Anna Cerniglia is a Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, freelance producer, and the Director/Founder of Johalla Projects. She received her BFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2005. After graduation, Cerniglia worked for Pirrello Digital Imaging, Rush Medical Center, and as a freelance Operating Director of the Verge Art Fair.
During that period, Cerniglia also worked extensively throughout Chicago to convert unconventional spaces into alternative venues for exhibiting art. South Union Arts was founded in 2005 under her direction, and in addition, Cerniglia curated for ALLRiSE Gallery, and Grolsch. Outside of the United State, she worked as an assistant curator for Barbara Goebels-Cattaneo and for La Porta Blu Gallery of Rome, Italy.
Cerniglia founded Johalla Projects in 2009, and since then has produced large varieties of exhibitions which have been reviewed by the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, ArtSlant, Hyperallergic, and Art F City. Through Johalla Projects, she has produced multiple murals and art installations throughout the Chicagoland area and nationwide, including three projects for the Chicago Transit Authority, four large-scale installations for the Pitchfork Music Festival, the 35Denton Festival, and Lollapalooza. Johalla thrives on its creative partnerships, with highlights including Chicago Athletic Association, Soho House Chicago and The James Hotel Chicago. Most recently, Cerniglia has been working in partnership with the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel to produce all pop-up public programming, including lectures/talks, small exhibitions, and large-scale immersive installations and events.