Founded in 2013 in the lively game community of Chicago, Video Game Art (VGA) Gallery seeks to increase cultural appreciation, education of video games and new media through exhibition, study, critique, and sale. Annual programs include Exhibitions and Events featuring the work of significant artists and game developers from around the world; Education programs are comprised of talks, screenings, and student programs; the VGA fine art print collection encompasses giclees and posters of artwork from video games; and a scholarly publications program that includes the VGA Reader, a peer-reviewed journal that highlights new scholarship about video games and new media art. VGA Gallery is an Illinois 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.
VGA Board of Directors
Ross Hersemann, President
Eric Mittereder, Vice President
Jen Rhodes, Secretary
Adam Wolek, Treasurer
Tom Caprel (Expo Manager) is the founder of Helios Capital Research, a big-data company that works to provide meaningful insights from MMORPGs for both players and game companies. He is an active member in Chicago's gaming community as a regular participant in IGDA, Bit Bash, and CVGLS. Tom currently serves on the board of Anima Young Singers of Greater Chicago and has held past professional marketing positions at Lextech Global Services, an enterprise app development firm. Email
Amy Chen (Intern) is an undergraduate at UIC currently in the process of completing her BFA in New Media Arts. Her work consists of making interactive 3d environments and animations.
George Chen (Zhi Qiao) (Store Manager) is an artist and gallery professional. He has worked in museums and galleries in the U.S. and China, including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, and 798 photo gallery, Beijing. He is pursuing his MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago. Email
Chaz Evans (Director of Exhibitions and Programs and Co-Founder) is an artist, educator, art historian, and curator working at Northwestern University. He has taught courses on creative programming, web art, moving image art, and games. He holds an MA in art history and an MFA in New Media Art from University of Illinois at Chicago. Email
Tiffany Funk (Editor-in-Chief, VGA Reader.) Tiffany is a co-founding lecturer and Academic Advisor of IDEAS (Interdisciplinary Education in the Arts), an intermedia theory and practice based BA at University of Illinois at Chicago, an editorial board member of Media-N: The Journal of the New Media Caucus, and a member of the annual SIGGRAPH (ACM special interest group on Computer GRAPHics and Interactive Techniques) Conference Unified Jury. She holds an MFA and PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago in New Media Arts, a PhD and as an artist has shown in galleries and media festivals in the US and abroad. Email
Jonathan Kinkley (Executive Director and Co-Founder) is a writer and museum professional with more than 10 years of experience working in galleries and museums across the world. Academically trained as an art historian, Kinkley holds a BFA in art history from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an MA in art history from University of Illinois at Chicago with a thesis focus on the art and architecture of virtual worlds. Email
Sean Leftwich (Gallery Assistant) is an undergraduate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, currently in the process of completing his BFA in Painting and Drawing and New Media. His work ranges from drawings to text adventures and 3D environments.
Brice Puls (Manager of Exhibitions) is an interactive designer, game developer and writer working in the video game industry and the museum field. Puls is also Logistics Manager and Organizer for Bit Bash. Clients include the Peggy Notebaert Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, Robomodo, and the Field Museum. Email
Michael Reed (Managing Editor, VGA Reader) Michael is a lawyer and writer living in Chicago. He has reviewed case materials, participated in hearings, and drafted orders for the U.S. Merit System Protection Board and the Circuit Court of Cook County. Before attending law school he handled community outreach and created a series of legal help guides for the State Bar of Montana. He holds a BA in Philosophy from St. Norbert College and a J.D. from John Marshall Law School, where he was President of the Video Game Law Society and Editor of the newspaper. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Law in International Intellectual Property at Chicago-Kent. Email
Maureen Ryan (Content Strategist) Maureen is a media researcher who has taught media studies at DePaul University and Northern Illinois University. She has a PhD from Northwestern and currently works as a freelance QA analyst for an education tech company. Email
Kay Slater (Gallery Assistant) is in her final undergraduate semester at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago focusing on New MEdia and Visual & Critical Studies. Her research focuses on gender and sexuality generally in cultural game space and specifically in The Sims franchise.
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