People Made Visible (PMV), a not-for-profit organization with a mission to facilitate community while fulfilling the artistic, social, educational and cultural needs of the community through an innovative physical and web-based presence, is happy to be working with two visiting artists this summer in West Chicago. As part of an Artist-in-Residency program, also supported by the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission and the West Chicago City Museum, both artists will be working with the community on creative projects over the next three months.
William Estrada is a Chicago-based artist and teaching artist who received his MA in 2015 in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His community-based art has been featured throughout the City of Chicago, including his work as part of an extensive artist residency program at Telpochcalli Elementary School. William was introduced to West Chicago at the City’s annual downtown spring festival, Blooming Fest, on May 21, 2016. He took pictures of attendees as part of his Family Portraits project. He also attended West Chicago’s Railroad Days on July 10, 2016 with his Mobile Street Art Cart, a uniquely built “paleta” (ice-cream) cart that is filled with art supplies. William will return for the following community events:
- West Chicago Public Library’s Lawn Games event with Mobile Street Art Cart – Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (118 W. Washington Street)
- National Night Out with Mobile Street Art Cart – Tuesday, August 2, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Reed-Keppler Park (129 W. National Street)
- MaryFest with Family Portraits project – Sunday August 14, 2016 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church (140 N. Oakwood Avenue)
- Mexican Independence Day Celebration with Mobile Street Art Cart – Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. in front of the City Museum (132 Main Street)
Juan Chawuk is a Tojolobal Mayan artist from Chiapas, Mexico, who is currently working in the United States as a visiting artist through the National Museum of Mexican Art. Juan has worked on mural projects and held exhibitions in Kansas City, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Phoenix. Juan will be working on a mobile mural at 103 W. Washington Street, at the corner of Main Street and Washington Street from Monday, July 25 through Friday, August 5, 2016. The public is invited to visit his studio. Daily hours can be found on the PMV Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PeopleMadeVisible. Juan will be giving an artist talk on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 7:00 p.m., light refreshments will be served.
Juan and his work will also be on display during the West Chicago Family Art Night in downtown West Chicago on Friday, July 29, 2016 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Visit Juan during this great event featuring art, music and dance performances at 103 W. Washington Street, Republic Bank located at 101 Main Street, the West Chicago City Museum at 132 Main Street, and Gallery 200 at 200 Main Street. Interactive art pieces will be open for attendees at all locations. Those stopping in to any of the three venues will receive a map which will be stamped at each location for the chance to win a prize. Juan is being hosted by PMV through a collaboration with the National Museum of Mexican Art and the Mexican Cultural Center DuPage and is funded through the JCS Fund of the DuPage Foundation which supports the arts, particularly, music and visual art programs.
All artist programming is free to participants. Please contact PMV at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 473-0268 for more information. Established in 2008, the Artist-in-Residency Program has welcomed fourteen artists from Chicago, Denmark, Germany, Mexico and Spain.
top photo: West Chicago Artist-in-Residence William Estrada engages attendees of Railroad Days with his Mobile Street Art Cart. Estrada will make several other appearances at local community events this summer, and at the Mexican Independence Day Celebration on September 17, 2016. Photo courtesy of the artist.
bottom photo: Juan Chawuk, a Tojolobal Mayan artist from Chiapas, Mexico, who is currently working in the United States as a visiting artist through the National Museum of Mexican Art, visits West Chicago through its Artist-in-Residence program to create a mobile mural this summer. Photo courtesy of the artist is one of his works.