Terrain Exhibitions Archive

Terrain Exhibitions started as a project space at the home of Sabina Ott and John Paulett with regular exhibition programming of artists making works sited in the front yard and porch of their house. The Terrain Biennial grew out of this model first in 2013 and then in 2015 and 2017. In addition to the exhibition programming and biennial Terrain Exhibitions also participated in the annual Oak Park 4th of July parade working with artists to produce floats and experiences for the parade attendees.

Currently this page is a work in progress with short descriptions of the different elements of Terrain Exhibitions. We are working to get the full archive online which we will do incrementally as soon as possible. If you have an interest in volunteering and helping with important project please get in touch here: PARTICIPATE.

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Edra Soto “Graft,” March 2013

Edra Soto “Graft,” March 2013

Terrain Exhibitions project space

Terrain Exhibitions was founded in 2011 by Sabina Ott and John Paulett at their Oak Park home. From 2011 - 2018 they hosted over a hundred public art projects.

Iris Bernblum, “Take Me With You,” Terrain Biennial 2015, Viborg, DK

Iris Bernblum, “Take Me With You,” Terrain Biennial 2015, Viborg, DK

Terrain Biennial 2015

Terrain Biennial 2015 included cities in Illinois near Oak Park--Chicago, Riverside, River Forest and Morris as well as locations such as Milwaukee, WI; Memphis and Knoxville TN; Sioux Falls, SD; Ashville, NC; Dallas TX; Oakland and Los Angeles, CA; Viborg, Denmark; Ontario, Canada and Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Cauleen Smith “The Black Love Procession:Conduct Your Blooming,” July 4th, 2016

Cauleen Smith
“The Black Love Procession:Conduct Your Blooming,” July 4th, 2016

Terrain Exhibitions 4th July Parade

Terrain Exhibitions participated in the annual Oak Park, Illinois, 4th July parade from 2012 - present. Each year Sabina invited an artist to produce a float or public art work to perform / parade as part of this important community event.

Poster, Terrain Biennial 2013

Poster, Terrain Biennial 2013

Terrain Biennial 2013

The inaugural Terrain Biennial 2013 took place on Highland Ave. in Oak Park, Illinois from September 15 - October 19th. Around twenty artists participated working with Sabina’s neighbors to produce a community driven public art festival.

Casey Whittier, “My Promise / My Prison,” Terrain Biennial 2017, Iowa City. Photo by Jiyun Park

Casey Whittier, “My Promise / My Prison,” Terrain Biennial 2017, Iowa City. Photo by Jiyun Park

Terrain Biennial 2017

The Terrain Biennial 2017 was conducted over 120 sites with as many artists participating. Projects included sites across Chicagoland, Springfield, Iowa City, Los Angeles, Tucson, and Marnay-sur-Seine, France.