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Award Winners of the National Wet Paint MFA Biennial 2018

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PRESS RELEASE

January 21, 2018

The Zhou B Art Center in Chicago is pleased to announce the winners of the The National Wet Paint MFA Biennial 2018.

On Friday, January 19th, the Zhou B Art Center inaugurated the National Wet Paint MFA Biennial 2018 curated by Sergio Gomez. The opening event was attended by hundreds of art enthusiasts who gathered to celebrate the accomplishment of thirty-eight emerging artists representing MFA programs from around the country.

The exhibition is an outlook and an overview of emerging contemporary artists across the United States currently working in the medium of painting only. Wet Paint refers to the idea that this is a fresh group of artists. They are MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) candidates and recent MFA recipients.

The National Wet Paint Exhibition consists of works by 38 artists selected from a national call to the top colleges universities offering a studio MFA program which resulted in over 250 submissions. The exhibition took place in the 14,000 sq/ft gallery of the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood. The Zhou B Art Center was founded by internationally known artists the Zhou Brothers as a private, non-government funded art center designed to facilitate the exchange of contemporary art between Chicago and the international art community.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Marisa Andropolis, The University of Mississippi
Ben Anderson, Bowling Green State University
Erik Anderson, Miami University
Christopher Beaty, University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign
María Gabriela Burbano Tobar, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Katie Brooks Toepp, Kendall College of Art and Design
Michelle Carrasquilla, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Gal Cohen, Parsons The New School
Christine Di Staola, University of Miami
Patricia Rain Gianneschi, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Tyler Griese, Arizona State University
Angelica Hay, Kendall College of Art and Design
Zhongwen Hu, Syracuse University
Hoijin Jung, Purdue University
Nina Kintsurashvili, University of Iowa School of Art
Amanda Kleinhans, Florida State University
Sima Schloss, Lehman College
Karah Lain, Oregon College of Art and Craft
Danielle LaGoy, University of Montana
Menika Lue, Indiana University at Bloomington
Blessy Man, Savannah College of Art and Design
Kassandra Palmer, University of Iowa
Mitch Raney, Indiana University
Rafael Rocha, Northern Illinois University
Juan Pablo Ruiz, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Anna Schierbeek, Kendall College of Art and Design
Kirsten Sejda, New Jersey City University
Elliott Stokes, University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign
Seonju Townsend, Towson University
Jessica Mia Vito, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Katie Neece, University of Notre Dame
Han Wang, Morehead State University
Claire Whitehurst, University of Iowa
Jon Witzky, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Shunran Xue, The New School Parsons of Design
Teona Yamanidze, Syracuse University
Guigen Zha, University of Missouri- Columbia
Scott Easson, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

 

AWARD WINNERS

Zhou B Spirit Award selected by the Zhou Brothers in recognition of outstanding talent.

Guigen Zha
University of Missouri- Columbia
Title of work: Fly-Bird
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 36×48
Year: 2017

 

Zhou B Spirit Award selected by the Zhou Brothers in recognition of outstanding talent

Rafael Rocha
Northern Illinois University
Title of work: The Other Side / El Otro Lado
Medium: Mexid Media
Size: 252”x66”

 

Artwork Archive Award of Excellence 

Marisa Andropolis
The University of Mississippi
Title of work: Portal
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 11×14
Year: 2017

 

Artwork Archive Award of Excellence 

Sima Schloss
Lehman College
Title of work: Witness Marks Real Eyes- Realize
Medium: Mixed media on vellum
Size: 56×100
Year: 2017

 

Art NXT Level Award of Excellence 

Patricia RAIN Gianneschi
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Title of work: Fallen
Medium: Mixed media, paper, fiber paste, collage, gesso, oil on canvas
Size: 72×65

 

Art NXT Level Award of Excellence 

Nina Kintsurashvili
University of Iowa School of Art
Title of work: Crash II
Medium: Oil, acrylic on canvas
Size: 36X48
Year: 2017

Sergio Gomez is a Chicago-based visual artist and creative entrepreneur. He is owner and Director of 33 Contemporary Gallery, Director of Exhibitions at the Zhou B. Art Center, founder of VisualArtToday.com and Amplified Art Network, Creative Consultant for Idea Seat Marketing & Advertising, Contributor for Italia Arte Magazine, and curator and producer of the National Wet Paint MFA Biennial. In 2014, Sergio co-founded the program Art NXT Level to help artists manage thier careers.

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