Art After Work: Wesley Willis

Thursday, May 19, 2022
5–6 p.m. central
Zoom Video Conference

Art After Work: Wesley Willis

Join Intuit for Art After Work, a free series of facilitated art-making workshops inspired by outsider and self-taught art and artists from the museum’s collections and exhibitions. This month, artist and museum educator Mayra Palafox will facilitate a workshop inspired by Wesley Willis, who frequently worked with pens and used crosshatching techniques to create cityscapes. In the virtual workshop, participants will draw inspiration from our great City of Chicago and its wonderful skyscrapers and breathtaking views. Throughout the program, we will focus on perspective and vantage points and use pens to create spring cityscapes!

Ink drawing by Wesley Willis of the Dan Ryan Expressway
Wesley Willis (American, 1963-2003). The Dan Ryan Expressway, 1986. Felt tip marker and ballpoint pen on poster board, 27 5/8 x 39 1/2 in. Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, gift of Barbara and Kent Manning, 2007.16.2

Suggested materials

  • Paper
  • Ruler(s)
  • Ballpoint pens
  • Gel pens

Art After Work is for everyone, including beginners and people who say they “are not artists.” We can all be artists! It is a guided workshop, and instruction will begin at 5 p.m. central.

Closed captions will be available at the virtual program. Please contact Lindsey Wurz at with questions related to accessibility accommodations.

Art After Work is free to join! To show your support to Intuit, please consider the pay-what-you-can option when you complete your reservation. Your contributions help ensure the sustainability of our public programs and support guest lecturers and teaching artists.

Two hours before the event, Intuit will email the Zoom link to those who RSVP on Eventbrite. Please check your junk folder; unfortunately, these emails are sent there sometimes.

Art After Work is funded in part by the Alphawood Foundation, the Department of Cultural Affairs, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Illinois Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trust, Terra Foundation for American Art, and individual donations from Intuit members and supporters.

Meet Mayra Palafox

Photograph of a woman identified as Mayra Palafox sitting on a park benchMayra C. Palafox is an artist and arts administrator from Michoacan, Mexico, now based in Chicago. She is an alumna from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an advocate for IDEA work in museums. Mayra worked at the Field Museum of Natural History, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the New York Historical Society before joining the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago as a lead museum educator.