Hope Esser is a multidisciplinary artist that works in the realms of performance, video, sculpture, and costume. She has a BA in studio art and art history from Oberlin College and an MFA in performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In May she was awarded the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship and the James Nelson Raymond Fellowship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has attended residencies at Harold Arts in Chesterhill, OH and Ox- Bow in Saugatuck, MI, where she was a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Scholarship. Originally from New York City, she currently resides in Chicago. She has recently performed at venues such as New Capital (Chicago), Grace Exhibition Space (Brooklyn) and the Defibrillator (Chicago). In addition she has screened videos at BronxArtSpace (Bronx) and has exhibited her work at Sullivan Galleries (Chicago), among others. She is currently the Public Relations Assistant for the In>Time 2013 Performance Festival (Chicago) and has also worked at the Video Data Bank and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.