Billy McGuinness engages in a project based art practice that focuses on human connection. He uses artmaking as a way to create empathy and understanding of what he sees as the three most pressing issues of our time: hunger, homelessness, and mass incarceration. In his own words, his work is meant to “reflect on and address the physical, spiritual, and psychological consequences of public policy, how we meet or deny needs, alleviate or exacerbate suffering.”
McGuinness completed his MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL and his BA in Film & Television from the University of California, Los Angeles, CA. He is currently the Director of Just Art (Cook County Jail: Division II), Chicago, IL and a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL.