Preus holds an MFA from the University of Chicago. His work has been exhibited at Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Heilbronn Kunstverein, Germany; Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL; Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR; Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, IL; Devos Museum of Art, Marquette, MI; among others. Preus was the 2013-14 Jackman-Goldwasser fellow at the Hyde Park Art Center, received the first place MAKER grant and the Efroymson Fellowship in 2014, and the Kaplan resident at Northwestern University in 2016. Since 2015 his work has been shown at Art | Basel | Miami Beach, The Armory Show, The ADAA, among others.

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- Chicago Archive Series - Infinite Set, 15 x 15 x 15 inches / 31 x 31 x 31 cm, materials salvaged from recently closed Chicago public schools, 2019