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General Information


Pen Name: Jeff Huebner

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1954 in St. Joseph, Michigan

Illinois Connection

Several years after earning a BA in English/creative writing and communications form Western Michigan University, I moved to Chicago. I have lived and worked in Chicago since 1986. All of my books--and most of my articles--have been about Chicago and Illinois artists, as well as the city's and state's public art, community art, murals, sculptures, and cultural landscapes.

Biographical and Professional Information

A West Michigan native, I am a Chicago-based art writer, freelance journalist, author, and independent mural scholar. I have freelanced articles on a variety of topics--mostly on visual art and public art--to dozens of local, regional, national, and art publications, including the ''Chicago Reader'' (20+ years), ''Chicago'' magazine, the ''Chicago Tribune'', ''Chicago Artists' News'', ''Chicago Art Magazine'', ''Public Art Review'' (Chicago correspondent), ''Sculpture'', ''ARTnews'', ''Art Papers'', ''New Art Examiner'', ''Landscape Architecture'', ''Labor's Heritage'', ''Michigan History'', as well as ''Illinois Magazine'', ''Illinois Times'', ''Illinois Super Lawyers'', etc. I am an adjunct lecturer in the Art and Architecture Department of Harold Washington College, of Chicago City Colleges. I am currently writing a book on the murals of Chicago artist William Walker (1927-2011), partly through a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.

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Titles At Your Library


-- *Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Art Writers Grant recipient, 2012


-- *The Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation Visual Arts Journalism Award recipient, 2017



-- *Society of Professional Journalists/Chicago Headline Club, Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism, Arts Reporting, Chicago Reader, 2019,