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Evanston Art Center In Focus Lecture: Cortney Lederer

January 16th, 2022 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Evanston Art Center 2022 In Focus Lecture

Cortney Lederer: How Art is Getting Us Through the Pandemic

On Sunday, January 16 at 3pm, join us for a hybrid in-person and virtual lecture, “How Art is Getting Us Through the Pandemic,” featuring Cortney Lederer. Register today!

This lecture is a part of the ongoing EAC series, In Focus. In Focus features a variety of talks and presentations by artists, art professionals, historians, community activists and more!

Cortney shares her experience of how art has moved us through the pandemic through her work with her company CNL Projects which provides project-based consulting to organizations with a specialization in art advising, project management, and program design.


Cortney Lederer is an art advisor, project manager and educator with twenty years of experience managing an array of artistic programming for organizations and businesses. From 2011–14 she served as the Director of Exhibitions and Residencies at the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC), where she designed and managed its two residency programs: BOLT Residency and HATCH Projects. In June 2014, Cortney launched CNL Projects (CNL) to provide artists and organizations with a platform to creatively produce impactful art experiences. CNL’s work is deeply centered on her unique, collaborative approach to working with artists, clients, businesses and organizations to advocate for the value of art and culture in our daily lives.

CNL provides project-based consulting to organizations with a specialization in art advising, project management, and program design. She has worked with notable organizations such as 3Arts, Chicago Artists Coalition, EQ Office/Willis Tower, EXPO Chicago, Hyatt Hotels, LinkedIn, Radio Flyer, and Wilson Sporting Goods. For the last four years, CNL has worked with EQ Office to commission and curate the globally renowned artist Olafur Eliasson’s stunning installation, Atmospheric wave wall (2021) and Jacob Hashimoto’s In the Heart of this Infinite Particle of Galactic Dust, (2019) at the Willis Tower in Chicago. She has also built the Willis Tower’s collection featuring over 30 local artists. Her relationship with EQ Office will expand to Seattle where she will design a compelling art program for their newly designing building United States Bank Center (2024).

At the onset of the pandemic, CNL launched ART- IN-PLACE where 400 artists from around the world activated their homes with works of art to share with their neighbors and through a virtual platform. Continuing her work in pandemic relief for artists, she was hired to serve as Project Manager for Walder Foundation’s most newly designed grant Chicago Takes Ten to support performing arts organizations and artists during the pandemic through a live-streamed series of performances (March-July 2021). As of May 2021, CNL was promoted to Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Arts Administration and Policy department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she has been teaching for the last 6 years.


This lecture will be held both in-person and virtually at the Evanston Art Center. Register today!

When registering, please indicate if you would like to attend IN-PERSON (at Evanston Art Center) or VIRTUALLY (via Zoom). For in-person attendees, a limited number of visitors will be allowed in the gallery space at the same time. Masks are required. For virtual attendees, the talk will be available via Zoom. After registering on Eventbrite, a day before the event, we will email you more information on how to log into the event via Zoom with the Meeting ID and password.

THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF OUR VISITORS AND EAC STAFF IS ESSENTIAL. ALL visitors are required to wear masks. Please adhere to 6′ social distancing requirements when in the gallery space.

Evanston Art Center, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, is dedicated to fostering the appreciation and expression of the arts among diverse audiences. The Art Center offers extensive and innovative instruction in broad areas of artistic endeavor through classes, exhibitions, interactive arts activities, and community outreach initiatives.

Evanston Art Center is located at 1717 Central Street, Evanston, IL. Evanston Art Center Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday, 9am–6pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9am–4pm. First and second floor gallery spaces are accessible. Limited free parking is available.

Due to COVID-19 protocol, when arriving at the EAC during our Gallery Hours, all visitors are required to wear face masks. Please adhere to 6′ social distancing requirements when in the gallery space.

For more information, please visit us online at or contact Cara Feeney, Director of Exhibitions, at (847) 475-5300 or Visit the Evanston Art Center on Facebook:, follow us on Twitter:!/evartcenter, or on Instagram: @EvanstonArtCenter.



January 16th, 2022
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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