(Sponsored) The National Wet Paint Exhibition: 1/15 – 2/28


A large group of painters (MFA candidates and recent MFA recipients) will be exhibiting their artwork in the National Wet Paint Exhibition throughout January and February at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago.
This upcoming exhibit is a fascinating combination of incorporating the traditional medium of painting, with a high-tech infrastructure.

"Jason" by Ryan Shultz, MFA Northwestern University

Under the watchful eye of a technology-driven society, online social networking, and cyber interaction communities, this group of young artists have been evolving and redefining one of the oldest mediums of art, painting.  The phrase “wet paint” refers to the freshness of this promising group of emerging artists, and their art certainly encourages us to take a fresh look at painting.

"Frontier (At the Edge of Cognition)" by Nicole Northway, MFA University of Illinois at Chicago

Consisting of 52 paintings culled from 255 submissions across the U.S., the National Wet Paint Exhibition was curated and organized by Sergio Gomez, an independent curator at the Zhou B Art Center.  For those art lovers looking to add to their collection, there will be a catalogue of all of this year’s art pieces available on Blurb.com.  A truly beautiful and diverse array of artistic styles fill the pages of this 8” X 10” full-color book: it is a wonderful way to commemorate and celebrate this year’s artists’ achievements and ideas.  All the works in the exhibition will be permanently available online at VisualArtToday.com.

"Conversation of the Paranormal Event" by Jason John, MFA Indiana University of Pennsylvania

This year’s exhibition is being hosted by the Zhou B Art Center, a private, non-government funded art center designed to facilitate the exchange of contemporary art between Chicago and the international art community and to promote the convergence of Eastern and Western art forms in the United States. Founded in 2003 by world-renowned artists, brothers Shan Zuo and Da Huang Zhou, the 87,000 square feet art center in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago offers innumerable possibilities for exploring the arts in a charismatic location and collectively form an extravagant art center fusing culture and creativity.  In addition to offering exhibition space, the Zhou B Art Center also has a café, artist studios, galleries, special event spaces, and an art store. The mission of the Zhou B Art Center is to promote and facilitate cultural dialogue by organizing contemporary art exhibitions and programs of international scope.

For those iPhone and iTouch users interested in keeping up with Wet Paint, you can access the exhibition with ease on your iPhone or iTouch device through the Wet Paint App.  With this free mobile optimized web page, you can keep up to date with the exhibition and its artists. Use the Wet Paint App as a resource to learn more about each participating artist, to view all art pieces from the exhibition, to view artist interviews, and more.  The unique “Wet Paint” icon on your home screen will give you direct access to all of its features, and because it is web-based, it will take virtually no space on your iPhone/iTouch device.

For more information, you can contact the Zhou B Art Center at info@zbcenter.org, or the National Wet Paint Exhibition’s curator, Sergio Gomez, at wetpaint@zbcenter.org.