Born and raised near Duesseldorf/Cologne, Germany, Annegret Reichmann’s passion for art led her to study in Krefeld, Germany and at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois. Wanting to give back to the art community that encouraged and supported her passion, she founded the fundraiser BAREWALLS for the SAIC. Now in it ‘twelfth year, the proceeds benefit new students, encouraging them to follow their own artistic dreams. Ms. Reichmann is a prolific artist and has shown her work in Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, New York, Illinois and Nebraska. Of her work, she muses, “painting is like breathing. l cannot not paint.” As a result, she continues to exhibit her work in Germany and Oregon, U.S.A. Currently, Ms. Reichmann spends her artistic residencies in Portland, Oregon and Gelsenkirchen, Germany, her home country.