David A. Parker
Chicago, IL USA
President, David Parker Art Advisory, Inc. (formerly DPFA INC), private consultancy of
contemporary art (8/06-present).
Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Art, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb IL.
Taught MFA seminar and Professional Practices. (1/06 – present)
Instructor, Department of Sculpture, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago USA –
co-taught Intermediate Sculpture with Jin-Soo Kim (9/07 – 12/07)
Advisor, Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture & Designed Objects, SAIC –
assisted graduate students with how to prepare for critique presentations. (11/06)
Director, Walsh Gallery, Chicago, IL – responsible for overall administration of progressive
gallery showing contemporary Asian art internationally. (7/05 – 8/06)
Marketing Manager, Lightology LLC, Chicago, IL – responsible for all marketing and
promotion for aggressive-growth contemporary lighting company of 75 employees and $12
million annual sales. During my tenure, company sales grew between 36% and 80%. (7/02
Director, Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago, IL - sales and promotion for gallery of
contemporary Asian art, including customer service, advertisement / print design,
website design and maintenance, and online marketing. Coordinated 165-page book on a
gallery artist and wrote a principal essay. (1/00 – 7/02)
Marketing Manager, Korea National Tourism Organization, Chicago Office – designed,
planned and implemented marketing activities for the central U. S. regarding tourism to
South Korea. Raised the performance rating of my office to top 5 of 18 overseas offices.
(12/98 – 12/99)
Teacher Programs Assistant, Department of Museum Education, Art Institute of Chicago
– aided in executing teacher training programs and managing a teacher resource center,
database and library. Represented the center to a Chinese teacher delegation by giving an
introductory talk in Chinese. (9/98 – 12/98)
Diplomatic Assistant, Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Washington, D. C. - provided
administrative support to the embassy office of press, public information, and cultural
affairs. Managed mailing list and library database. Wrote speeches, correspondence, and
public release materials. Engaged the public as a direct representative of four diplomat
superiors, and responded to public inquiries. (1/94 – 8/98)
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David A. Parker CV – page 2 of 5
2005 Graduate Fellowship Award, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
1993 Magna cum laude honors, Cornell University, NY
2005 MFA, Art & Technology, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (fellowship award)
2001 BFA, Sculpture / Art & Technology, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1994 Studied at Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC
1993 BA, Comparative Literature / Chinese, Cornell University, NY (magna cum laude)
2011 Visiting Artist Lecture, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
Visiting Artist Lecture, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois
2010 Exhibition curator, “New Faces,” Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago
Guest lecturer, “Asian Contemporary Art” class of Dr. Nora Taylor, School of the Art Institute of
2009 Guest lecturer, “Asian Contemporary Art” class of Dr. Nora Taylor, SAIC
2008 Exhibition curator, “Qin Fengling: Multitude,” Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago
Visiting Artist Lecture, “Installation Art,” Ulsan University, Korea
2007 Visiting Artist Lecture, Ellen Curlee Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2006 Exhibition co-curator, “Zhang Dali: Image and Revision in New Chinese Photography,” Janet
Wallace Fine Arts Center Gallery, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
Visiting Artist Lecture, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
“Innerspace: the Life and Art of Young June Lew,” Young June Lew, Andrew Bae Gallery, Chicago, 2001.
“An Interview with B.G. Muhn,” BG Muhn: Journey to Meet the Empress, Gallery Skape, Seoul, Korea,
2008, pp. 2-7.
“Curator’s Statement,” Qin Fengling: Multitude, DPFA INC. and Kasia Kay Art Projects, 2008, p. 5.
EXHIBITION HISTORY (solo shows marked by *)
2011 "Scope Miami 2011," with Kasia Kay Art Projects, Miami FL
"Intertwined," curated by Sun H. Choi, Korean Cultural Center of Chicago, Wheeling IL
"I All Alone Beweep My Outcast State," curated by Katie Kahn, Kruger Gallery, Chicago IL
Art Chicago art fair, exhibiting with Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago IL
*"Hearts and Minds," Barbara A. Kieft Accelerator ArtSpace, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL
"Artistic Mediums," curated by Mary Lucking and Andrew Sempere, New Art Center, Newton, MA
"Off the Wall, Off the Floor," group exhibition curated by Kasia Kay, Walnut Ink Gallery, Michigan
2010 *"TIME SWITCH", Kasia Kay Art Projects Gallery, Chicago, IL
David A. Parker CV – page 3 of 5
"The White Show," Hausmann Millworks Gallery, San Antonio, TX
"Yeosu International Art Festival," curated by Soon Choi, Yeosu, South Korea
2009 "The White Show," Signs of Life Gallery, Lawrence, Kansas
"21st Century New Silk Road," Korean Cultural Service, Korean Embassy, Beijing, China
"Summer Group Show," Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago
"The (un)Real City," Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago
*”Lifeline, "Guerrilla Truck Show," Fulton Market Street neighborhood, Chicago
NEXT Projects, NEXT Invitational Exhibition of Emerging Art, Merchandise Mart, Chicago
2008 "Universal Electronic Art," Seongnam Art Center Museum, Seongnam, Korea
"Taehwagang Eco Art Festival," Ulsan, Korea
"Pingyao International Photography Festival," Pingyao, China
"Mountain," curated by Audrey Peiper and Gabriel Akagawa, Beverly Art Center, Chicago
"thisAbility vs. Disability," curated by Byeong Sam Jeon, Total Museum of Contemporary Art,
"19th Evanston + Vicinity Biennial," curated by Barbara Wiesen and Lanny Silverman, Evanston Art
Center, Evanston, IL
"Artistic Medium: Revelations of the Invisible," curated by Mary Lucking and Andrew Sempere,
Museum of New Art, Pontiac MI
"Among the Ruins: Reimagining Architectural Destruction and Decay," curated by Sarah Urist
Green, space 301 off centre, Mobile, AL
"on that which remains," curated by Elke Gruhn and Katharina Klara Jung, NKV, Wiesbaden,
"The only thing that I believe," 2-person show with Jaye Rhee, Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago
"Backyard," curated by Scott Grow, Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis IN
2007 "Bridge Miami Art Fair," showing with Kasia Kay Art Projects, Miami, FL
"Art 44-46," curated by Stuart Keeler, public projects in Lakeview East neighborhood, Chicago, IL
"The Intelligent Design Project III," curated by D. Dominick Lombardi and Michael Zansky, Kasia
Kay Art Projects, Chicago, IL
"The Intelligent Design Project II," curated by D. Dominick Lombardi and Michael Zansky, The New
Museum of Art, Detroit, MI
"Faketure Short Film Festival," Beverly Arts Center, Chicago
"Rhythm & Ritual," 4-person exhibition with Joseph Kohnke, Yuichiro Nishizawa, and Dmitry
Strakovsky, Kwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea
"Rhythm & Ritual," 4-person exhibition with Joseph Kohnke, Yuichiro Nishizawa, and Dmitry
Strakovsky ARTLAB, Beijing, China
Bridge Chicago Art Fair, showing with Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago
"Fear is a Four Letter Word," Omega Institute, New York
"Free Rein / Full Play: New Chicago Photography," Ellen Curlee Gallery, St. Louis, MO
"Aesthetics of Belonging", curated by Kasia Kay, SCOPE art fair, New York
Red Dot Art Fair, New York, showing with Kasia Kay Art Projects
*"On and Off the Grid," solo exhibition, Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago
2006 SCOPE Miami art fair, with Kasia Kay Art Projects, Miami, FL
"Field of Vision: Beijing", Beijing New Art Projects, Beijing, China
Summer Gallery Exhibition, Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago
SCOPE NY art fair, represented by Kasia Kay Art Projects
David A. Parker CV – page 4 of 5
"atmospheric" group show, Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago
"Interactive Playground" group show, Chicago Festival of Disability Arts and Culture, Beverly Arts
2005 SCOPE Miami art fair, with Kasia Kay Art Projects, Miami, FL
"Faketure" group exhibition, Janet Wallace Fine Art Center Gallery, Macalester College, MN
"Experiment 400/5" group exhibition, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago
"RUSH" group exhibition, Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago
"Daily Care" group exhibition, Galeria Noua, Bucharest, Romania
"Manipulations" group exhibition, Gallery 2, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
*"Fountain" site-specific installation (solo project), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
"Rays of Light II" group exhibition, Lightology, Chicago
Graduate Exhibition, Gallery 2, SAIC
“NOVA Young Art Fair,” Chicago, represented by New Context Gallery
“~scope New York” art fair, New York, NY (represented by New Context Gallery)
"ArtWindows 2005" exhibition, SAIC / Paul Stuart, Chicago IL
"Alchemy" group exhibition, Betty Rymer Gallery, SAIC
"REframed" group exhibition, Gene Siskel Film Center, SAIC
2004 Group exhibition, New Context Gallery, Chicago IL
Group exhibition, Gallery 2, SAIC
“ArtWindows 2004” group exhibition, SAIC / Nicole Miller boutique
Citation: Polvo Magazine, Spring 2004 issue on “Axis” installation
2002 “Rays of Light” group show, Lightology, Chicago [also co-curator]
“assoc. | able” 4-person show, Art Space for Alternative Projects, Chicago
Accreditation Exhibition, Dept. of Art & Technology, SAIC
Undergraduate Exhibition, SAIC
2001 “Interface:::::Exploring Possibilities” group show, Fassbender Gallery, Chicago
Graduate Exhibition, SAIC (collaboration with Yuichiro Nishizawa)
ArtBash group show, Gallery 2, SAIC
International Video Invitational group show, ArtSpace, London, UK
REVIEWS / ARTICLES / CATALOGUES
Monica Westin, “Review: The (Un)Real City / Kasia Kay Art Projects Gallery,” New City, May 18, 2009.
Exhibition catalogue, "Universal Electronic Art," Seongnam Art Center Museum, Seongnam, Korea,
Exhibition catalogue, “Taehwagang Eco Art Festival,” Ulsan, Korea, 2008.
Jeon Sang-heon, “Hear Your Heartbeat through Glass Bells: American Artist David A. Parker’s Heartbeat
Carillon,” Kyongsang Daily News, [Ulsan, Korea], Sept. 22, 2008.
Hong Yeong-jin, “Looking to Eastern Thought, Expressing Interior Worlds: David A. Parker,” Kyongsang
Daily News, [Ulsan, Korea], Sept. 22, 2008.
Cathy Rose A. Garcia, “Electronic Art Exhibit Tackles Disability,” Korea Times [Seoul, Korea], July 28,
Ko Mi-seok, “Two Exhibitions Bring New Vision Toward Disability,” Dong-A Daily [Seoul, Korea], July 29,
Jeon Dong-hyeok, “Creating a World without Disability, through Feeling”, Dong-A Science Daily [Seoul,
Korea], July 24, 2008.
David A. Parker CV – page 5 of 5
“Understanding Disability through Experiencing Digital Art,” Korea Economic Daily [Seoul, Korea], July 21,
Exhibition catalogue, "Among the Ruins: Reimagining Architectural Destruction and Decay," curated by
Sarah Urist Green, space 301 off centre, Mobile, AL, 2008.
Dominick Lombardi, ”Indianapolis Art FYI,” Culturecatch.com, February 12, 2008.
Dominick Lombardi, ”Indianapolis Art FYI,” NYArts.com, May-June 2008 issue.
Stuart Keeler, “Service Media: Community as Collaborator,” Public Art Review, Vol. 19 No. 2, p. 33.
Kevin Nance, “Denizens of Artropolis,” Chicago Sun-Times, April 27, 2007, Weekend p. 13.
David Bonetti, “Chitown Photos,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 24, 2007.
“Parker’s ‘On and Off the Grid’ at kasia kay gallery,” Chicago Sun-Times, Jan. 26, 2007, Weekend p. 4.
Amber Drea, “Suburban Crawl,” UR Chicago, January 21 2007 issue, p. 44.
Hillary Cook, “Wasted Bodies: Suburbia in the Work of David A. Parker,” NY Arts.com, July-Aug 2007.
The Sandor Family Collection, Chicago
Chicago Climate Exchange Collection, Chicago
Ruttenberg Collections, Chicago
Wellington (“Duke”) & Patti Reiter, Chicago
Harris Bank Corporate Art Collection, Chicago