• I've moved to Feral Pony and I don't know if I'm coming back for more fine art type thangs so check me out over there

  • Animal Umwelt : Jenny Kendler and Molly Schafer
    Two-person exhibition at iMOCA, Indianapolis, IN
    Jan 12 - March 20, 2016

  • City Creatures reviewed in Chicago Tribune

  • ESPP on Eyes On Conservation podcast

  • Dress/Shield review on Art F City

  • Dress/Shield on Acid Rain

  • Dress/Sheild a CAA pick

  • Oct. 1 - 31, 2015
    Dress/Shield at Lump Gallery

  • Oct. 1 - Dec. 31, 2015
    City Creatures at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

  • + update: I rarely update this page.

  • ESPP profiled in UPPERCASE Magazine Issue No. 25

  • Mar 22 - Oct 19, 2014
    Rare Nature: The Endangered Species Print Project • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum • Chicago

    Mar 9 - Apr 30, 2014
    Facing Extinction • Part of Project Passenger Pigeon • Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods • Deerfield, IL

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    Milk Tusks vol. 1 drawing zine. soon.

    Currently collaborating with Tumblr and real life friends The Hateful. The Hateful show is currently up at Lump Gallery.

    Last year I was part the project "In a Landscape Where Nothing Officially Exists" at CAA. You can read about the project in the inaugural issue of the academically peer-reviewed STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) journal.

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    Sept 2013 • Endangered Species Print Project is profiled in SAIC's E+D magazine

  • Chicago Artists Coalition Panel
    Get Out of the Vacuum: The Importance of Peer-to-Peer Support for Artists

    Three members of the feminist art collective Henbane—Meg Leary, Jenny Kendler and Molly Schafer—will be joined in a roundtable discussion by Mara Baker and Robert Burnier, whose relationship was forged in a critique group. The conversation will center around their personal experiences in various critique groups, the importance of making mutually supportive connections with other artists, and the value of peer-to-peer relationships in the sustainability and growth of both art practices and art careers.

  • Crossing the Line
    Corcoran Museum of Art
    April 14, 2012–May 20, 2012

  • In a Landscape Where Nothing Officially Exists
    Feb. 25th, 2012, Group Show
    @ Un-Space Ground @ the 100th CAA convention in LA

  • ESPP invades California: Kristi Engle (LA) & Root Division (SF) : Summer 2011

    Endangered Species Print Project is taking over the West Coast! This summer we have shows at both Kristi Engle Gallery in Los Angeles and Root Division in San Francisco.

    Check out the gallery websites, linked to above, for more info.

    ESPP has raised over $7000 (!!!) so far to support biodiversity and conservation efforts. Purchase a limited-edition art print to help us meet our $10k goal.

  • INCANTATION opens at Peanut Gallery
    I am showing some of my work in a pretty, lil, magical show at Peanut Gallery.

  • * I'm excited to announce that I am now working with Arrow to Arrow. Arrow To Arrow is an online gallery and shop specializing in affordable one of kind artwork, limited edition art prints as well as other special small run products.

  • *My solo show Dawn Horse opens at Lump Gallery October 2nd

    Lump is very pleased to present Dawn Horse. an exhibition of new work by Chicago artist Molly Schafer. Lump will host an opening reception Friday, October 2nd from 7 – 10pm during the First Friday Gallery Walk located in downtown Raleigh. The exhibition will run from October 2 – 31, 2009 and is on view Saturdays from noon - 5pm.

    This project is supported in part by a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

    For further information contact Bill Thelen at 919-889-2927 or email lumpgallery@gmail.com

    505 South Blount Street
    Raleigh, NC 27601
    www.lumpgallery.com & www.lumpdocket.blogspot.com

  • * The Endangered Species Print Project

    I'm very excited to announce the launch of ESPP a project by myself and artist Jenny Kendler. Visit the site to learn more!

  • * In That Gold Land
    I have a new piece in "In That Gold Land" curated by Thad Kellstadt opening May 16th at Heaven Gallery.

    In That Gold Land presents a group of artists from across the country whose practices examine the line between idealism and reality. When re-imagining culture, what parts of nature and human relationships are kept and what parts are left behind?

  • * CAAP Grant
    I'm excited to announce that my untitled video, shot on location on Assateague Island will be funded by a Community Arts Assistance Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

  • * Interview in Mankind Magazine

    I'm very excited to be in Mankind! I was interviewed by Jess Goldfond of The Shiny Squirrel It is a great issue download yours here

  • * LowEnd Theories Review
    Independent Weekly reviews my work along with the rest of the LowEnd Theories artists.

  • * LowEnd Theories Interview

    Tory Wright interviewed me about my project on Assateague Island. I discuss fantasy, drawing, Looney Tunes, and warrior females.

  • * LowEnd Theories at Lump Gallery

    A project I have been working on in tandem with Ryan Swanson will be exhibited in LowEnd Theories at Lump Gallery.

  • * BusinessWeek article

    I am featured in an article on BusinessWeek online titled Business Advice for Artists from Artists.

  • * Nature's Mirror article in New City

    I am featured in this eloquent, thought provoking essay by Jason Foumberg.

  • *Really Rad Videos at Lloyd Dobbler
    Rise Up! A video I made in collaboration with artist Jenny Kendler will screen.

  • * Adopt a chimp girl or centaur

    I started an etsy.com shop as a fundraiser for an upcoming project. Pages from my sketch book start at $20 and more will be posted. I have also made some rad buttons of my drawings and those are for sale as well.
    This spring I will be staying with feral horses on Assateague Island. I will sleep on caribou hides, create an oral history, and construct a dwelling. All purchases from the Centaur Shop will support my project on Assateague Island. Thanks!

  • * Group Hug @ Lump Gallery
    I will have 3 drawings exhibited in Group Hug.

  • *Bailliwik
    I have photographs (gasp!) published in Bailliwik Issue 5

  • * Lollapalooza 2007
    A drawing from my series Hinds was chosen to be included in the visual art component of Lollapalooza 2007. The drawing was printed on an 8 ft banner and was displayed in Grant Park for the 3 day music festival showcasing 150+ bands.

  • * Venus Magazine Featured Artist
    There is a short interview with me and a folio of my work in the online version of Venus Magazine.



    Chicago, IL, April 6, 2007 – Nova gallery presents Megafauna, an exhibition of artist Molly Schafer's new works on paper. The show opens Friday, April 6th with an artist’s reception from 6 to 9 pm, and continues through May 5th.

    Interested in investigating the space between nature and culture, Schafer draws upon her professional experience in scientific illustration and paleobiology to create biologically plausible centaurs and ape-like warrioresses --- conflating mythology and the natural sciences to create a perverse and compelling fantasy space. Her characters emerge from an amalgam of classical and personal mythos, half-truths and re-combinations --- huntresses and the hunted, predators and prey, that tender obsession that ultimately culminates in the taking of a life. The many species in this imagined world engage in endless competition for human status: one having a more human face, the next bipedal, but animal-like, a third fashionably decorating herself with feathers and gold.

    Schafer’s current work focuses on Mammalia, representing the functions of the warm-blooded body in an unconventionally sexualized way. Her non-traditional beauties eschew the contemporary idea of "hotness," reveling in a disturbing dialog between the frightening and the erotic.

    Stylistically, descriptive detail and flattened space alternate, causing a fluctuation of presence: from the real to the psychological. Detailed study of animal anatomies and behavioral patterns inform Schafer's quasi-pre-historical narratives, creating a dramatic record of desire and aggression.

    Schafer received a MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from The Corcoran College of Art & Design. Her work has been exhibited at artpoint Miami, Lump Gallery, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Space 1026, and The Andy Warhol Museum.

    Megafauna is Chicago-based artist Molly Schafer's first solo exhibition in Chicago. More of her work can be seen at mollyschafer.com.

    Please contact the gallery for further information.

    840 W. Washington Blvd.
    Chicago, IL 60607
    networkofvisualarts.com <br>
    Schafer received a MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from The Corcoran College of Art & Design. Her work has been exhibited at artpoint Miami, Lump Gallery, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Space 1026, and The Andy Warhol Museum.

  • * Battle On!
    I will be flying a Xena flag next week as part of the Temporary Allegiance project. The flag pole is at 1240 W Harrison St. in front of Gallery 400 in Chicago.