The University of Chicago’s Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry has announced that artist Zachary Cahill has been appointed as the institution’s new curator. Cahill will be responsible for developing a range of partnerships between artists, scholars, and the community, cultivating Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships, and ensuring that the center continues to be a place of creative experimentation.
For the past several years, Cahill has worked with the university to produce arts programming. From 2007 to 2016, he served as the open practice committee coordinator and as a lecturer in the department of visual arts.
Since 2009, Cahill has been working on a long-term exhibition-based project, “USSA,” that explores concepts of nation building. His artwork has been featured in solos shows at numerous institutions, including the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. He also recently participated in the group show “Broken Flag” at Iceberg Projects in Chicago and the Goethe Institut’s Kultursymposium in Weimar. A widely published author, Cahill has been featured in Afterall, Artforum, The Exhibitionist, Frieze, and Mousse. He earned his BFA in sculpture from Cornell University in 1995 and his MFA from the University of Chicago in 2007.