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Ari Norris (b. 1995 West Michigan)


lives & works in the greater Chicago area

ig: @aristotle_norris


2021     MA - Metalwork, Jewelry Design, and Digital Fabrication - Northern Illinois University. DeKalb, IL

2019     BFA - Sculpture - Northern Illinois University. DeKalb, IL

Solo Exhibitions


Just Dust, David Salkin Creative. Chicago, IL



Quartet for the End of Time, the Plan. Chicago, IL



the Treachery of Objects, David Salkin Creative. Chicago, IL


Two & Three Person Exhibitions


Introspective Dream Assembly, Ryan Burns & Ari Norris. Guest curated by Esau McGhee.

Riverside Arts Center. Riverside, IL



Our Two Scents, Marvin Chan & Ari Norris. Cleaner Gallery + Projects. Chicago, IL


Shooting Pool with a RopeDerek Ernster, Jose Jimenez, & Ari Norris. Baby Blue Gallery. Chicago, IL



Selected Group Exhibitions



West, Wester, Westest 4, Curated by Ryan Travis Christian. Left Field Gallery. Los Osos, CA

Selections from the Irie Collection, McHenry County College Art Gallery. Crystal Lake, IL





The Patriot, O'Flaherty's. New York, NY




5th International Exhibition on Conceptual Art, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (CICA) Museum. 

Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

More Small Painting(s); an Exhibition Homage to CvD, Lawrence & Clark. Chicago, IL

The Plant Show, Ground Level Platform. Chicago, IL

Rulers, Coco Hunday. Tampa, FL

Artist Residency Alumni Exhibition, Main Street Arts. Clifton Springs, NY

53rd Annual National Drawing and Sculpture Show, Cain Gallery, Del Mar College. Corpus Christi, TX


the 75th Rockford Midwestern Biennial, Rockford Art Museum. Juried by Aron Packer. Rockford, IL

Impromptu, Rubberneck Gallery. Chicago, IL


Midwest Sculpture Exhibition, Indiana University Kokomo Art Gallery. Curated by Tara Scott. Kokomo, IN

14th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition, Freeport Art Museum, Juried by Dan Addington. Freeport, IL


55th Greater Michigan Regional. Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art. Midland, MI


54th Greater Michigan Regional, Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art. Midland, MI





Artist-in-Residence at Art Casting of Illinois, inc. Oregon, IL




Artist-in-Residence at Art Casting of Illinois, inc. Oregon, IL


LAUNCH Invitational Residency at Chicago Artists Coalition. Chicago, IL


Artist-in-Residence at Main Street Arts. Clifton Springs, NY

Public Collections

Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX

Notre, Chicago, IL

Private Collections

Chicago, IL

Grand Rapids, MI

Los Angeles, CA


Milwaukee, WI

Naperville, IL

Vancouver, BC, Canada


Virgil Abloh Estate

Washington, D.C.





John X. Koznarek Memorial Scholarship Fund


Lester K. Smith Creative Art Scholarship


Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs - Public Arts/Sculpture. Minigrant Arts Projects


O’Malley-Pugh Endowment Fund


Sally Stevens Scholarship in the Arts

Selected Bibliography / Press



Kaye, Gareth. Chicago Spleen. "Four (Minus One) for Friday: Ari Norris: Just Dust @ David Salkin Creative."

     Web. April 26, 2024.




Massa, Daniel. Northern Star. "NIU Exhibits Bring Together the Old and New."

     Web. April 3, 2023.




Bad at Sports. "Top V. Weekend Picks (4/21-4/27)." Web. April 21, 2022. 

     Regarding "Quartet for the End of Time," at the PLAN, Chicago, IL. 



Bad at Sports. "Top V. Weekend Picks (5/13-5/20)." Web. May 13, 2021. 

     Regarding "Our Two Scents," at Cleaner Gallery + Projects, Chicago, IL. 


Pickleman, Jason. "Lawrence & Clark." Print. October 2, 2020. 



Alyea, Ginny Van. Chicago Gallery News (CGN) "the Newest Thing; What Collectors are Buying Now."

     Print & Web. Fall 2019 Issue. 

Coco Hunday. "Rulers," Exhibition Catalog. PDF/Web. 2019. 

Del Mar College. “53rd Annual National Drawing & Small Sculpture Show,” Exhibition Catalog.

     Print. February 15, 2019.

Northern Illinois University Art Museum. "Jack Arends Hall Alumni Celebration: 50 Years of Excellence in the

     Visual Arts," Exhibition Catalog.

West, SK. "'Rulers,' Explores Measurements and Leaders at Coco Hunday in Tampa." Creative Loafing.    Web. June 5, 2019. 



Bad at Sports. "Top V. Weekend Picks (1/11-1/17)." Web. Jan 11, 2018. 

     Regarding "Shooting Pool with a Rope," at Baby Blue Gallery, Chicago. IL. 

Bad at Sports. "Top V. Weekend Picks (6/14-6/20)." Web. June 14, 2018. 

     Regarding "Impromptu," at Rubberneck Gallery. Chicago, IL. 

CVPA, xFeatured. “Watch: the 2018 NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts Convocation Video.”

     NIU CVPA Arts Blog. Web. Feb 14, 2018.

     *Video Documentation

Main Street Arts, "Meet the Artist in Residence: Ari Norris." Main Street Arts Blog. Web. July 2nd, 2018. 

Northern Illinois University, “Ari Norris - Huskie Spotlight.” NIU Website / NIU CVPA Arts Blog. / Web. July 2018

NIU Art Museum, “Museum Notes; A Publication for Members of the NIU Art Museum.”

     Pub. Vol. 22, Issue 3, Spring 2018.

Rockford Art Museum, "The Rockford Midwestern Biennial 2018," Exhibition Catalog. 

     Published by 11th Street Printing. June, 2018. 

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