Dennis Michael Burke

Welcome to website of Chicago based interdisciplinary artist, educator, & construction/contractor, Dennis Michael Burke.

BIO> Burke earned an M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts & Media from Columbia College Chicago, his B.A. at Eastern Illinois University in Studio Fine Arts {Abroad: Lorenzo De'Medici; Florence School of Fine Arts}, & received a Certificate in Painting from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His art has been exhibited throughout the United States & Italy, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, eXpo Chicago, the Video-Tron in New York's Time Square, Zhou Brothers Art Center in Chicago, New American Church in Florence, Italy, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, & Tarble Arts Center in Charleston, Illinois.

ART> In addition to academics & rigorous artistic production, Burke has been employed in a variety of building construction settings, from day laborer to international foremanship. From ditch-digging to custom carpentry, & rough concrete foundations to faux cement finishing. The bilateral experiences of fine-art training & hyper-physical labor developed in his expression a dynamic language of object worship, material significance, & ritual action, all gleaning art-critisizms, gender-associations, & social-stringencies traversing contemporary art theory & practice today. Formed from a rich interdisciplinary use of method & depiction, Burke's 'art-work' conveys a subversive/implicit notion of sexuality & procreation, that is simultaneously uniquely his own & a reflection of American working-class discovery.

THESIS> Burke was awarded his Master of Fine Arts in 2014, exhibiting his thesis "HomeSweetHouse," a mixed/multi-media installation using the house as both medium & subject of conflict between self & society. Burke's thesis is prolific, using a rich variety of materials & styles,"in which idea, emotion, and technical skill interweave in a dynamic process of discovery." ^ "Burke draws from his ethnic and geographical background as white/blue-collar youth growing up on the South Side of Chicago and dissects the idea of American middle classness." ^*

NOW> Dennis Michael Burke is currently residing & producing in Chicago's Pilsen Art District & is employed at Columbia College Chicago; Facilities/Engineering Department. SEND AN EMAIL

^.^*_ HsH: thesis publication; pg38 | ^Prof. J.Abell | ^*Prof. D.Greene