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Friday, January 3, 2014

The Evanston Art Center Launches Living Studio Residency with Artist Ben Whitehouse


The Evanston Art Center is pleased to announce an energetic new program called the Living Studio Residency. The Living Studio Residency is a community-based artist-in-residence program that provides a meaningful platform for local and national artists to transparently make and share work. The residency focuses on artistic visibility and public engagement around contemporary artistic practices and processes. The Art Center views its residency as an investigation of openness, generosity and exchange while challenging traditional notions of art studio. For the first time in the Art Center’s history, we are excited to make our space and community available to an on-site artist. For winter 2014, we have selected local artist Ben Whitehouse (January 5-April 13, 2014). We hope that the public will take full advantage of Ben’s time with us and stay alert for upcoming events and programs with him.

Artist Ben Whitehouse in residence from January 5 through April 13, 2014

Whitehouse was born in London in 1962 the son of documentary filmmaker Ronnie Whitehouse. Ben came to prominence in the mid-1990’s as a gifted painter interested in the way light and time shape our experience of the world. His work has been exhibited at over 20 museums and galleries including his current installation at the Crocker Art Museum, CA. Ben also seeks the use of alternative exhibition spaces, In 2006, for example, he created an installation on the Astrovision Screen on Times Square and in 2012 he made an installation in the chapel of a Chicago area church.
For more about Ben see his website:

Be on the lookout for Ben's Sunday March 22nd Gallery Talk here at the EAC and a community workshop at the Evanston Civic Center on Saturday April 6th.

Additionally, Ben will be a guest lecturer as part of a series of lectures given by Stephen Alltop at Northwestern University. This lecture on January 23rd will focus on the various ways in which art and music can converge. Ben has long considered merging a video of his to a live symphonic performance. Stephen has asked him to do this in January 2015 with the Elmhurst Symphony, which he directs. At the lecture, Ben will be sharing and discussing the video piece that will later accompany Vivaldi's Winter Allegro 3rd movement with the Elmhurst Symphony.


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