Kimberly Leja Atwood, Co-Owner & Curator


Born and raised in the Chicago area, Kimberly received her BFA in Photography & Video from the University of Illinois in 2006. Seeing fellow artists struggle to find homes for their work, and experiencing those hardships firsthand inspired Kimberly to create an art scene that was accessible. Since then, her goal has been to foster a sense of community and empowerment in Chicago-based artists. She aims to shed light on artists who may be underrepresented, and nurture the conversation between community and artist. When Kimberly is not working in the Elephant Room, you can find her taking photos and spending time with her two young sons, creating and exploring.

Taylor Imel, Gallery Assistant


Raised in small town Indiana, Taylor moved to Chicago at 18 to pursue theater. She earned a B.A. in Acting with a minor in Creative Nonfiction from Columbia College in 2018. During her college years, she worked as an intern for Kim at The Elephant Room and just never left. She is incredibly appreciative of all of the artists she has gotten to know and support,.

Taylor is an actress, essayist, and photographer. Alongside The Elephant Room, she is currently a blog writer for the theater section of Scapi Magazine. Her personal project is a manuscript on the life and death of her grandmother which includes a study of catholicism, travel, and ancestry. Taylor is a devout plant mom who enjoys hefty breakfasts, her nephews, good reads you would never guess. In her spare time, she works to create fine art with oil paint, black ink, pastel and sketching. In the future, she’d like to dabble in mosaic tiling.