Gallery dedicated to exhibiting Chicago artists transforms into “open studio”
CHICAGO, IL – The Ed Paschke Art Center (EPAC) is pleased to announce it’s second annual Artist Residency program.
Developed to provide Chicago artists with the time, space, and resources they need to pursue their creative work, EPAC’s inspiring surroundings give residents a professional platform to create and exhibit their work within.
In partnership with Luminarts Cultural Foundation of the Union League Club Chicago, EPAC will host 2016 Luminarts Visual Arts Fellowship award recipients Jeffrey Michael Austin and Lily Dithrich.
Beginning Monday, March 14, 2016 and running through April 24, 2016, the Ed Paschke Art Center (5415 W. Higgins Ave., Chicago IL) will welcome Austin and Dithrich on site to exhibit finished works alongside transforming the space into an “open studio.” Viewers are invited to step in to their workspace and see art making in action. This dynamic showcase of the best in emerging contemporary artistic talent is also a generative exhibition. Visitors are encouraged to check back throughout the exhibition’s run and watch as these artists take a work from concept to completion over the course of their residency.
“One of the goals of the Ed Paschke Art Center is to support the careers of Chicago artists by providing them with a space to not just exhibit their work, but to engage with our community,” said Vesna K. Stelcer, chair of the Ed Paschke Foundation. “This residency program allows viewers access to the typically off limits, behind-the-scenes territory of an artists’ studio, similar to our installation of Paschke’s Howard Street Studio space already on site.”
Jeffrey Michael Austin is an interdisciplinary artist, musician and educator based in Chicago. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, recently including such venues as Le Carreau de Cergy (Paris), Chicago Artists Coalition, Kunstenfestival Watou (Belgium), The University of North Texas Art Galleries, Lehr Zeitgenössische Kunst (Berlin), The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Fondation Vasarely (Aix-en-Provence). Austin received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently works as Deputy Director of The Chicago Perch and as a Teaching Artist with Marwen.
Lily Dithrich is a Chicago based artist working sculpturally with wood and textile. She received her BA at Oberlin College in 2013, and has since been working independently in Chicago. She has participated in a number of artist residencies nation-wide, including at the Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residency, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and the Wassaic Project. Her work has been exhibited at a number of galleries in Chicago and the midwest including the Hyde Park Arts Center and the Chicago Artists Coalition.
Image Credits, from left to right:
Jeffrey Michael Austin, Untitled (In Search of an Authentic Gesture), 2015. Burlap, window screen, glue, plaster, paint and nails on panel, 40 x 52 inches.
Lily Dithrich, Eight Line Poem, 2015. Found chairs, upholstery, flock, 33 x 20 x 35 inches.