Solo Exhibition: Rope a necklace to my tongue

Opening Reception: May 22, 2019 at 7 PM – 10 PM | Open: May 22 - June 21, 2019

Faur Zsófi - Ráday Galéria | PANEL Contemporary

Opening remarks by Emma Nagy (cultural attaché, US Embassy in Hungary)

Curated and writing by Veronika Molnar

Hughmanick came upon the technique in her birthplace, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, a region famous for its Amish communities and their skillful quilt-making tradition. Historically, these works record important family information, events and depict the surroundings of the physical world experienced by their makers. Hughmanick utilizes this craft history to ask how a search for personal identity through mysticism and hand making can compact a viewer’s notion of time.

In her pieces, organic forms appear in harmony with the grids of the patchworks, depicting hands with soft gestures, shells found in nature and elaborate ancient hairstyles. After examining the Roman ruins in Italy and Aquincum in Hungary, Hughmanick started to incorporate particular patterns and forms from these sites into her works, animating long-forgotten figures of the ancient Roman society. Hughmanick’s work is a nod to hand labor: just as workers built the legendary Colosseum brick by brick, she stitched the fabrics together piece by piece. Taking inspiration from buildings and structures that stood the test of time, her quilts reflect her urge to search for the roots of our (European and North-American) culture, observing humanity’s thirst to build, create and conquer. Her works have a comforting presence that - apart from the soft fabrics and pastel colors - comes from the elements that symbolize the longevity of our cultural heritage. Thus, even without wrapping them around us, Hughmanick’s quilts provide shelter from the anxieties and uncertainties of our time, from an economic, political and environmental perspective.

detail image of “Self Portrait (THE PRESENT)” textile

detail image of “Self Portrait (THE PRESENT)” textile

New Project in Budapest, Hungary

I will be going to Budapest, Hungary August 2018 to June 2019 to complete a large scale public art project about ancient architecture and patchwork quilting through a Fulbright Fellowship. You can read more info about the proposed project through this PRESS RELEASE (image: Aquincum site). 



Recent Interview

Thanks to Elise Sedley for taking time to talk with me about spirituality and art! 

New Performance Series Launching at Triumph

Performance Dates: March 10 from 6 - 9pm, March 24 from 7-9pm, March 31 from 6-10pm

Sign up for a personal consultation and consideration HERE

Triumph Gallery: 2055 W Cermak Road, Chicago IL 60608


Please join us and explore the boundaries of the self through trial experiences of The MorphoTransverse Method® + The Truth Guide For A Beginner’s Mind®. This walkthrough of both methods addresses the overlap of historical ritual/cult with safespaces, and the effects of relinquishing autonomy for group identity. It looks at ritual as the repetition of identical steps that become hierarchies within a belief’s structure, as well as where ritualized athletic movement can become spiritual exertions that correct muscles imbalances and trauma cycles.

Experience Both Practices In Tandem:

The MorphoTransverse Method® updates ancient health practices for the modern fitness world. DISCOVER THE BETWEEN BODY SPACE

–all you need to do is BE PRESENT–

Together, we will turn your goals into results and uncover your unique level of stability, so you can reach a superior state of existence. Discover your heightened self as we teach you to unify your spirit and body, allowing them to evolve beyond earthly boundaries.


The Truth Guide For A Beginner’s Mind®  breaks the barriers between the physical and metaphysical.


Uncover your inner, outer, and expansive being as you learn to look both forwards and into one another.



There's Nothing Natural About This

Opening Reception: February 3, 6-9pm

Wedge Projects / 1448 N. Howard Street

The site specific installation work There’s Nothing Natural About This by Chicago artists Anne Yafi and Christalena Hughmanick looks at the spacial and temporal relationships between nature, architecture, the body and ownership of space. Yafi’s three-dimensional grid drawing makes subtle attempts in subverting its art historical origin through her use of a tactile craft material (pipe cleaners) and the intuitive application of color, while rejecting a narrative or sequential reading of any kind. Hughmanick’s quilted components take aesthetic cues from the ancient Roman architecture of Aquincum, using its slow deterioration over the past 2000 years to consider the relationship between human building and nature. Material choices reinterpret ancient building material and the level of function presented in the resulting works aims only to be graphic. More info at  


Jacob's Pillow Festival Gala

One of my photographs will be featured in the silent auction at the annual Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival gala on June 17, 2017. Located in my hometown of Lee, Massachusetts, this non profit organizations mission is to support dance creation, presentation, education, and preservation; and to engage and deepen public appreciation and support for dance. This is a great way to bridge my training in modern dance with my current fine art practice. More info on the organization and even can be found HERE

Bridgeport Arts Center

A recent work A Pair of Shelves will be featured in the 5th Annual Juried Art Show at the Bridgeport Arts Center, curated by James Yood and Fred Camper. Join me for the opening on Friday, January 20 from 7 - 10pm. More information HERE

Book Release Party for "1-6"

Event Date: October 21, 6 - 9pm

Please join SAMUEL and the artists at TUSK for the release of the new book "1 - 6," a collaborative work by Christalena Hughmanick and Steven Vainberg. Snacks will be provided by Dove's Luncheonette and cocktails from Pub Royale. TUSK: 3205 W. Armitage Ave, Chicago IL 60647.