FSC’s featured member of the month for March is artist and educator, Dail Kirkpatrick. In her second year at FSC, Dail is a native of Gibson City, IL, studied art education at Illinois State University and has been in Chicago for 12 years. Her solo opening, SPECTRUM, is Friday, March 20th in our main gallery space. We recently sat down with Dail to discuss what drives and inspires her, the upcoming solo show and what’s down the road.
Interview with Dail Kirkpatrick:
Was there a pivotal moment when you decided to follow your passion for art?
I was in high school when I first really decided that art needed to be in my life. I was always the artsy kid throughout school, but I really hit my stride about my sophomore year of high school. I took every art class offered, was in the art club, and spent my study halls (and sometimes lunch too) in the art room. It was my safe space. I think that’s why when my senior year art teacher suggested I look into being an art teacher I went with it!
I loved the first few years of teaching, but slowly felt like something was missing. In 2015 it hit me: I hadn’t been making art for me. I was making all of the teacher examples (and I loved that don’t get me wrong) but it wasn’t hitting the mark for my creative needs. I began working on a smaller scale work in my living room and signing up for local street fairs and art fests. In early 2019 I outgrew my living room and got a space at Fulton Street Collective! I’ve never been happier in my creative life!