Debra E. Levie.


International Career Institute   Certified Nursing Assistant

Columbia College Chicago    studies in psychology, French language and culture

School of the Art Institute of Chicago   M.F.A.

Private studies in piano and music theory with Frank Caruso  

American Conservatory of Music, Chicago   Studies in voice, piano, music theory

Philadelphia College of Art/University of the Arts    B.F.A.

Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin    Studies in Art, History, and Literature


Employment and Volunteer positions

Art Alive Programming   Available in the Chicago, Il. and the Palm Beach Gardens, Florida areas   Art Alive Programming is a series of PowerPoint programs on Artists and their Work, Museums from Around the WorldBotanic Gardens, and Great Homes and Palaces. Working with senior adult residential, memory care, and community centers, the programs which I research, produce, develop and deliver, have been well received. The Draw Like an Artist  program has residents looking at artwork and drawing the artwork. Also conduct private tours of area museums to senior groups.

Sarah's Circle  Chicago     Volunteer at woman's shelter

Home Instead Senior Care   Chicago   Provided care services for home based seniors

The Salvation Army   Chicago    Worked food line and retail stores

Tree House Animal Foundation   Chicago    Worked with animals and families on adoption floor

Art Shuttle Inc.   Chicago   Office manager   Supervised and hired personnel, coordinated daily and weekly schedules, set prices and quoted jobs to clients

State of Illinois Art Gallery   Chicago   Technical Assistant   Spoke with visitors, installed/de-installed art exhibits, wrote condition reports, edited press releases, managed the darkroom, assisted in grant writing, funding proposals and the budget, proofread text for exhibits, worked art opening receptions

United States Government, Dept. of Interior, National Park Service, Independence National Historical Park   Philadelphia, Pa. Park Ranger  Acted as district supervisor, researched, designed, and presented to school groups and the public formal and informal tours of 18th Century themed buildings including Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell Site, and Franklin Court Museum.  Served as Safety Inspector for Independence Hall, Congress Hall, and the Supreme Court Building.  I photographed and catalogued hundreds of park signage markers in the 55 acres of this National Park in the city of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Pennsylvania Hospital Archaeological Dig   Philadelphia, Pa. Supervised by Dr. Barbara Liggett   Earth Mover  Volunteered on a summer archaeological dig at the remains of oldest European traditioned hospital in the United States

Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center   Philadelphia Pa. Philadelphia   Health Care Counselor to teenager girls and young women

Beloit College, Gallery 38-A and The Corner  Beloit, Wi.   I was responsiible for and curated student art work exhibited at the college spaces where photography work was displayed. Installed and de-installed art work, wrote press releases and gallery signage, organized gallery openings, took out the garbage, and swept the floors.

Chicago Historical Society   Chicago Summer Intern  Photography Division   I assisted in curating exhibits, organized and catalogued photography collections, and provided informal tours of museum to summer camp and school groups.

Boston Children's Museum   Boston, Ma.  Interpreter   Cared for warm and cold blooded animals in the Living Things section of the museum. I provided tours to school groups, families, and created and developed programs for special needs children.


Teaching Positions

1995 to current    Columbia College Chicago   Adjunct Faculty     Teach:  Beginning Black and White photographyDarkroom Dynamics                  Provide instruction in film and darkroom camera use, processing film, printing contact sheets and negatives, alternative printing, experimental and collage methods, and presentation of work.  Work the equipment cage, set up darkroom chemistry. Conduct all demos., assign quizes and read papers, deliver DVD, PowerPoint, and slide presentations, lead individual and group critiques. I record attendance and grades, and write recommendtion letters for students. Served as coordinator for annual freshmen photo. show. Supervised dozens of class visits to museums, galleries, and art spaces for Photo. in Chicago Now!  Served on under and graduate critique panels. Taught screen based digital photography class using Lightroom.   Have taught Color Photography, Experimental Techniques, and Digital 1. Worked student registration.  Taught in the High School Summer Institute program for 17 summers.

2006 to 2009    College of Lake County, Grayslake, Il.     Adjunct Taught beginning black and white photography. Taught camera instruction, processing film, printing negatives, presentation of work, lead critiques, record grades.  See Columbia College Chicago for identical classroom responsibilities.

1994 to 2005     McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, Il.    Adjunct    Taught beginning and independent studies of black and white photography. See Columbia College Chicago for identical classroom responsibilities.

1997 to 1999     Harold Washington College, Chicago   Lecturer in Art    Taught beginning, advanced, independent studies, and continuing education classes of black and white photo.  Substitute lecturer for numerous art history and studio art classes. See Columbia College Chicago for identical classroom responsibilities.

1996 to 1997    Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, Il.   Photography Instructor   Taught black and white photo. to beginners and advanced students.  See Columbia College Chicago for identical classroom responsibilities.  

1992 to 1993      Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, Wi.   Photography Instructor Responsible for teaching beginning college level introductory skills of black and white photo. Created lesson plan, followed syllabus.  See Columbia College Chicago for identical classroom responsibilities.

1989 to 1990     Morton College, Cicero, Il.  Visiting lecturer and substitute photography instructor


Selected Exhibition Participation

2018 Orphan Tears Photograms on Exhibit Dickinson Hall, Lake Forest, Illinois


2015   Women’s Caucus for Art North Shore Senior Center Northfield, Illinois

Gender    Indiana University East/Whitewater Art Gallery, Richmond, Indiana

             You Lookin' at Me?    ARC Gallery, Chicago

2014    Listen! The Crickets Have Stopped    Solo Exhibit at The Patty Turner Center, Deerfield, Illinois

            Emerging Artists 1 & 2  Morphogallery, Chicago

            Heroes and Villains     ARC Gallery

2013    Approaching 40     ARC Gallery

            In the Hood     Caucus for Women in the Arts/Chicago, Southport and Irving Cafe, Chicago

            Photograms and Other Earthly Delights   Solo Exhibit The Patty Turner Center

2012    Film Website  Luxury Teardrops to current photographs of performance artists

            Unpublished collaboration with Mathew Wilson and Adam Brooks Industry of the Ordinary

2011    Deja Links   One Woman Photography Exhibit at the Prop Theater, Chicago

            From Artemisia to Frida  Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, Illinois

            Light-Struck: Abstract Photography Today    PHOTOSTOP Gallery, White River Junction, Vt.

            We Are The Artful Network  Tom Robinson Gallery, Chicago

2010    Off Center    ARC Gallery

            Chicago Artist's Coalition Exhibit    River East Gallery, Chicago

            Photo Arts II    119th Street Artists, Whiting, Indiana

2009    20th international Exposition    Viridian Gallery, NYC

            Photo Arts 1    119th Street Artists   Whiting, Indiana

 2008   Chicago Artist's Coalition Exhibit    Merchandise Mart, Chicago           

            Art on the Square   Winnetka, Illinois

            COPA  Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2004    Annual Faculty Show   McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, Illinois

2003    Columbia College Chicago   Solo exhibit at home of college president and purchase of work 

2002    Orphan Tears  Solo Exhibit   McHenry County College

2001    First Works    Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago

           The Fun Show at Uncle Fun’s  Chicago   Benefit for The Children’s Place, Chicago

           Art Exposition Benefit Auction   Center for Book & Paper of Columbia College Chicago

           Annual Faculty Show    McHenry County College

2000    Benefit show for The Peach Club of Chicago

1999    Le Salon d’Academe   Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, Illinois

            Annual Faculty Show   McHenry County College

1998    Part-Time Invitational Hokin Gallery   Columbia College Chicago

            Annual Faculty Show   McHenry County College

1997    Annual Faculty Show   McHenry County College

1996    Art in Chicago 1945-1995    Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago  

            Group Photo Show    Skuggi Gallery   Rockford, Illinois

            Annual Faculty Show    McHenry County College

1995    Annual Faculty Show   McHenry County College

1994    Camera Obscura/Obscura Camera   Betty Rhymer Gallery   School of the Art Institute of Chicago

            10,000+   Alumni Board Room   School of the Art Institute of Chicago

            Annual Faculty Show   McHenry County College

1993    The Death Show   Oz Gallery of The Annoyance Theatre, Chicago

            The Sex Show  Oz Gallery of The Annoyance Theatre

            Annual Faculty Show   McHenry County College

1992    Artists for Choice   Gallery 320, Chicago

            The Sentimental Show   Beret International, Chicago

            The 101 Show   Earwax/Bombardier Cafe, Chicago

            Portraits of Women by Women    University of Wisconsin LaCrosse

            MFA Thesis Exhibition     School of the Art Institute of Chicago

            Showcase of Art    Ricky Renier Gallery, Chicago

1991    Photo Gallery of Rogues: A One Woman Photo Exhibition   Club Lower Links, Chicago

            Showcase of Art   Ricky Renier Gallery, Chicago

1990    Showcase of Art Ricky Renier Gallery

1989    Black and White   ARC Gallery

1988    Photowork '88    Mid-Hudson Arts and Sciences Center,  Poughkeepsie, New York

            15 Years, 15 Walls  ARC Gallery

            Signs of Life   Artlink Contemporary Art Space,   Ft. Wayne, Indiana

            Second National Exhibition   Semi-finalist, Viridian Gallery, New York City

            Photography 22    Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts,   State College, Pennsylvania

 1987   63rd Annual Competition  The Print Club, Philadelphia

            Photography 21   Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts,   State College, Pennsylvania

1983    Small Works Show   Zaner Gallery,  Rochester, New York

1980    Pennsylvania Women in Photography   Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

            Senior Show   Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia

1979    Senior Show  Philadelphia College of Art

1977   Color Xerox Show   Gallery 38-A, Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin


Partial List of my Photographs in Exhibit and Book Publications

From Artemesia to Frida   exhibit publication 2011   Oakton College, Des Plaines, Illinois

Columbian Exposition Art Auction Catalogue  Columbia College, Chicago 2001

Outlooks:  Gay and Lesbian Sexualities and Visual Cultures  Edited by Peter Home and Reina Lewis, Routledge Publishers, London, 1996

Art in Chicago, 1945-1995    Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, published by  Thames and Hudson, 1996, pages 103,116,117

Shepherd Express    Milwaukee, Wisconsin, February 4, 1993, volume 13, number 5, page 16

My photographs are in private and public collections, including The Art Institute of Chicago.

Countless photographs have been exhibited internationally, nationally, and locally, in print and electronic media including:  Chicago Reader, Village Voice, New Art Examiner, High Performance, P-Form, Windy City Times, Night Lines, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Gay News, and Lesbian Tide.   See Travers Scott, Hal Rammel, MTV Home page, Ken Vandermark, Joan Dickinson, and Shrimp Boat web pages for additional photographs.


Vocalist and Performance Participation

1997    Crooner   written by John Connors,  solo and duet vocalist  Lounge Ax, Chicago

1996    Wood's Marm   written by Nancy Andrews,  chorus   N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago

Crooner: The Mystery of John Connors Film produced and directed by John Langlois

1995    The Enunciation (What the Oxen Said)   written by Robert Metrick, chorus  Chicago Filmmakers

1994    Thax After Dark: The Groundhog Day Show curated by Thax Douglas  solo vocalist    Lounge Ax 

            Thax After Dark: The European Show  curated by Thax Douglas   solo vocalist   Lounge Ax

1993    Thax After Dark  curated by Thax Douglas  solo vocalist    The Empty Bottle, Chicago

            Benefit performance for Chicago House, written by Robert Metrick,  chorus member  

            The Religion Show  curated by Kris Cahill   solo vocalist    The Annoyance Theater, Chicago                                                              

The Religion Show  Oz Gallery of The Annoyance Theatre  link to Vimeo video performance     Hear and See Debra sing! 

            Thax After Dark   curated by Thax Douglas  solo vocalist   Lounge Ax 

            The Sex Show   curated by Kris Cahill   solo vocalist     The Annoyance Theater

1992    Thax After Dark   curated by Thax Douglas   solo vocalist    Club Lower Links, Chicago

            Thax After Dark   curated by Thax Douglas  solo vocalist    Club Dreamerz, Chicago

            The Queer Show   curated by Lawrence Steger,  solo vocalist   Club Lower Links

            The Valentine Show  solo vocalist accompanied by The Blue Angels,  Club Lower Links 

            The Outsider's Series   solo vocalist     Club Lower Links

1991    Thax After Dark   curated by Thax Douglas, solo vocalist     Club Lower Links               

            The Letter Show   curated by David Hauptshin,     Chicago Filmmakers 

            Thax After Dark   curated by Thax Douglas, solo vocalist   Club Dreamerz

            The 8-Track Show curated by Brendan deVallance  solo/chorus   Club Lower Links

            The Ultimate Sports Show  solo vocalist     Club 950, Chicago

1989     Led Zeppelin III     participant as corpse    Chicago Filmmakers  

             Velvet Tuesdays: A Tribute to Simon and Garfunkel  solo vocalist     Club Lower Links

             Suddenly September Show curated by Andy Soma  solo vocalist     Club Lower Links

1988     The Kenneth Walker Story written by Robert Daulton  solo/chorus    Organic Theater, Chicago

             Fixing It   solo vocalist    Club Lower Links

             Foggerinner   participant    Randolph Street Gallery,  Chicago


Vocal Press

Enunciation a Remarkable Piece  review by Achy Obejas, Weekend Chicago/Chicago Tribune, 9 June 1995

Letter eX      Chicago, April 1992, page 9                                     



Columbia College Chicago     Solo exhibit at home of College President and purchase of work

Photo Arts II   119th Street Artists,  Whiting, Indiana     First Place Award 

20th international Exposition    Viridian Gallery, NYC    Semi-Finalist

Glencoe Camera Company  First place Award


Member Organizations

                        The Art Institute of Chicago

                        The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

                         Detroit Institute of Art

                        The Philadelphia Museum of Art

                        Illinois Holocaust Museum, Skokie, Illinois

                        Alumni organization of the School of the Art institute of Chicago

                        Alumni organization of the Philadelphia College Art/ U of the Arts 

                        Women’s Caucus for Art       

                        Doc Films     University of Chicago

                        Northwest Film Society    Chicago       

                        Silent Film Society of Chicago       

                        Lyric Opera of Chicago       subscriber

                        Chicago Opera Theater       subscriber

National Art Museum Association

                        Contributor to Wikipedia