Anna Callahan
4408 Delridge Way SW, Apt. 313
Seattle, Washington 98106
206 938.7960
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  University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL
M.F.A Painting, May 2003

University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Cum Laude
Charlotte, NC
B.F.A. Illustration, May 1997
B.A. English, May 1997

    Artist, Telling our Westside Stories: The Land, Log House Museum and Southwest Seattle Historical Society, 2012
Telling Our Westside Stories is a history of how the land has changed in on the Duwamish Peninsula Southwest Seattle. This history is told using photographs, archived oral histories, and interviews by local middle school students. The project included a large wall map with listening stations and an educational packet with map and CD. In addition to the museum exhibit, there is an audio-rich online component and a map/audio display which travelled to local libraries, schools, and community centers.
    Artist, Difficult Dialogues Interactive, Southeast Asian American Pluralism project, University of Washington, 2008
In the Difficult Dialogues Initiative, students in 5 different courses chose projects that included such non-traditional components as oral history interviews, map-making and performance. This audio-rich website documents the students' projects, explores their experience in doing this new type of work, and their personal connections to their project. The web-archive gives a full picture of the breadth of the individual projects and the project as a whole by using interviews with students, their project materials (writing, images, and still photos), and their recorded project presentations.
    Artist, Delridge Oral History Project, Delridge Neighborhood Development Association and Southwest Seattle Community College, 2007
An interview-based project, this audio-rich website encapsulates and preserves the history of the Delridge neighborhood in Seattle. The project is used as a tool for teaching Northwest History as well as an archive for historians, residents, and people interested in the area. The project uses interviews from past and present Delridge residents to tell the story of the neighborhood. The website is a combination of audio from these interviews as well as maps and photographs that depict Delridge in the early to mid 1900’s.
    Artist in Residence, The Farmland Values Project, USDA Grant, University of North Carolina Asheville,
2005- 2008

The Farmland Values Project is a collaboration with the economics, sociology and geography departments at two Universities in North Carolina. Using tools such as surveys, interviews and focus groups, this project explores the cultural, economic, environmental and scenic value of farmland. The public presentation of this interdisciplinary project is an audio-rich website based on years worth of data using interviews with farmers, developers, and rural and urban residents at its core. The project is used as an educational tool for the public as well as policy-makers on the value of farmland.
    Artist in Residence, Visualizing the Difference Diversity Makes, Ford Foundation Grant, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2006
Documenting the Difference Diversity Makes is a Ford Foundation-funded, interdisciplinary project that provides evidence of the benefits of diversity in a university setting. In collaboration with EOTU (Ethnography of the University) and the Center for Democracy in a Multiracial Society, Visualizing the Difference Diversity Makes is a web-based introduction into undergraduate research about diversity on the University of Illinois campus. This project provides not only a summary of student research on diversity but also serves to stimulate and support ongoing questioning and continuing research. Site Files
    Artist in Residence, Ethnography of the University (EOTU), Departments of Anthropology and English, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2003 - 2004
EOTU is a collaboration of Anthropology and English students that provides a multi-faceted representation of their university and examines the “University” on an intellectual level. EOTU Live is an audio-rich website that features interviews from both the students and myself in addition to projects I assigned. EOTU Live is used as an archive of student projects, a teaching tool on how to conduct an ethnography, and a resource for further student research on the role of the university.
    Art Projects
    Danville Community Encyclopedia, Danville Public Library, Danville, Illinois. 2003
Formatted as an encyclopedia and permanently installed in the reference section of the Danville Public Library, the Danville Community Encyclopedia contains knowledge of citizens of Danville as it was audio-recorded in my interviews with them in the library in 2003.
    On the Bus, Illinois Terminal and city buses, Champaign, Illinois. 2002
With the intent to spark interest in, and increase appreciation for, people we encounter in our daily lives, On the Bus is an interview-based, multi-media project that was installed on city buses and in the main bus station in Champaign, Illinois.
    Making Connections, Champaign Public Library, Champaign, Illinois. 2001
This interview-based project explored the ways in which strangers in the city are linked through their jobs and hobbies. The resulting brochure and visual map were installed in the Champaign Public Library.
    Champaign-Urbana and Philip Guston, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, Illinois. 2000
This project was comprised of my interviews with random members of the community of Champaign-Urbana about the paintings of Philip Guston. The resulting brochure with interpretations of the paintings was installed in the Krannert Art museum next to a Philip Guston painting.
    Art Exhibitions
    Collected, Opensource Art, Champaign, Illinois. 2007
    Mediating America, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA. 2005
    Chthonic Cartographers, Chesapeake Gallery, Bel Air, MD. 2005
    Anna Callahan: Voices in Public Places, Karl Hofer Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany. 2005
    Mapping, Contemporary Arts Center, North Adams, MA. 2005
    Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL. 2004
    Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL. 2003
    Mapping, Mess Hall, Chicago, IL. 2003
    Tracked and Tracking, I Space, Chicago, IL. 2003
    Location, Location, Location, I Space, Chicago, IL. 2002
    Unity in Variety, Springer Cultural Center, Champaign, IL. 2002
    Today in Eight Parts, I Space, Chicago, IL. 2001
    Amuse, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL. 2000
    Beyond Definition, Zone One Contemporary, Asheville, NC. 1999
    Selected Bibliography
    Steve Edwards, Eight Forty-Eight: Danville Community Encyclopedia, Chicago Public Radio, October 5, 2004
    Emily Nunn, Listen to This, Chicago Tribune, April 23, 2004
    Harper’s Magazine, Encyclopedia Americana, February, 2004
    Jennifer Weakley, 13 Locals Featured in Magazine, Danville Commercial-News, January 17, 2004
    Judith A Hoffberg, Danville Community Encyclopedia, Umbrella Magazine, December, 2003
    Judy Malloy, Engaging the Audience in New Media and Information Art, NYFA Current, October 15, 2003
    Barbara Nolan, Danville Community Encyclopedia offers Art, Ideas and Sound, Danville Commercial-News, Aug. 9, 2003
    Jim Meadows, Sidetrack: Danville Encyclopedia, WILL AM 580, July, 2003
    Matt Metcalf, The Morning Show: On The Bus, WCIA Channel 3, March, 2003
    Brant Hansen, Brant Hansen Show: On The Bus, WDWS AM 1400, February, 2003
    Melissa Mitchell, Bus Riders’ Thoughts Key Part of New Genre Public Art Project, U of I News Bureau, Feb., 2003
    Jason Croft, Sidetrack: On the Bus, WILL AM 580, February, 2003
    Jennifer Weakley, What do you Know?, Danville Commericial-News, November 17, 2002

    Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
    Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Sächsische Landesbibliothek-Staats-und Universitätsbibliothek, Dresden, Germany
    Middlebury College Library, Middlebury, VT
    Milner Library, Illinois State University, Bloomington, IL
    Idaho Center for the Book, Boise State University, Boise, ID
    Ricker Library, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL
    Chicago Historical Society, Chicago, IL
    Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY
    Mary Jane Jacob
    Lucy Lippard
    Buzz Spector
    Johanna Drucker
    Artist Trust/Paul Goode Ireland Residency, 2007
    Artist Residency at the Karl Hofer Gesellschaft, Universität der Künst Berlin, 2005
    Harrell Fletcher’s Earthling Award, 2005
    Masters Thesis Grant, 2003
    Brodie Grant for New Artists, 2001