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Chicago Art Academy

International Influences

This project is the design for the new Chicago Art Academy of the internationally recognized artists the Zhou Brothers. The Zhoub Arts Academy is conceived as a comprehensive learning / living environment devoted to the visual arts. It features art instruction in a variety of media and includes student residences.

The Zhou Brothers were inspired by arts centers in New York, Paris and Beijing to create the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago to revitalize the arts community in this Southside Chicago neighborhood. The Zhou B Art Center is an 87,000 square ft. cultural and arts epicenter linking Chicago artists to the international arts community, committed to cultivating the local arts community, and to establishing the center as a global destination for art collectors and enthusiasts. A welcome addition to the cultural landscape of Chicago, the Zhou B Art Center is an exhibition space for diverse collections of works from local and international artists, and an important bridge between the art communities on the north and south of Chicago.

The Zhou B Art Center provides galleries, studio spaces, and a collaborative creative environment to a thriving community of talented artists. The Zhou B Art Center also nurtures the creativity and growth of its nearly 50 resident artists. Just recently, it launched Art Centered, a magazine to promote and support the works of resident artists, by connecting them to the greater Chicago arts community.

The Life Sculpture Garden and Zhoub Museum are also near the Arts Center and provide support space for it and other functions. The design concept was developed by John Clark, of the Cordogan-Clark Group along with design studio members.

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