John Preus (1971) (MFA-University of Chicago) is a Chicago-based trans-disciplinary artist, furniture-maker, and fabricator for other artists including Dan Peterman, Theaster Gates, Omer Arbel, and Norman Teague. Preus was a 2016 Kaplan resident at Northwestern University. He is a 2016 nominee for the US Artist Fellowship. He was included in New City's Chicago Art 50 in 2016. He was the 2013-2014 Jackman-Goldwasser resident at the Hyde Park Art Center, a 2015 Propeller Fund recipient, a 2014 Efroymson Fellow in sculpture and installation, 2014's first place winner of the Maker grant and a 2013 finalist. He was a finalist for the 2015 Artadia Award and the 2014 Creative Capital grant, and a 2014 DCASE artist grant recipient.
Selected solo exhibitions include, John Preus: New Work at the Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, The Relative Appetite of Hungry Ghosts at the Rhona Hoffman Gallery, John Preus On Drawing at the Heilbronn Kunstverein in Germany, The Beast at The Hyde Park Art Center, Slow Sound at the Experimental Sound Studio. Group shows include The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Threewalls Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, OR, The Iceberg Gallery in Portland, OR. Miami/Basel, the New York Armory Show, ADAA, EXPO Chicago, The Elmhurst Biennial, The Huguenot House in Kassel, Germany, The Devos Art Museum in Michigan.