Victoria Fuller



Hi_sunflowerARTIST STATEMENT As an artist, I claim two distinct – yet interconnected – bodies of work. My figurative representations of nature coexist beside object-based artwork, with the two separate bodies of work intended as complementary rather than competitive. Each informs the other, illuminating the universal experience of life on earth. Environmental themes in my object-based sculpture play out on a subtle level while my nature-based work aims for more literal interpretation of the world around us. Man-made designs are manipulated to reflect organic origins, such as clustered doorknobs resembling a virus or star-shaped safety cones re-appropriated in likeness of spiked seedpods or diatoms. Simultaneously, direct depictions of flora and fauna, whether in the context of earth and grass or among human-implemented industrial piping and cigarette butts, allow me to further explore systems impacted by man’s activity.

Victoria Portrait with Spelling BeeBIOGRAPHY Victoria Fuller is a Chicago sculptor, painter, and natural science illustrator. Her educational background includes studies at the San Francisco Art Institute, Parson’s Paris Program in Paris, France, and a graduate degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Fuller has been honored with fellowships from the Colorado Council for the Arts and Humanities and the Illinois Arts Council with appearances in galleries, museums, and public spaces across the United States. She has been awarded commissioned projects from private and community organizations such as Disney’s ESPN Zone, St. Louis’ Arts in Transit, and Seattle’s Sound Transit where she recently completed her 35’ bronze sculpture, Global Garden Shovel. Fuller is best known for Shoe of Shoes, a large-scale shoe-shaped sculpture comprised of thousands of aluminum high-heels in front of Brown Shoe Company, and for her large scale sculpture, Canoe Fan, made from canoes forming a fan shape.


3-D 12 Sculptors

Chicago Sculpture International




2001 ART of Chicago, Introduction by Lanny Silverman, Curator of Exhibitions of the Chicago Cultural Center for Ms. Fuller’s,“The Emancipation of the Common Object,” sculpture and installation, Chicago, IL


– Invasive Species – Beacher – August 20140814
– Critical Americana in Chicago by Hyperallergic
– Review: Michael Dinges, Victoria Fuller, Geoffry Smalley and Karen Savage/Packer Schopf Gallery by NewCity
– Scientific American’s Blog
– Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
– Jyoti Srivastave at Public Art in Chicago (an excellent archive of photographs from the show)



2015 Waubonsee Community College“Going Nuts, Installation in Dickson Window Art Project Space”, Sugar Grove, IL
2014 Packer Schopf Gallery“Nature²,” sculpture exhibition, Chicago, IL
2001 Chicago Cultural Center“The Emancipation of the Common Object,” sculpture and installation, Chicago, IL
1998 Paint Creek Center for the Arts“Extraordinary Ordinary,” sculpture and installation, Rochester, MI
1991 Payton-Rule Gallery, Denver, CO
1983 Westbroadway Gallery, New York, NY


2016 University of Buffalo, Department of Art Gallery,”The Measure of All Things Exhibition: Rethinking Humanism through Art”, Buffalo, NY
2016 Hyde Park Art Center,”New Business”, Chicago, IL
2016 Brauer Museum of Art,”True To Form”, Valparaiso, IN
2016 Museo Internazionale Italia Arte, “Tempo-Memoria”, Turin, Italy
2016 NEIU Fine Arts Center Gallery, Northeastern Illinois Gallery, “Making Nature”, Chicago, IL
2016 Christopher Art Gallery,Prairie State College, “Aspects of Realism”, Chicago Heights, IL
2015 Grounds for Sculpture, “Disruption”, Hamilton, NJ
2015 Foster Gallery, “Themes in Contemporary Sculpture”, Eau Claire, WI
2015 Evanston Art Center, “Hybrid’s Paradise”, Evanston, IL
2015 Gallup Park, Ann Arbor, “Canoe Imagine Art”, Large Scale outdoor installation of Canoe Fan, Ann Arbor, MI
2015 Manifest Gallery, “Scientificious”, Cincinatti, OH
2014 Lubeznik Center for the Arts, “Invasive Species: The Art of Upcycling” Michigan City, IN
2014 Atrium Gallery, Governors State University, “Art Gathering Series: Sculptors Connect” University Park, IL
2014 The Cliff Dwellers Club, “Four Women Artist” Chicago, IL
2014 Denver Botanical Gardens, Guild of Natural Science Illustrators “Plants, Birds, & Pollinators” , Denver, CO.
2013 Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, “Great Lakes Chapter of the Guild of Natural Scientific Illustrators Exhibit: Spring Botanicals,” group show, Niles IL
2012 Garfield Park Conservatory, “Chicago’s Twelve: At Garfield Park Conservatory,” group show, curated by Sergio Gomez, Chicago IL
2012 Zhou B. Art Center, “Chicago’s Twelve: Twelve Artists Mobilizing the Earth,” group show, curated by Sergio Gomez, Chicago IL
2011 Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Dr. Lobby, “Recycled, Reclaimed, Repurposed,” group show, curated by Nixon Art Associates, Chicago IL
2010 Department of Cultural Affairs presents CSI on the Boulevard, Franklin Blvd., Chicago, IL
2010 Michigan Ave and Discovery Center, Fine Art Fridges, commissioned by Comed, Chicago and Rockford, IL
2010 Koehline Museum of Art, ,”Sculpture Invasion 2010″, Des Plaines, IL
2010 Chicago Merchandise Mart, Art Chicago,”Countercurrents”, outdoor sculpture show, Chicago, IL
2009 Devos Place Convention Center, ArtPrize Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, MI
2009 Packer Schopf Gallery, Size Matters, large works group show, Chicago, IL.
2009 Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, “Species Affected by Global Warming” Part of “Paradise lost? : Climate Change in the North Woods”, Chicago, IL
2009 Sears Tower, 233 S. Wacker Dr. Lobby, 3 person show featuring Victoria Fuller, Robert Hudson, Gordon Powel, curated by Nixon Art Associates, sponsored by U.S. Equities Asset management, Chicago IL
2008 Flatfile Galleries“Sculpture International Biennale,”Jurors: Sculptor John Henry, Elhurst Art Museum Director Neil Bremmer, and critic Corey Postiglione, Chicago, IL
2006-7 Krasl Art Center, “Krasl Biennial Sculpture Invitational”Chicago Sculpture International, St. Joseph, MI
2005 Suburban Fine Arts Center, “Looking back Leaping Forward: Connecting the Ages“, Highland Park, IL
2004 Lincoln Park Art Initiiative, 2004 Annual Sculpture Exhibit, Larabbee Armitage Park, Chicago, IL.
2003 Grounds For Sculpture“International Sculpture Center Summer Exhibition” Hamilton, NJ
2003 Ulysses S. Grant Home Historic Site“Sculpture Galena” Galena, IL
2003 Creative Arts Guild“Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition” Dalton, GA
2003 John Michael Kohler Art Center“Formed to Function,” Sheboygan, WI
2002 Pierwalk 2002, Large Scale Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition at Navy Pier, curated by David Hickey, Chicago, IL
2002 Field Museum“Sculpture Maquettes / Pierwalk 2002,” curated by David Hickey, Chicago IL
2002 William and Florence Schmidt Art Center, (Travelling exhibition) “Sculpture Maquettes / Pierwalk 2002,” Southwesterm Illinois University. Belleville, IL
2001 Field Museum, (Travelling exhibition) “Sculpture Maquettes / Pierwalk 2002” , curated by David Hickey. Chicago, IL
2000 City Museum“The Really Big Shoe Show,” St. Louis, MO
2000 Rockford Art Museum“Rockford Midwest Juried Exhibition,” Rockford, IL
2000 Noyes Cultural Center“The Nature of Things,” Evanston, IL
2000 Evanston Art Center“5th Evanston and Vicinity Biennial Exhibition,” Evanston, IL
1999 Pier Walk ’99“Shoe of Shoes,” Large Scale Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition at Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
1999 Allentown Art Museum“Connections: Works from the Museum Collection,” Allentown, PA
1999 Vedanta Gallery“Pier Walk ’99 Sculpture Maquette Exhibition,” Chicago, IL
1998 Hyde Park Art Center“Potluck,” Chicago, IL
1998 Artemesia Gallery“Linda Kramer Award Exhibition,” Chicago, IL
1997 Time and Life Building, exhibition sponsored by “Arts Vision, Inc.” and Miglin Bietler, Chicago, IL
1996 Montgomery Ward Gallery, University of Illinois at Chicago“The Way Out Show,” Chicago, IL
1994 Zolla Lieberman Gallery“Critics Choice,” Chicago, IL
1994 Arc Gallery“Arc Regional,” Chicago, IL
1992 Laguna Gloria Art Museum“New American Talent,” Austin, TX
1992 San Francisco International Airport“Hats and Headgear,” San Francisco, CA
1990 Payton-Rule Gallery“True West”, Denver, CO.
1988 Aspen Art Museum“Roaring Fork Artist”, Aspen, CO.
1986 White Column Galleries“Drawn and Quartered”, New York, NY.
1984 M-13 Gallery“Group Show”, New York, NY.


2006-9 Sound Transit“Arts in Transit,” public sculpture commissionby Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority, Seattle, WA.
2001 Bi-State Development Agency“Arts in Transit,” public sculpture commission, St. Louis, MO
2000 Rockford Art Museum“Best of 3-D,” Rockford Midwest Juried Exhibition, Rockford,IL
2000 Evanston Art Center, Juror’s Award, “5th Evanston and Vicinity Biennial Exhibition,”Evanston,IL
2000 Illinois Arts Council“IAC Artist Fellowship Award,” Chicago, IL
1999 ESPN Zone“Oh Say Can You Scream,” sculpture commissioned by Disney Regional Entertainment, Chicago, IL
1999 Sculpture Spacefunded residency, Aug.-Sept., Utica, NY
1998 Artemesia Gallery“Linda Kramer Award,” Chicago, IL
1992 Atlantic Center for the Arts“Associate Residency with Janet Fish,”  New Smyrna, FL
1986 Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities“Creative Fellowship in the Visual Arts,” Denver, CO


1994 MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1980 BA, Lorretto Heights College, Denver, CO


2014 Scientific American Blog,“ScienceArt Exhibits Heat Up This Summer”, featured exhibition
2014 Bad at Sports,“The State of Nature: Recent Work by Tom Denlinger and Victoria Fuller”, review by Lise McKean
2014 Hyperallergic,“Critical Americana in Chicago”, review by Philip A. Hartigan
2014 New City,“Review: June 27, 2014, Packer Schopf Gallery”, review and recommendation
2012 Sergio Gomez Art Blog,“In Sync with Victoria Fuller”, Interview in art blog
2012 Il Meglio Dal Mondo Magazine,“Chicago’s Twelve”, Article in internationally distributed publication
2012 Participant in panel discussion at Garfield Park Conservatory “Chicago’s Twelve Talk Sustainable Art”, Curated by Sergio Gomez
2011 Daily Herald,“New Whale Sculpture Making Splash at Naperville School”, Article with photo slideshow
2011 Western Art and Archicture Magazine,“Wanderings:Seattle”, Sculpture featured in Spring/Summer issue
2009 Seattle Times,“Making a Big Deal of It”, Sculpture featured in “Arts and Life” section
2007 Lake Magazine,“Outside Art, In St. Joseph, Mich. the Krasl Biennial brings sculpture outdoors”, Art and Design section, by Jeff Hubner, Photo of Safety Star by Amanda Temple, July 2007, pg. 69
2006 Chicago Sun-Times, “Sculptor to plant her work in Seattle”, July 17th, 2006, Metro section, page 6, photo of victoria and sculpture in progress
2003 The Sheboygan Press“Formed to Function,” February 23, 2003, section C, pg. 1 and 8, photo of sculpture “Self Empowerment”
2002 MUTV, Channel 23, “Event and Expo,” Aug. 1-31 2002, 9:30 am
2001 Chicago Tribune“Planner: Your Personal Guide To An Entertaining Week Calendar, Critic’s pick for ‘Emancipation of the Common Object’ at Chicago Cultural Center, critic Alan Artner”, Oct. 26th, 2001, section 7, pg. 5
2001 Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs“Chicago Artists’ Month, Oct. 2001 brochure, ‘The Faces of Chicago Art, Twelve Perspectives”
2001 Art of Chicago, “DNA imprints, CAD Systems, Marcel Duchamp, and Barbie’s Lost Sole” an interview with the artist by Scott Nelson
2001 Chicago Cultural Center, Oct. 5th, 2001, Panel Discussion , “What is Chicago About Chicago Art”, moderated by  art critic James Yood,. Guest panelists: Victoria Fuller, Robert Donelly, Heilidon Gjergii, Jin Lee.
2000 Hello, British periodical, “The World in Pictures,” number 600, Feb. 29th, color photo.
2000 St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Everyday Magazine (supplement), “City Museum Show Takes a Real Shine to Shoes,” Diane Toroian, review of “The Really Big Shoe Show” featuring artist with color photo of “Shoe of Shoes,” Feb. 29, p. D1.
2000 Destinations, Culture Club Section, “Attention Shoe Divas: the Really Big Shoe Show” (color photo of “Shoe of Shoes”), Jan. issue, p.17.
2000 Ambassador Magazine, (TWA in-flight magazine), “What’s Hot at the Hubs, Sole Searching” (notice featuring “Shoe of Shoes” with color photo), Jan. issue, p. 53.
1999 NBC Channel 5“Show Me St. Louis,” features footage of artist working on “Shoe of Shoes”and interview for “The Really Big Shoe Show,” Dec. 29, 3 PM.
1999 New York Post, Tuesday Travel Section, “Pump and Circumstance,” show notice with photo of “Shoe of Shoes” and artist, Dec. 21, p.40.
1999 NBC Channel 5“Show Me St. Louis” news item on “Shoe of Shoes” in front of Brown Shoe Company, sponsor of “The Really Big Shoe Show,” Dec. 15, 3 PM.
1999 Fox Channel 2 News St. Louis, news item on “Shoe of Shoes” in front of Brown Shoe Company, sponsor of “The Really Big Shoe Show,” Dec. 15, AM news.
1999 ABC 30 News Channel 6 St. Louis, news item on “Shoe of Shoes” in front of Brown Shoe Company, sponsor of “The Really Big Shoe Show,” Dec. 14, 10 PM.
1999 CBS Channel 4 News St. Louis, news item “Shoe of Shoes” in front of Brown Shoe Company, sponsor of the “Really Big Shoe Show,” Dec.14, PM news.
1999 Fox Channel 2 News St. Louis, news item on “Shoe of Shoes” in front of Brown Shoe Company, sponsor of “The Really Big Shoe Show,” Dec. 15, AM news.
1999 Fox Channel 2 News St. Louis, news item on “Shoe of Shoes” in front of Brown Shoe Company, sponsor of “The Really Big Shoe Show,” Dec. 14, 5:30 PM.
1999 Today’s Chicago Woman“Fancy Footwork,” interview of artist with photo of “Shoe of Shoes”and artist, August issue, p.11.
1999 Footwear News“Shoe Sculpture Stops Crowds,” interview of artist regarding “Shoe of Shoes” and Pier Walk 99, Vol. 55, No. 43, Oct. 25, p.9.
1999 Chicago Tribune“Memorabilia Soothes the Savage Customer,” (with color photo of “Oh Say Can You Scream”), Philip Zonkel, July 6, Tempo section 5, front page.
1999 Chicago Tribune“A Celebration of Sculpture,” (photo of “Shoe of Shoes”, p. 2), Rob D. Kaiser, May 11, section 2, p. 1-2.
1999 Chicago Sun Times“Extra Large Art-Pier Walk ’99Features Array of Sculpture,” (with photo of“Shoe of Shoes”), Kevin M. Williams, May 6, Showcase Arts & Leisure, p.39.
1999 Chicago Tribune Evening Update, color photo feature of “Shoe of Shoes” sculpture at Navy Pier, May 3, front page.
1999 NBC Channel 5 News Chicago, news item about “Shoe of Shoes” sculpture at Navy Pier, May 8, 8 AM.
1999 CBS Channel 2 News Chicago, feature story about “Shoe of Shoes” sculpture at Navy Pier, Apr. 28th, 5 PM. 1999 Cover Magazine, Potluck: Hyde Park Art Center, Museum Watch, Michael Rooks, Vol. 12 #6, pg. 30.
1998 The Herald“A Full Plate of Offerings at Art Center,” Cara Glatt, Sept. 16, pg.9.
1992 WBEZ Radio, “Artistic License,” radio interview with Victoria Lautman, Around the Coyote Festival event, Sept. 9.
1991 Westword“Pure Pop for Now People,” Nancy Clegg, Dec. 4-10, pg. 4.
1983 New York Daily News“Happenings in the City,” Joan Shepard, Dec. 11
1983 Manhatan Arts, Marilu Knode, Dec. 1-15, pg. 2.