Christalena Hughmanick is an artist living and working in Chicago. Born and raised in Lancaster Pennsylvania, her formative years were defined by the Amish and Shaker communities surrounding her in this area of the country. Her current approach to an art practice in performance, sculpture and textiles is heavily influenced by the dedication to craft found amongst these communities. She received an MFA from the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of the art Institute of Chicago where she is currently a lecturer. Recent exhibition sites include Fernwey, Document, Triumph and Western Exhibitions in Chicago, SOIL Gallery in Seattle, The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University and Gorge Borge Gallery in Budapest, Hungary. She was most recently an International Artist in Residence at the Hungarian Multicultural Center in Budapest and has been awarded the Lenore Tawney Foundation Scholarship, Grainger Marburg Travel Grant and been a Northampton Arts Council grant recipient.