Chester Alamo-Costello, Professor of Art & Design
Discipline: Comics, Digital Arts, and Photography
Michael “Chester” Alamo-Costello has been producing art-based projects and social experiments designed to function in non-traditional exhibition settings for over 20 years. Specifically, he has produced the art-drop series “Searching for Geomantrick” (20 Chicago Parks, 1998), “Appleseed International” (40 International Cities, 1999-2004), and “New Street Agenda” (80 International Cities, 2005-present).
In Chicago, Chester was one of the founding members of Armpit: A Roving Street Gallery and regularly exhibits work in independent and non-traditional exhibition spaces. In addition, his work has been included in the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago’s Midwest Print Study Project. In 1997, he produced with artist, Jesse Bercowetz, the window installation, “Heroic Efforts”, for this museum. In 2000, he produced with Scottish artist, Donald McGhie, the interactive exhibition and performance “The Men Who Sold The World” for the Hyde Park Art Center.
Chester has published two books of art, photography, and writing, “The Globe”, 2010, and “Grandpa Danny”, 2008 (Dark Lark Press, Chicago).
Chester’s personal work has been reviewed and published in (National Public Radio) NPR’s 848 program, WGN – TV, Time Out Chicago, MCA Magazine Chicago, Public Art Review, Art Lies Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, the New Art Examiner, Chicago Tribune Magazine, Jettison Magazine, De Telegraaf Amsterdam (NL), Verve Magazine Liverpool (UK), The Herald News, and other publications.
His artistic efforts focus upon the practice, history, and theory of how comics, graphic novels, and photography intersect. Specifically, he investigates and lectures upon topics that address non-traditional narrative, paranormal formalism, and technofetishism in these (popular and obscure) visual culture areas.
He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, IN, (1992) and his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Columbia College Chicago (1998). He resides in Chicago and is currently Professor of Art & Design at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.
Professional website: www.alamo-costello.net