Vita

Artist Statement

Jyl Bonaguro is a self taught sculptor and playwright, specializing in carving Italian marble by hand. Often working spontaneously, Jyl Bonaguro has a modern approach to the ancient art of stone carving that diverges from the formal academic approach. Raw stone is revealed in select areas, leaving sections untouched and natural, reminiscent of fragments excavated by archaeologists.

Jyl Bonaguro find similarities working in mediums as divergent as sculpting and playwriting because both mediums are treated as interactive, narrative forms. Sculptures like her marble wings series tells a story through composition of form and style in much the same way a play like Swan Soong tells a story through composition of words and style. Both forms require audience participation and interaction to help complete the stories and connect us with each other.

Jyl Bonaguro’s works have been featured in publications like CS Modern Luxury Interiors, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader and Sheridan Road and are in private art collections throughout the United States. Select sculpture exhibitions include: SOFA Chicago, Scope Miami, Aqua Art Miami, “Nature in Motion” Lincoln Park Zoo IL, “Voices and Visions” at the Highland Park Art Center IL and “Intertwined” at the Korean Cultural Center IL. Her plays like Swan Soong have been sponsored by Loyola University Chicago, Columbia College Library, Zhou B. Center, Hinsdale Public Library and the Chinese American Museum of Chicago. She currently lives and works in Chicago, IL. Her latest carving project is the Modern Athena Sculpture.

Jyl Bonaguro // Marble Sculptor – Her Artist Story

 

Artist Resume

Born in Chicago Heights
Lives and works in Chicago, Illinois

 

Solo Exhibitions

2019
Swan Soong, staged reading, sponsored by Chinese American Museum of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Swan Soong,
staged reading, sponsored by Hinsdale Public Library, Hinsdale, IL
Swan Soong
, staged reading, sponsored by Columbia College Library, Chicago, IL

2018
LIFTED, curated by Andrew Bridges, Workshop 4200, Chicago, IL
Swan Soong, staged reading, sponsored by Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL

2016
Exploring Stone, Hilton Asmus Contemporary, Chicago, IL

2015
Inspired by Antiquity, Hilton Asmus Contemporary, Chicago, IL

2014
Urania, The Life of Émilie Du Châtelet, staged reading, sponsored by Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

2009
Trees of Life I, Evanston Atelier, Evanston, IL

 

Select Group Exhibitions

2020
Studio Exhibition, curated by Elizabeth Plessa, Athena Standards Residency, Athens, Greece

2019
SOFA Expo, Evan Lurie Gallery, Chicago, IL

2017
Asia Contemporary Art Show, Prak-sis Contemporary Art Association, Hong Kong, China

2016
Scope, Prak-sis Contemporary Art Association, Miami, FL
Aqua Art Miami, Prak-sis Contemporary Art Association, Miami, FL

2015
I, Fly, Public Art Outdoor Sculpture, Nature In Motion: Sculpture at Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL lpzoosculpture.org

2014
Sustainable You, Art Depth, Chicago, IL
Urania, The Life of Émilie Du Châtelet
,
workshop production, produced by Arica Hilton, Hilton Asmus Contemporary, Chicago, IL

2013
Love 2013, curated by Catinca Tabacaru of Tinca Art Gallery, NY, International Beethoven Festival, Chicago, IL
Wish You Were Here 12,
 A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

2012
Flying House – Terror of Release, sculpture mixed media installation, Chicago, IL
Snow Days Chicago, sponsored by Mayor of Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

2011
Voices and Visions, Highland Park Art Center, Highland Park, IL
Intertwined, curated by Sun H. Choi, Korean Cultural Center, Wheeling, IL
EDGEART, Edgewater Artists in Motion, Chicago, IL
Snow Days Chicago, sponsored by Mayor of Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

2010
Green Arts Showcase, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Evanston, IL
EAC Members Exhibition, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
Art Under Glass,
Evanston, IL

2009
Group Invitational
, CCT Gallery, Chicago, IL
Places: From Arcadia to Urban Landscape, Murphy Hill Gallery, Chicago, IL
Green Arts Showcase, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Evanston, IL

2008
Explorations 2008 – New Works by New Artists, Highland Park Art Center, Highland Park, IL

2005
Postcards to the CAC, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

2004
Postcards to the CAC, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

2002
Under Exposed, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Graves
, Cemeteryscape Photographic Exhibition, Save Our Cemeteries, New Orleans, LA
Human Landscapes, West Bank Art Guild, New Orleans, LA

2001
Asia, Thirteenth Floor Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

Publications / Reviews / Talks

2019
“In Michelangelo’s Footsteps,” by Alan Wechsler, Loyola Magazine, August 2019 READ NOW
“Sculptor Jyl Bonaguro – Carving Out History,” by Dave Salvi & Jeff Zimmerman, Dec 2019
SoundCloud – https://bit.ly/376aBR8
iTunes – https://apple.co/2QcNLAj
Stitcher – https://bit.ly/2Gwvht0
Google Play – https://bit.ly/2C96Wnz

“Hinsdale Library to stage story of famous Shanghai sisters,” by Sara Clarkson, Chicago Tribune, July 2019 READ NOW
“Around Town Visits Workshop 4200,” by Ana Belaval, WGN9 News, Watch Now

2018
“LIFTED,” Documentary by Motion FilmWorks, Watch Now
“Meet Jyl Bonaguro, Artist, Playwright, Sculptor in Hermosa,” Voyage Chicago, July 2018 READ NOW
“Artist, Playwright & Sculptress of Marble Jyl Bonaguro, Real Life Heroes,” by Manvi Pant, Read to Empower, May 2018 READ NOW

2017
“A room of one’s stone,” by Laura Pearson, Chicago Reader, Feb 2017 READ NOW
“SPACE: Inside a marble carver’s studio,” a video by Kerri Pang, Chicago Reader, Feb 2017, Watch Now
“Limitless Beauty,” by Gina J. Grillo, Sheridan Road, p.54-55 Dec 2016/Jan 2017  READ NOW

2016
“Jyl Bonaguro’s Wings,” Éclat International, p.18-19 Nov/Dec 2016  READ NOW
“Jyl Bonaguro // Marble Sculptor,” Documentary by Motion FilmWorks, Watch Now
“Jyl Bonaguro The Art of Sculpture,” by Donovan Stanley, NUE Magazine, p.46-51 READ NOW or PDF
“The Art of Jyl Bonaguro Beauty and Immortality,” Éclat International, p.40-41 Feb/Mar 2016 READ NOW or PDF
“Set in Stone,” by Laura Pearson, Chicago Tribune,  2016 READ NOW or PDF
“Reflecting On Relationships And Immortality,” Journal of Humanistic Psychiatry, Winter 2016, Volume 4, Issue 1, READ NOW
“Hammer and Stone,” Kickstarter Campaign, Watch Now

2015
“Wild Art:  Lincoln Park Zoo displays outdoor menagerie,” by Steve Johnson, Chicago Tribune, May 2015 READ NOW
“The Story of Urania,” PechaKucha 20×20, Chicago, IL LISTEN & WATCH NOW
“Featured Artist,” Masque & Spectacle, November 2015 READ NOW

2014
“Climbing High,” Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago, Spring 2014 READ NOW p.86
“Urania, Historical Play by Local Artist,” by Lizzie Schiffman, DNAinfo Chicago, READ NOW
“Radio Interview with Arica Hilton & Jyl Bonaguro,” by John Hansen, DNAinfo Chicago, July 2014 LISTEN NOW
“Career Moves: Writer to Artist to Playwright,” by Aeneas Sagar Hemphill, Chicago Artist Resource, Feb 2014 READ NOW

2013
“Peace, Love and Understanding,” The Whole 9 Publishers, 2013 READ NOW p.101
“Documentary for Snow Days Chicago 2013,” by Heather Momyer, January 2013
http://youtu.be/6shwAFaIFmw

2012
“Flying House Volume #3 Summer 2012,” Neugideon Press Publishers, 2012
“Rising temperatures and melting snow sculptures in Chicago,” by Al Podgorski, Chicago Sun-Times, January 30, 2012

2011
“The Pieces That Matter: Refocusing on My Own Art,” by Jyl Bonaguro for Chicago Artist Resource, May 2011 READ NOW
“Galleries on the go,” by Lauren Viera, Chicago Tribune, January 13, 2011

2010
“Artists fill empty Edgewater storefronts,” by Crystal Fencke, News-Star, December 1-7, 2010
“A Connected Collection,” by Evangeline Politis, Sheridan Road, Vol. 4, No.3, 2010
“Roundtable with Rani Woolpert featuring Jyl Bonaguro,” by Rani Woolpert, Transistor Chicago, March 28, 2010 LISTEN NOW

 

Awards & Residencies

2020
Athena Standards Residency,” Athens, Greece

2018
“Arts Grant,” BAAAHS, San Franciso, CA

2017
“Arts Grant,” Lakes of Fire, Chicago, IL

2016
“Marble Sculpture 3 week Residency,” Christian Lange, Pietrasanta, Italy Learn More

2013
“Winner of Open Call,” Love 2013, curated by Catinca Tabacaru of Tinca Art Gallery, NY for International Beethoven Festival, Chicago, IL
“Co-Captain of Exhibition Team,” Snow Days Chicago 2013, Chicago, IL

2010
“First Place,” – All Catagories, EAC Members Exhibition, Evanston, IL

2009
“Honorary Credential for Mural & Sculpture,” Northeastern University, China

2002
Merit Award, Graves, Cemeteryscape Photographic Exhibition, Save Our Cemeteries, New Orleans, LA

1994 – 1998
Presidential Honors Academic Scholarship, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

 

Select Collections

George Accatto, Evanston, IL
Dr. Jake Brown, Naperville, IL
Rae Ann Cecrle, Chicago, IL
Paula & Jeff Danoff, Winnetka, IL
John Farrell, Chicago, IL
Judy & Rick Fenton, Highland Park, IL
Betty Giorgi & Tom James, Chicago, IL
William Jeffreys, Kansas City, MO
Meredith Mays Espino, Chicago, IL
Hadley Newton, Chicago, IL
Dr. Caroline Scholtz, Lincolnshire, IL
Neil Shah, Chicago, IL
Rob Sullivan, Chicago, IL
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL
Dr. Raffaela Villella, Bradenton, FL

 

Education

2009
Outdoor Sculpture and Mural Study in China & Tibet – Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL & Northeastern University, China

2007
Human Anatomy + Physiology I, Oakton Community College, Skokie, IL 2007

1998
BA, English Creative Writing, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL & John Felice Rome Center, Rome, Italy

1993
Intro to Figure Drawing & Figure Drawing I, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL