With over 25 years of experience painting professionally, Andre Guichard is the visionary behind a diverse portfolio of work that can be found in over 2,500 corporate and private collections globally. This self-taught painter is the international curator and spokesperson for the Bombay Sapphire’s Artisan Series, working alongside Russell and Danny Simmons of the Rush Foundation. For the past five years, the Chicago Urban League has commissioned Andre to create the prestigious Bill Berry Award - presented to the likes of Louis Gossett Jr., Jessie Jackson Sr., Rev. Willie Burrows, Phylicia Rashad, Patti LaBelle, Timuel Black and Isobel Wilkerson. Six of his original paintings were featured on canvas totes as part of Walgreens Community Corner program, while another two were used to design fine art totes for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. And, he has a permanent jazz-inspired installation in the Bronzeville Jazz McDonald’s restaurant.
In 2012, music legend Prince and Rebuild the Dream Village tapped Andre to create a “Share Your Story Booth” during their Welcome 2 Chicago concert. The concert provided a fun, interactive place to learn about how people can all rebuild vibrant and sustainable communities.
Andre is currently the Social Chairman for the Chicago Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. He’s coordinated several successful events including 2015’s Krimson Bash, which raised money for breast cancer with the help of over 350 attendees. In September 2016, Andre became the Mayor of Bronzeville. Under his leadership, the benefits of art will continue to be spread globally.
After 20 years of experience in government, Frances Guichard ventured into the art business with her husband and currently operates as Gallery Guichard’s business manager. With a keen attention to detail, Frances provides artful experiences to future visionaries and collectors. She specializes in aligning artists’ works with collectors looking for a specific piece.
As a curator and moderator for the Bombay Sapphire’s Artisan Series, she is responsible for coordinating and judging over 3,000 submissions. Frances’s vast knowledge of art has drawn the attention of dignitaries worldwide. She’s the international bridge that inspires global talent and exposes local patrons to art from Senegal, South Africa, and the Caribbean Islands. Influenced by her travels and husband, Frances began painting in 2004 under the pseudonym Marlene Campbell.
Stephen Mitchell is the president of The Stephen Mitchell Law Group, one of Chicago’s premiere personal injury law firms. In his spare time, Stephen is a prominent collector of African American Fine Art as well as the co-owner of Gallery Guichard.
Stephen graduated from Florida A&M University in 1994 with his B.S. in Business Economics and received his M.A.S.S. in Public Finance in 1995. While at Florida A&M, Stephen became a Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Stephen went on to the University of Wisconsin Law School where he received his Doctor of Law in 1998. While at the University of Wisconsin, Stephen was Managing Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review; Coach and Member- Wisconsin Moot Court Board. Stephen served on the Board of Directors for the Cook County Bar Association and he also received the Cook County Bar Association President’s Award. Stephen also serves as Hearing Panel Chair for the Illinois Supreme Court Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.
As a decorated lawyer, Stephen has received numerous awards including the Cook Country Bar Association’s Meritorious Service Award, 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 To Watch, the Chicago Defender’s Men of Excellence Award, and a five time recipient of Super Lawyers Magazine’s Illinois Rising Stars.