Juan Angel Chavez in conversation with Ed Marszewski

Wednesday November 9, 6pm

Juan Angel Chavez was born in La Junta, Chihuahua, Mexico. He has since established himself as a leading force in Chicago public art, creating murals and mosaics with Chicago neighborhood organizations, libraries and CTA train stations. He is also known for his “Non-Permission” projects throughout city streets and abandoned fields, in which he received the prestigious Richard H. Driehaus Individual Artist Award, for his endeavors.

Now, Chavez focuses in his larger than life, sculptures and installations made of found materials, light and sound. His new body of work has been exhibited nationally and international venues and has received national recognition for the work he has been doing.

He has exhibited extensively in Chicago as well as nationally and internationally. He has been recognized with the prestigious Louis Comfort Tiffany award in NY, NY, Artadia Individual artist award NY, NY and 3Arts, Chicago. Chavez has served as an Arts Representative on the City of Chicago’s Public Art Committee and currently holds a Faculty position in the sculpture department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Dubbed by Paul Klein as “probably the hardest working man in art,” Ed Marszewski is a mover and shaker in Chicago’s art world. Edmar, as he is known, is the founder of both Lumpen and Proximity magazines, the first of which is celebrating its 20th anniversary; owns and runs the Co-Prosperity Sphere, one of the largest alternative spaces in Chicago located in Bridgeport; co-owns the Bridgeport hang-out Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar; and runs the MDW Art Fair, an art fair for non-profit and alternative art spaces, that was held twice in 2011.