The Ed Paschke Art Center (EPAC) is pleased to present its second annual Artist Residency, developed to provide Chicago artists with the time, space, and resources needed to pursue their creative work. We welcome Jeffrey Michael Austin and Lily Dithrich to EPAC.
Echoing Ed Paschke’s Howard Street Studio re-imagination, these Luminarts Fellows will display finished work alongside transforming EPAC's Chicago Gallery into an “open studio.”
EPAC’s Artist Residency is inspired by Paschke’s own generous mentorship of countless Chicago artists throughout his career, and presented in partnership with Luminarts Cultural Foundation.
Jeffrey Michael Austin is an interdisciplinary artist, musician and educator based in Chicago. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, recently including such venues as Le Carreau de Cergy (Paris), Chicago Artists Coalition, Kunstenfestival Watou (Belgium), The University of North Texas Art Galleries, Lehr Zeitgenössische Kunst (Berlin), The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Fondation Vasarely (Aix-en-Provence). Austin received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently works as Deputy Director of The Chicago Perch and as a Teaching Artist with Marwen.
Lily Dithrich is a Chicago based artist working sculpturally with wood and textile. She received her BA at Oberlin College in 2013, and has since been working independently in Chicago. She has participated in a number of artist residencies nation-wide, including at the Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residency, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and the Wassaic Project. Her work has been exhibited at a number of galleries in Chicago and the midwest including the Hyde Park Arts Center and the Chicago Artists Coalition.
Image: Jeffrey Michael Austin, Untitled (In Search of an Authentic Gesture), 2015. Burlap, window screen, glue, plaster, paint and nails on panel, 40 x 52 inches.