Tracy Ostmann


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Tracy Ostmann
About the author

As a native of rural Missouri, Tracy’s artistic roots grew from a family of craftsmen and artisans—wood workers, clock makers, furniture builders, ceramicists and painters. After receiving her B.F.A. from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1992, Tracy received a grant and merit scholarship from The Art Institute of Chicago to attend the Post Baccalaureate certificate program. In Chicago she completed her first private, public art project for the St. Louis Metro Link station in 1993. During this time she exhibited her work in several small venue galleries including Red Trike Gallery, owned and directed by Brian Bonebrake. Curator and artist Michael Hernandez de Luna included her work in several group exhibits including Sum-ten Fishy, The Creature Show, The Velvet Show, and The Red Show, all of which were exhibited at the Donnelly Building’s Caffe Baci. Tracy participated in The Art Institute of Chicago’s annual fundraiser Barewalls from 1997-2007. She contributed two floating sculptures to Flo-Tilla in 1995 and 1997, curated by Dennis Callahan, Luke Dohner. In 1998 she began exhibiting with Eastwick Gallery in Chicago. She continued working on 3D projects Including an 8ft. Piranha for The John G. Shedd Aquarium’s lake taxi, A portrait of Martin Luther King made out of Jelly Belly candy for The University of Pennsylvania, several Jelly Belly mosaics for Jelly Belly Candy Co. and Warner Brothers, and a mosaic constructed out of nuts for Harvest Manor Nut Co. in Ohio. In 2013 Tracy create and installed a 5’ by 30’ wall of legumes for the new Art and Soul Restaurant in Washington, D.C. During her painting career Tracy ran a decorative painting business from 1998 until 2008 called Studi-O where she completed several projects including murals for Northwestern University Hospital. She also assisted Chicago painter Joe Hindley on a grocery store mural during that time. In 2008 Tracy was the first artist to exhibit twice in the history of the University Club of Chicago. She has received a CAAP grant award in1998. And 1st place at the Wells Street art fair in 2016. Recent shows include Women Made Gallery, Edra Soto’s The Franklin gallery, and Marlene Krygowski’s GAG. Tracy currently lives and works in Chicago’s E. Garfield park neighborhood in the Carroll Avenue Arts District with her husband and two children.