Grounded in an understanding of making as searching, Bailey Romaine's works are poetic explorations of the margins of space, language, and longing. By closely reading the grammar of the built environment, she seeks out moments of rupture: the way layers of paint on a wall overlap and bleed onto the hinges of a door, the pattern freshly tuck-pointed bricks make against their weathered counterparts, precarious supports at a construction site, ad hoc home repairs and quick fixes, props, supports, patches. These moments serve as jumping off points for her material improvisations, which unfold, expand, and unravel, until finally crystalizing. The resulting sculptures, drawings, and texts exist in a generative liminal state, caught between the longing for a nameable identity and the desire to continue moving towards new, as yet unthought forms.




2016 - MFA in Studio Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago

2011 - BFA with emphasis in Liberal Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Selected Exhibitions


2018 Bailey Romaine for Western Pole, Chicago, IL

2017 - The Shortest Distance Between Two Points, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL

2017 - Standards Variance, Public Access, Chicago, IL

2016 - City Flux, 50 Monroe NW, ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI

2016 - More Strange Than True, Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, Chicago, IL

2016 - Ground Floor, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

2016 Just-touching-at-the-tips, Institut für alles Mögliche, Berlin, DE

2016 - Aft, JOBS, Chicago, IL

2016 - Hyphen Makings, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL

2015 - Twin Rooms, Julius Caesar, Chicago, IL

2015 - Light-framing, Gallery 400 Lobby, Chicago, IL

2014 - In Clipping Signal, The Annex at Spudnik Press, Chicago, IL

2013 - Version Fest: An Urban Operating System, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL

2013 - Neutral/Natural, God's Country LLC, Thorntown, IN

2012 - Various Froms: New Collage Work, Roxaboxen Exhibitions, Chicago, IL 2011 The Blank Map, 1800 S. Peoria, Chicago, IL


Awards & Academic Achievements

2016 - Jurors Shortlist 3-D Category, ArtPrize Eight, Grand Rapids, MI 2016 Artist in Residence, Institut für alles Mögliche, Berlin, DE

2016 - Provost Diess Award, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 2015 Lobby Exhibition Award, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL

2015 - Board of Trustees Award & Scholarship, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

2007-2011 - Merit Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL


2019 The Growlery, San Francisco, CA (upcoming)

2019 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2016 Institute für Alles Mögliche, Berlin, DE

Artist Talks

2016 - “She Is Free to Not Appear,” Oscillations of Gender and Genre: A Symposium on the Intersections of the Visual and Literary Arts, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

2016 - Visiting Artist Lecture, Academy of Fine Arts, Leipzig, DE


Selected Bibliography & Interviews

2017 - Tempestt Hazel, “Footnotes for Fragments,” Ground Floor

2016 - catalog, Hyde Park Art Center 2016 Vanessa Gravenor, “Interview with Chicago artist Bailey Romaine in Berlin”, Third Coast Review, September 13 2016 (

2016 - "Interview with Bailey Romaine, MFA 2016," Gallery 400, Stories From the Inside (