Painters & Sculptors Program 2019 Juan William Chávez

Painters & Sculptors Program

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Juan William Chávez

Saint Louis, MO

Juan William Chávez is an artist and activist based in St. Louis, MO. His exhibitions focus on themes of the urban environment, ecology, sustainability, craft/labor, activism, identity, and archaeology of place. Chavez has exhibited at ArtPace, Van Abbemuseum, McColl Center for Art, Tube Factory Artspace, 21c Museum Hotel, Laumeier Sculpture Park, and Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. His interdisciplinary approach to art has gained the attention and support of prestigious institutions like the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Creative Capital, Graham Foundation, ArtPlace America, Andy Warhol Foundation, and Art Matters Foundation. Chávez holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

“My studio practice focuses on sculpting space within urban ecosystems through partnerships and collaborations as a way to address social and environmental issues. My work includes public sculptures, multimedia installations, paintings, drawings, and unconventional forms of beekeeping and agriculture.”

  • Shaman Blanket (San Antonio, TX), 2016, video with sound, 1963 Shasta trailer salvage, beekeeping equipment, dried plants, Peruvian knitted mask, solar panel, Mylar blanket, 4 x 10 x 9 feet

  • Pachamanca Blanket (detail), 2017, Oaxacan corn, Peruvian knitted mask, 3.5 x 10 x 9 feet

  • Mesa, 2018, ink, alpaca yarn, raw linen, 12 x 12 inches

  • Mesa Hive, 2018, Mylar survival blanket, beekeeping equipment, rope, linen canvas, hexagon concrete mold, dried plants, tools, beeswax, wood, Peruvian knitted mask, 5 x 7 x 15 feet

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.