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How Art is Getting Us Through the Pandemic

On Sunday, January 16 at 3pm, join us for a virtual lecture, "How Art is Getting Us Through the Pandemic," featuring Cortney Lederer. Register today!

This lecture is a part of the ongoing EAC series, In Focus. In Focus features a variety of talks and presentations by ​artists, art professionals, historians, community activists and more!

Cortney shares her experience of how art has moved us through the pandemic through her work with her company CNL Projects which provides project-based consulting to organizations with a specialization in art advising, project management, and program design.


Cortney Lederer is an art advisor, project manager and educator with twenty years of experience managing an array of artistic programming for organizations and businesses. From 2011–14 she served as the Director of Exhibitions and Residencies at the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC), where she designed and managed its two residency programs: BOLT Residency and HATCH Projects. In June 2014, Cortney launched CNL Projects (CNL) to provide artists and organizations with a platform to creatively produce impactful art experiences. CNL’s work is deeply centered on her unique, collaborative approach to working with artists, clients, businesses and organizations to advocate for the value of art and culture in our daily lives. 

CNL provides project-based consulting to organizations with a specialization in art advising, project management, and program design. She has worked with notable organizations such as 3Arts, Chicago Artists Coalition, EQ Office/Willis Tower, EXPO Chicago,  Hyatt Hotels, LinkedIn, Radio Flyer, and Wilson Sporting Goods. For the last four years,  CNL has worked with EQ Office to commission and curate the globally renowned artist Olafur Eliasson’s stunning installation, Atmospheric wave wall (2021) and Jacob Hashimoto’s In the Heart of this Infinite Particle of Galactic Dust, (2019) at the Willis Tower in Chicago. She has also built the Willis Tower’s collection featuring over 30 local artists.  Her relationship with EQ Office will expand to Seattle where she will design a compelling art program for their newly designing building United States Bank Center (2024).

At the onset of the pandemic, CNL launched ART- IN-PLACE where 400 artists from around the world activated their homes with works of art to share with their neighbors and through a virtual platform. Continuing her work in pandemic relief for artists, she was hired to serve as Project Manager for Walder Foundation’s most newly designed grant Chicago Takes Ten to support performing arts organizations and artists during the pandemic through a live-streamed series of performances (March-July 2021). As of May 2021, CNL was promoted to Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Arts Administration and Policy department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she has been teaching for the last 6 years.


This lecture will be held virtually at the Evanston Art Center. Registration is required. Register today!

  • This lecture will be VIRTUAL ONLY, and available via ZoomAfter registering on Eventbrite, a day before the event, we will email you more information on how to log into the event via Zoom with the Meeting ID and password.

This event is free and open to the public.