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Teresa J. Parker



M.F.A. Illinois State University, Normal, IL Printmaking & Drawing M.S. Illinois State University, Normal, IL Printmaking & Drawing B.F.A. Miami University, Oxford, OH Painting & Printmaking

Teresa J. Parker has gained recognition as an artist, curator, and educator. She has exhibited her artwork throughout the United States, Asia, Latin America; and is the recipient of numerous awards, including grants from the National Endowment of Humanities, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Art Council.

As a passionate advocate for the arts, Parker has earned acclaim through her curatorial experiences with Curtis Allen Turner Fine Arts (Chicago), Founding Director of Parker Press, Curator/Interim Director for Elmhurst Art Museum, Director/Curator of the Crown Center Gallery at Loyola University Chicago, and currently is Curator of Exhibitions and University Art Collections at Benedictine University. In addition to curating over one hundred fifty exhibitions of contemporary art for galleries, universities and museums, Parker has curated several international exchange exhibitions, and dealing with the Consulate Generals of India and Switzerland.

Parker's continuing interest in the rights of women and children compelled her to work on their behalf as Art Consultant for AKTSinc., a not-for-profit organization concerned for the welfare of indigenous Micronesian women and children. From 2007-2009, she directed the Coral Rose Foundation, a not-for-profit organization devoted to the social and artistic preservation of indigenous cultures.

Parker also teaches studio art and art history at Benedictine University and College of DuPage, in Illinois.