Sterling Bay, Chicago’s premier real estate development and investment firm, announced today that it is hosting a springtime art installation in partnership with Galerie Guichard, a Bronzeville fine art gallery that features specialist multicultural artists. in the African diaspora, or communities and cultures descended from indigenous Africans. Showcasing a rotating collection of black artists from around the world, Galerie Guichard will begin its installation in the lobby of One Two Pru on Monday, May 10, bringing the space to life as Chicagoans begin their return to the office.
“Sterling Bay is a proud supporter of the arts and incorporates works by local and international artists creatively and meaningfully into our commercial spaces,” said Andy Gloor, CEO of Sterling Bay. “We are honored to present pieces from the collection of the Guichard Gallery, thereby helping to broaden the representation of black artists and to celebrate diverse and dynamic cultures.”
The gallery’s on-site collection will include 20 collage and mixed media acrylic works created by artists including Chicago native Adam Guichard, Nigerian artist Stephen ‘Sayo’ Olalekan, and Detroit-born Judy Bowman, as well as co-owners of the Guichard gallery Andre Guichard and Frances ‘Marlène Campbell’ Guichard.
“The One Two Pru installation gives us an exciting new space to display pieces from our collection and expose Chicagoans from across the city to the incredible talent of some of today’s greatest black artists,” said Andre Guichard, co-owner of the Guichard gallery. “We appreciate Sterling Bay’s partnership with us on this project and look forward to showcasing this facility to tenants, neighbors and visitors throughout the summer.
Self-taught painter, André Guichard has been an artist for more than 25 years. His visionary works can be found in more than 2,500 corporate and private collections around the world, and in 2011, six of his original paintings were displayed on canvas bins in 7,000 stores nationwide as part of the Walgreens Community Corner initiative. Andre also commissioned paintings for the Chicago Urban League and late music legend Prince.
Frances Guichard began painting in 2004 under the pseudonym Marlene Campbell. His works include his paintings from the Great Migration series, “In Motion I” and “In Motion II”, among others presented at the Galerie Guichard. In addition to painting, Frances is Commercial Director of Galerie Guichard where she works alongside co-owner Stephen Mitchell to showcase a wide range of emerging and mid-career multicultural artists specializing in the African Diaspora.
“The African diaspora has a rich and flourishing culture that is too often under-represented on the fine art scene,” said Frances Guichard. “We are delighted to give the tenants of One Two Pru a chance to experience art they may not have been exposed to before and a new appreciation for African and black culture.”
Located on the first floor of the Bronzeville Artist Lofts, Galerie Guichard presents a rotating collection of works by many global artists, including Abiola Akintola, Stephen ‘Sayo Olalekan, Pearlie Taylor, Marlene Campbell, Andre Guichard and many more. A gallery as respected as Michigan Avenue in the community of Bronzeville, the country’s largest arts district, owners Andre Guichard, Frances Guichard and Stephen Mitchell, opened the gallery in 2005 with the mission of exposing patrons to multicultural artists. specialized in Africa Diaspora. Through art exhibitions, experiential events and artistic tours, Galerie Guichard gives under-represented emerging artists and mid-career artists the opportunity to develop their imaginations and creativity. For more information visit www.galleryguichard.com