Jordan Martins


Federal University of Bahia (Universidade Federal da Bahia)

M.F.A. (Mestrado em Artes Visuais), with distinction

March 2006 - December 2007,  Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

The University of the South (Sewanee)

B.A. Studio Art/Philosophy, with honors

September 1999 - May  2002, Sewanee, Tennessee

Selected Exhibitions


To Gather Together, Co Prosperity Sphere, Chicago

Plant Strategies (solo), Goldfinch, Chicago

Dock 6 Design & Art 12, Dock 6 Chicago

Art of the Neighborhood, Willis Tower, Chicago

Stay Out Come in Stay in Come Out (solo), Riverside Art Center, Riverside, IL

Typeforce 9, Co Prosperity Sphere, Chicago


Dishonest Signals, Lula Cafe, Chicago

Local Comfort, LVL3, Chicago

Butter and Tin (solo), The Franklin, Chicago

Mysterious Feelings, Circle Contemporary, Chicago

The Diane and Browne Goodwin Collection, Illinois State Museum, Lockport, IL


Flatfiles Show, Golfinch Gallery, Chicago

Stay Out Come in Stay in Come Out, Site Specific Installation, Logan Square traffic circle, Chicago


Evanston Art Center Biennial, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

How Easy is a Bush a Bear (solo), Sub-Mission (Mission Projects), Chicago


Perto de Lá, Museu de Arte da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil

Tired Eyes (solo), Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago


The Condition of the Frog is Uncertain, Harold Washington College, Chicago

Lava Where Once Stood (solo), North Park University, Chicago

Evanston Art Center Biennial, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

Swath, Azimuth Projects, Chicago


Natural Fallacy, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago

Summer Show (with Sonnenzimmer) Lula Cafe, Chicago

Lossless, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago

Grafts and Ruptures (solo), Rational Park Gallery, Chicago

Recent Conglomerations (solo), Material, Memphis, TN

Pile-up Coordinates (solo), Indiana Wesleyan University Gallery, Marion, IN

Multichannel, Brick Factory, Nashville, TN


Type Force 3, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago

Strange Attractions (series of site specific installations), Eastern Expansion, Chicago

Jaguar Headband Twins (solo), Comfort Station, Chicago

AgregadoS Lab, Espacio Simón l Patiño, La Paz, Bolivia


20th Evanston & Chicago Vicinity Biennial, (curated by Julie Rodriguez Widholm and John Himmelfarb) Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

Get it Together: Assemblage, Collage, Collaboration, Chicago Tourism Center Gallery, Chicago

Limits and Vectors: Seismographic Drawings (solo), (Con) temporary Art Space, Chicago

Contact, Connect, Collaborate (collaboration with Lanussi Pasquali and Joãozito Pereira) Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL


Sixty Second Film Festival, (Fugitive Projects), various cities in US, South America, and Europe

Seismographic (solo), Nabbit Art Center, Sewanee, TN


Works on Paper, The Zeitgeist, Nashville, TN


Dez Mil Coisas (solo), The Art Factory, Consulado Holandês, Salvador, BA, Brazil

Intestinos da Cidade , Centro Cultural Danneman, São Felix, BA, Brazil


Nuvens Sismográficas (solo), Galeria ACBEU, Salvador, BA, Brazil.  

Ruinas Fratelli Vita , Fratelli Vita Factory Ruins, Salvador, BA, Brazil.  


Guardares, Galeria Canizares, Salvador, BA, Brazil

Teaching Experience

School of the Art Institute of Chicago/ Lecturer

August 2017-Present, Chicago, IL

Teaching graduate seminar on sculpture, MFA Sculpture program;  Professional Practices, Arts Administration Department; career advising; Installation.

North Park University / Instructor

October 2008 - Present,  Chicago, IL

Teaching a variety of Studio Art and Theory courses including 2D Design, Photography 1 and 2, Ethics of Creative Practice, Contemporary Art History, Drawing, and Latin American Art History

Visiting Artist Lectures/Panels/Critiques

Visiting Artist , Artists' Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions (ACRE), Steuben, WI 2019

Art Critics Forum: Salon Review — Documenting Alternative Histories, The SEEN/University Club of Chicago, 2019

Impact of Art in the Workplace, Willis Tower (programmed by CNL Consulting) 2019

Artist Plan Feedback Plan, Chicago Artists Coalition: FIELDWORK, 2019

Artist Mentor, Launch Residency, Chicago Artists Coalition, 2017

Panelist, Live Talk: Artistic Resistance (with Shoni Currier and Stephen Wang), Pivot Arts, Chicago, 2017

Guest  Documenting the Undocumentable (with Jefferson Godard, Kate Dumbleton, and Teresa Silva), Performance Department, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2017

Moderator, Artist Talk and Performance with Cameron Harvey and Nick Mazzarrella, Elastic Arts, Chicago, 2017

Panelist, De Nue Exchange (with Alexandria Eregbou, Dana Bassett, and Kendrick McFarlane), School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2016

Visiting Artist, Fall Portfolio Review, Student Union Galleries and Career and Professional Experience, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2016

Artist Talk (with Teresa Silva) in conjunction with How easy is a bush a bear exhibition, The Mission, Chicago, 2016

Artist Mentor, Launch Residency, Chicago Artists Coalition,  2016

Moderator, Images as Flotation Devices,  with Nadine Nakanishi and Nick Butcher, Elastic Arts, Chicago, 2016

Organizer/Moderator, Art in the Public Sphere, North Park University/Comfort Station, Chicago, 2016

Guest Speaker, Performance Curation in Practice Now, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), 2016

Panelist, Round Table: Performance & Community Engagement (with Mark Messing, Coya Paz, Michael Rohd and Willa Taylor), Pivot Arts, Chicago, 2015

Guest Lecturer, Graphic Notation (with Katherine Young), Homeroom, Chicago, 2015

Moderator, Artist Talk with Robert Burnier, Elastic Arts, Chicago, 2015

Guest Lecturer, Comfort Station and Community Engagement, Arts Admin Graduate Students, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2015

Guest Lecturer, Marissa Lee Benedict’s “To Dye For” course, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2015

Guest Reviewer, Spring Portfolio Review, Student Union Galleries and Career and Professional Experience, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2015

Visiting Artist , Artists' Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions (ACRE), Steuben, WI 2014

Presenter, Fabricating Color Conference, University of Chicago, 2014

Artist Talk, Collector’s Circle event, Chicago Artists Coalition, 2014

Guest Lecturer, Art as Work seminar, Dominican University, Chicago, 2013

Visiting Artist , Indiana Wesleyan University, 2012

Published Writings

As Radical, As Mother, As Salad, As Shelter: What Should Art Institutions Do Now?
Paper Monument, 2018

Michael Rakowitz: Backstroke of the West
The Seen, Issue 06, 2018

Futilities and Utilities: Cameron Harvey's Circular Investigations
Graphic Notes, Volume 7, Elastic Arts, 2016

A Road is Made by Walking it
Graphic Notes, Volume 5, Elastic Arts, 2016

Masses in Motion: The ever-evolving work of Sonnenzimmer
Graphic Notes, Volume 3, Elastic Arts, 2016

The Ship's Carpenter: Anti-Maquette Process and Shadow Forms Transpose in Robert Burnier's Sculptures
Graphic Notes, Volume 2, Elastic Arts, 2015

Sound Unseen: The TenxTen Experiment
Forward for TenxTen 2015 limited edition vinyl/print set

Is The Forest Still Enchanted? A Review of Daniel Steegmans Mangrané’s New Exhibition at Galeria Mendes Wood
Newcity Brazil, 2016

A Playful Sense of Purposelessness: A Review of the Marepe Exhibition at Galeria Luisa Strina
Newcity Brazil, 2016

A Predilection Towards the Schizophrenic and the Irrational: A Review of Dudu Santos at Galeria Jaqueline Martins
Newcity Brazil, 2016

Reimagining Concrete and Neo-Concrete Art: A Review of Odires Mlászho’s “Arquibabas: Babas Geométricas” at Galeria Vermelho
Newcity Brazil, 2015

The Photo-Show After the Death of the Photo-Show: A Review of Galeria Vermelho’s “Fotos Contam Fatos”
Newcity Brazil, 2015


MacArthur Foundation, International Connections Fund
$50,000 grant supporting Perto de Lá, a two way exchange between Chicago and Salvador Brazil, in conjunction with Comfort Station, 2019.

DCASE Individual Artists Grant
Supporting production of Stay Out Come in Stay in Come Out public sculpture, 2016

Propeller Fund
Funding for launching  Comfort Station programming, 2012

CAAP (Community Arts Assistance Program), City of Chicago
Cultural Grant from Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, supporting emerging and mid-career artists; funded multiple exhibitions/installations of Strange Attractions Project, 2011

Bolsa da Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado da Bahia
$10,000 grant from the Foundation for Research Support in the State of Bahia, Brazil, 2006

John McCrady Award for Excellence in Visual Arts
Awarded to top graduating art major, 2002


Admissions Panel, MFA Sculpture Program, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2019

Admissions Panel, MFA Sculpture Program, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2018

Selection Committee, City of Chicago/Albany Park Video Art Commission, 2017

Education Advisory Committee, Chicago Artist Coalition, 2016-2017

Programming Committee, Chicago Jazz Festival, 2014-2016

DCASE Organizational Grant Selection Committee, 2015