aurora xxi, ink & gouache



MFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Painting

BA Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan, American Literature

Studied: Western Michigan University, Painting

       University of Muenster, Muenster, Germany


Adjunct Associate Professor
Painting & Drawing Department and Visual Communications Department

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1985 - present


2020 Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, Missouri, Sarah Krepp and Olivia Petrides

2019 Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso, Indiana, Olivia Petrides and Sarah Krepp: "Line/Force/Burn Rubber"

2018 Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, Wisconsin, Olivia Petrides and Sarah Krepp: "Line/Force/Burn Rubber"

Indiana University Northwest, Gallery for Contemporary Art, Gary, Indiana, The Astral Plane

2016 Kieft Accelerator ArtSpace at Elmhurst College, Illinois, Polar Nights: a Solo exhibition of Large-Scale Drawings

2013 Gallery Pink, Oak Park, Illinois, Astral Projections

Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, Indiana, Documentation of Nature: Olivia Petrides & Peggy Macnamara

2012 Quincy Art Center, Quincy, Illinois, Mid-career Retrospective: Of Acorns and Auroras, catalog

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, Illinois, Three Person: Olivia Petrides, Dennis Mitchell & Lisa Sambor

2011 Purdue North Central University, Westville, Indiana, Illuminations & Explorations

Gallery 175, Chicago, Illinois, Recent Drawings

2008 Ryerson Woods Gallery, Deerfield, Illinois, Icebound

2007 Crown Gallery, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, Rhonda Gates & Olivia Petrides

2006 Peterson Institute, Jamestown, New York

2005 Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, I See/Icy: Sarah Krepp and Olivia Petrides

2004 Hellenic Museum, Chicago, Illinois, In the Realm of Arktos

Carlsten Gallery, University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Three Midwest Painters: Dan Addington, Laurie Hogin, Olivia Petrides

2000 Missouri Botanic Garden, St. Louis, Missouri

Bernheim Arboretum Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky (Two Person)

1998 Nordic Museum, Seattle, Washington, Ice/Volcano: Cycles and Confrontation

Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, Cycles and Confrontations: Drawings from the North Atlantic

1997 Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, Under the Arctic Circle: Drawings from the Faroe Islands

Morton College, Cicero, Illinois, Sketchbooks and Large Drawings

1996 Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois, Botanical Watercolors

1995 Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, Flux: Drawings from Iceland

1994 American Cultural Center, Reykjavik, Iceland, Pendulum Series

Hafnarborg Institute of Art, Hafnarfjordur, Iceland, Olivia Petrides

1992 Madison Museum, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Olivia Petrides

1983 Van Straaten Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, New Artists

Artemisia Gallery, Chicago Illinois, New Work

1979 Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Oshtemo, Michigan

1974 Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan


2018 Chicago Artists' Coalition, Chicago, Illinois

2017 Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, Illinois, Front and Center

2016 Bridgeport Art Center Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, Dialogue: Full Force

2014 Columbia College A + D Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, On Big Drawings, catalog

Illinois State Museum, Lockport, Illinois, Everything in Pace: Sketches & Journals

Noyes Cultural Center, Evanston, Illinois, Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?

Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, Illinios, Artemisia Anniversary Exhibit

Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, Indiana, Drawing to Conclusion

2013 Noyes Cultural Center, Evanston, Illinois, Taking Chances

2012 Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery, some DIALOGUE

National Park Service web exhibit, Through Your Eyes:

2011 Noyes Cultural Center, Evanston, Illinois, No/Yes: The Art of Contradiction

Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, Environ

2010 Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Oxbow Centennial Exhibition

The Studios of Key West, Key West, Florida,Chicago Artists: Works on Paper

Noyes Cultural Center, Evanston, Illinois, New Noyes

Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, The Environment Show: The Evidence Against Us

2009 Illinois State Museums, Springfield and Lockport, Illinois,The Leaf & The Page

Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Alonzo Davis Endowment Exhibit: A Cause for Art

Drawing Center NYC, Viewing Program (2009-present)

Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Illinois, Trace/Memory

2008 Illinois State Museum, Chicago, Illinois, The Leaf & The Page (traveling exhibit)

Illinois State Museums, Springfield and Chicago, Illinois New Acquisitions

Crown Gallery, Loyola University, Secret Lives

Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, Drift

2007 Noyes Cultural Center, Evanston, Illinois, More Noyes

Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois, Botanica

2006 Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois, Ragdale 30th Anniversary Exhibit

Chicago Music Garage, Opt In: Revisioning America

Woodlands Academy, Lake Forest, Illinios, On Site/Insight

Noyes Cultural Center, Evanston, Illinios, Above the Noyes

2005 Christopher Gallery, Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, Illiniois, Contemporary Realism

Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, The Subject is Birds

2002 Green Lantern Studio, Mineral Point, Wisconsin, Invitational Exhibition

2000 Vesuvius Gallery, Glenn, Michigan, Souvenirs

1999 Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, Illinois, Les Salon d'Academe

1998 National Gallery of the Faroe Islands, Torshavn, Faroe Islands, Crossings

U-Turn E-Zine,, All Chicago Show

Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, Illinios, On Your Mark

Cliff Dwellers, Chicago, Illinios, Ragdale Artists

Vesuvius Gallery, Glenn, Michigan, Water

August House Studio, Chicago, Illinios, Garden of Earthly Delights

1997 Meridian International Center, Washington, DC, Fulbright Artists Exhibit

Fine Arts Building Gallery, Chicago, Illinios, Nature

Vesuvius Gallery, Glenn, Michigan, In the Garden of Earthly Delights

Hafnarborg Institute of Art, Hafnarfjordur, Iceland, Weg adfong

August House Studio, Chicago, Illinios, Five Artists: Works on Paper

Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, Illinios, An Evening in the Garden

1996 Vesuvius Gallery, Glenn, Michigan, Migrations (Three Person Show)

1995 Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, Illinios, Scorpio Moon Rising: A Visual Feast

1994 Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, Illinios, Something in Common

1993 Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland, Exquisite Drawing: Lines of Correspondence

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 10,000 Plus

North Lakeside Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinios, Salon Show

Aurora University, Aurora, Illinios, 1993 Area Invitational

1990 Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, Illinios, Fundamentally Compromised

1987 Beacon Street Gallery, Chicago, Illinios, Nine on Nature

Hinsdale Art Center, Hinsdale, Illinios, Nature

1986 Walton Street Gallery, Chicago, Illinios, Hellenic Artists

Norris Gallery, Norris Cultural Center, St. Charles, Illinios, Spring Invitational

1985 Hallwalls Gallery, Buffalo, New york, Artemisia at Hallwalls

1984 Van Straaten Gallery, Chicago, Illinios, Gallery Artist


Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois

Purdue North Central University, Westville, Indiana

Public Commission: Openlands Project, Lakeshore Preserve, Fort Sheridan, Illinois

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois

Illinois State Museum, Chicago & Springfield, Illinois

Hafnarborg Institute of Art, Hafnarfjordur, Iceland

United States National Park Service, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company, Boston, Massachusetts

Hunt Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Peterson Institute, Jamestown, New York


2017 Kevin and Nick Wilder Travel Grant

2014 Special Projects Grant, Illinois Arts Council

2011 Community Arts Assistance Program Grant, Chicago Department of Visual Arts, Illinois Arts Council

2007 Illinois Arts Council, Governor’s International Arts Exchange Award

2003 Margaret Klimek Phillips Fellowship

2001 American-Scandinavian Foundation Award to Greenland

1998 Faculty Grant to Faroe Islands, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

1995 Museum of Natural History, Torshavn, Faroe Islands, Visiting Scholar

1994 American-Scandinavian Foundation Award to Iceland

1993 Fulbright Research Award to Iceland


1985-2014 (20 residencies) Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, Illinois

2007 Gil-society, Akureyi, Iceland

2005 Catwalk Residency, Catskill, New York

2002 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, Virginia

2002 Roger Brown Studio Residency, New Buffalo, Michigan

2001 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, Residency Fellowship

1998 Museum of Natural History, Torshavn, Faroe Islands, Residency

1996 Museum of Natural History, Torshavn, Faroe Islands, Residency

1993 Reykjavik Municipal Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland, Residency Fellowship

1992 Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Artist-in-Residence


2007 Introduction, Guide to the Art Galleries and Museums of Europe, Anthem Press, London, England

1992-'04 Illustrated two natural history field guides in the Peterson Field Guide Series, Houghton Mifflin

Publishing Company, and five field manuals issued by Stackpole Books and Explorer Press.


2018 Foumberg, Jason, Sarah Krepp & Olivia Petrides: Line/ Force/ Burn Rubber, essay.

DeLand, Lauren, The Astral Plane, University of Indiana Northwest, exhibit essay. Meet Olivia Petrides.

2016 Silverman, Lanny, Polar Nights: In Search of the Sublime, Elmhurst College exhibit essay.

2014 Shaw, Jennifer, On Big Drawings, Columbia College, catalog essay.

2012 Cassidy Victor, Dennis Mitchell, Olivia Petrides, Lisa Sambor, Ukrainian Museum of Modern Art, catalog essay.

Cassidy, Victor, At the Ukrainian Art Institute of Modern Art, August 10.

Stapleton, Doug and Peggy MacNamara Olivia Petrides: To Stand Astonished, Quincy Art Center, catalog essay.

Marwen Art @ Work: Prisms,

2011 Ciezadlo, Janine A. Drawings of the Aurora Borealis: New Work by Olivia Petrides.

Musser, Madeline. Sneak Peek: Openlands Lakeshore Preserve, TimeOut Chicago, September 8-14, p. 42.

Brotman, Barbara. Lines Between Art & Nature Blur at Fort Sheridan Ravine, Chicago Tribune, Features, September 28.

Ding, Erin Chan. Ravines, Bluffs, & Art Await at "Phenomenally Exciting" Openlands Lakeshore Preserve, Huffington Post, September 9.

Klein, Paul. Art Letter Review, September 8.

Hermann, Ed. Podcast: Leaf and Earthbark Prisms,

2010 International Drawing Annual 5, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, catalog essay.

2009 Petlicki, Myrna. Tracing Memorable Art, Pioneer Press, January 8, p. 42.

2008 Artner, Alan. 'Leaf' Falls on the Side of Tradition, Chicago Tribune, Septebmer 11, Section 5, p. 3.

2006 Petlicki, Myrna. Art Kings, Queens - & Jacks!, Chicago News-Star, November 22.

Conklin, Anastasia. Delicate Beauty, The Post-Journal, Jamestown, New York, January 13, Section D-1.

2005 Bonesteel, Michael., Seas of Possibilities: The Paintings of Olivia Petrides & Sarah Krepp.

Seligman, Patricia. The Watercolor Artists Sketchbook, Quarto Press, London, England, p. 104-109.

Peterson Journal. Volume 2, No. 6, December issue, p. 1.

2004 WZRD Radio. Interview with Effie Mihopoulos, February 22.

Isaacs, Deanna. The Culture Club, Chicago Reader, November 28, Section 2, p. 1.

Haralambides, Kiki. The Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center Presents Olivia Petrides, February 20.

Catalog, Margaret Klimek Phillips Fellowship Recipients, Limited Edition, Phillips Estate.

2000 In Other News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 7, Metro Section, p. 1.

1998 Krantz, Claire Wolfe. All Chicago Show, U-Turn E-Zine, September 15.

Hawkins, Margaret. Freeze Frames: Petrides’ Paintings Take Viewers Out to Sea, Chicago Sun-Times, July 24, Weekend Plus/Arts Section, p. 49.

Cassidy, Victor M., Reviews: Chicago Report: Islands in the Mist, Artnet Magazine, January 21.

1997 Savage, Todd. Art People: Olivia Petrides’ Voyages of Discovery, Chicago Reader, October 3, Section 1, p. 46.

1996 Andreae, Christopher. Sublime Landscapes Translated into a Trio of Tongues, The Christian Science Monitor, August 28, p. 16-17

Spencer, LeAnn, Brush With Nature Chicago Tribune, Sunday, April 21.

1994 Jacob, Mary Jane, Dedicated to Paint, "Something in Common" exhibit, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, Illinios, catalog essay.

Olivia Petrides Synir, Althydubladid, Reykjavik, Iceland, August 5.

Asgeirsson, Bragi. Olivia Petrides: Time and Eternity, Morgunbladid, 12 August.

Asgeirsson, Bragi, Time and Eternity: Charcoal and Oil Pastels of Olivia Petrides, Morgunbladid, Reykjavik, Iceland, August 12.

Collision of Beauty and Science: Olivia Petrides Exhibits at Hafnarborg, Eintak, Hafnarfjordur, Iceland, August 4.

1990 Lautman, Victoria, Artistic License, WBEZ Radio, March 3.

1984 Glatt, Cara, Art, The Hyde Park Herald, July 11, p. 24.

Bouras, Harry, Art and Artists, WFMT Radio, November 13.

1983 Gedo, Mary Matthews, Chicago Reviews, Arts Magazine, June, p. 47.

Allison, Bethe, Chicago Reviews, New Art Examiner, May.

1977 Harrison/Kingman, 3/3: A Survey on Trends, New Art Examiner, January.