Hale Ekinci is a Chicago-based Turkish interdisciplinary artist and an Assistant Professor of Art at North Central College, teaching a variety of courses in the Digital Art field. She spent childhood and much of her young adult years in Turkey, the homeland that she brings in and out of focus throughout her works. She completed her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago. Focusing on narrative and intercultural connections, her works vary from illustration and mixed media collage to video and installation. Her recent projects touch on social issues, cultural traditions, and political unrest. Despite the sometimes-dismal nature of these controversial issues, her works are often playful as she uses vibrant colors, patterns, and hopeful moments. Viewers are encouraged to experience the works and interact with the materials and concepts, to create awareness, start conversations, and spread compassionate stories.