Ed Flood was born in 1944 and spent his childhood in the suburbs of Chicago. In the early 1960s, he came to Chicago to study at the School of the Art Institute. He spent the next several years pursuing his BFA, and then an MFA, but with periods of time spent out of school pursuing other endeavors, including several months in New York City.1 He received his BFA in 1967 and his MFA in 1969.
Gladys M. Nilsson (born May 6, 1940) is an American artist, one of the original Chicago Imagists, a group in the 1960s and 1970s who turned to representational art. Her paintings "set forth a surreal mixture of fantasy and domesticity in a continuous parade of chaotic images." She is married to fellow-artist and Hairy Who member Jim Nutt.