ABOUT ZACH

Chicago, IL

Zach Bartz (he/him) is a visual artist and performer in Chicago, IL. He frequently draws from his career as an improviser to discover colorful creations on upcycled materials. His paintings have been displayed at Chicago staples like the Wndr Museum, Design Museum of Chicago via Cards Against Humanity, Dark Matter's Star Lounge, Columbia College Chicago, Gallery Cafe, and Dimo's Pizza. As a muralist, his work can be seen at Cards Against Humanity, Kite String Cantina, The Playground Theater, Cork Lounge, and Graham Cracker Comics Lakeview. He has been a featured artist through the Design Museum of Chicago / DCASE / Chicago Public Health for their Protect Chicago Vaccination campaign, and was the 2021 Chicago Reader 50th Anniversary button contest winner (1990's). He teaches improvisation and visual art to CPS students through Columbia College Chicago, is an instructor at Studio WIP, created the Painting for Improvisers workshop taught at The Second City Training Center Chicago and the Zmack International Improv Intensive, and co-founded the word-of-mouth variety show The Shithole. His goal as an artist is to connect, affect, and inspire, and he believes that everyone should give themselves permission to create art.

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PAST EXHIBITIONS

Cards Against Humanity    
wndr museum    
McGarryBowen
Dimo's Pizza
Star Lounge
The Martin
Fulton Street Collective
Gallery Cafe
Orange with a Peel
Reed's Local
Sedgwick Stop
First Ascent
Gallery Cabaret
The Crowd Theater
Village Tap
Green Eye Lounge