Angela Schlaud

Angela's recent large-scale watercolors are representative of her style, combining delicate and bold abstraction with hints of representation.  Although her earlier works began with figure studies and still life painting, she now models nature as it exists over time in subtle yet sometimes dramatic forms.


  • The School of the Art Institute of Chicago - B.F.A. in Painting
  • Parson's School of Design - classes in Textile Design
  • The New School of Social Research - classes in Digital Arts, Website Design
  • Michigan State University-East Lansing - Two-year Fine Arts degree


Watercolor, oil and acrylic painting, wire sculpture, Japanese book binding, printmaking, etching

Areas of focus:

Abstract, figure, still life, and landscape painting


Exhibition highlights:

  • Group show, Packer-Schoff Gallery, Chicago, IL - 2014
  • "Remembering,"  Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL - 2005
  • "Otherville," University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL - 1999
  • "Beginner's Mind,"'  North Central College, Naperville, IL - 2003
  • One-person exhibition, Lyons Wier Gallery, Chicago, IL -  1998

Other interests and inspirations:

She is interested in printed textile design as well as the origins, psychology, and science of color and pigments. An inspiration for her work is her collection of organic objects like seed pods, dried Hosta leaves and tomatillos. A few artists she is inspired by are Caio Fonseca, Amy Sillman, and David Hockney.

Publication highlights:

  • Artner, Alan G., "Luscious Surfaces, Intrusive Subtext," Chicago Tribune - January 2002 
  • Exhibition Catalog, Lyons Wier Gallery Solo Exhibition, Chicago, IL
  • Cover art for TriQuarterly, An International Journal of Writing, Art and Cultural Inquiry, winter edition, pub. Northwestern University Press

Angela's teaching style:

She emphasizes starting simple, exploring the medium, and breaking things down step by step. Her goal is for students to enjoy the process and build skills and confidence. She likes to check in with students and find out what skills they have, what they like to make, and what they want to learn to include them in the process and bring their own ideas and self-expression. She values visual references and teaching by demonstration.

Angela loves EAC because . . .

It is an important part of a vibrant art community in Evanston. It is a unique experience because each teacher can bring their own creativity, interests, and background to the process of teaching.

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