
2008 Hisses, Boos, Catcalls, and Wild Demonstrations, curated by Ellen Rothenberg, Phaz, Chicago
2007 Fast Forward, curated by Lisa Wainwright and James Yoos, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
Making Peace, Three Walls, Chicago, IL
2006 Ruby Satellite, curated by Ciara Ennis, Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago, California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA
9mm Repeat, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HW
BIG: Collaboration and Innovation in the Print Medium, Design Gallery, Madison, WI
Test Patterns, Pinkard Gallery, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Version 06, Iron Street Studio, Chicago
2005 Things Fall from the Sky, curated and catalog by Ciara Ennis and Ken Fandell , California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA and Evanston Arts Center, Evanston, IL,
Urban Rural Wild, I Space, Chicago, IL
Nothing to Fear, Arts Center, Troy NY
Out of the Box, Design Innovations in Manufactured Housing, collaboration with Garofalo Architects, Field Museum, Chicago, IL
2003 War, What is it Good For?, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
On the Wall, Wallpaper by Contemporary Artists, RISD Museum, Providence, RI
Speculative Chicago, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL
Case Studies, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada
2002 Watery Domestic, curated by Hamza Walker, Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, IL
2000 Seems, curated by Dan Devening, Block Museum, NorthWestern University, Evanston, IL
9 mm repeat, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL
1999 Abstraction, Cleveland State University Art Gallery, Cleveland, OH
Dysfunctional Home, NIU Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
1998 All that is Solid, Socrates Sculpture Park, L.I.C. Queens, NY
Opening Our Doors, Cooper-Hewitt, National Museum of Design, New York, NY
1997 Design for Life, A Centennial Celebration, Cooper-Hewitt, National Museum of Design, Smithsonian, NY
Public Art Installation, Galloway Farm, Kendrick ID
Material/Immaterial, The Soap Factory @ No Name, Minneapolis, MN
LANDSCAPE/URBANISM, Graham Foundation, Chicago, IL


2015 Snodgrass, Susan, “Future Force Geo Speculators”, Textile Journal of Cloth and Culture, March 2015
2010 Snodgrass, Susan, “Christine Tarkowski”, Art in America, September 2010
Weinberg, Lauren, “Little faith”, Time Out Chicago, 1/18/10
Walker, Cassie, “The Art Of Travel”, Interior Design, May 2010
Biles, Jeremy, “Form Follows Dysfunction”, Sightings(online), University of Chicago Divinity School, 3/25/10
Dluzen, Robin, “Christine Tarkowski at the Chicago Cultural Center”, Chicago Art Magazine(online) ¬4/7/10
2006 Thornton, Clara Rose, “Art Break”, New City Chicago, 10/13/06
Isaacs, Deanna, “The Traveling Salesman”, Chicago Reader, 2/24/06
Newmark, Christine, “Breaking Away”, Chicago Magazine, August 2005
Lopez, Ruth, “40 Outdoor Artworks We Love”, Time Out Chicago, 7/28/05
Ollman, Leah, “Things Fall, but not quite together”, Los Angeles Times, 11/23/05
2004 Walker, Hamza, Best of 2004, Art Forum, December 2004
Camper, Fred, “Christine Tarkowski’s Rigid Views on Decay”, 10/15/2004
Brunetti, John, “Administrative Bunker + Rook”, Dialogue, March/April 2004
Workman, Michael, Under Seige, New City, 1/8/04
Ciezadlo, Janina, “Critic’s Choice”, Chicago Reader, 2/13/04
2003 Keller, Julia, “War show seeks to incite thought”, Chicago Tribune, 2/9/03
Moreno, Shonquis, “Paper Architects”, Metropolis, June, 2003
2002 Gardner, Virginia, Children’s Advocacy Center, Dwell, February, 2002
Fiedelholtz, Sarah, “Chicago Makes a Public Statement on Art”, Chicago Sun Times, 8/11/02
“Best of Public Art”, Art in America, August 2002


“Itinerary with Hal”, Every Person is a Philosopher: Lessons/Learning from the Radical Teaching Life of Hal Adams, edited by William Ayers, Caroline Heller, Janise Hurtig
2008 aX, School of Architecture, University of Chicago, Illinois
Proximity, The Chicago Issue, Issue #1
2007 “Whale Oil, Slave Ships and Burning Martyrs”, design by Jason Pickleman
2005 Christine Tarkowski, Administrative Bunker + Rook, Hyde Park Arts Center, essay Hamza Walker, design Jason Pickleman
“Working on the Failed Utopia”, response by Kathryn Hixson, Regarding Public Space, 306090, Architecture Journal 09
2002 “Reproduction and Production”, Thresholds 24, MIT Journal of Architecture and Culture, 2002
2001 Notes on Repetition, self published catalog
2000 “Positions in Architecture”, The Chicago Architecture Journal 9
1995/98 Journal of Ordinary Thought, Chicago, IL


2015 Pilchuck School of Glass, Artist in Residence
Tacoma Museum of Glass, Artist in Residence
2012 Visiting Artist, OxBow, Saugatuck, MI
2010 Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media, Columbia College Chicago/3 Arts 2010 Fellow
Dflux, Detroit Artist in Residence
Roger Brown Studio Residency, New Buffalo, MI
2008 J.M. Kohler Arts in Industry Residency, Kohler WI
Illinois Arts Council, Fellowship
2005 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Individual Artist Award
2004 Cite´ Internationale des Arts, Residency in Paris, France
Franconia Sculpture Park Grant, Jerome Foundation, Minnesota
2003 J.M. Kohler Arts in Industry Residency, Kohler WI
2001 Creative Capital Foundation


Associate Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Fiber and Material Studies
2001/02 MIT, Full Time Visiting Artist, Visual Arts Program, Cambridge, MA