Monique Meloche is a prominent Chicago dealer of contemporary art and founder of the Monique Meloche Gallery. A native of Windsor, Ontario, she received a Masters degree in Art History and Theory from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago before beginning a career in commercial art galleries, first at the Rhona Hoffmann Gallery and later the Kavi Gupta Gallery. She opened her eponymous gallery in 2001; since then, Meloche has become noted for launching and supporting the careers of a number of prominent artists, notably Rashid Johnson and Michelle Obama’s official portraitist Amy Sherald. Meloche’s gallery is renowned for its commitment to diversity, and at the Ulrich, Meloche will discuss how the work of the artists whom she has represented and continues to represent, including Johnson, Sherald, Sanford Biggers, David Antonio Cruz, Ebony G. Patterson, and Nate Young, among others, engages with the strong urge towards storytelling in contemporary art through conceptual frameworks. Monique Meloche Gallery is a member of the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) and participates in art fairs internationally including Art Basel Miami Beach, EXPO Chicago, Artissima, Frieze, and Independent NY.