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Art Wed Jan 06 2010

A Fresh Coat of New Artists

Wet_Paint_320x180.gifThe Zhou B. Art Center, a rather new art studio in Bridgeport, has high expectations and even deeper ambitions in stake for Chicago's contemporary artist community.

Gallery owners and brothers, Shan Zuo and Da Huang Zhou's latest exhibition celebrates young artists from all over the United States, featuring recent MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) candidates and recipients working in the medium of contemporary painting. The National Wet Paint Exhibition, a reference to the collective of fresh artists, starts January 15 at the 87,000 square-foot gallery--a gallery that houses several exhibition spaces, artist studios, a café and even an art store.

Think of Wet Paint as a representation of contemporary art graduate programs across the country, seeking to display resulting innovations in painting materials, techniques and methods. There's even a free multimedia iPhone app to keep patrons up to date on the artists and their exhibitions.

NicoleNorthwayUofI.jpgThe six-week exhibit itself is comprised of 52 paintings by student artists selected from more than 250 submissions. All of the work will also be displayed on the show's independent curator, Sergio Gomez' web site,

The show will run from January 15 to February 28 at the Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th St., Monday through Friday, 10am to 5pm and Saturday, noon to 5pm. For more information, visit the show website. A full color catalog is also available at

(The painting on the left entitled: "Frontier (At the Edge of Cognition)" is by University of Illinois MFA recipient, Nicole Northway.)

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Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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