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Since relocating from New York City to the Upper Midwest Thomas's work has responded to his newfound physical and cultural surroundings through large scale, immersive photo installations. Contemplating local histories and the physical landscape Thomas' works consider the poetics of place. Since 2013 founding the 'Xeno' exhibition program (Greek language for 'stranger') Thomas produced collaborative, community-forming projects locally and nationally.  That year Thomas launched an ongoing study of the Lake Michigan seascape, LM:+43-87, pictured above. 

Thomas received his BFA from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. After he relocated to New York where, for 20 years, he maintained a studio in the Chelsea gallery district. Thomas’ work has been included in numerous exhibitions, notably:  Hiromii Yoshi Gallery, Tokyo and Zach Feuer Gallery, NY garnering the attention of The New York Times, reFRESH (UK) and Camera Austria.  

thomashellstromnyc-at-gmail.com

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS: 

  • 2018 KINGDOM OF DOING: CHICAGO HOUSE MUSIC PROJECT Randy Alexander Gallery, Chicago

  • 2017 LM:+43-87 Madison Public Library, Madison, WI

  • 2016 XENO : 53207 Tonic Tavern, Bay View, WI

  • BEHOLD THE WOMAN Beulah Brinton House est. 1871, Bay View Historical Society, Milwaukee WI

  • 2015 SUGAR IS COMBUSTIBLE: FAITHFUL CORRESPONDENT in conjunction with the exhibitions: WIS CON SIN J. Shimon & J. Lindeman, Eugene von Bruenchenhein, Charles van Schaick REVEALING NATURE: Pedro Velez and Greg Klassen The Portrait Society Gallery, Milwaukee WI

  • LM:+43-87 BLOOD MOONRISE, Material Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

  • 2014 XENO:NABWMT National Association of Black and White Men Together, National Convention Milwaukee, WI http://nabwmt-mke2014.tumblr.com/

  • 2013 XENO:MKE 2013-2023 Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, Milwaukee WI

  • XENO:RENO inaugural exhibition at Artspace, University of Nevada, Reno

  • LM:+43-87 at Next Act Theater, Milwaukee, WI

  • LM:+43-87 at The Water Council, Milwaukee, WI http://www.thewatercouncil.com/

  • SUGAR IS COMBUSTIBLE: TRUE FAITH MARNsalonIV, Milwaukee, WI

  • 2012 SUGAR IS COMBUSTIBLE: BCC MKE Photo Diary 1989-2012 MGAC, Milwaukee, WI

  • 2010 SUGAR IS COMBUSTIBLE: BCC NYC Photo Diary 1999-2010 F.A.D. Lower East Side, NYC

  • 2008 AUBADE Pulse NY ArtFacts.net www.artfacts.net

  • 2007 THIS AFTERNOON Scope NY ArtFacts.net

  • 2006 THEREAFTER The Armory Show, NYC ArtFacts.net

  • 2005 UNREMEMBERING Buzzer Thirty, NYC www.buzzerthirty.com

  • UNREMEMBERING Art Forum Berlin, GERMANY ArtFacts.net

  • 2002 THEREAFTER: 01:22:35 – 01:22:40 RomeArts, Williamsburg, NYC

GROUP EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTS: 

  • 2018 IN THE POST Lawrence & Clark, Chicago

  • 2017 PROPERTY Rogers Park, West Ridge Historical Society, organized by ROMANSUSAN Chicago, (co-exhibitor Erin Hayden, catalog) http://romansusan.org/property

  • 99/1 Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center, Chicago, IL

  • 2016 CULTURE JAM V : REVOLUTION RedLine, Milwaukee, WI

  • LM:+43-87 at Vedder Price International Headquarters, Chicago

  • SPRING The Muse Gallery and Guesthouse, Bay View, WI

  • WISCONSIN WILD AND TAME John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI

  • LocuStLed Woodland Pattern Book Center, Mke, WI - co-participants: Michelle Grabner, Sabina Ott -

  • AMERICAN CONVERSATIONS collaboration with Nina Ghanbarzadeh VAR Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

  • 2015 ART AND PHILANTHROPY Cream City Foundation, Milwaukee, WI

  • THE GH00ST $HOW VI, The Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

  • CULTURE JAM IV : TRUTH BE TOLD Independent Space, Milwaukee, WI

  • I MADE THIS FOR YOU The Portrait Society Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

  • 2014 THE GH00ST $H0W V The Attic, Milwaukee, WI

  • BRANDING CREATIVITY Fine Arts Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Parkside Campus, Kenosha, WI

  • WISCONSIN DESIGNERS SHOW HOUSE, Milwaukee WI

  • RELIQUARY ArtSpace, A University of Nevada, Reno Gallery, Reno NV

  • SHELFIES The Portrait Society Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

  • 2013 THE GH00ST $H0W IV Imagination Giants, Milwaukee, WI

  • SUGAR IS COMBUSTIBLE: LIZARD MOUND PARK, The Invisible Light, UW Fond du Lac Galleries

  • FACETS OF GENDER, MKE LGBT Center, Milwaukee WI

  • CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

  • 2012 BOOK SHOW @ PORTRAIT SOCIETY, The Portrait Society, Milwaukee, WI

  • STONEWALL 43 Pride Fest, Milwaukee, WI

  • 2010 POWER TO THE PEOPLE Feature, NYC

  • 2008 SUGAR IS COMBUSTIBLE: Photo Diary 1989-2008 www.thomashellstrom.blogspot.com

  • 2006 ART FORUM BERLIN ArtFacts.net GERMANY

  • GLAAD OutAuction (co-exhibitor: Matthew Higgs) Metropolitan Pavilion NYC (catalogue)

  • FOUR MORE YEARS! Buzzer Thirty NYC

  • DiVA NY (Digital and Video Art Fair) Pablo’s Birthday (catalogue) NYC

  • CIGE ArtFacts.net Beijing CHINA

  • ARCO ArtFacts.net Madrid SPAIN

  • ART LONDON ArtFacts.net London UK

  • ART AMSTERDAM ArtFacts.net Amsterdam NETHERLANDS

  • 2005 EMISSARY (co-exhibitor Ekhard Hahn) Pablo’s Birthday NYC

  • SCOPE NY Pablo’s Birthday NYC

  • WISH YOU WERE HERE Project Room 88 NYC

  • RAISE UP Tampa FL

  • BERLINER KUNSTSALON ArtFacts.net Berlin GERMANY

  • SCOPE MIAMI Pablo’s Birthday Miami FL

  • ARTE LISBOA ArFacts.net Lisbon PORTUGAL

  • 2004 FIAC Artfacts.net Paris FRANCE

  • VISIONS VIII Cathedral Foundation Covington KY (catalogue) Special Jury Prize

  • AFFORDABLE ART FAIR Project Room 88 NYC

  • SNAP TO GRID Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles CA

  • 2003 FARAWAY UP CLOSE RomeArts, Williamsburg, NYC

  • TODAY’S MAN John Connelly Presents, NYC

  • co-exhibitors: Assume Vivid Astral Focus, Terrance Koh, AA Bronson, Chris Ofili, Christian Holstad

  • TODAY’S MAN Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo JAPAN (catalogue)

  • 2002 MOMENTA ART BENEFIT 2002 Momenta Art and White Columns NYC

  • AUTORITRATTO Sesto Senso Bologna ITALY

  • ART NEWPORT J.P. Morgan Chase Jersey City NJ

  • POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE Sperone Westwater Gallery NYC

  • HANDLE WITH CARE Art Kitchen Amsterdam NETHERLANDS

  • 2001 COLABORATORY Gale Gates el. al. NYC

  • 2000 REMOTE EXPERIENCE DEPENDENCY Universal Concepts Unlimited NYC

  • LFL Gallery NYC

  • 1998 SUMMER EXHIBITION Cheryl McGinnis Gallery NYC

  • Cheryl McGinnis at THE ART EXCHANGE NYC

  • 1997 57 Hope at THE ART EXCHANGE NYC

  • BENEFIT EXHIBITION 57 Hope Brooklyn NYC

  • 1996 DECORUM Curators: Daniel Carello and Pedro Gomez 57 HOPE Williamsburg NYC

  • 1994 HERITAGE WITH PRIDE (co-exhibitor Paul Pfiefer) Peter Madero Gallery NYC

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

BEHOLD THE WOMAN' FEATURED AT BAY VIEW GALLERY NIGHT'  Milwaukee Independent  June 3rd, 2016
http://www.milwaukeeindependent.com/featured/behold-the-woman-featured-at-bvgn/

A QUIET VIP PREVIEW FOR EXPO Paddy Johnson ARTFCITY.com September 18, 2015 http://artfcity.com/2015/09/18/a-quiet-opening-vip-preview-for-expo/

RADIO A GO GO, Riverwest Radio, guest of Kat Murell, March 5, 2015 http://bambuser.com/v/5328969

SUPER MASSIVE BLACKHOLE #15 QUEER TIMES Anthony Luvera guest curator published December 2013 http://smbhmag.com/issues/SMBHmag15.pdf

ART CITY ASKS: THOMAS HELLSTROM  Nathaniel Stern The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel October 30, 2013 http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/entertainment/229821481.html

ARTSPACE EXHIBITION ADDS ZEST TO DOWNTOWN Alex Mosher The Nevada Sagebrush October 16, 2013 http://nevadasagebrush.com/blog/2013/10/16/artspace-exhibition-adds-zest-to-downtown/

ART NOTES University of Nevada, Reno http://www.unr.edu/art/newsletter/news8_29_13.html

XENO:RENO Nevada Today http://www.unr.edu/nevada-today/events/2013-09-02-xeno-reno

AN AESTHETIC TREAT IN THE SWELTERING HEAT, Selena Milewski, Milwaukee Shepherd Express,  July 25-31, 2013 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-21495-an-aesthetic-treat-in-the-sweltering-heat.html

BORIS AND DORIS ON THE TOWN Milwaukee Shepherd Express, April 29th, 2013 http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-20976-boris-and-doris-on-the-town.html

LM:+43-87 A Photographic Installation by Thomas Hellstrom, Milwaukee Shepherd Express April 27th, 2013 http://expressmilwaukee.com/event-122108-a-photographic-installation-by-thomas-hellstrom-%7C-next-act-theatre,-255-s.-water-st.,-milwaukee,-wi.html

MARNsalon IV WITH GUEST CURATOR WILHELM VAN RENSBURG Milwaukee Shepherd Express, March 30th, 2013 http://expressmilwaukee.com/event-120180-marnsalon-iv-with-guest-curator-wilhelm-van-rensberg.html

'ARTS AT THE CENTER' FUNDS CENTER STREET ARTISTS Milwaukee Shepherd Express, August 31st, 2012 http://expressmilwaukee.com/blog-8590-blog-art-talk-milwaukee-%22arts-at-the-center%22-funds-center-street-artists.html

AIM TO COLLECT ART AFTER GALLERY NIGHT Milwaukee Shepherd Express, July 31, 2012 http://expressmilwaukee.com/blog-8495-blog-art-talk-milwaukee-aim-to-collect-art-after-gallery-night.html

SUCIPTIBLE TO IMAGES, GALLERY NIGHT PREVIEW VIDEO, Kat Murrell,  Third Coast Digest July 27, 2012 http://thirdcoastdigest.com/2012/07/susceptible-to-images-video-guide-to-gallery-night/

GALLERY NIGHT BRINGS OUT ARTISTS, Mary-Louise Schumacher, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel July 23, 2012 http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/arts/gallery-night-brings-out-artists-26654iq-163293206.html

VISUAL ART HAPPENINGS: SUGAR IS COMBUSTIBLE BCC MKE Photo Diary 1989-2012 Shepherd Express July 19-25, 2012

Interview: F.A.D. Weekend L Magazine October 2010: http://blip.tv/file/4277418

THOMAS HELLSTROM: PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE PRESENT TENSE Steven Gdula reFRESH #51 July-August 2008 http://www.thomashellstrom.net/refresharticle.htm

THOMAS HELLSTROM iheartphotograph April 22, 2008 http://iheartphotograph.blogspot.com/search/label/thomas hellstrom

SOUVENIR  Anonymous publication (published by Feature, Inc. NY) 2007  (co-participants: John Waters, Ryan Trecartin, Christopher Williams, Mark Leckey)

PERGAMON Upscene  2005

ART: THE NEW BRIDGE AND TUNNEL CROWD Holland Cotter The New York Times March 13, 2005

ART: THE HIGHS ART AND ARTISTS OF THE YEAR Holland Cotter The New York Times December 28, 2003

BY AND ABOUT MEN AND THEY ARE RUNNING WITH IT Holland Cotter The New York Times August 8, 2003

TODAY’S MAN John McGee JapanToday.com October 2003

TODAY’S MAN Drew Pisarra NewYork.Citysearch.com August 2003

SPLASH  http://newsgrist.net  April 2003

FORUM Camera Austria 81  page 55 March 2003

COLABORATORY by Merrily Kerr New York Arts  December 2001, Vol. 6 #12

 
CURATORIAL PROJECTS:

2008 - 2005  With ArtFacts.net: The Armory Show, Pulse, Scope Art Fair NY, NY Art Forum Berlin, Berliner Kunstsalon Berlin, Germany

1993 - 1992    No Name Exhibitions, Minneapolis, MN
Curatorial Coordinator:  Selected themes, artists and artworks for exhibitions, facilitated guest curated exhibitions and projects, implemented media campaign. The success of this exhibition season led to major capital expansion, re-opening as The Soap Factory in 1995.

RESIDENCIES:
University of Nevada, Reno, Fall Term 2013
MKE LGBT Community Center, Milwaukee, WI  Summer 2013

PEDAGOGY: MARN Mentor Program 2015 cycle
Visiting Artist and Guest Lecturer, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Fall Term, 2015
Visiting Artist and Guest Lecturer, Moraine Park College, West Bend, Wisconsin, Spring Term 2015
Visiting Artist and Guest Lecturer, University of Nevada, Reno, Fall Term 2013
Visiting Artist and Guest Lecturer, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Spring Term, 2013

AWARDS: Finalist, Mary L. Nohl Fellowship, 2018 Individual Artist Grant, Cream City Foundation, 2013

EDUCATION:
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
BFA, summa cum laude   Emphasis: Installation, Film Studies, Continental Theory   

BIOGRAPHY: Born 1969, USA