Zhou B Art Center is the brainchild of internationally acclaimed contemporary artists and brothers Shan Zuo and Da Huang Zhou. Originally from China, the Zhou Brothers settled in Bridgeport over two decades ago and recognized an opportunity to revitalize the arts community in this southside Chicago neighborhood. In 2004 and with the direction of Michael Zhou, their vision came to life by way of the Zhou B Art Center - an 87,000 square ft. cultural and arts epicenter linking Chicago artists to the international arts community.
Zhou B remains committed to cultivating the local arts community and establishing the center as a global destination for art collectors and enthusiasts. A welcome addition to the cultural landscape of Chicago, the Zhou B Art Center is an exhibition space for diverse collections of works from local and international artists, and an important bridge between the art communities on the north and south of Chicago.
The Zhou B Art Center provides galleries, studio spaces, and a collaborative creative environment to a thriving community of talented artists. The primary purpose of the Zhou B Art Center is to nurture the creativity and growth of its nearly 50 resident artists. Just recently, it launched Art Centered, a magazine to promote and support the works of resident artists, by connecting them to the greater Chicago arts community.
The Center is also home to the most thought-provoking and cutting edge exhibitions in the city. On the Third Friday of each month, the Center host a free exhibition and open studio event where families can explore its main exhibitions, and resident artist’s galleries and studios. This event is the perfect opportunity for Chicagoans and tourists to support the local and international artists who, with the Zhou Brothers, are leading a new-art renaissance in Bridgeport.
The Zhou B. Art Center is also a unique event space for various artistic, cultural and philanthropic causes.