Juan William Chávez

Juan William Chávez was Active Cultures' Story Resident in April, 2020.

Image courtesy of the artist.


Juan William Chávez is an artist and activist. His studio practice focuses on sculpting space within urban ecosystems through partnerships and collaborations as a way to address social and environmental issues. His work includes public sculptures, multimedia installations, paintings, drawings, and unconventional forms of beekeeping and agriculture. His exhibitions focus on themes of the urban environment, ecology, sustainability, craft/labor, activism, identity and archaeology of place. Chávez has exhibited at ArtPace, Van Abbemuseum, McColl Center for Art, Tube Factory Artspace, 21c Museum Hotel, Laumeier Sculpture Park, and Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. His interdisciplinary approach to art has gained the support of prestigious institutions like the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Creative Capital, Graham Foundation, ArtPlace America, Andy Warhol Foundation, and Art Matters Foundation. In 2019, he was awarded the Painters & Sculptors Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Chávez holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Chávez is also the founder of Northside Workshop (NSW), a non-profit organization highlighting the importance of bees and pollinators to human health through creative multi-generational workshops focused on food rights and the environment. NSW is located just north of downtown Saint Louis, Missouri.