Nov 9th 2019

‘Swan’s Last Drink’
An exhibition of new work and observations by Patrick ‘Q’ Quilao, opening November 9, 2019 at Bill’s Auto, 3217 S Archer Avenue, Chicago.

The work on view considers the case of 22-year-old Swedish immigrant, Swan Nelson, and his demise at the hands of two Chicago police officers on December 24, 1893. That Christmas Eve would mark his final act of generosity: buying a round of drinks for his assailants at Northelfer’s Saloon, 3217 S Archer Avenue, Chicago. And I would like to think this was only a matter of chance.

In addition to the works on view, an edition of souvenir artists’ multiples will be available. Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, November 9 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

About Patrick ‘Q’ Quilao:
Q (he/him) is an artist and arts administrator based in Chicago, IL since 2008. Q received his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Studio through Ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC); and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Q currently serves as Associate Director of Graduate Admissions at SAIC and has supported and juried for organizations including Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions (ACRE) in Chicago, IL and Steuben, WI; and Ox-Bow School of Art in Chicago, IL and Saugatuck, MI.

Born in Los Angeles, CA and grew up in Cerritos, CA and Las Vegas, NV. An avid supporter of emerging artists, art initiatives, and artists-run spaces, Q frequents exhibitions, lectures, readings, screenings, or performances in Chicago; and nationally and internationally when his travels take him there. Follow him on IG @greetings_q

Q recently launched, an online directory of Chicagoland artist and cultural spaces. This is his first exhibition with Bill’s Auto.

About Bill’s Auto:
Greg, Chenée, and Tony. We began inviting artists in 2018, to create exhibitions in the waiting room of an ex-auto mechanic shop. Open by appointment only.

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