"I consider my work to be a conceptual social commentary. It is my theses."
 
For a long time I have suspected the general population avoids, is uncomfortable with others illness or disabilities because it reminds them of their own mortality. Mortality is the one thing we all have in common. I was born with a rare genetic disease. The collagen protein in my body stretches out, loses shape and breaks down. The connective tissue in all my joints and spine is tearing itself apart. My circulatory system has difficulty maintaining my blood pressure and no one knows what is going to happen next because everyone who has this disease manifests it differently.  I would say that has affected/inspired my art quite a bit. Since I was a small child all the different internal and external forces that shape us have fascinated me and inspired me to find the beauty in all of us.
 

Ms. Shebesta has been showing and lecturing for the over a decade and 
is the founder of the national nonprofit art project “Ink Blot Project”  
a winner of the 2005 CAAP Grant award in Chicago, IL.

 
CONTACT:
mykoi13@gmail.com

 

SHOW LIST:

  • Gallery 317 Rockford, IL October 2020
  • Nasty Women 09/08/2017 Stan Mansion, Chicago, IL
  • CONTACT  07/21/2017 Sycamoure, IL
  • Art of Engagement Show @ Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC  08/04-24/2017 A  LINK
  • RUSH Hospital instillation MS Research Center 03/2017
  • Nasty Women Fundraiser for Planned Parenthood @Moonlight studios 5/2017
  • Lobby instillation 118 N Clinton Chicago, IL (Spring 2009-2010)
  • Under the Wire Chicago, IL (spring 2009)
  • Pilsen Art District Open House Chicago, IL (Sept.26-28 2008) LINK
  • ART CHICAGO 'The Artists Project' Chicago, IL (April 2008) LINK
  • Pilsen Art District Open House Chicago, IL (Sept.28-30 2007)LINK
  • One Hundred & One Artists Show Chicago, IL ( October 2007)
  • 1825 Gallery Chicago, IL (September - October 2007)
  • Pilsen Art District Open House Chicago, IL (Sept.28-30 2007)
  • 4 Art Inc., Chicago (September 2005 - April 2006)
  • Pilsen Art District Open House Chicago, IL (Sept.30 - Oct.3 2005) LINK
  • 4 Art Inc., Chicago "The Collection" (July 2005)
  • 4 Art Inc., Chicago (February 2005)
  • Imagination Station, Ny, NY (November 2004)
  • Hyde Park 'Day of the Dead' Chicago, IL (Oct.- Nov. 2004) LINK
  • Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago (August 2004) LINK
  • 4 Art Inc., Chicago (May - July 2004) LINK
  • Society for the Arts Chicago, IL (February 2004) LINK

EXHIBITIONS:

  • Genre-Melt Event at Columbia College ( November 7, 2003)
  • Moraine Valley College (November 10, 2003 - December 2003)
  • LINK• Pain Exhibit (2004 - 2006)
  • Chicago Arts District jured annual art exhibit (October 2004)
  • Kerredge Gallery Michigan (June 2005)
  • (consulted & assist on installation w/ Patricia Pawlicki)
  • National Bank Chicago, IL ( November 2005- February2006)
  • May Street Chicago, IL ( January-May 2006)
  • Copper Country Gallery Houghton, Mi ( April 2007)
  • Co-Prosperity Sphere Chicago, IL (October 2007)
  • LINK• Versionfest 2008 Chicago, IL (April 2008)
  • Humbolt Park Library branch of the Chicago Public Library 2008 Chicago, IL (July-August 2008) LI


Grants/Awards
• Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) Grant 2005 LINK
• Pilsen Art District Jured competion Chicago, IL (2005)

Press
• Gapers Block LINK

• NY Arts Magazine
• 'In These Times'
    pg.10 (act now) feature December 2007

Lectures
• Chicago Park District Docent Program, Guest Lecturer
(March 2003 & October 2003)
• Loyola University, Chicago (February 2004)
Following the Vagina Monologues
• Columbia College, Chicago (May 2004)
• Malcolm X College, Chicago (Sept. 2004)
• Northwesters University, Chicago (April 10. 2007)
• Loyola University, Chicago (April 12. 2007)
• Copper Country Instillation Houghton, MI (April 28. 2007)

Associations
• Chicago Artist Coalition (2001 - 2010)
• Woman Made Artist (2001 - 2003)

Publications
• The Journal of the American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists (Vol. 5, No. 2 - May 1998)
• Lecture Materials and Paten Illustrations for Harrith H. Hasson Ob/Gyne (1994- 1999)
• Dinning Out Magazine (Spring/Summer 2006) p.62 and (Summer/Fall 2006) p.65
• American Academy of Pain Management (Vol. 16, No. 2- Summer 2006) p.40


Education
• School of the Art Institute Chicago, IL
   (Merit Scholarship nomination )
• Columbia College Chicago, IL
   (summa cum laude - Fine Art)
• Loyola University Chicago, IL
   (Academic Scholarship- Sociology)