photo: Nicole Harrison

Andres L. Hernandez is a Chicago-based artist, designer and educator who re-imagines the environments we inhabit. Through collaborative, community-based work with youth and adults, and independent, studio-based practice, he explores the potential of spaces for public dialogue, community building, and social action. Hernandez is co-founder of the Revival Arts Collective, a network of citizen activists using arts and culture as a catalyst for community redevelopment in Chicago; and founder and director of the Urban Vacancy Research Initiative, which enlists artists and designers to creatively address the phenomena of abandoned, razed, and vacant urban properties.

Hernandez currently serves on the exhibition design team for the Obama Presidential Center, and collaborates with artist Amanda Williams on A Way, Away (Listen While I Say), a design-build commission organized by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. During the 2016-2017 academic year, he was a teaching artist at Stateville Correctional Center with Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project, and artist-in-residence at Curie Metropolitan High School with MCA Chicago’s School Partnership in Art and Civic Engagement program.

Hernandez received his B. Arch. from Cornell University, and his M.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he is Associate Professor in the Department of Art Education. He is concurrently faculty in the Graduate Studies in Art & Design Education program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and was recently Visiting Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design at Washington University in St. Louis.