Cairn and Cloud: a collective expression of trauma and healing for new installation at Zhou B. Art Center

Cairn and Cloud, a new installation by clay artist and muralist Corinne D. Peterson with more than 100 collaborators, will be presented to the public at an opening reception from 7-10 pm on Friday, May 15th, in the 2nd floor gallery of the Zhou B. Art Center, 1029 W. 35th St. in Chicago.

The base of the artwork is made from more than 100 hand-carved stoneware clay, grapefruit-size “rocks” piled in the shape of an ancient burial cairn. Hanging on barely visible threads from the 12-foot-high ceiling are 100 small white porcelain shapes to form a “cloud of light” hovering over the dark cairn.

The rocks and cloud pieces were carved and shaped by more than 100 adults, teenagers and children who participated in Shaping Clay, Shaping Life workshops led by Peterson and her project partner, Marsha Baker, an occupational therapist and child development specialist.

“The workshop participants shaped and textured the clay rocks to incorporate their memories of trauma and loss, and then created the porcelain shapes to represent their inner beauty and hope,” Peterson said. “Viewed together, the dark colored rocks and white cloud stand as a metaphor for transformation of the individuals’ experiences of loss into a collective expression of healing,” she added.  To honor their similar experiences and solidarity, many of the workshop participants also volunteered to help assemble the installation.

Other contributors include artist Dana Major, who will illuminate the cairn and cloud to highlight their significance, and modern dancer Sara Gottlieb. She and members of her Body Compass Dance Project will respond to the Cairn and Cloud with a dance performance at the opening reception.  Other contributors are Sonata Kazimieraitiene, exhibit and materials design; John Baker and Taylor Wallace, cloud installation; Carroll Cradock, Maria Paz, Colleen Ostrander and Erica Huntzinger, co-facilitators; Vanessa Lopez, Casey Lin, Nicole Rabideau, Stephanie Contrares and Frances Way, interns; Bruce Robbins, supplier of clay, kilns, and space for workshops; ArtReach at Lillstreet, fundraising, workshop connections, and consultation; and the many individuals and agencies who have hosted or helped organize workshops.

The Cairn and Cloud  installation is part of a group show, “Seductive Materials”,  curated by Sergio Gomez. The show is scheduled to run until June 14th.

On Saturday, May 16 at 1-2:30 pm, a special Shaping Clay, Shaping Life workshop for children will take place at Oh Art Foundation on the 4th floor of the Zhou B. Art Center.


Nancy Pirri & Robin Power at @ 4Art Inc. Gallery


‘Get Small’ • works under 12”
Nancy Pirri & Robin Power

The Month of May @ 4Art Inc. Gallery
4th Floor of the Zhou B Art Center

May 17th • Third Friday Open Studios in Bridgeport!*
Come see our ‘wall of small’

“It’s Third Fridays in Bridgeport, and on this night every month, the underground arts scene comes out to play.”

Friday • May 17th • 2013 • 6-10pm

4Art Inc. Gallery
4th Flr. of The Zhou B Art Center
1029 West 35th Street, #403
Chicago, IL 60609

CenterLine 2012 “State of Mind” Exhibition

Curated by: Robin Monique Rios

Opening Exhibition: Friday November 16th, 2012
Closing: December 21st, 2012
Location: Zhou B Art Center – 1st floor Spirit Gallery. 1029 W. 35th Street.

CenterLine 2012: “State of Mind”

The year 2012 in the Chinese calendar is the Year of the Black Water Dragon. It began on January 23, 2012 and will end on February 9, 2013 and so as a point of departure, this years CENTERLINE 2012 exhibition, featuring the Zhou B Art Centers resident artists, have created pieces that examine the dynamics of their own state of mind through out the year, for example; a significant turning point in their life, a spiritual awakening, an evaluation of their accomplishments or lack there of, an outlook for the future, etc.

Artists have created works that take on a variety of forms and pull from a plethora of inspirational materials.

Please Join us for this SPECTACULAR EVENT.

For More Information Contact
Robin Monique Rios
Exhibitions Curator
Owner/Director of the 4Art Inc Gallery – 4th floor
1029 W. 35th Street #403
Chicago, IL60609
773-254-5100 / /


VISION The vision of the Zhou B Art Center is to facilitate the exchange of contemporary art between Chicago and the international art community and promote the convergence of Eastern and Western art forms in the United States.

MISSION The mission of the Zhou B Art Center is to promote and facilitate a cultural dialogue by organizing contemporary art exhibitions and programs of international scope.

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, 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. The Zhou Brothers remain committed to cultivating the local arts community and establishing the center as a global destination for art enthusiasts. A welcome addition to the cultural landscape of Chicago, The Center is an exhibition space for diverse collections of works from local and international artists, and an important bridge between the arts communities on the North- and Southside 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.