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delores fortuna

Medium: Ceramics

Booth #: GS44

Grew up on dairy farm in northern Wisconsin. Contacted polio at 14 months, rehab at Sister Kenny Institute and 8 orthopedic operations allowed walking at the age of 16 without leg braces and crutches, return of post-polio syndrome necessitated return to the use of canes for stability.

High school valedictorian; BFA, MFA (honors) from the University of Chicago, studying ceramics with Ruth Duckworth

Antioch University, St. Xavier’s University, The School of Art Institute of Chicago (retired 2015)

Professional Achievements:
International Exhibitions: Japan (Mino), Taiwan (Yeigei), Italy, France, Finland, Mexico, Canada

National Exhibitions: NCECA Biennial, Awards (Best of Show): River to River, Central Time Zone,
San Angelo, Topeka National, Materials Hard and Soft, It’s Only Clay.

Business Development:
Oak Park Pottery, ArtWorks in Oak Park (now Terra Incognitio) offering classes, working artist’s studios, residencies and gallery.

Studio Tours: Developed Holiday Lights Tour (Oak Park), Twenty Dirty Hands (Galena)

Art Fairs: Best of Show awards (ceramics): St. Louis, Plaza, Uptown, Art on the Square (Madison), Laumier, Brookside (Kansas City), Marion, College Park, 57th (Chicago), Appleton and Cambridge.

Gallery Representation: Lill Street (Chicago), Akar (Iowa City), Grand Hand (Mpls), Red Star (Kansas City), Abel Contemporary (Stoughton), Higher Fire (Madison), Vale’s Fine Craft (Chicago) and Terra Incognitio


Delores Fortuna grew up on a northern Wisconsin diary farm, overcame the paralysis of polio, attended the University of Chicago, BFA, MFA studying with Ruth Duckworth; taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago retiring 2015. Her work has been exhibited both internationally and nationally winning numerous awards.

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