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  1. Elina Ruka
    Born in Riga, Latvia in 1981



    2016 MFA Photography, Columbia College Chicago

    2009 BA Photography, Ecoles de Condé, Lyon, France

    2004 BA Arts, French language and culture, Latvian Academy of Culture


    Solo Exhibitions

    2009 Could this become my home?, Tasty, Riga, Latvia

    Group Exhibitions

    2016 Albert P. Weisman Exhibition, Arcade Gallery, Chicago

    2016 Photography MFA Thesis Exhibition, Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago

    2015 Inspired at Blu, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago

    2015 Fluid Method, The Observatory Gallery, Chicago

    2012 Rādītprieks, Kalnciema kvartals, Riga, Latvia

    2012 Contemporary Photographers from Latvia, Cultural center, Liège, Belgium

    2012 Copenhagen Photo Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark

    2011 20 Years of Relations, organized by the US Embassy in Latvia, Riga, Latvia

    2009 ISSP 2009, Goethe Institut, Riga, Latvia

    2009 ISSP 2009, Cinema “Latgale”, Ludza, Latvia

    2009 Tresors of the Peninsula, City Hall, Lyon, France

    2008 ISSP 2008, “Latgale”, Ludza, Latvia

    2008 ISSP 2008, Goethe Institut, Riga, Latvia

    2008 Corps Attitude, Bully, France


    2016 Altered Landscape, Landscape Stories, digital exhibition

    2016 Ost See Magazine, online feature

    2016 MFA Photography 2016, catalog

    2016 Aqueous, A-B Magazine, online feature

    2016 Der Greif, guest curated by Lesley A. Martin and Ann-Christin Bertrand, digital exhibition

    2015 Weekender, June 5, Chicago Center for Literature and Photography, online feature

    2014 New Directions, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, digital exhibition

    2014 In Review: Filter Photo Festival 2014, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, online feature

    2013 Latvian Photography Yearbook, essay by Ieva Lejasmeijere, published by KultKom

    2011 Generation of Place: Image, Memory and Fiction in the Baltics, published by Mene.CC

    2010 Group Show 36, Humble Arts Foundation, New York, digital exhibition

    2010 NRA, newspaper, November 27

    2010 Laiks, newspaper, November 15

    2009 Kulturas Forums, newspaper, October 9

    2009 Easyget.lv, cultural portal, September 22

    2009 Diena, newspaper, September 21

    2009 Telegraf, newspaper, August 13

    2009 ISSP 2009, catalogue

    2008 ISSP 2008, catalogue

    Grants and Fellowships

    2016 Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation artist award

    2016 Resident Artist, Library at Columbia College Chicago

    2016 Albert P. Weisman Award, Columbia College Chicago

    2016 John Mulvany Scholarship, Columbia College Chicago

    2015 Lya Dym Rosenblum Award, Columbia College Chicago

    2015 Jānis Grundmanis Graduate Fellowship, AABS

    2015 Photography Workshop, Anderson Ranch Arts Center

    2013 Follett Graduate Merit Award, Columbia College Chicago

    2013 Fulbright Graduate Fellowship, the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

    2012 - 2016 Fellowship for Creation and Travel, The State Cultural Capital Foundation of Latvia

    2003 ERASMUS Student Scholarship from Latvian Academy of Culture in cooperation with

    University de Picardie Jules Verne