The recipient of not one but two Chicago-area solo shows in 2016, at I AM Logan Square Gallery and the University St. Francis Art Gallery in nearby Joliet, Jennifer Cronin paints and draws in hauntingly-realistic style.

Inspired both by the city she calls home, with its areas of urban blight, and the banalities of her day job in customer service, selling tickets at the base of the former Sears Tower, her work, according to an artist’s statement, is about “chasing after the mystery and complexity of our lives, and the fingerprints that we leave behind in this world.” 

Cronin has also been given a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, which supports emerging artists. Her next series will respond to a recent trip to Newtok, a remote native Alaskan village.

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