January 9, 2015

Meet Chicago Collections' Inaugural Exhibition Team

Chicago Collections will hold its first public exhibition at Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center August 7–November 15, 2015 highlighting notable archives, manuscripts, and objects from our members' collections. Making it all happen will be our inaugural exhibition team. We invite you to meet Riva, Markus, and Ieva.

Riva Feshbach, Guest Curator

RivaHeadshotB_0_0.JPGRiva has more than 20 years experience working in Chicago's cultural and educational institutions, including Chicago History Museum, DePaul University, The Newberry Library, and Columbia College Chicago. Ms. Feshbach has curated or produced exhibitions on a wide range of topics, from  Soviet photography to historic cartography, and from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to Lewis and Clark. She currently offers research, writing, and curatorial services in the arts and humanities. Ms. Feshbach holds masters degrees in art history (University of Oregon) and library and information science (University of Illinois). In addition to Chicago history, she is interested in historic and contemporary architecture, environmental history, culinary history, and the history of science.

Markus Dohner, Exhibition Designer

Markus DohnerAfter 10 years designing a wide variety of exhibitions for the Art Institute of Chicago and University of Chicago's Oriental Institute, Dohner opened his own exhibit design business serving museums and libraries. He works closely with curatorial clients to develop exhibit ideas into exciting, buildable plans. His new business focuses on both the 2-D and 3-D aspects of exhibition design and production. Recent projects include "Voices of Early Wilmette" and "Sacred Spaces" at the Wilmette Historical Museum. Upcoming projects include an exhibit on the history of the Chicago Board of Trade, opening winter 2016 at the UIC Richard J. Daley Library. Markus holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MA in art and design from Purdue University, and a BFA from the University of North Texas. His design site is at www.markusdohner.com.

Ieva Dilytė, Exhibition Manager

Ieva Dilyte image 1.1.15_0.pngIeva is a multilingual project manager with extensive experience in arts and culture programs. She holds a BA in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the Vilnius Academy of Art, and an MA in Gender Studies from the Central European University in Budapest. Before moving to Chicago from Vilnius, Lithuania in 2008, Ieva worked at the National Art Museum of Lithuania managing various art and culture programs; among the larger projects she worked on were the European Capital of Culture 2009 and the National Pavilion of Lithuania at the Venice Biennial of Contemporary Art. In Chicago, Ieva got actively involved with local art institutions organizing art exhibitions and contributing as a volunteer. Currently, Ieva is a part-time manager of international programs of Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI), where she manages exchanges that focus on arts and culture, business, and education between Chicago and its sister cities; facilitates international delegation visits; manages volunteer sister city committees; and administers CSCI program-wide events.

Read more about the exhibition's development.