Friday, June 19, 2015




Sunday, June 21, 2015 
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Paschke in the Park Family Event The Ed Paschke Art Center will build on the success of last summer’s free, family friendly event and host an all day event featuring a public installation of the Zhou Brothers sculptural works in Jefferson Memorial Park (4822 N. Long Ave., Chicago, IL), adjacent to EPAC. The event will also be the public opening for “Journey to Art: Zhou Brothers.”

"Nothing like this has ever been done before, and the Zhou Brothers would never do anything like this for anyone but Ed,” said Vesna K. Stelcer, chair of the Ed Paschke Foundation. “The generosity and daring of this exchange is a testament to their relationship, and it perfectly embodies EPAC's inaugural year."
Image Credit: Ed Paschke, Red Boxer, 2004, Oil on linen, 50 inches x 60 inches.

About Ed Paschke 

Born June 22, 1939 and raised on the North side of Chicago, Ed Paschke's father's sketches and Disney animation drew him to art at an early age. He earned his BFA in 1961 and MFA in 1970, both from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). He established his reputation as a leading artist of his generation early on, and began showing at the Hyde Park Art Center with a rotating cast of artists. Soon dubbed the Chicago Imagists, they were recognized for their works highly finished surfaces and busy compositions. Ultimately, Paschke would go on to distinguish himself by using tabloids and photographs as source material, as well as by adding a social or political dimension to much of his work. Paschke died suddenly in his sleep from heart failure on November 24, 2004 at the age of 65. His work is in countless private collections throughout the world, as well as major museums both here and abroad, including The Art Institute and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, among others.

About the Ed Paschke Art Center

The Mission of the Ed Paschke Art Center is to preserve and provide public access to the work of the legendary Ed Paschke; to serve as an educational resource for youth, adults, artists and academics; and to function as an accessible platform for artists to showcase their work.

The Center has been funded through the generous support of The Rabb Family
Foundation and includes partnerships with the 3M Company, the School of the Art Institute and the Block Museum of Art.

About the Zhou Brothers 

Before leaving China in 1986, the Zhou Brothers had become nationally recognized contemporary artists with shows in the National Museum of Art, Beijing; the Museum of Art, Nanjing; the Shanghai Museum of Art; the Guiling Art Museum; and the Guanxi Art Museum in Naning. The Zhou Brothers then went to achieve international acclaim, opening shows in the United States and Europe. The Brothers work collaboratively on each piece they create, often communicating in a dream dialogue. In 1973 DaHuang and ShanZuo finished their first painting together, The Wave, and have created art in multiple media together since. In 1986, the Brothers moved to the United States and settled in the Bridgeport neighborhood where they retain a private residence and studio. The Zhou Brothers founded the Zhou B Art Center in 2004, hoping to create a platform in Bridgeport for artists and international dialogues.

About the Zhou B Art Center 

The Zhou B Art Center was founded in 2004 by the internationally acclaimed Zhou Brothers. Located in Bridgeport, the Zhou B Art Center's mission is to promote and facilitate a cultural dialogue by organizing contemporary art exhibitions and programs of international scope. As a Center created by artists, for artists, the vision of the Center is to facilitate the exchange of contemporary art between Chicago and the international art community and promote the convergence of Eastern and Western art forms in the United States.

The Zhou B Art Center provides galleries, studio spaces, and a collaborative creative environment to a thriving community of talented artists. The primary purpose of the Zhou B Art Center is to nurture the creativity and growth of its nearly 50 resident artists. The Center is also home to some of the most thought-provoking and cutting edge exhibitions in the city. On the Third Friday of each month, the Center hosts a free exhibition and open studio event where families can explore its main exhibitions, galleries, and resident artists' studios. This event is the perfect opportunity for Chicagoans and tourists to support the local and international artists involved with the Zhou B Art Center.

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