Antonia Contro is an artist, advocate, and arts consultant. Her multi-media art (www.antoniacontro.com) is exhibited in Chicago and across the country. Major projects include site-specific exhibitions Tempus Fugit at the American Philosophical Society Museum and Closed/Open at The Newberry Library; Light Itself, a visual and sonic collaboration with Spektral Quartet; and Scorza, a public/private commission in partnership with Wheeler Kearns Architects. Solo and group exhibitions include Ex Libris at the Chicago Cultural Center; the Italian Pavilion, 54th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale; Centennial Celebration: New Acquisitions 2001-1011 at the New York Public Library; Chicago Artists at Block Museum; and Descry at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. Her work is in the The Art Institute of Chicago, the Davis Museum, the Delaware Art Museum, the Fogg Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the New York Public Library, and numerous private collections including Werner Kramarsky and Helen and Sam Zell.
Contro is past president and CEO of Marwen, a non-profit organization that educates and inspires Chicago’s young people from under-resourced communities and schools through free visual arts programs. She serves on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Cultural Advisory Panel and Sculpture Committee, and was a member of his Arts Transition Team. She is on the boards of SNAAP (Strategic National Art Alumni Project), Streb Dance Company, and World Business Chicago’s ChicagoMade. She is also a member of the advisory board of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Architecture, Design, and the Arts. Prior to her leadership at Marwen, Contro was the Associate Director of Museum Education at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Contro holds an MFA in Painting from the University of Illinois-Chicago, a certificate in art education from The Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in art history, studio art, and Italian from Northwestern University. She was awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship and the ABBY Award for Arts Management Excellence. She received a doctorate in humanities honoris causa from Lewis University.