A bright pink square logo that reads Astra Tesh.

Illustration & Design

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Hello.

(it's me.)

I'm Teshika Silver. I have been drawing and creating since I was a child, and making a profession from it almost half my life. Art, creativity, and design is literally all I do, and because of that, the language of art is easy for me to translate visually with stunning results. Astratesh is more than just a brand, it's a persona that creates vivid, engaging visuals that radiate equity, love and justice. I hope you will join me on this journey, and the work we do together can be both invigorating and uplifting.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications Kendall College of Art and Design, 2004

Branding • Concept Development • Digital Illustration • Copywriting • Calligraphic & Hand-Drawn Fonts • Presentation

Professional Appointments

March 2019-Present   Staff Illustrator - Sixty Inches For Center, Chicago, IL

Sep 2016-May 2019   Teaching Artist - “Drawing Comics”, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

Sep 2017-June 2018   Teaching Artist - Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL

2018/2019   Summer Camp Teaching Artist, Hyde Park Art Center

Summer 2017   Young Cultural Stewards, Chicago Park District, Chicago, IL

 

Exhibitions

June 2021   Solo Exhibition, Liberation Among The Stars, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL

2020   Group Exhibition, LIP: Life In Progress, Hairpin Art Gallery, Chicago, IL (curated by AnySquared Gallery)

2019   Group Exhibition, Art After Dark Chicago, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL (curated by Candice Randall)

2019   Self-Curated Group Exhibition, QUIC: Queer Underground Illustrators Chicago, Parlor & Ramp Gallery, Chicago, IL

2018   Group Exhibition, Do Not Resist? 100 Years Of Police Violence, Hairpin Art Center, Chicago, IL

2018   Self-Curated Group Exhibition, QUIC: Queer Underground Illustrators Chicago, Reunion Chicago, Chicago, IL

2018   Group Exhibition, ICUQTS: International Chicago Underground Queer Transcendance Symposium, Troy Street Warehouse - Pilsen, Chicago, IL (curated by TRQPiTECA)

2017   Self-Curated Exhibition, #HEXYEAHWITCHES, Plus Gallery, Chicago, IL

2016   Group Exhibition, Ain’t No Mothership: An Expedition Of She, Fulton Street Collective, Chicago, IL (Curated by Caira Lee Conner-Ware (afroxnaut))


Commissions

Public:

2021  Bandana Design for Fundraiser, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), Pasadena, CA

2021  Illustration and Design for Fundraiser, “Meeting The Moment Building The Movement”, 826 National, San Fransisco, CA

2020  Illustration for Wheat Paste Banner, Vends + Vibes: New Constellations, Arts & Public Life, Chicago, IL 

2020  Illustration for Poster Fundraiser, CO-GRID 19, Nationwide

2020  Illustrations/Designs Posters, Brochure and Billboard, Women With A Vision, New Orleans, LA

2020  Coloring Book Page, Reader Coloring Book Fundraiser, Chicago Reader, Chicago, IL

2020  Fantasy Gig Poster, “Big Floyd”, Chicago Reader, Chicago, IL

2016  Poster Art Commission, Department of African American Studies, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Corporate:

2019   Logo and Branding Redesign, AIDS Foundation Chicago (commissioned through People Who Care/Elijah McKinnon)

 

Residencies

Summer 2021  Swarm Artist Residency 

Fall 2018   Teaching Artist Residency, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

Fall 2017   The Bridge Program, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

 

Grants

2021 - SECC Artist Microgrant

2020 - 3Arts/Arts Alliance Illinois COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund