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Summer of Art in West Chicago

People Made Visible is happy to be working with two visiting artists this summer in West Chicago. As part of our Artist-in-Residency program, William Estrada and Juan Chawuk will be working with the West Chicago 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 the City of West Chicago at the spring downtown festival, Blooming Fest on May 21st taking pictures of attendees as part of his Family Portraits project, and at Railroad Days on July 10th with his Mobile Street Art Cart, an uniquely built “paleta” (ice-cream) cart that is filled with art supplies.  William will be back in the community on Wednesday, July 27th from 6-8pm at the West Chicago Public Library’s Lawn Games event, located at 118 W. Washington Street. William will also have his Mobile Street Art Cart at National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2nd from 6-8pm at Reed Keppler Park and at the Mexican Independence Day celebration on Saturday, September 17th from 3-6pm in front of the City Museum at 132 Main Street. William will be photographing families as part of his Family Portrait project at MaryFest on Sunday, August 14th from 4-6pm at St. Mary’s Church located at 140 N Oakwood Ave, West Chicago.

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 25th through Friday, August 5th. The public is invited to visit his studio.  Daily hours can be found on our Facebook Page at Juan will be giving an artist talk on Wednesday, August 3rd at 7pm; 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 29th from 6-9pm. 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-stop in to any venue to receive your map and get a stamp 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 that is funded by a generous donation from the JCS Fund.

All artist programming is free to participants. Please contact us with any questions: [email protected] or (630)473-0268.

The Artist-in-Residency Program was established in 2008 and is run in collaboration with the West Chicago City Museum and the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission. Since 2008, fourteen artists have visited West Chicago from Chicago, Denmark, Germany, Mexico and Spain.