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MFA Exhibition

Zhou B Art Center
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Chicago, IL 60609
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Contemporary Art Artist MFA Exhibition


About Wet Paint MFA Biennial

A painting exhibition of MFA candidates and recent MFA recipients

Zhou B. Art Center, Chicago

Curated by Sergio Gomez, MFA



January 15 to February 13, 2016
Opening Reception: January 15, 2016 • 7 - 10 pm



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The National Wet Paint MFA Biennial Exhibition was founded in 2010 by Sergio Gomez. It is an outlook and an overview of top MFA painting programs in the United States. Wet Paint refers to the idea that this is a fresh group of artists. They are MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) candidates and recent MFA recipients working primarily in the medium of painting. Now on its fourth edition this growing and highly competitive juried exhibition will bring to Chicago some of the most talented emerging artists in the country. Wet Paint 2016 is fully funded by the Zhou B. Art Center which makes it possible for graduate students to submit works for consideration at no cost. The National Wet Paint MFA Biennial 2016 takes place from January 15 to February 13 in the spacious second floor gallery of the Zhou B Art Center. Wet Paint is juried by the Zhou B Art Center's selection team and curated by Sergio Gomez, MFA.


The National Wet Paint MFA Biennial 2016 seeks to highlight traditional and experimental ways contemporary artists incorporate and embrace painting as their primary medium.



The Zhou B Art Center is a private, non-government funded art center designed to facilitate the exchange of contemporary art between Chicago and the international art community. The 87,000 square feet art center offers innumerable possibilities for exploring the arts in a charismatic location and collectively form an extravagant art center fusing culture and creativity.


The Zhou B Art Center was founded in 2003 by the world renowned artists, the Zhou Brothers. It is now home to several exhibition spaces, a cafe, an art store, galleries and artist studios. It has established itself as the premier venue for internationally recognized art shows and events and continues to galvanize the South Side and the Bridgeport neighborhood as the most interesting new area for the arts in Chicago. Visit our website at


ABOUT THE Zhou B Spirit Award

The Zhou Brothers are one of the most accomplished contemporary artists in the world today renowned for their unique collaborative work process. They always work together on their paintings, performances, sculptures, and prints, often communicating without words in a so-called dream dialogue. Their thinking, aesthetic, and creativity are a symbiosis of Eastern and Western philosophy, art, and literature that informed their development since early childhood.


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Zhou Brothers with Chinese President Hu Jintao and US President Barack Obama. Photo by Pete Souza, official White House photographer.




Sergio Gomez is a Chicago based visual artist. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Northern Illinois University. As an art student at Governors State University, Sergio was recipient of the Lincoln Laureate Medallion Award given by the Lincoln Academy and former Governor of Illinois Mr. Jim Edgar. Sergio’s work has been subject of solo exhibitions in the United States, Italy, Mexico and Vienna. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Spain, Sweden, Mexico, Korea and the US. His work can be found in private and public collections of the National Museum of Mexican Art, Brauer Art Museum, and the MIIT Museo Internazionale Italia Arte among others.


Presently, Sergio Gomez is the Director of Exhibitions at the Zhou B. Art Center, Director of Art NXT Level Projects (formerly 33 Contemporary Gallery), co-founder of Art NXT Level®, founder of Amplified Art Network, contributor for Italia Arte Magazine, founder of, co-founder of Care+Commit=Change. In addition, Sergio is an Art/Design faculty at South Suburban College and Creative Consultant for Idea Seat Marketing and Advertising.


As a curator, Sergio has organized numerous important exhibitions such as “The National Self-Portrait Exhibition”, “Get Real: New Figurative Realism in Chicago” “CelebrARTE”, “Chicago’s Twelve”, “Chicago’s Twelve at Garfield Park Conservatory”, “I AM American” and the “National Wet Paint Biannual MFA Exhibition” which has become a catalyst for emerging painters across the country. Additionally, Sergio has established international art collaborations in Italy, Germany and Mexico.




2012 Zhou B Spirit Award Winners


Sarah Knill
Kendall College of Art and Design


Sarah Knill

Title of work: slide p(eight)^3
Medium: oil on panel
Size: 48" x 48"
Year: 2011


Spencer Corbett
Indiana University


Spencer Corbett

Title of work: Wanna pet my nano bunny?
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 48x60
Year: 2011






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