Sandra Binion
The Art of Description, curated by Doug Stapleton, addresses how artists report the sensory phenomena of the world from a distinctive vantage point, evoking a sense of presence or atmosphere beyond information. The exhibition will focus on still life, landscape and portrait, with an emphasis on the quiet meditation of these subjects.

Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery
November 25, 2013 to March 21, 2014

Illinois State Museum Rend Lake
June 15, 2014 to October 19, 2014

Illinois State Museum Lockport
December 9, 2014 to June 21, 2015

Illinois State Museum Springfield
October 4, 2015 to March 13, 2016

Artists include: Sandra Binion, Peter Butterfield, Steven Carrelli, Richard Deutsch, Laura Letinsky, Tim Lowly, Michael Mahoney, Karen Perl and Zack Sabin.

The exhibition runs from November 25, 2013 to March 21, 2014. Hours Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Free to the public. Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery, James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St. 2nd floor.
I am presenting a wall installation of paintings and photographs, and the video installation “Lumaca”.  I’ve covered a 40-foot wall in the gallery with a handwritten text in English and Italian; 35 paintings and photographs selected by Doug Stapleton hang salon-style on the wall.  “Lumaca” is a mesmerizing video close-up of a snail eating, projected over an unmade bed.


Sandra Binion is an interdisciplinary artist who makes live performances, video installations, and visual artworks. Her video installations focus on distilling new associations from her travels by recontextualizing these images in particular architectural settings.

She has presented over 40 performances and installations since 1978 at numerous festivals, galleries, museums, and theaters in the US, Canada, and Europe, including the Sakyadhita International Conference, Vaishaili, India; Il Borgo degli Agrumi, Buggiano Castello, Pistoia, Italy; the Hyde Park Art Center; PAC/edge Performance Festival Chicago (for which she was given two consecutive Excellence in Visual Exhibition Awards); Evanston Art Center;Columbia College Art + Design Gallery;Fourth Presbyterian Church Chicago; Plan B in Santa Fe; Galerie Nuova Icona in Venice, Italy; University of California Berkeley; Kunstraum Stuttgart; Powerhouse Gallery Montreal, and others. Her most recent project, Rough Beauty, was presented in May 2012 in the hamlet of Tereglio, Lucca, Italy.

Ms. Binion holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music, and an MFA in Filmmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

She has received grants from the DEW Foundation, Reale Mutua Assicurazioni, the Pro Suecia Foundation, American Scandinavian Foundation, Genline, SWEA-Chicago, Hugh M. Hefner Foundation, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Art Matters Inc., and the Goethe-Institute.

Sandra lives in the Chicago area and is married to audio artist, Lou Mallozzi, who is director of the non-profit Experimental Sound Studio. They are frequent collaborators.