Jan Tichy was born in 1974 in Prague. He studied in Israel before earning his Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he is now an Associate Professor at the Department of Photography and Department of Art & Technology Studies.
Tichy has had solo exhibitions at MSU Broad Museum of Art, East Lansing (2017); Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (2012); Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford (2012); Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv (2010); Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2011) and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2008).
Tichy’s large public art projects engage communities and offer platforms to share. In 2011 Project Cabrini Green illuminated with spoken word the last high rise building of the Cabrini Green housing projects in Chicago and Beyond Streaming: a sound mural for Flint at the Broad Museum in Michigan in 2017 brought teens from Flint and Lansing to share their experience of the ongoing water crisis. Since 2018, Tichy has been one of the inaugural artists for Art on the Mart in Chicago. Recently he edited and curated Ascendants, the Bauhaus Handprints collected by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy (2019).
Tichy’s work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Magasin III Museum for Contemporary Art, Stockholm; Museum of Applied Arts, Frankfurt; Tel-Aviv Museum of Art and Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago.