Anna Kunz - Columbia College Chicago

Anna Kunz

Associate Professor of Instruction


Anna Kunz is a Chicago-based artist, exhibiting her interdisciplinary works in the US and abroad. Kunz received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from Northwestern University. Kunz describes her works on paper, paintings, sculptures, and installations as “seeping out of the rectangle”, and makes work often for other places and audiences outside of traditional gallery spaces. In addition to painting, the artist uses painted and dyed fabrics that function like nets to capture and manipulate light and color. These experiential works are often combined with objects or surfaces that add complexity and invite viewers to interact with the works in space. Kunz has earned honors and awards from the Union League Civic and Arts Organization, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, and the Department of Cultural Affairs in Chicago, The Marie Walsh Sharp FOundation in NYC. Kunz has also served as an artistic collaborator for many organizations within the city and around the U.S. Most notably, the artist worked with dancers and musicians to design sets for various theatrical and dance productions, namely for the Chicago-based dance company SELDOMS in 2012 and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in NYC. Anna has been nominated for awards from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, The Museum of Women in the arts, WA D.C, The Artadia Foundation, The Rema Hort Mann Fondation, NYC, The Rolex Foundation, an Excellence in Teaching Award from Columbia College Chicago, and others. She was recently awarded artist Residencies at The Marie Walsh Sharpe Fondation, NYC, The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, The Edward Albee Foundation. Kunz serves on exhibiton boards, professional organizations and as a curatorial consultant and juror for institutions across the Midwest. She is a Co- Director of the artist run space, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, a national and internation platform for emerging and established artists.

Instructional Areas

Color Theory, Modern and Contemporary art and culture, Painting, Performance, Textiles, Art History, Experience Design, Chicago Art History


B.F.A., School of The Art Institute of Chicago 1991
M.F.A., Northwestern University 2000