Tracy Lynn Pristas

Tracy Lynn Pristas paints large-scale abstract landscapes, oil and cold wax abstracts, mixed-media acrylics, encaustics and monotypes. Tracy works in a number of syles and multiple motifs. Pristas has completed over 25 successful commissions. Tracy’s paintings can be found in various healthcare settings, including collections at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago), Central DuPage Hospital (Winfield, IL.), Lutheran General Hospital (Park Ridge, IL.), St. John’s Mercy Medical Center (St. Louis), Mayo Clinic (Jacksonville, FL), Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital (Denver), Swedish Covenant Hospital (Chicago), University of Montana Law School (Missoula, MT), and Montana State University, Gaines Hall, (Bozeman, MT). She is represented by numerous fine art galleries nationally. Pristas has a line of licensed images with the international company Winn Devon & Canadian Art Prints. Her images have been selected for their 2016 January Poster and Canvas Collection Look Book. Early on in her career, Tracy was awarded five community arts grants from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. This contributed to her success as a self- taught Chicago painter. She has been honored with artist-in-residencies programs from the Ragdale Foundation, Jentel Arts Program and Brush Creek Foundation for the arts. She is a 2014 recipient of a direct purchase award from the Montana Arts Council. Her artwork has been featured in the 2015 Lake Forest Designers Showhouse & Gardens, published in Chicago Magazine, Chicago Sun Times, Professional Art Magazine, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Atlanta Style & Design, The Denver Post and more. If your television is a shrine in your living room, you might have seen Pristas’s paintings on the Lifetime Television hit series “Drop Dead Diva.”Movie aficionados may have spotted some Pristas paintings in the Jennifer Aniston-Vince Vaughn movie “The Break-Up.” Tracy was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. For 17 years she maintained a studio in Chicago along the city’s Ravenswood industrial corridor, with an elevated train rumbling by her windows. She now resides in Littleton, Colorado, and is freed from having to wear noise-reduction headphones while she paints. Thankfully, the foothills are a transition zone — not a transit zone.

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Collections
2017 Wyndemere Senior Living Facility Chicago, Illinois
2016 Escalante Hall at Colorado Mesa University Colorado Creative Industries Grand Junction CO, Colorado
2016 Advocate Heart Institute Lutheran General Hospital Park Ridge, Illinois
2015 University Of Montana Law School, Miissoula,MT Missoula, Montana
2014 MSU - Gaines Hall Bozeman, Montana
2014 The Clare @ Rush and Pearson Chicago, Illinois
2014 Insight Behavioral Health Centers Chicago, Illinois
2014 Swedish Covenant Hospital Chicago, Illinois
2013 Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Florida
2013 Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital Denver, Colorado
2012 Greater Latrobe Junior High Latrobe, Pennsylvania
2010 Northwestern Memorial Hospital Chicago, Illinois
2009 Advocate Lutheran Hospital Park Ridge, Illinois
2009 Central Dupage Hospital Winfield, Illinois
2008 St. John's Hospital St. Louis, Missouri
Media Coverage
2014 Denver Post YourHub Denver, Colorado
2013 5280 Home Denver, Colorado
2011 Peninsula Pulse Newspaper Paintings Featured Door County, Wisconsin
2009 Paintings On The Set of Lifetime TV, "Drop Dead Diva" Culver City, California
2006 CBS 2 News Interview Chicago, Illinois
2006 Paintings featured in Universal Studios blockbuster movie "The Break-Up" Chicago, Illinois
2000 Featured Artist on Muse cable access TV Chicago, Illinois
Grants & Awards
2015 PLAYA Artist Residency Program Summer Lake, Oregon
2014 Montana Arts Council Direct Purchase Award Bozeman, Montana
2013 Jentel Artist Residency Program. Banner, Wyoming
2012 Artist Residency Program, Brush Creek Foundation For The Arts. Saratoga, Wyoming
2011 Showcase Winner Selected By ArtSlant Curatorial Team International
1999 – 2003 Community Arts Assistance Grant, Department of Cultural Affairs Chicago, Illinois
1999 Ragdale Art Foundation Residency Lake Forest, Illinois
1998 Curators Choice Award, Around The Coyote Chicago, Illinois
Selected Exhibitions
2016 Landscapes In The Abstract Filsinger Gallery Palm Desert, California
2016 MO'Print Exhibition Artwork Network Gallery Denver, Colorado
2016 Summer Group Show Artwork Network Gallery Denver, Colorado
2016 West Coast Art & Frame Winn Devon & CAP Booth # 1030 Las Vegas, Nevada
2016 Winter Group Show, Artwork Network Gallery Denver, Colorado
2016 Abstract Landscapes Lobby Exhibition Colorado Creative Industries Denver, Colorado
2015 Solo Painting Exhibition Filsinger Art Gallery Palm Desert, California
2015 Lake Forest Designers Show House & Gardens Infant Welfare Society of Chicago Lake Forest, Illinois
2014 April 3 - 3 Days Veronique Wantz Gallery Minneapolis, Minnesota
2014 Solo Exhibition Endorsed Visions Artwork Network Gallery Denver, Colorado
2014 Grand Opening Group Show @ Filsinger Art Gallery Palm Desert, California
2014 2014 Season Fine Line Designs Gallery, Door County, WI Sister Bay, Wisconsin
2013 Old West Museum - Western Spirit Cheyenne, Wyoming
2013 Fine Line Design Gallery Featured Artist Ephraim, Wisconsin
2013 Solo Exhibition Dream Currency Artwork Network Gallery Denver, Colorado
2013 Above & Beyond Exhibition Veronique Wantz Gallery Minneapolis, Minnesota
2013 Boettcher Concert Hall Denver, Colorado
2012 Fine Line Design Gallery, Spring Show Ephraim, Wisconsin
2012 Abstract Landscapes Selected For Miniature Art Show @Poudre Gallery Fort Collins, Colorado
2012 Bella Vista Art Gallery - Abstract Landscape Paintings Asheville, North Carolina
2012 Holiday Miniature - Fort Collins Art Center Fort Collins, Colorado
2011 Fine Line Design Gallery Featured Artist Abstract Landscape Paintings. Ephraim, Wisconsin
2011 Bella Vista Art Gallery - Abstract Landscape Painting Exhibition. Asheville, North Carolina
2011 Ravenswood Art Walk Exhibition Chicago, Illinois
2010 Bresler Eitel Art Gallery - Abstract Landscape Paintings Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2009 Bella Vista Art Asheville, North Carolina
2009 Fine Line Design Gallery Ephraim, Wisconsin
2009 Lydon Fine Art Chicago, Illinois
2008 Bella Vista Art Asheville, North Carolina
2008 Fine Line Designs Gallery Ephraim, Wisconsin
2008 Bennett Street Gallery Fall Exhibit Atlanta, Georgia
2008 Lydon Fine Art Chicago, Illinois
2007 Bennett Street Gallery Atlanta, Georgia
2007 Artizen Fine Arts Dallas, Texas
2007 Fine Line Design Gallery Ephraim, Wisconsin
2007 Lydon Fine Art Chicago, Illinois
2007 Ravenswood Art Auction Chicago, Illinois
1997 – 2007 Ravenswood Art Walk Chicago, Illinois
2006 Lydon Fine Art Chicago, Illinois
2005 Lydon Fine Art Chicago, Illinois
2004 Spring Street Gallery Galena, Illinois
2002 – 2006 Chicago Merchandise Mart - One of a Kind Chicago, Illinois
2002 Wood Street Gallery Chicago, Illinois
2002 D - Gallery Evanston, Illinois
2001 Solo Exhibition - Peter Jones Gallery Chicago, Illinois
1999 Belloc Lowndes Fine Art Gallery Chicago, Illinois
1999 Suburban Fine Arts Highland Park, Illinois
1999 Expressions Graphic Gallery Oak Park, Illinois
1998 Global Yoga & Wellness Center Chicago, Illinois
1998 Rhapsody @ Orchestra Hall Chicago, Illinois
1998 Gallery Ten Rockford, Illinois
1994 Women Made Gallery Chicago, Illinois
1994 Carnegie Museum of Art Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Publications
2015 Palm Springs Life Gallery Guide Palm Springs, California
2014 Latrobe Bulletin Latrobe, Pennsylvania
2014 Door County Advocate Sister Bay, Wisconsin
2014 The Denver Post Denver, Colorado
2014 Green Bay Press Gazette Wisconsin
2014 Interview Professional Art Magazine Orlando, Florida
2013 American Art Collector Book Berkeley, California
2013 ArtScene Digest Palm Desert, California
2012 American Art Collector Book. Berkeley, California
2011 Door County Style Magazine Fish Creek, Wisconsin
2008 Yoga Chicago Magazine Chicago, Illinois
2008 Atlanta Style & Design Atlanta, Georgia
2008 Artists & Art Galleries of the South Atlanta, Georgia
2006 Chicago Magazine Chicago, Illinois
2006 Pittsburgh Tribune Art Review Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2005 Chicago Reader - Lydon Fine Art Exhibition Chicago, Illinois
2005 The Artful Home Sourcebook Madison, Wisconsin
2004 Chicago Learning Guide Art Review Chicago, Illinois
2004 Crain's Chicago Business Art Review Chicago, Illinois
2003 Yoga Chicago Art Review Chicago, Illinois
2003 Named best visual artist - CAC Chicago, Illinois
2003 Lerner Skyline - Yoga For Artistic Inspiration Chicago, Illinois
1998 Chicago Art Scene Book Chicago, Illinois
1998 Chicago Sun-Times Art Review Chicago, Illinois
1996 Chicago Sun Times Art Review Chicago, Illinois
Education
2012 Certified Grumbacher Painting Instructor For Adults & Children Leeds, Massachusetts
1994 – 1995 The School of The Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, Illinois
1987 – 1991 BA. Miami University Oxford, Ohio
Teaching
2012 – 2016 Acrylic Painting Workshops Littleton, Colorado
2009 – 2016 Private Art Instruction Adults Chicago, Illinois
1995 – 2016 White Lotus Foundation Certified Yoga instructor Chicago, Illinois
1996 – 1999 Printmaking Assistant For Audrey Niffenegger@ Evanston Art Center Evanston, Illinois
1993 – 1996 Art Educator For Mentally Challenged Adults Chicago, Illinois
Professional Affiliations
2013 Colorado Art Education Association Denver, Colorado
1992 – 2011 Chicago Artists Coalition Chicago, Illinois