Annie Zirin received a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2014) and a Master of Education from Lesley University (1998). 

Annie is a textile arts instructor at Friedman Place, a supportive living community for visually impaired adults. She also teaches classes at the Evanston Art Center.  To contact, please fill in the form or email

Artist Statement: My work explores the intersection of textiles and painting and the history and techniques of these traditions.  I am interested in the contradiction between the weave structure--which is planned and mathematical--and the messy, unpredictable intrusion of mark making and color into the frame. My elements are pattern, repetition, fragmentation, collage, and above all, color.  In the words of the playwright Dominique Morisseau, I am intrigued by “the spirit of disruption.” Or as political theorist Daniel Bensaid said in another context, “the eruption of the possible into the routine of the real.”

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