Connor Fenwick

Photographer

Chicago, IL, USA
I am a Chicago-based visual artist and photographer. I sculpt with language and light. I fill the space.

My practice questions authenticity, identity, and human nature. I believe that people are art and that everything else is adornment. I seek to augment, document, represent, transport, and compliment various people and their individual histories and identities, in addition to my own. Artists that inform my work include Craig McDean, Annie Leibovitz, Inez & Vinoodh, Shirin Neshat, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Jenny Holzer, and Julia Hetta.

Primarily a photographer, I have taken photographs for advertising, public relations, fashion, and gallery spaces, for print, web, and social media. I employ diverse and nuanced technical knowledge, compositional rules, and artistic ability with each project, and I believe that my leadership style, drive, and adaptability are among my strongest assets.

Work Experience

SAIC Media Production Bureau

Photographer

- Document artist lectures, exhibitions, and special events.
- Take professional headshots of SAIC students, faculty, and staff.
- Manage and edit photos with Adobe Photoshop and Bridge.
September 2017 - Present Chicago, Illinois, United States

Project Osmosis

Advertising/PR Intern

- Generate and organize Osmosis promotional and event photography.
- Assist in teaching K-12 students in group settings and one-on-one.
- Network and collaborate with Chicago freelancers and startups.
December 2017 - Present Chicago, Illinois, United States

Cattura Weddings Photography

Photography Assistant

- Managed Cattura Wedding workflow by culling, batch editing, and formatting photographs.
- Wrote and scheduled compelling captions for social media.
- Learned advanced operations in Adobe Lightroom, Photo Mechanic, and Planoly.
- Maintained Nikon DSLRs, lenses, and lighting equipment.
July 2018 - August 2018 Chicago, Illinois, United States

Oli Rodriguez

Studio Intern

- Participated in studio shoots and gallery installations.
- Edited text descriptions and prepared artwork for gallery installation.
- Co-wrote applications for grants, residencies, and calls for art.
September 2016 - May 2017 Chicago, Illinois, United States

School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago

Administrative Assistant

- Personal Aide to the Assistant Director of Continuing Studies (SAIC Youth Programs).
- Supported instructors with classroom management and worked with students one-on-one.
- Documented special events with photographs, video, and text for future PR projects.
- Coordinated catering orders, event planning, and newsletters.
- Filed, scanned, and organized office documents as needed.
June 2017 - July 2017 Chicago, Illinois, United States

ColorBurst Screen Printing

Seasonal Screen Printer

- Aided in the production and packaging of custom t-shirts and apparel (on both manual and automatic silk-screen presses).
- Learned color matching techniques.
- Collaborated with coworkers with developmental challenges.
June 2016 - August 2016 Illinois, United States

Education

School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago (SAIC)

Bachelor of Fine Arts

- B.F.A. in Studio Art, Emphasis in Photography.
- SAIC Travel Scholarship for Zurich and Berlin Study Trip, Summer 2018.
- Creative Honors and Competitive Excellence Scholarships.
- Workshops at Victor Skrebneski Studio and Schawk! Photo Studio.
- Studied under LaToya Ruby Frazier, Mayumi Lake, Don Yoshida, Michael x. Ryan, Claire Ashley, and Krista Franklin.
- Group Exhibition "Compassion: Embodied", SAIC and University of Helsinki, Spring 2017.
August 2016 - Present Illinois, United States

The Goodman Theatre

PlayBuild Youth Acting Intensive

- Engaged in group activities focused on identity, storytelling, and ensemble.
- Taught to trust instincts (by using viewpoints), to be seen, and to think curiously.
- Mentored by Khanisha Foster, Tony Sancho, and Bobby Biedrzycki.
June 2015 - August 2015 Illinois, United States

Naperville North High School

High School Diploma, Fine and Performing Arts

- Member of the National Art Honor Society, Modern Music Masters, and the International Thespian Society.
- Improv Club President.
- Volunteer and Leader for Youth Outlook, Operation Snowball, and National Youth Leadership Training Course.
August 2012 - May 2016 Illinois, United States

Languages

English (Native),

Awards

Vogue

Sponsored by Vogue to attend the 2018 Forces of Fashion Conference in New York City

2018

The One Club

Best Advertising Campaign in One Club’s Chicago Creative Boot Camp hosted by Leo Burnett Chicago

2017

Photographer's Forum Magazine

Finalist (top 8% of 12,500+ Int'l submissions) in Photographers Forum's Best of Photography Contest

2018

Photographer's Forum Magazine

Honorable Mention (top 1% of 13,000+ Int'l submissions) in Photographer’s Forum’s Best of College Photography Contest

2017

Naperville North High School

Masterpiece Award Recipient

2016

Scholastic Art And Writing

Recipient of the Scholastic Art & Writing Golden Key for Photography

2015

Skills

35mm Film, Adobe Bridge, Adobe Photoshop, Advanced Photography Printing, Canon, Captioning, Capture One, Creative Writing, Editing, Event Photography, Event Planning, Fashion, Fashion Phtography, Instagram, Journalism, Leadership, Medium Format, Nikon, Phase One, Photo Editing, Photo Retouching, Photography, Portraiture, PR, Problem Solving, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Research, Social Media, Studio Lighting , Studio Photography, Teaching, Team Leadership, Writing,