At the BAU Institute Artist Residency in Otranto, Italy, 2010

At the BAU Institute Artist Residency in Otranto, Italy, 2010



Contact:  louiselebourgeois [at]

Louise LeBourgeois is a painter and writer. Her studio is in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood, a block away from Lake Michigan. 

She is a lifelong and avid open water swimmer. The flux, heft, and ever-changing moods of the lake inspire her paintings.

LeBourgeois earned an MFA in Painting from Northwestern University in 1994 and an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago in 2016.

She has exhibited her paintings in galleries throughout the United States and internationally, in Italy, Japan, and the Netherlands. She has published her writing in the Chicago Quarterly Review and The Rumpus.

LeBourgeois has had recent one person shows in San Francisco, Boston, Tokyo, and at FermiLab in Batavia, IL.

She taught painting and drawing for twenty years at Columbia College Chicago. She has also taught at Northwestern University, North Park University, and the Evanston Art Center. While living in Florence, Italy in 2005-6, she taught at Santa Reparata International School of Art and Palazzo Rucellai, an abroad program of the University of Connecticut.

LeBourgeois's work can be found in the collections of Bill and Melinda Gates, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, College of Lake County, Fermilab, Indiana University Northwest, McKesson Corporation, and University of Chicago Hospitals.

She lives in Chicago with her husband Steve Carrelli, who is also an artist.


Gallery Affiliations


Aron Packer Projects, Chicago


Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco


Gallatin River Gallery, Montana


Gold Gallery, Boston