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Victoria Bradford, Artistic/Executive Director
Victoria Bradford is the Artistic and Executive Director of A House Unbuilt. Her work with A House Unbuilt primarily takes the form of social choreography, using language from performance, video, and installation, among other non-art disciplines. She studied visual arts, anthropology, and theology at the University of Notre Dame (BFA) and visual arts and performance and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA). Influence on her work as an artist also comes from her upbringing in community theaters, classical dance, and voice lessons. She lives in Chicago, IL and continues to cultivate projects in her home state of Louisiana.
Victoria has a history in the arts as an organizer, scholar, maker, and administrator, previously founding Poor Pony, a small non-profit that began her public creative practice, then she worked for the State of Louisiana’s Department of Culture as well as served as a Board of Regent’s Fellow in Comparative Literature at Louisiana State University. Eventualy she moved to Chicago to earn her MFA and work as Program Director of Chicago Dancemakers Forum for three years.
Victoria Bradford | A House Unbuilt has presented work at the MCA Chicago, Gallery 400, the DeCordova Sculpture & Art Museum, the McColl Center in Charlotte, NC, the Chicago Cultural Center, and Defibrillator Gallery. Victoria has also received honors such as the Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Award, DCASE Theatre & Dance Residency, High Concept Labs Sponsored Artist, Chicago Artist Month Featured Artist, and Chicago Artist Month HATCH Resident Artist.
While working in Louisiana, she was awarded over $100K in funding from individual and corporate donors for her work on Poor Pony, as well as funding from Private Foundations, the Division of the Arts, the World Cultural Economic Forum, Convention and Visitors Bureau, City and Parish Partnerships, the Downtown Development Authority.