Fernwey Gallery

Fernwey Gallery Fernwey is a contemporary art gallery in Chicago run by Ilan Gutin, Boyang Hou, and Kate Conlon.

Artist-run exhibition space in the Ukranian Village

Kate Conlon - Ilan Gutin - Boyang Hou

Dear Friends, With sincere gratitude to all of our patrons, collaborators, and supporters, we are announcing that, at th...

Dear Friends,

With sincere gratitude to all of our patrons, collaborators, and supporters, we are announcing that, at the end of our current season, the project that is Fernwey will come to an end. Fernwey was conceived as a temporary experiment and we are humbled to see what it has grown into.

For the past four years, Fernwey has been a platform for collaboration and exposure and a source of great energy for ourselves and the community. By the end of this season we will have hosted more than 30 exhibitions and collaborated with upwards of 100 artists, writers, curators, and other creatives. We are sincerely grateful to all of you who have helped to make this project a reality.

There is still much more great programming coming up this season and details of a June farewell party will be announced soon.

In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you tonight at the opening of the stellar, Reque Proque.

With love,

Kate, Bo, and Ilan

p.s. look out for new projects from all of us coming 2019 ;)


Zone of Totality




Black light 😈🔥🐒


Fernwey Gallery's cover photo

Between Chapters: An Exit Interview with Hamza Walker

A great read with Hamza Walker! Whose show at Fernwey, "The Crisis of Representation as Illustrated with Plants and Flowers" is up till the end of January!

A look back on 32 years of work, play, ethos, and process with the former Associate Curator and Director of Education at the Renaissance Society.


Last day to check out Talisman at Fernwey! We will be at the gallery till 5pm today! Come on by if you haven't seen the show yet!


Come visit us at the Open Space Artist Run Art Fair in Baltimore today! We will be at 1714 Charles Street from 11-9!!!


Photos from the opening on 5/20 and Install Shots


Ilan Gutin, Executive Director of Fernwey, has a show opening tonight at Efrain Lopez Gallery along with Edra Soto and Melvin Martinez! The opening goes from 6-9pm at 901 N Damen Avenue. Hope you all can make it!


Congrats to Fernwey's Director of Exhibitions, Boyang Hou on his opening last weekend at Paris London Hong Kong! It's an amazing show and If you weren't able to make it to the opening, it's up till June 25th, and gallery hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 12-5 so make sure you go see it! GO BO!

SHOP TALKS: Prototyping w/ Kate Conlon | UChicago Arts | The University of Chicago

SHOP TALKS: Prototyping w/ Kate Conlon

Kate, Director of Content at Fernwey, will be speaking tomorrow night at UChicago Arts about prototyping and how it pertains to her art practice.

The event will start at 6pm at the Logan Center,

For more information please visit:



Join us for the final SHOP TALK of the spring quarter! Kate Conlon presents on prototyping, model making, and problem solving through iteration in art making. Come prepared to see distinct steps in the process from ideation, digital rendering and initial physical realization

Visual Arts Exhibition | Luminarts

Our Director of Exhibitions, Boyang Hou, has been selected as a finalist for this year's Luminarts Visual Arts Fellowship. The exhibition is at the Union League Club tonight from 5:30-7pm. Hope to see you there!

As strong advocates of art education and appreciation throughout the greater Chicago area, Luminarts creates and conducts competitions in visual arts, jazz and classical music, and creative writing.


Photos from the Opening on 4/8/15


Photos from the opening on 3/4/16


Tonight!!! Slow Zoom opens at Fernwey! We have a really special and exciting show this evening so I hope you can all make it!! 7-10pm at 916 N Damen. See you all tonight!!!!


Please have a look at "What Can and Doesn't Have to Be" - Amanda L.S. DeGidio's fantastic piece of writing she wrote in conjunction with Slow Zoom! Thanks Amanda! Enjoy, and see everyone Friday!


We have a brand new set of Fernwey Editions in collaboration with Arianna Petrich for Slow Zoom! "Overtones" is a varied edition of 12 unique screen prints... Grab them now or at the opening for $100! (http://www.fernwey.com/fe-petrich)

Also, a reminder about our subscription program:
Full Season Subscription: $300
Includes all 5 prints or editioned objects from the coming season plus a mystery edition available only to full subscribers. ($700 value)
Half Subscription: $200
Includes 3 prints from the coming season with priority choice and subscriber preview the week before the opening.

See you all Friday!

At Fernwey Gallery, abstract quilts convey the art of the archaeological dig

Thank you to Kate Sierzputowski and the Chicago Reader for the review of Christalena Hughmanick's show, "The Fish Don't Talk About the Water" - Now up at Fernwey till February 28th!!! Come see it if you haven't already!

Christalena Hughmanick's "The Fish Don't Talk About the Water" makes a connection between 21st-century textile art and the remains of ancient civilizations.


Photos from the opening on 1/29/16 and Install Shots


Chicago! You continue to impress us with your support! Thanks to all for coming to the opening of 's show The Fish Don't Talk About the Water on Friday! Also, today at Fernwey we are excited to host Jessica Campbell for Trunk Show from 1-3pm, so swing on by!!!


Pictures from the opening on 12/4 and Install Shots, with work by Andrew Falkowski, Parsons & Charlesworth, and Maybe Sunday


Thanks again Chicago! We had another great night and turnout on Friday for the opening of Make It Cherry! And a huge thank you to Andrew Falkowski, Parsons and Charlesworth, and Maybe Sunday for their awesome work in the show! See you all next time around! We will be here again for gallery hours today from 11-4, come by! Pictures from the night will be up soon.


We have so many goodies for you tonight at the opening of Make It Cherry! Skateboards, t-shirts, golden section finders, and of course great art including new Fernwey Editions! As an added bonus, if you spend $10 or more on anything we will give you a $10 gift card to restaurant in Chicago! Get excited!


MAKE IT CHERRY OPENS TONIGHT! 7-10pm at 916 N Damen.
See everyone there!


Fernwey has collaborated with Maybe Sunday to come up with a limited edition run of t-shirts for Make It Cherry! There are two shirts available, and each one is an edition of 6. Grab one at the opening on Friday for $35!


Our very own Bo Hou has written an awesome essay on sneaker culture entitled "Deadstock: The Rise of Sneaker-Mania" in conjunction with "Make It Cherry" opening on Friday! It's a pretty great read so check it out!


Guys! Check out our brand new Fernwey Editions prints in collaboration with Parsons & Charlesworth for Make It Cherry, opening THIS Friday! Also, we have a new subscription service for Fernwey Editions going into the new year:

Full Season Subscription: $300
Includes all 5 prints or editioned objects from the coming season plus a mystery edition available only to full subscribers. ($600 value)

Half Subscription: $200
Includes 3 prints from the coming season with priority choice and subscriber preview the week before the opening.

We are also discounting all past Fernwey Edition prints by 25%, so get in touch with us if you're interested in any of our past editions!



This is the last weekend to see Feel Flows! The show comes down tomorrow, and we will be here from 11-4 today and tomorrow! Don't miss out on seeing this show if you haven't made your way over yet!

Review: Katie Pennachio and Matt Mancini/Fernwey

Have a look at the review of "Feel Flows"... Thanks Newcity!

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Very excited to announce that our Fernwey Editions collaboration with Alex Valentine, for his show "Algorithm Gerbils", has been featured in the November/December Issue of Art in Print Magazine!


Photos from the opening on 10/16/15 and Install Shots


Gallery hours today at Fernwey from 1-4! Come by and check out Feel Flows on this cold and rainy Halloween day!


Matt Mancini is at Fernwey for open hours today! Go check out Feel Flows and keep him company!


Another big thank you to everyone who made it out to the opening of Feel Flows on Friday! We had a great turnout and it was great to see everyone! Also, thanks to Peter Power for doing the writing for the show, and Matt Mancini and Katie Pennachio for their amazing work that's up! We have gallery hours today and every weekend from 11-4 so come on by and check out the show if you missed the opening! Pictures from the opening will be up soon and see you all next time!


Feel Flows opens TONIGHT!!! You should come! 7-10 at 916 N Damen! Also, Katie Pennachio's Fernwey Editions collaboration is complete! Not only is this a digital artist book on a custom designed USB drive, but it is also our first editioned object! $60 a pop! See you all tonight!!!


916 N Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL


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