Hope Esser is a multidisciplinary artist working in performance, video, and sculpture. She earned her BA in Studio Art and Art History from Oberlin College and her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was awarded the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship and the James Nelson Raymond Fellowship. She has been an artist-in-residence at ACRE, Triangle Arts Association, the Watermill Center, Links Hall, Hatch Projects, and Ox-Bow, where she was a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Scholarship. She has performed and exhibited at the Watermill Center (Long Island, NY), Gallery 400 (Chicago, IL), The Hills Esthetic Center (Chicago, IL), Grace Exhibition Space (Brooklyn, NY), NARS Foundation (Brooklyn, NY), Chicago Artists Coalition (Chicago, IL), Defibrillator (Chicago, IL), and La Esquina Gallery (Kansas City, MO), among others. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has upcoming exhibitions at Roots & Culture (Chicago) and Ex-girlfriend (Berlin, Germany).