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Solo Exhibitions and Projects

2014-15Scorza, 1611 W. Division, Chicago, IL
2012Tempus Fugit, American Philosophical Society Museum, Philadelphia, PA
2011Ex Libris, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
2010The Observer, Brushwood, Ryerson Woods, Deerfield, IL
2007-08Field Guide, The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, IL
2006Closed and Open, The Newberry Library, Chicago, IL
2005Wriston Art Museum, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI
2003Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL
2002Descry, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Topographia, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
1999-00The Traveler, Carrie Secrist Gallery
1998Tabulae Interiores, Union League Club, Chicago, IL
1997Gallery A, Chicago, IL
1996Gallery A
1995Gallery A
1994Northern Illinois University Gallery, Chicago, IL
1993Gallery A
Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN
1991The Center for Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
1989The Center for Contemporary Art
1983Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, IL
1981Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

Select Group Exhibitions

2015-16Surrealism: The Conjured Life, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
2012-13Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, Industry of the Ordinary, Chicago Cultural Center
2012(No) Vacancy, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL
2011A Sense of Place, Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, and the Italian Pavilion,
54th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale
The Centennial Celebration: New Acquisitions 2001-2011,
New York Public Library, New York, NY
2009Installation: Horarium, Art Basel, Miami Beach, FL
Visions in New York City: Short Films and Stills, Columbia University,
New York and Art Basel
39 verbs, Industry of the Ordinary project, Chicago, IL
as we live and breathe, Carrie Secrist Gallery
2008Paper Love, Devening Projects + Editions, Chicago, IL
Clouds, Carrie Secrist Gallery
2007The Legend Altered: Map as Medium and Method in Contemporary Art,
Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL
Chicago Artists, Block Museum, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Short Stories, Columbia University
2006Travel Documents, Koehnline Museum of Art and Columbia College Chicago
2005The Art of the Bookmark, Printworks Gallery, Chicago, IL
Tiny/Huge, Carrie Secrist Gallery
2004Departures, Carrie Secrist Gallery
2003Pretty, As a Picture, Carrie Secrist Gallery
2002Plotting, Carrie Secrist Gallery
2001Amused, Carrie Secrist Gallery
2000Bluer, Carrie Secrist Gallery
Self Portraits, Printworks Gallery
Out of Line, Chicago Cultural Center
Exquisite Corpse, Printworks Gallery
1999Gallery Artists, Gallery A, Chicago, IL
1998The Back Room, Gallery A
1997Nurturing Vision: Paschke, Contro, and Oruch, Skidmore College, NY,
University of Montana, MT, State of Illinois Museums, Chicago and Springfield, IL
Game of Chance, traveling exhibition
Series, Series, Series, Rockford College, Rockford, IL
1996To Each Her Own, Gallery A
Pleasure (beyond guilt), Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL
1995Pulp Fictions, Gallery A
1994Francis and June Spiezer Collection, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
Transitions: A Look at Progress in the Studio, Gallery A
Group Exhibition, Gallery A
1993Group Exhibition, Gallery A
Women in the Arts, The St. Paul Companies, St. Paul, MN
Once Upon A Time...A Loose Form of Narrative, Gallery A
1991Source Material, The Center for Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
1990Environmental Figuration, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
Small Things, Northern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
1989Milano Internazionale D'Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
1988Four Bothers Press 1980-87, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL
1987Inaugural Exhibition, Center for Contemporary Art
Thesis Exhibition, Gallery 400
1986Gallery Artists, Van Straaten Gallery, Chicago, IL
Art Muscle, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
1983New Chicago Artists, Van Straaten Gallery
198234th Illinois Invitational, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
New Horizons in Art, Chicago Cultural Center
Colored Pencil Invitational, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL
1981Prints and Drawings, Artists' Guild Competition, Chicago, IL
Women Artists, Springfield Art Association, Springfield IL
Paper in Particular, Columbia College, Columbia, MO
The Contemporary Figure, Artists' Guild Competition

Reviews and Publications

Ziv, Stav. "10 Exhibits to See This Fall." Newsweek, September 25, 2015.
"Surrealism: The Conjured Life." Wall Street International, 2015.
Kirsh, Andrea. "It's About Time." The Art Blog, June, 2012.
Mabaso, Alaina. "Tempus Fugit." Broad Street Review, May 5, 2012.
Cotter, Jim. "Tempus Fugit." WRTI Philadelphia, April 19, 2012.
Newhall, Edie. "Tempus Fugit." Philadelphia Inquirer, April 22, 2012.
Morehart, Phil. "Three's Company." Chicago Journal, November 2, 2011.
Ex Libris, Critic's Pick. Time Out Chicago, October, 2011.
Riddell, Jill. "Antonia Contro." Ryerson Almanac, Fall, 2010.
Artner, Alan. "Clouds et al." Chicago Tribune, July 4, 2008.
Weinberg, Lauren. "Clouds et al." Time Out Chicago, July, 2008.
Closed/Open: Antonia Contro. 2007. Chicago: The Newberry Library; winner,
Chicago Design Archive permanent collection, 2007, Society for Typographic Art.
Lopez, Ruth. "Show Stoppers of 2006." Time Out Chicago, December 28, 2006.
Reardon, Patrick. "Newberry, Artist Explore the Architecture of Knowledge."
Chicago Tribune, June 8, 2006.
Weinberg, Lauren. "Off the Page: Antonia Contro." Time Out Chicago, May 5, 2006.
Hawkings, Margaret. "Travel Documents." Chicago Sun Times, March 17, 2006.
Yood, James. "Ed Paschke Tribute Show." 2005.
Artner, Alan. "Antonia Contro." Chicago Tribune, January 17, 2003.
Egan, Natasha. 2001. Descry: Antonia Contro and Maurizio Pellegrin (exhibition catalogue). Chicago: The Museum of Contemporary Photography Columbia College.
Brunetti, John. 2000. The Traveler: Antonia Contro and Maurizio Pellegrin
(exhibition catalogue). Chicago: Carrie Secrist Gallery.
Brunetti, John and Therese Grisham. "The Collaborators: Antonia Contro's and
Maurizio Pellegrin's Constructive Engagement." C Magazine, November, 1999.
Brunetti, John. "Antonia Contro." New Art Examiner, June, 1998.
Glatt, Cara. "Art Exhibit Teaches Us About Teaching." HP Herald, February 11, 1998.
Froelke Coburn, Marcia. "New Deal." Chicago Magazine, December, 1997.
Artner, Alan. "Collage Day." Chicago Tribune, May 1, 1997.
Weinstein, Michael. New City, May 15, 1997.
Yood, James. "Antonia Contro." catalogue, Gallery A, May, 1993.
Chacón, H. Rafael. "A Personal Renaissance." Wabash College, January, 1993.
Artner, Alan. "Images of Armchairs." Chicago Tribune, June, 1991.
Greene, Ann Hunter. "Art of the Times." Where Chicago, June, 1991.
Hahn, Cheryl. "Environmental Figuration." catalogue, Illinois State Museum, 1991.
McCracken, David. "Exhibit offers glimpse of artists' studios." Chicago Tribune, June, 1991.
Stonitsch, Lonnette M. "Environmental Figuration." New Art Examiner, April, 1991.
Reisenfeld, Robin. New Art Examiner, October, 1989.
Gedo, Mary Mathews. "New Chicago Art." New Art Examiner, May, 1982.
Allison, Bethe. "New Chicago Artists." New Art Examiner, May, 1982.
Atterberry, Gisele. "34th Illinois Invitational." New Art Examiner, November, 1982.


CAAP Grant, 2011
Visual Arts Fellowship, Illinois Arts Council, 2007
Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, 2002
Faculty Prize for Graduate Study in Studio Arts, University of Illinois, Chicago, 1987


American Philosophical Society Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Block Museum, Chicago Tribune, Davis Museum, Delaware Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Gensler, The Illinois State Museum, Werner Kramarsky, Motorola Corporation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Photography, New York Public Library, Polaroid Corporation, Rockford Museum, Taubman Museum, Wabash College, Wellesley College, Helen Zell, other private and institutional collections