Work Resume

Samuel J. Gillis

424-645-4960  

Gallery Director/Curator/Art Instructor
“Gallery Swarm could perhaps even be an example for other galleries to take more risks
and nurture both artists and collectors.”

– Chicago Art Magazine
Professional Summary
Gallery Director, curator, art instructor and show producer who leverages creativity and innovation for art acquisition, distribution and art events in service to a broad range of artists and collectors worldwide.

Areas of Artistic Expertise

• High-end art sales
• Private collectors
• Art history, theory, research
• Artistic networks and communities
• Artist research and acquisition
• Art handler
• Art cataloguing, image management
• Installation of art
• Space fluidity
• Hang, light, label
• Theme/sequence
• Space reconfiguration
• Dynamic dialogue
• Recruitment and selection
• Inter-cultural exchanges
• Event production, entertainment booking, catering, staffing, sponsorships
• Marketing and PR
• Community outreach

Professional Experience

Grumbacher Instructor – Ventura CA – March 2010 – Present

As a Grumbacher Instructor in an open studio setting there would be management of ten or more students where lesson planning, nurturing students, history of art, technique, samples of paintings, color theory, communication skills as well as promotional work shops are some of the core duties of an instructor held at Michaels art supply retail shop.

Wrinkle Art online – Camarillo CA November 2016 – Present

Wrinkle art is the brainchild of Samuel Gillis and Glendy X. a owner we develop and relationships in our community, organizations and artists that is mutually beneficial. Being in the gallery business for over ten years we have learned from our past endavors have developed a unique site as well as an online experience featuring works by Samuel Gillis owner, contemporary artists and a vast collection of private art. Web design, marketing, promoting, hosting events, selling and placing art in home across the United States. Wrinkle Art has artists from around the world and has at in collections globally.

Gallery Swarm, LLC • Chicago IL • December 2010 – Present

Managed all administrative gallery operations including collector relations, artist payouts, website design and maintenance, social marketing and graphic design. As well, lead and instructed in open studios and classes for artists with all degrees of expertise. Curated collection that included works from artists such as Ed Paschke, Roger Moy, Errol Ortiz, Marc Hauser and Peter Mars.

Arts Entertainment • Chicago, IL • May 2013 – October 2013 (Contract)

Sourced, recruited and hired talent for interviews that streamed live on the AE site. Acquired talent nationally and internationally in varied types of art media including musicians, painters, sculptors, art centers, galleries and schools. Scheduled interviews and managed the production from conception to execution at local and satellite sites and promotion on social media.

Maison Rouge Gallerie • Chicago, IL • February 2006 – October 2010

Managed all administrative gallery operations including collector relations, event producer, website design and maintenance, social marketing and graphic design. Art acquisition, handling and sales of private high-end art collections including works from artists such as Preston Jackson and Andy Warhol.

Bottles and Brushes • Chicago, IL • February 2008 – June 2010

Instructor at public and private events including corporate, parties, meetings and fundraisers at a variety of venues throughout the Chicagoland area. Instruction included a myriad of different styles, mediums and techniques for students at every level from beginner to professional. Class sizes varied from 5-100 students.

Genesis Artist’s Village • Chicago, IL • March 1996- June 1999

Instructor for large groups of teens and adults with an emphasis on still life and figurative work as well as experimental techniques. Provided classical training in technique and styles in a structured 4 hour course that met weekly. Class sizes varied but were between 10-45 students.


• Social networking, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube, Ovation TV
• Email marketing, MPZ Mail, Constant Contact, Eventbrite, Survey Monkey
• Marketing, branding, press kits, artist packaging
• Website design and maintenance, Blogger, WordPress, Wix
• Design for web, print and logos
• Graphics, Photoshop, Illustrator, Gimp
• Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Powerpoint
• Digital design, Intuos, Cameo, Avid

Indiana University South Bend • South Bend, IN
BA in Studio Art with minor in History of Art • Graduating May 2016
School of the Art Institute of Chicago • Chicago, IL
Completed work BA in Studio Painting • 2013 – 2014
Northeastern Illinois University • Chicago, IL
Completed work on BA in Studio Art • 2012 – 2013
The Atelier Alternative • Chicago, IL
Classical training • 1996 – 2006

Awards and Honors

School of the Art Institute Chicago • Merit Scholarship Recipient for Study in Painting
Northeastern Illinois University • Eagle Merit Award
Northeastern Illinois University • Art Department Merit Scholarship for Study in Painting
Northeastern Illinois University • Against All Odds Scholarship

Published by Gillis Contemporary

Artist Statement My paintings are the way I create my world. I live something and then I paint about it. Or I paint something and then I live it. I’ve created thousands of pieces. And each one corresponds to a part of my self and my experience that I can only express through a painting. I’m classically trained and appreciate the foundation that gave me to explore my insider roots to teach myself new techniques. The broad range I’ve been able to master lets me create in virtually any style from Renaissance to Verdaccio to modern, landscape, still life, figurative or realism. I create on anything I can find. Cardboard, canvas, doors. If there’s paint and something to paint on I create. Often, I don’t even use a brush. I’ll grab a business card or a popsicle stick and get to painting. My goal as an artist is to create without judgment and let everyone see whatever they see in my work. Because art, like life, is just a matter of perception.

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