Colby Gallery

Colby Gallery Today COLBY GALLERY exhibits artists from around the world who celebrate the power and beauty of the human spirit. BIOGRAPHY

Born in New York City owner of COLBY GALLERY, Colby Luckenbill, grew up on the East side of Manhattan in a neighborhood of Diplomats next to the United Nations which strongly influenced her perspective that we are all one multifaceted human family of infinite potential.

Her mother, a painter, sculptor and humanitarian, her father a renown architect, and her grandfather a highly respected composer and musician, all taught her the language of art from a very young age. Miss Luckenbill attended a small private prep school in Brooklyn Heights, The Packer Collegiate Institute. She completed her studies at the innovative Elizabeth Seeger School in SoHo. In addition she took classes at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and was awarded entrance to college level summer art courses at SUNY Ferdonia and Chautauqua Institution. She was the recipient of a number of artistic awards, winning every competition she entered, which led to state and national recognition including publication in Whose Who and being honored personally by New York Mayor Edward Koch. Miss Luckenbill studied painting in the South of France at The Leo Marchutz Atelier near Aix En Provence, France. She then studied and traveled throughout Europe. She moved to Chicago, Illinois to attend The School of The Art Institute of Chicago to major in filmmaking and art history. While spending an exchange year at The San Francisco Art Institute in California she became interested in Latin American Art which led her to take intensive study trips to Mexico and Central America where she also learned Spanish. She was especially moved when visiting Chiapas, San Cristobal de las Casa, Mexico, an Indigenous village of the Chamula people which opened her heart to Mexican art. Colby worked in numerous art galleries after graduation including the gallery of Latin American art pioneer Aldo Castillo. In 2003 Colby moved to the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago and opened COLBY GALLERY in the vibrant Mexican artistic community and historic district. She quickly became integrated into the cultural landscape of the neighborhood. She has served as community representative at Cooper bilingual School, and has been active with many local cultural groups. She has been a beckon of unity, support, encouragement, love and vision for many. PERSONAL STATEMENT

The archaic definition of “curate” is “any ecclesiastic entrusted with the cure of souls.” It is derived from the root of “cure” as in “curative: serving to cure or heal; a remedy.” A “curator” seeks to do this not in a hospital, nor a church, but in the celebrated walls of a cultural center, a gallery or a museum. At COLBY GALLERY it is my deep and heart felt mission to connect individually with the souls and visions of todays most passionate and inspirational contemporary artists and unite them in collective alignment to form ever new paradigms of the human experience and potential.


1626 W 18th St
Chicago, IL


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