• Presently


    Presently, 2024
    On view through May 27, 2024
    Second floor
    Group exhibition featuring Alice Hargrave, Amanda Mulcahy, Amay Kataria, Andrew Boynton, Anika Steppe, Ashley January, Carisa Mitchell, Cassidy Skillman, Cydney M. Lewis, Dana Major, Deirdre Fox, Delaina Doshi, Fengzee Yang, Frank Vega, Galina Shevchenko, Hale Ekinci, James Jankowiak, Jenal Dolson, Jingqi Wang Steinhiser, John Caleb Pendleton, Jonathan Michael Castillo, Joseph Josué Mora, Josiah Ellner, Julie Anderson Mathias, Kara Cobb Johnson, Karen Azarnia, Katherine Desjardins, Kathryn Rodrigues, Kelly D. Pelka, Kevin Maginnis, Kim Basile, Krista Anara Cibis Pintuck Studios, Laura Kina, Lisa Jenschke, Marzena Ziejka, MMM (they/them), Monika Niwelinska, Natalie Eva Clark, Natalia Villanueva Linares, Olea Nova, Rory Monaghan, Saúl Aguirre, Sara Selmić, Sarina Shane, Samuel Schwindt, Shaqui Reed, Sona Kim, Squitieri 95, Spiral Body: Mami Takahashi & Adrian McBride, Vida Sacic, Vida Sačić, Violet Luczak, Volodymyr Pydlyak, Xuanlin Ye

  • New Edition 2024

    New Edition 2024

    In March 2024, Kara was chosen to participate in New Edition, A capstone program offered at the Hyde Park Art Center that culminates in a 3 month long exhibition of a new work in a new medium alongside an older work in the artists medium of comfort. She is excited to have been included in this opportunity along with 9 other artists. The exhibition will be curated by Jeff Robinson and be on view in the Kanter Family Foundation Gallery from July 13th to October 6th, 2024.

  • Well Versed, group show curated by Maggie Munday Odom

    Well Versed, group show curated by Maggie Munday Odom

    Well Versed
    A group exhibition
    Curated by Maggie Munday Odom
    Dittmar Memorial Gallery
    Northwestern University
    Norris University Center, First Floor
    Opening reception will take place on the evening of Tuesday, February 20th, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    February 20- March 14, 2024

  • Madron Group Exhibition Artist, System and Dialectics of Art. Opening March 2024

    Madron Group Exhibition Artist, System and Dialectics of Art.  Opening March 2024

    What is Space? What is Form?

    I use my piece entitled, Articulation of Form: PrismaGrid Sketches, to address these questions raised within the book entitled “System and Dialectics of Art” written by John Graham. This exhibition is curated by Rachel Wakeman and will be on view at Madron Gallery of American Art in March 4-June 14, 2024.

  • Elemental Impact at Epiphany Center for the Arts November 17, 2023-January 24, 2024

    Elemental Impact at Epiphany Center for the Arts November 17, 2023-January 24, 2024

    Group Show, CSI
    (Kara Cobb Johnson will be showing “Purse”)
    The Chase Gallery
    November 17, 2023 to January 13, 2024

    Elemental Impact takes interest in the parts that make up the whole, and how a single element can impact the world at large. Much like a single choice in material or form can change an entire piece, each of the sculptural works in this collective by 34 artists, change and impact the whole through their proximity.

    Bold material choices and a unique presence are what unite the works in this exhibition. They balance the ability to stand on their own while also engaging with the work and environment around them in a way that fundamentally changes the experience of the space. Stories are woven through their proximal relationship, changing slightly each way you approach and move through the space; delighting in the ambiguity of what is fundamental, and what is interpreted.

    This exhibition is curated by K.R. Fowler and is in partnership with Chicago Sculpture International.

  • Masquerade Friday the 13th, Rostrum_312 @ salonlb Chicago

    Masquerade Friday the 13th, Rostrum_312 @ salonlb Chicago

    Bellwether was installed around a petina-rich historic column at salonlb Masquerade organized by Rostrum312. The accompanying transformed title “From the Sky Down, Institutional Recalibration” became realized with a dance troupe, fashion atelier collection and exhibition occurring underneath its 40’ x 17’ x 15’ expanse. This exhibition was curated by Beth Swanson for Salonlb.

  • Comfort Station: Pecha Kucha Artists to Watch August 26th 2023

    Comfort Station: Pecha Kucha Artists to Watch August 26th 2023

    Comfort Station Logan Square hosted a Pecha Kucha afternoon for 15 artists to present their work and practice to create community and networks on August 26th from 3-5pm. I showed 5 works at this event in a slideshow format and discussed my materials, practice, and motivations. I am grateful for their including my work in this forum. This exhibition was curated by Katie Rauth, Artistic Director at Comfort Station.

  • Terrain Exhibitions: Biennial 2023 Mycelium Connection

    Terrain Exhibitions: Biennial 2023 Mycelium Connection

    I am happy to share that I will be showing a piece in the 2023 Terrain Biennial in the Ravenswood neighborhood! This exhibition was curated by Stephanie Graham for Terrain Exhibitions.

  • Sundays on State: August 13th, 2023 between Randolph and Washington on State Street 11am-5pm

    Sundays on State: August 13th, 2023 between Randolph and Washington on State Street 11am-5pm

    SundaysOnState are back, and I am excited to be part of this year’s fun-filled lineup alongside
    @ChicagoLoopAlliance! Catch me on August 13, 2023 between Randolph and Washington at this FREE & family-friendly event to
    experience State Street come to life with amazing food, music, art, vendors and much more!

  • Color/Form, curated by Ann Rintz at the Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art

    "Warrior" will be shown as a part of the CSI juried member exhibition
    curated by Ann Rintz
    Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art
    College of Lake County
    19351 W Washington St, Grayslake, IL 60030

    Opening Reception: Thursday, June 22, 5-7:30 pm
    Exhibition dates: Thursday, June 22-August 9, 2023



    bellwether cairn
    curated by Pritika Chowdhry

    Opening Reception: Sunday, July 9 at 1-4 PM CDT
    Exhibition Dates: July 8 - August 13, 2023
    Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL 60201

  • #ISDAY 2023

    #ISDAY 2023

    I will be showing “bellwether cairn” on my lawn for international sculpture day. April 29,2023

  • EXPO Chicago 2023: After Hours

    EXPO Chicago 2023: After Hours

    2 projects will be on view for the April 14, 6-9pm open house.

    First, a series of bronze sculptures by local Chicago artist, Micki LeMieux, will be shown for Falcon Gallery entitled “I find me in the strangest places”.

    Second, in response to the lived experience of climate change and plastic pollution, I will show a self made series of installation modules inspired by “cloud-gazing”. Using gifted photographic backdrops (from Clark Elithorp of Space 900 in Evanston) hazard tape, fencing, transparent colored vinyl, boxes, industrial and warehouse lights I attempt to coalesce visual peace. Guests will also be able to take a sneak peek at a garment I am working on created from a family of 5’s two months collected plastic trash from food waste. Yes, this is mostly my families chip and bread bags, created as my submission to Triveni Institute’s “Trashion Revolution: Be the Light” fashion show in May 2023 at the Fair Trade Museum in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood.

    Limited viewing available, please contact me if you are planning to attend.

  • Chicago Sculpture International: Intersection

    Chicago Sculpture International: Intersection


    New installation entitled "Articulation of Form: PrismaGrid Sketch" installed in the CSI Project Space stairway to nowhere. January 14-February 24, 2023.

    Opening night Saturday, January 14th 5-8 pm
    1912 North Damen
    on view Friday-Sunday 1-6pm or by appointment



    Responding to Rhythms
    Chicago Sculpture International
    curated by Nathan Peck
    Opening November 11th 6-8pm
    Beverly Arts Center
    2407 W 111th St, Chicago, IL 60655

  • @Rostrum_312 and @Studio41_hubbard exhibit “bellwether”

    @Rostrum_312 and @Studio41_hubbard exhibit “bellwether”

    “bellwether” appears in the window at Studio41 225 West Hubbard from June 10-August 2022 as part of Zen an exhibition curated by Rostrum312 Chicago.

  • bellwether A project by Kara Cobb Johnson at Space 900 Gallery Evanston

    bellwether A project by Kara Cobb Johnson at Space 900 Gallery Evanston


    March 26th 5:30-8PM
    Space 900 Gallery
    816 Dempster St
    Evanston, IL

  • Group Exhibition at Urban Brew Labs curated by Marcy Kennedy Anderson

    Group Exhibition at Urban Brew Labs curated by Marcy Kennedy Anderson

    On View until March 17th, 2022 at Urban Brew Labs, 5121 North Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago, IL. All work is for sale and all sales go to the artist.

  • Artist Intervention at HPAC 80th Anniversary Gala

    Artist Intervention at HPAC 80th Anniversary Gala
  • Mama's Hand at Polsky University of Chicago article

    Mama's Hand at Polsky University of Chicago article


  • Solo Exhibition: Mama's Hand

    Solo Exhibition: Mama's Hand

    Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is pleased to present a solo exhibition of installation works by Kara Cobb Johnson. The exhibition Mama’s Hand activates the expansive industrial co-working spaces with playful visual fields of airy watercolor pyramids, expanded disc landscapes, and pastel daylight window arrows. Kara uses collaboratively folded paper airplanes, hand-cut transparent vinyl, and inkjet watercolor decals alongside source inspiration works that highlight five years of experimental play. Experience new perspectives, enhanced perception, and the possibilities inherent only when creating with ones’ own hands.

    RSVP Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mamas-hand-by-kara-cobb-johnson-a-community-collaboration-with-the-polsky-center-and-hyde-park-art-tickets-58386820552

    This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. This program is also possible from the support of Kickstarter donations!

  • Artists, residents gather at Hyde Park Art Center to make posters for immigration march

    Artists, residents gather at Hyde Park Art Center to make posters for immigration march


  • Poster Making Event


  • http://chi.startupartfair.com/partners/


    startup Fair CHI September 23-25, 2016

  • https://www.timeout.com/chicago/blog/9-art-gallery-exhibitions-to-see-in-september-082616

    9 art gallery exhibitions to see in September, TimeOut Chicago August 26, 2016

  • Site As Studio: Trailside Museum of Natural History June 12, 2016 noon-3pm

    Chicago Contemporary Artists create original ephemeral works of art along the trail. June 12th-July 11th 2016

  • Blueprints project at Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center

    The opening reception for Blueprints will take place on Saturday, May 21 from 4-6 PM at 6433 North Ravenswood Avenue. The exhibition will be up through July 2, 2016.

  • A Surprise in the Process-Opening Night: March 11, 2016

    Recommended by the Chicago Reader.


  • Artist to drop 3000 Water Jewels down Art Center Stairs


  • New City Review of Front & Center Exhibit 9/16/2015

    Follow the link for this review and recommended show...


  • EXPOCHGO NewCity Official Guide

    Page 28, Hyde Park Art Center, Front & Center Exhibit

  • Reporter

    September 5, 2015, Image, Page 11, "Mural Completion"

  • Edgebrook News

    Weekend of Sept. 4- Sept. 6, 2015 Image Page A3, "Mural Brightens Neighborhood"

  • Front & Center: 2015 Center Program Final Exhibition Sunday, September 13, 2015 3-5 PM

    Gallery 1, 2 & Cleve E. Carney
    Artwork by:
    Ali Aschman
    Mara Baker
    Javier Carmona
    Kara Cobb Johnson
    Michelle Collazo-Anderson
    Lily Dithrich
    Christine Forni
    Elizabeth Gadelha
    Rami George
    Samantha Hill
    Regin Igloria
    Jeremiah Jones
    Rita Koehler
    Katherine Lampert
    Ivan Lozano
    Dana Major
    Carlos Matallana
    Lars Nordby
    Connie Noyes
    Kunal Sen
    Naqeeb Stevens
    Tina Tahir
    Erin Toale
    Julian Williams
    Zachary Williams

    A cap-stone program for artists who are ready to push their practice to the next level, The Center Program is the Art Center’s answer to traditional professional development offerings for artists. The Center Program offers the unique opportunity to develop new work, receive feedback from professionals in the field, and work towards an exhibition to be held in the Art Center's main gallery. Over the course of six months, a supportive peer network, guest artists, gallerists, critics, and professionals push Center Program artists to answer tough questions, evolve their art, and ultimately produce strong, new work to show.

    The 2015 Front & Center exhibition is guest curated by Tricia Van Eck.
    Prior to starting 6018North, Van Eck was Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art,Chicago (MCA) where for 13 years she organized more than 70 exhibitions and programs, much of which were experimental, audience engaged, performative, or extended the MCA's reach into the community.

    - See more at: http://www.hydeparkart.org/exhibitions/front-center-2015-center-program-final-exhibition#sthash.tSseGBWE.dpuf

  • The Center Program- Artist Resident, Hyde Park Art Center: February-June 2015

    “This project is partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts."

  • Edgebrook Metra Underpass Final Celebration News


  • Art In Nature 2015 Crabtree Nature Center

    "Vista", Sunday June 14, 2015 1PM
    Watercolor with abstraction in computer print. Let artist Kara Cobb Johnson teach you a new technique in watercolor painting. 3 Stover Road, Barrington
    call 847-381-6592 to register: space is limited

  • NU Galleria Solo Exhibit January 5- 20, 2015


    88 inkjet paper discs, 7 ½” diameters
    Created January 2015 for NU Galleria

    Derived from source landscape “The Grove” painted with watercolor on paper 10/28/2014.

    [Sister Piece to “Self-Actualization” on view at Hyde Park Art Center through January 30, 2015]

  • Dec 09 The Bridge Program Reception + Artist Talk

    - See more at: http://www.hydeparkart.org/events/2014-12-09-the-bridge-program-reception-artist-talk

  • Commemorative Mural Tour presented by Artist Kara Cobb Johnson

    Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 10:00am to 11:00am
    Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
    Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

    Potawatomie Indians believed land belonged to all living things and could not be owned. This mural plants their images firmly back into the land they were led to leave forever.

    Start at:
    Edgebrook Metra Underpass: Western Wall
    LeHigh & Hiawatha Western Wall
    Chicago, IL

  • Show & Tell For Adults-Second Nature Exhibit

    September 30 – October 21-27, 2014

    Exhibit Locations: The artwork will be exhibited at 2 locations:
    o Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston
    o Curt’s Café, 2922 Central St, Evanston

    As a child, your creativity led you to paint, draw, sing, dance, write, play, and a host of other activities. Then life got busy… Let the Show and Tell for Adults revive your imagination and talents from long ago with a multi-cultural arts festival.

  • "ART IN NATURE EXHIBIT" held at Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington

    September 26, 2014 to November 28, 2014

    Crabtree Nature Center and The Forest Preserve District of Cook County present local nature painted 'en plein air' by six talented Illinois artists.

    Crabtree Nature Center
    3 Stover Road
    Barrington Hills, IL 60010

  • http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130722/edgebrook/mural-on-edgebrook-underpass-transform-what-was-once-eyesore

    Images of Phase 1 Edgebrook Mural

  • http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20121219/edgebrook/once-eyesore-community-works-turn-underpass-into-point-of-pride

    Edgebrook Mural beginnings

  • http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130325/edgebrook/mural-spotlight-edgebrooks-history

    Edgebrook Mural beginnings