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(b. 1994) Ana is an artist and educator currently based out of Peoria, Illinois.  

Check out her artist interview series, The Familiar Realm, co-hosted by Katie Neece, on YouTube + Instagram (@thefamilarrealm).

Read her latest publication here.


Curriculum Vitae 



2021                             M.F.A. in Studio Art (Painting + Drawing), University of Notre Dame
2017                             B.A. in English (Honors with High Distinction), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 


2022 - Present          Member, College Art Association

2022 - Present          Member, FATE - Foundations in Art, Theory, and Education
2019                             Kylemore Abbey Global Center Graduate Artist Residency, Dublin & Connemara, Ireland


2017 - 2019                Emerging Artist Collective member, Peoria, IL

SELECTED EXHIBITION RECORD (*denotes solo exhibition)

2023                            GALEX 56, Galesburg Community Arts Center, Galesburg, IL (nationally competitive)

                                                Juror: Claire Ashley

2023                            Color Field: Blue, dodomu gallery, Brooklyn, New York [Online Exhibition]


2022                            JUICEBOX, Fresh Salad Art, Hybrid Online + Gallery Exhibit, RuptureXIBIT, Hampton Wick, London, UK

2022                            *The days no longer recognize us, Foster Gallery, FUMC, Peoria, Illinois

2021                             Y-Art Sale for Charity II - Proceeds to LULA Peoria, Project 1612, Peoria, IL

2021                             Deep Within, Gristle Art Gallery, Brooklyn, New York [Online Exhibition]


2021                             Out the Other Side (Faculty Exhibition), Heuser Art Gallery, Bradley University, Peoria, IL

2021                             Into the Chthulucene: MFA Thesis Exhibition, Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame, IN

2020                           New Perspectives in Drawing + Painting, St. Louis Artists' Guild, MO [Online Exhibition] (Juror: Justin Henry Miller)


2020                           Y-Art Sale for Charity I - Proceeds to Peoria Guild of Black Artists, Project 1612, Peoria, IL

2020                           Art in the Time of Quarantine, The Art Center Highland Park, IL [Online Exhibition]


2020                           Convergences, Solarium Gallery, The Graduate School, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN (Juried)

2020                           In the Wake Of (2nd Year MFA Show), A/AH/D Gallery, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

2019                            Immersion, Kylemore Abbey Global Center, Connemara, Ireland

2019                            Selected Works, Happy Gallery, Chicago, IL


2019                            Piece of Mind, Peoria Public Library, Main Branch Gallery, Peoria, IL

2018                            New Faces (First Year MFA Show), A/AH/D Gallery, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

2018                            Unseen Voices, Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts, Peoria, IL

2018                            *Into the Chthulucene, Ear in the Envelope, Peoria, IL

2018                            *Featured Artist, One World Cafe, Peoria, IL

2018                            Nefelibata, Union Street Gallery, Indiana University, Kokomo, IN
2018                            The Paint Room, Center Gallery, Studios on Sheridan, Peoria, IL
2018                            February Flowers, Persimmon Lofts, Peoria, IL
2017                            Resident Show, featuring resident artists of the Studios on Sheridan,
                                           Center Gallery, Sunbeam Building, Peoria, IL
2017                            Ignite Peoria 2017, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, IL
2017                            Figuration, UIUC Life Drawing Club, [co][lab], Urbana, IL
2016                            *Internal Complexions, Junction City Shopping Center, Peoria, IL

2022-2023              Assistant Teaching Professor of Art, Foundations + Drawing, Ball State University, Muncie, IN

                                              Fall 2022, Drawing Studio; Drawing: The Figure; Drawing: Intermediate Figure; Drawing: Narrative + Metaphor

                                              Spring 2023, Drawing Studio; Drawing: The Figure; Drawing: Experimental Figure; Painting: Introduction

2022                           Adjunct Faculty, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL

                                              Summer 2022, ART120: Drawing 1

                                              Spring 2022, ART111: Two-Dimensional Design

2021-2022               Affiliate (Adjunct) Faculty, Bradley University, Peoria, IL

                                              Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Drawing Studio I-II

                                              Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Intermediate + Advanced Drawing

2019-2021                 Instructor of Record, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

                                              Fall 2019 - Spring 2021, Drawing I (both in-person + hybrid instruction)

2019                            Teaching Assistant, Drawing I, Spring 2019, under Martin Lam Nguyen, C.S.C., University of Notre Dame

2018                            Teaching Assistant, Painting I, Fall 2018, under Maria Tomasula, University of Notre Dame


2022                           Lecturer + Instructor, Art Around the World, Illinois Humanities Grant; Peoria Art Guild; Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria, IL

2021                             Artist-Educator, Snite Summer Apprenticeship Program, July 2021, Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame, IN

2019                            Drawing Instructor, High School Art Day, Spring 2019, University of Notre Dame

2018                            Figure Drawing Instructor, Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame, IN

2018                            Figure Drawing Instructor, Nude Attitude, Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL

2017-2018                 First Friday Participant & Demonstrator, Peoria, IL
2017-2018                 Volunteer "Exploratory" Instructor (Pen + Ink; Lettering), Washington Gifted Middle School, Peoria, IL    

2021                             Striving for Excellence in Teaching Certificate, Kaneb Center for Teaching + Learning, University of Notre Dame

2020                           Graduate Student Research Award, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, University of Notre Dame

2020                           Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship Nominee, University of Notre Dame

2018 - 2021               Full tuition waiver and graduate stipend, Dept. of Art, Art History, and Design, University of Notre Dame

2019                             Graduate Student Professional Development Award, University of Notre Dame

2017                             Stevick Foundation - Excellence in Humanities/FAA Research, Outstanding, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2017                             Donald Smalley Thesis Award, Dept. of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2016                             Raymond Seng Scholarship, Dept. of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2016                             E. Veda Streitmatter & Arlys Conrad Scholarship, Dept. of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


2022                            (As author) “Strange & Sessile Liveliness: Vegetal Possibility in Art, Speculative Fiction, and Philosophy”

                                      Hyphen Journal, Issue 3: Ecologies, Spring 2022, University of Westminster, UK, CREAM 


2021 - present           Co-founder and co-host of video podcast The Familiar Realm (@thefamilarrealm), alongside Katie Neece


2021                             (As Author) “Into the Chthulucene” by Ana V. Fleming, MFA Graduate Thesis Paper, University

                                       of Notre Dame, Department of Art, Art History, + Design, Hesburgh Library


2021                             (As subject) "MFA students present final thesis projects in Snite museum" by Maggie Eastland, The Observer

                                      read article
2019                             (As subject) "Kylemore Abbey Residency," A/AH/D Website, University of Notre Dame

                                       read article


2022                           Guest Juror, Illinois Valley Community College Student Exhibition, April 23, 2022

2021                            Panelist, Philosophise Like a Plant: Thinking in Transversal and Vegetal Modes, with Hanjo Berressem, Professor of American Studies

                                      at the University of Cologne, and researcher Uriel Orlow, University of Westminster, 14 December 2021


2020                           Guest Presenter: Why Graduate School?, BFA Seminar (Instructor: Lucas Korte), University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

2020                           Guest Presenter: Teaching Presentation (Drawing 1), Professional Practices

                                               (Instructor: Prof. Maria Tomasula), University of Notre Dame, Fall 2020

2017                             Undergraduate Research Week, English Symposium, Honors Thesis Presentation

                                      Office of Undergraduate Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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