Eat Paint Studio opened in October of 2018 at 5036 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago. Functioning as a gallery and working studio for founding artist Emily Rapport, the gallery exhibits work by emerging and mid-career artists with a focus on painting. The gallery’s location is slightly off the beaten path, just north of Lawrence and Western Avenues. Art is work; the gallery’s mission is to broaden the audience for art by engaging people in the art-making process and, through exhibitions in its storefront gallery, to integrate art into daily lived experience.
What’s in a name?
Eat Paint Studio originally came about as a name for my art practice in 2004 when there was some debate about whether an artist was or could be a business. In this light, it is also an ironic reference to the romantic myth of the “starving artist” who subsists on creative passion alone.
Emily Rapport, Founding Artist
Emily Rapport studied art in the late 90’s at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Seeking involvement in a creative community, Emily became significantly involved in the foundation of what has become the “Ravenswood Art Walk,” an annual tour of arts and industry in Ravenswood Corridor. She has worked with representatives of the Chicago arts community, including the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Artists’ Coalition, in working to reform burdensome city ordinances as they relate to creative practices.
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