The Work of Jean Parisi
Jean Parisi is an artist, performer, and educator - a cultural activist collaborating with others in a creative effort to make a difference. Since 2010 she has created timely, large-scale, site-specific installations annually at Pilsen Open Studios. Her illustrations for Lionel Bottari’s Folktale series have been a monthly feature in the Fra Noi, a national Italian American Magazine for over 25 years. Jean is a performer in the improvised physical tradition of the Commedia dell’Arte presenting her work throughout Chicago, across the US, and in Italy. In 1978 she co-founded the Pros Arts Studio, a community-based arts organization in the inner city Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago where she taught and worked as Executive Director until 2008. Jean Parisi is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist’s Fellowship, the Public/Community Service Award from the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education, the Deep Roots Award from ElevArte Community Studio, and several Neighborhood Arts Project grants from the City of Chicago. Jean has an MFA in performance from the School of the Art Institute, and a BFA in sculpture from the Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts).