Perhaps one of Chicago's most well-known artists, Ed Paschke spent much of his career in the city, attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) for both his B.F.A. in 1961 and M.F.A. in 1970. A member of the Chicago Imagists-a group of SAIC affiliated artists influenced by comics, cartoons, popular culture, and Art Brut-Paschke often created highly stylized paintings and prints of figures rendered in bright colors. As the Mary Jane Crowe Professor in Art and Art History at Northwestern University, Paschke influenced a number of students and promoted community engagement through the arts.