Arica Hilton

Expedition Artist


I have never believed that our lives are predestined by the event that happened before

or that we do not have the ability to change our circumstances because of one choice or another.

 I believe in free will, that we can choose our path the way we want to design it.  

I believe in the power of vision.  Perhaps that’s why I am an artist.”  AH

Multi-media artist Arica Hilton was born on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. She studied architecture & design and has worked as an artist, gallerist, curator, art publisher, poet, interior designer and patron of the arts since 1985. She is the founder and president of Hilton | Asmus Contemporary, a fine art gallery in Chicago.

Over the years, she has been interviewed on numerous television programs and broadcast news on the value of the arts and was seen on various episodes of the television series, Health & Lifestyles Weekly. Forging business relationships throughout the United States, Europe and Asia has furnished her with a global perspective. Arica was one of the first (and youngest) women pioneers to set up an art publishing firm that successfully engaged in international trade with Japan in the 1990’s.

In addition to representing internationally known artists and photographers, Arica's own multi-media artworks have been exhibited in various galleries throughout the world. Whether it is visual art through paintings or the poetic expressions of language and music, every aspect of Arica’s life is geared towards one form of art melding into another.  

In recent years, Hilton’s has had numerous exhibitions in Europe, the Middle East and the United States. Her series, I FLOW LIKE WATER, in which she has created a body of works to bring awareness about issues such as the billions of pounds of plastic weighing down our oceans, was recently exhibited in Brussels, Belgium and the UNION LEAGUE CLUB of CHICAGO.

Much like the Luminists, the poetic art movement that captured light as it moved across the American Landscape, Hilton’s works are inspired by the European Romanticists, who depicted cool waterscapes reflecting nuanced skies. She uses that as a springboard, not necessarily concerning herself with traditional landscape.  While her work continues to share a feeling of tranquility, calm, and the sense of light piercing a soft, hazy “sky,” she takes on a “Post Luminist” feeling as she refers to a more ubiquitous aspect of nature, reaching beyond the tangible earth, water, sky, to the star forming galaxies of the universe. Hilton’s paintings and installations are intricately woven with her poetry and three-dimensional materials (such as recycled plastic from water bottles) which transports them to the present while still capturing a timeless quality that is ever present in her works.    

Among her collaborations with other artists, Hilton curated the poetry and wrote the finale poem for DIVINA NATURA,  a sound and light installation at the FIELD MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY with Italian artist Marco Nereo Rotelli, and WORDS  at Northwestern University.   Her painting, UNIVERSE, Life Unlimited ( a 6 x 10 ft) was the backdrop for MYTHICAL PROPORTIONS, a one-woman play at Theater Wit in Chicago by actress, Nora Dunn.  According to Ms. Dunn, "your painting became a character in my play.”  In 2017, the same painting was donated by one of Hilton’s collectors to Mount Sinai Hospital and is currently hanging in the lobby of the Segal Outpatient Center in Chicago.

Hilton works with architects and developers to create monumental public works such as a recent commission of an 8 x 18 ft painting for the lobby of a LEED Certified Gold building in Chicago.  Her current projects include a monumental painting for an architecture and engineering firm that specializes in water and wastewater engineering and utility management consulting.  She has also lectured on the art of Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese wisdom of achieving balance and harmony in life through art and design.

In addition to creating her internationally collected art, Hilton launched a speaker series in the spring of 2016 by partnering with organizations tackling social justice issues which occur globally, nationally, regionally and locally. She supports a number of not for profit organizations by using art as a means to make our planet better through conservation of our environment and by placing value on both human & animal rights.  

A former triathlete, Hilton’s travels have taken her to the “Top of the World” in Zanskar and Ladakh, India with a Tibetan monk, as well as treks to Asia, Europe and the Middle East.  Her life's mission is to explore the world to bring awareness to issues that plague planet earth by searching for solutions that will make our world a better place for our children and our children’s children.  

• Spokesperson for GREENHEART INTERNATIONAL, a global nonprofit that connects people and planet to create global leaders through a unique and diverse collection of programs.

• Artist Ambassador for WOMANSCAPE.COM, a network of diverse writers providing stories about women in history, the arts & media, or women championing progress in our modern world.

• Former president of the board of the Poetry Center of Chicago

•  President’s Circle Member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

• Member of IWA (International Women Associates)

• Voted one of the LIT 50: Who Really Books in Chicago 2011 by New City

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