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Meet Andrea Dunn

Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrea Dunn.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Art has always been a big part of my life. I grew up in a family of artists that go back generations. I went to Columbia College Chicago and first majored in Art + Design, taking traditional fine art classes as well as graphic design and illustration classes. Eventually, I focused in on Advertising Art Direction. Art direction allowed me to let my creativity out through creating big ideas and use my range of skills to execute them. I love being able to see projects through from start to finish and collaborate with other photographers, illustrators, and designers. After graduation, I interned at a creative agency in Chicago and was hired on full time.

Please tell us about your art.
I love trying everything. I’m always going through different phases, bouncing around between styles and mediums. Illustration, photography, painting, and digital design have always been my go-to’s. I’m actually experimenting with stained glass at the moment.

During my day job, I mostly work on packaging design for breweries and an array of digital design projects for other clients. Every day is different and I love that. I get to work on video and photo shoots, meet with clients, create fun social media content, and work with teams of different people from lots of different backgrounds.

Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
Never be discouraged to put your work into the world and always be looking to expand your network with other creatives. Make it a point to attend meetups and events. You’d be surprised how many doors can open for you if you just put your work out there. At the very least, you end up meeting amazing people who will show you support.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Currently, my artwork is a part of a spotlight exhibition at ShopColumbia in the south loop titled “Then and Now.” The exhibition is showcasing the most recent work of Columbia Alumni Wabash Arts Corridor muralists. I have two murals that can be viewed at 619 S. Wabash Ave., above ShopColumbia, and at 623 S Wabash Ave., just around the corner to the south. Other work of mine is for sale in ShopColumbia and online at Stemsteel.com, an online store I recently opened with my sister.

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