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Cassie Tompkins was born in 1979 and grew up in the small farm and factory town of Sterling, Illinois. In 2001 she graduated with a BFA in Photography from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and in 2010 recieved a BFA with a concentration in visual communication design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has worked with many different mediums, including photography and printmaking, almost always exploring light, pattern, color, and the little bits of beauty that are found within any environment. Cassie currently works as a part of the Design team at the Art Institute of Chicago, is a freelance designer for Illinois Humanities, and is a FIELD/WORK resident at the Chicago Artist Coalition.