the Rumpus Room

Welcome to the Rumpus Room! The Rumpus was both the first Studio and first monthly theme. It’s a hand-built recreation of Gwen Ihnat and Brian McNally’s beloved basement bar and recording studio. While the recreation itself is a hat tip to the general institution of Chicago basements, the Original Rumpus is something special and specific. […]


In the space right behind the Rumpus Room, was a portal to Anode Gallery. I say portal, in that the installation straddled the line between Portable and Studio space. Functioning as foyer and lounge in the Studio, the actual Anode Gallery is owned by artists and proprietors Ian Bennett and Renee Bennett. Anode has been […]


The Workroom was between the Rumpus Room and the SITE Office and was where we usually sat to plot the coming installs and events in the exhibit. It had a lot of artifacts, new and old from Stockyard Institute. On either side of the twinned green tables were tributes to the late, great, artist and […]

Black Public Radio

Stockyard Institute has historically had a fascination with radio as an institution, and our showing at Nomadic Studio was no exception. Jim Duignan and Davion Matthews installed their low-wattage radio transmitter into the spot between the main gallery and the Rumpus and Workroom, and dubbed it “Black Public Radio”. With the titular boom box painting […]

SITE Office

I purposefully waited to present this Studio towards the end, even though it was technically the first Studio we constructed. The “SITE Office” was a production studio and hub for collecting and organizing all of the generated content from Nomadic Studio daily. SITE initially stood for Stockyard Institute Teaching Experiment, and dates as far back […]

Main Gallery

The Main Gallery was a congregational space. It functioned as a classroom, a venue, a workshop, a staging area, and was host to the majority of the events at Nomadic Studio. The gallery was flanked by Jeff Zimmermann’s imposing photo-realistic paintings, “Not” and “Sowf” and Dayton Castleman’s cardboard F-16 Falcon and Canadian goose titled “Chicken”. […]