SAIC Departments of Exhibitions and Performance, Zhou B Art Center, and Defibrillator Gallery proudly present


Opening Reception: Friday 19 April | 7-10pm | 3RD Fridays at Zhou B

Gallery Hours: April 22 – May 01 | Monday – Friday | 10am-5pm

This visual art exhibition associated with the IMPACT Performance Festival highlights the many forms through which contemporary performance work can be presented. IMPACT serves as the culminating presentation of work by graduating MFA students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). SAIC has a long history of supporting artists who create highly experimental work that responds to changing concepts of the body, time-based art, social practice, new media technologies, and the social and cultural conditions of a globally mobile society.

Aram Atamian | Wanbli Gamache | Li-Ming J. Hendrix | Christopher Huizar |  Lariel Joy | Helen Lee | SUNGJAE LEE | Kyra Lehman | Katie L. O’Neill | Polina Protsenko | Zachary Sun | Chloe Yu Nong Lin

In this exhibition, participating artists expand on their work presented in the IMPACT festival, showcasing the multiple forms such as video, sound, drawing, photography, and sculpture, through which contemporary performance practice can be shared with the public.Visual art and multimedia works are on view in the 2nd Floor exhibition hall and on the Lower Level with gallery hours Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm.

The exhibition was coordinated by Alumni Producer Lauren Steinberg with Graduate Curatorial Assistants Giannella Ysasi-Tavano (MAAAP 2019) and Carlos Salazar-Lermont (Dual MA 2019). IMPACT is co-presented by SAIC Departments of Exhibitions and Performance, Zhou B Art Center, and Defibrillator Gallery.

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>>> Read this article about IMPACT in Artnet News

photo: Sungjae Lee, performance of Untitled (Messy Yellowish) (2018)


IMPACT Performance Festival


Friday, April 12 | 6-10pm + Sunday, April 14 | 5-9pm

The IMPACT Performance Festival showcases MFA and BFA Candidates [from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago] who are presenting work in live performance and time based media.  The associated exhibition highlights the many forms through which contemporary performance work can be presented.

Aram Atamian, Phaedra Beauchamp, Wanbli Gamache, Li-Ming J. Hendrix, Christopher Huizar, Lariel Joy, Helen Lee, SUNGJAE LEE, Kyra Lehman, Maria Luisa, Katie L. O’Neill, Marie Peña, Polina Protsenko, Zachary Sun, and Chloe Yu Nong Lin.


Friday, April 12 from 6pm to 10pm

This program plays with performance expectations by activating multiple installations throughout the Zhou B Art Center. Within these spaces artists use different modes to investigate personal histories and navigate between the sincere and the absurd. Audience is invited to navigate the building on their own, observing ongoing activations and engaging with intimate presentations.

Zachary Sun, Li-Ming J. Hendrix and Lariel Joy will have ongoing performances that invite the audience to witness activations and at times participate. The first presentational work will be an immersive installation presented by María Luisa. Helen Lee will perform the first iteration of her work inviting a limited audience to participate in the performance (nonparticipants are welcome to standby and observe). SUNGJAE LEE will be activating the central space of the first floor in a one hour duratorial piece, audience are encourage both to linger or come and go throughout the presentation. TANDY Solutions! invites audience to participate in their seminar. Finally, the night will close with a presentational work by Aram Atamian.

Durational Performances

Zachary Sun | 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Li-Ming J. Hendrix | 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Lariel Joy | 6:00-9:00 p.m. (one on one performances, 10 minutes)
SUNGJAE LEE | 7:15-8:15 p.m.

Scheduled Performances

María Luisa | 6:20-6:40 p.m.
TANDY Solutions! | 8:00-8:30 p.m. (limited audience capacity)
Helen Lee | Performed twice at 6:45 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. (25 minutes, limited audience capacity)
Aram Atamian | 9:20-10:00 p.m.


Sunday, April 14 from 5pm to 9pm

For Sunday evening’s program audience is invited to experience presentational modes of performance with scheduled opportunities to explore durational works. Performances this evening address different ways to explore one’s identity and the way social systems have shaped these personal experiences. Throughout the night these artists invite us to reimagine traditions, to explore gender empowerment, and offer embodied explorations of sound and movement.

Polina Protsenko, Marie Peña, Lariel Joy, and Phaedra Beauchamp will have various modes of ongoing installations and performances. Audience is encouraged to revisit these throughout the evening to experience the transformation and durational character of the work. The first presentation will be Katie L. O’Neill’s work which revisits the phenomenon of disability passing through both narratives and movement. Chloe Yu Nong Lin will activate Zhou B’s first floor galleries inviting the audience to explore sound in between sonic and visual worlds. Wanbli Gamache will invite us back to the second floor to explore the complexity of navigating between intimacy and hyper-visibility. Phaedra Beauchamp will culminate their ongoing activations with a PowerPoint ‘lecture’ that looks into the ideas of indoctrination and hypnosis. To close the night, Kyra Lehman will present an ensemble work that explores the meaning of being alive.

Durational Performances

Polina Protsenko | 5:00-9:00 p.m. (ongoing video installation)
Marie Peña | 5:00-7:15 p.m. (durational performance)
Phaedra Beauchamp | 5:00-5:30 p.m. and 6:45-7:15 p.m. (durational installation activation)
Lariel Joy | 6:15-7:15 p.m. (one on one performances, 10 minutes)

Scheduled Performances

Katie L. O’Neill | 5:30-6:05 p.m.
Chloe Yu Nong Lin | 6:20-6:40 p.m. (audience may come and go)
Wanbli Gamache | 7:20-7:50 p.m.
Phaedra Beauchamp | 8:00-8:20 p.m.
Kyra Lehman | 8:30-9:05 p.m.


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Zhou B Art Center | |

Founded in 2004 by the internationally acclaimed artists, the Zhou Brothers, Zhou B Art Center was created as a site of exchange between local artists and the global art community while promoting the contemporary convergence of Eastern and Western visuality in the United States. Located in Chicago’s historic Bridgeport neighborhood, Zhou B Art Center’s mission is to engage cultural dialogue through contemporary art exhibitions and programming with an international scope. Zhou B Art Center provides galleries, studio spaces, and a collaborative environment to a thriving community of talented artists and curators. The purpose of Zhou B Art Center is to nurture the creativity and growth of its nearly 50 resident artists while providing groundbreaking exhibitions open to the public.

Defibrillator Gallery | |

DFBRL8R is an international platform for performance art presenting bold and courageous programming to amplify marginalized time-based practices and champion underrepresented voices.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago [SAIC] |

For more than 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers, and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world.