Deborah Hirshfield


Woman Made Gallery, 24th International Open, 2023

Woman Made Gallery, “Roe 2.0, ‘It Ain’t Over Yet,'” 2022

Woman Made Gallery, “The Feminist Biennial,” 2022

Koehnline Museum of Art, “Our Bodies Our Health: Navigating the Wars Within and Around Us,” 2022

Woman Made Gallery, “Small Works Members Show,” 2022

ARC Gallery, “The Costs of War,” Chicago, 2022

The Art Center, Highland Park, “famil-E and Nature VS Nurture”, 2022

Woman Made Gallery, “Generations: 30 Years of Woman Made Gallery”, Chicago, 2022

The Art Center Highland Park, “The Thin Line,” Highland Park, IL  2021

ARC Gallery, “Go Make A Thing,” Chicago, 2021

i19 Gallery,  “Sacred Strands: Art Exploring Connections,” Chicago IL

Koehnline Museum, “Bad@ssery: Women Creating a Just Environment and World,” Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL 2021

The Art Center Highland Park, “Of Time and Place,” Highland Park, IL, 2020

Stola Contemporary Art, “Imagine…Peace, Love, and Understanding,” Chicago, IL, 2020

Egg Strategy, National Building, Chicago, 2020

Woman Made Gallery, Midwest Open, Chicago, IL, 2020

Cabinet of Curiosity, Wheeling Forest Preserves and Heller Nature Center, Highland Park, IL, 2020

Woman Made Gallery, “Suffra-Jetting,” Chicago, IL, 2020

Stola Contemporary Art “Dump Trump,” Chicago, IL, 2020

Evanston Art Center 3-Woman Show, Evanston, IL, 2019

Koehnline Art Museum, “Where Are We Now?: Activism of the Everyday,” Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL, 2020

Koehnline Art Museum, “Fashioning the Self: You Are What You Wear?,” Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL, 2019

Koehnline Art Museum, ”Nevertheless She Persisted,“ Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL, 2018

Evanston Art Center, “Undefineable,” Evanston, IL, 2017

The Art Center Highland Park, Ecoart, Highland Park, IL, 2017           

The Art Center Highland Park, “Voices and Visions,” Highland Park, IL, 2016

Womanmade Art Center, “Adorn,” Chicago, IL, 2015

Lillstreet Art Center, Holiday Fair, Chicago, IL, 2014

“Artrageous Chicago,” Best Textile, 2013

“Artrageous, Chicago, ”Best Textile, 2012

Avram Eisen Gallery, “Three Sisters,” Chicago, IL, 2011 

Art UnderGlass, Evanston, IL 2011


Illinois State Museum, Batik acquisition, 2021


Appointee, Mayor’s Council on Public Art, Evanston, IL,2010

Merit and Service Awards Mundelein College, 1988-1990

Talented Teacher Award, Whirlwind, Chicago, 1997

Chicago Teachers Union Executive Board Member, 2000-2004

Work used by Meda Parker Johnston, author of Design on Fabric, in lecture tours, 1975


Women Artists in the United States: A Selected Bibliography and Resource Guide in the Fine and Decorative Arts, 1750-1989, Paula Chiramonte, Ed. Boston, 1994; The Holocaust Memorial Project Catalogue, New Jersey 1981


Lyric Opera in the Classroom Program, 1999-2007

Music Institute of Chicago Arts Integration, Arts Link, 2000-2007

Donors Choose, From the Underground to Common Ground, 2007

Donor’s Choose, Reading for a song, 2007

Music Institute of Chicago Collaboration, 2002-2006

Outdoor Classroom Program, Chicago Park District, 2004-2006

Chicago Foundation for Education, 2001-2003

Art Resources in Teaching, 1994-2000

Chicago Board of Education, Art, 2000

Annenberg, 1997-1999

Shanti foundation, Conflict Resolution Through the Arts, 1997-1999

Chicago Board of Education, Music 1997

Illinois Arts Council, The Chicago Moving Company Dance in the Schools, 1996


Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, Illinois, 1988

Prism Gallery, Evanston IL, 1987

Spertus Museum, Chicago, IL, 1985

Peace Museum, Chicago, IL, 1983

Northbrook Art Festival, Northbrook, IL, 1983

Holocaust Memorial Project, New Jersey, 1981

Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL, 1981

Third Annual textile and Needlework Show, Chicago IL Second Place, Chicago, IL, 1981

Second Annual textile and Needlework Show, Chicago IL Honorable Mention, Chicago, IL, 1980

Evanston Public Library, Evanston, IL, 1980

Jewish Folk Arts Fair, Chicago, IL, 1980

Midwest Craft Exhibition, Minnesota,  MN, 1979

DePaul University Chicago, IL, 1979

Hubbard Street Gallery ,Chicago, IL, 1979

Skokie Public Library, Skokie ,IL, 1979

Illinois Fiber Arts Show Traveling Exhibition, 1978-1979

Illinois Fiber Arts Show Lakeview Museum, Peoria, IL, 1978

Hyde Park Arts Fair, Chicago, IL, 1978

The Gallery Workshop, Evanston, IL, 1976-1977

Three Illinois Center Chicago, One-Woman, 1974

Northwestern University, One-Woman, Center for Audiology, Speech, Language, and Learning, Evanston, IL, 1974

Michilini’s Gallery, Evanston, IL  1974


Lucky Brand Jeans, California, 2007

Becky Bisoulis, Chicago, IL, 1985

Casa Zeus Solar Home Panels, Naperville, IL, 1988

Prop Artist for “Where Will We Play If The World goes Away?’ Chicago, IL 1982

Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, Evanston  IL, 1981

Ultimo, Chicago IL, 1978

Playboy Enterprises Chicago, Chicago IL, 1976


Columbia College Gift Shop, Chicago IL, 2018

Lillstreet Art Center Gallery, Chicago IL, 2017

Stumble and Relish, Evanston IL, 2016

Evanston Art Center IL, 2014-2015

Homegrown Artists, Evanston IL, 2015

Art wear Unlimited, Highland Park IL, 2015

Stella, Evanston IL, 2015

Mostly Handmade, Evanston IL, 1979

Possibilities, Evanston IL 1979

The Gallery Workshop, Evanston IL, 1976-1978

The Artisan Shop, Wilmette IL, 1975

Early Man Museum Shop, Evanston IL, 1975


Rufus M Hitch Elementary School, Chicago IL 2010-11

Professor, Integrative Art Methods, National Louis University 20082010

Supervisor, M.A.T Student Teachers, Columbia College 2010

Integrative Art Specialist, School Specialty Company 2009-2010

Teacher for Center for Gifted 2009-2010 

Columbia College Student Teacher Visual Arts Supervisor, Chicago IL 2009

 National Louis University Adjunct Professor, Fine Arts, Chicago IL 2008 

Brennemann Elementary School, Chicago IL 2007-2008

Chappell Elementary School, Chicago, IL 2000-2008

 Jahn Elementary School, Chicago IL 1991-2000

Prescott Elementary School, Chicago IL 1991-1992

LaSalle Academy, Chicago IL 1991

Potowatomi Day Camp, Evanston Recreation Department, Evanston IL 1984-1985

Evanston Township Adult Recreation Department 1983-1990

North Lakeside Cultural Center, Chicago IL 1988

Suburban Fine Arts Center, Highland Park IL 1987-1988

Instituto del Arte San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 1972


M.A. Columbia College, Education, Chicago IL, 1994

B.A. Mundelein College, Art, Music, Education, Chicago IL, 1990

Vocal Studies

 Dorothy Dwight, Mundelein College, Chicago, IL, 1990-1994, Orna Arania, Northwestern University, 2010 

Dance Studies

Alwin Nikolais/Murray Louis Dance Theater School, New York City, New York,  1968-1969

Ballet Folklorico, Mexico City, Mexico, 1968

Evanston School of Ballet, Evanston, IL, 1969-1970

Master Class, Murray Louis, Columbia College, Chicago IL, 1970

Master Class, José Greco, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1970

Narrator, “Three Dreams,” Ray, Wilding White, World Premier, WFMT Radio Continental, Bank Concert, 1989

Narrator, “The Last Contrabass in Las Vegas,” Eugene Kurtz, DePaul University Recital by Bradley Opland, Assistant Principal Bassist, CSO, 1988