An artist looks to start a new journey in the art world

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ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) -- A prolific artist looks to start a new journey in the art world. And that journey is bringing him very close to home.

86-year-old Jovan Mihailovic is an art pioneer from Chicago and is moving to Rockford. The 317 Art Collective started a fundraiser to bring the painter, writer, and violinist to Rockford. They met their goal in under 48 hours. Mihailovic hopes that Rockford will be the next step in his artistic evolution. He is debuting at his new home with a major March painting exhibition.

Jovan Mihailovic spoke with us, "And that’s what I think that hopefully my thing that I am doing opens up some avenues and some new interests and some awareness, self-awareness. How people can be precious, creative, understanding, and also helping each other."