5415 W. Higgins Avenue
Chicago IL 60630

TEL 312-533-4911

Hours of operation are
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Mondays through Sundays

Admission is free.

The Ed Paschke Art Center commemorates the work of the legendary Ed Paschke, while serving as an accessible platform for artists to showcase their work.

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The mission of the Ed Paschke Art Center is to preserve and provide public access to the work of the legendary Ed Paschke; to serve as an educational resource for youth, adults, artists and academics; and to function as an accessible platform for artists to showcase their work.

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The Ed Paschke Art Center celebrates the artist’s dedication to his family, art and community through Paschke-related art exhibitions, guest lecturers and an up-and-coming, rotating artist-in-residence program. The Ed Paschke Art Center will provide educational art programming to youth throughout Chicago to foster creative skills by using similar interdisciplinary art practices as Ed Paschke (media, music, fashion, etc). The Ed Paschke Art Center will serve as an educational resource center for international artists, academics and the general public.

The Center has been funded through the generous support of The Rabb Family Foundation and includes partnerships with the 3M Company, the School of the Art Institute and the Block Museum of Art.

For more information about the Ed Paschke Art Center or “Paschke in the Park”

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Paschke’s work developed an unmistakable confrontational style, which captured the grittiness of urban life and used various forms of media and technology. Subject matter is depicted using intricate patterns and vibrant colors. Paschke used color to reach peoples’ nervous system; to him painting was a process of discovery—about solving a problem. Of his art, Paschke once said, “They either love it or hate it but rarely are they indifferent to it.”

While Paschke has deep artistic Chicago roots, his works are in permanent collections of major American and European museums including the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, Centre George Pompidou and the Louvre Museum in Paris.

The Ed Paschke Art Center is located in a renovated building that contains 2,800 square feet of gallery space and 1,700 square feet of educational space and includes a re- creation of Ed Paschke’s 2004 studio. Along with the permanent Paschke collection that showcases the distinct styles and interests Paschke explored throughout his artistic career, which spans 1969 through 2004, the Center also will showcase other Chicago artists and include an artist-in-residence program.

Upcoming events include a Paul Natkin photography exhibition; collaboration with Luminarts, a cultural foundation that supports and encourages rising Chicago artists; and a Steve Schapiro exhibit: Andy Warhol, Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground. A finalized list of special exhibits and events, and adult and youth programs will be announced on the Center’s web site, this June.

Board Chair of the Ed Paschke Foundation, Vesna K. Stelcer, recalls that Ed was an amazing original artist and a man devoted to his family. “Throughout this process of building the Ed Paschke Art Center, which is to honor Paschke’s life and legacy, his spirit and character have been our shining light,” says Stelcer. “It has been an incredibly humbling experience to work on this Art Center that, all who knew Ed and his work fundamentally agree, 'it's about time.’” Stelcer believes that the Ed Paschke Art Center is a true reflection of Ed’s generous nature—supporting artists, serving as an educator, being a visionary, and believing his art should be easily accessible to the public. Stelcer says, “Paschke naturally inspires, challenges and provokes one to be a better person; we are deeply grateful to be able to bring the Ed Paschke Art Center to our community and our city.”