Collective Possibilities At Hyde Park Art Center In Chicago

Collective Possibilities At Hyde Park Art Center In Chicago
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Edisa Perez, Stay Gold, paper collage, 2015.

Collective Possibilities at Hyde Park Art Center. From March 1 to April 19,  2015.

As part of the Art Center’s Outreach Programming, ArtShop Offers South Side High School Students Access to Art Resources. A Public Reception Will Take Place on Sunday, April 19 from 3 – 5 PM.

Chicago – Hyde Park Art Center presents “Collective Possibilities” an exhibition showcasing painting, drawing, photography and fashion made by area high school students as the culmination of this year’s ArtShop program, March 1– April 19 in Gallery 5. A public reception celebrating “Collective Possibilities” and concurrent exhibitions will be held at the Art Center on Sunday, April 19 from 3 – 5pm.

ArtShop invests in talented teens interested in the visual arts by providing hands-on training, guidance in developing a portfolio, mentorship from a working artist, assistance with college applications and involvement in the broader Art Center community. This year, ArtShop teen artists worked under the supervision of Carris Adams, James Jankowiak and Lena Vieira to explore their creative voices and make artworks that address how they operate in the world, analyzing the various myths, narratives and generalizations related to their personal identities. Rather than looking outward, each artist turned inward to dissect the process and creation of identity using intuition and recollections from myth. Each artwork contemplates the possibility of not only constructing one’s identity, but one’s reality.

The exhibition features work by ArtShop participants Amari Binon, Rachel Calvin, Lamiah Gholar, Dante Jones, Shawn-Michael McGhie, Asha Merriweather, Shawn (Shawntierra) Moore, Nicholas (Nico) Pelster-Johnson, Edisa Perez, Noah Polk, Danielle Randall, Demetrius Thomas, Jada Washington, Jenna Washington and Kivin Woods, as well as Teen Photo participants Jaliyah Brown, Lauren Calvin, Ahzia Fulton, Banu Newell, Osaze Pettaway and Jake Sprouse.

ArtShop is part of a larger education initiative at the Art Center called Pathways, a K-12 learning track that focuses on a core group of South Side schools to develop students’ art-making skills, support them in becoming more engaged learners and facilitate the growth of their creative identities. Through Pathways, Hyde Park Art Center works collaboratively with Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) classroom instructors to develop impactful arts curricula that enable students to learn technical art skills and discover how to express themselves creatively. From classroom instruction to individualized mentorship to field trips and free studio art classes at the Art Center, Pathways provides youth artists with a variety of cultural experiences and diverse peer and mentor groups to deliver an innovative, meaningful learning experience.

“ArtShop is a unique program because it enables a community of young artists to begin a studio practice outside of school with the guidance and feedback from their peers, program alumni and professional artists,” said ​Coordinator of Teen Programs Carris Adams. “The show took its title because all of the students are relying on their intuition and imagination, taking artistic liberties to construct original narratives. I’m proud to watch them grow through this process, and I am grateful to be a part in helping them find their artistic voices.”

As an exhibition space and community space, the Art Center is dedicated to the idea that students from all backgrounds deserve access to arts instruction and creative learning experiences. ArtShop is presented in partnership with CPS, Columbia College Chicago’s​ ​Department of Photography and funders including Allstate Insurance Company, The Chicago Community Trust, Harper Court Arts Council, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation and Polk Bros. Foundation. The efforts of those involved combine to create a deep and long-term investment in South Side communities and the students who go to school there, providing scaffolded arts learning from Kindergarten through high school.

Through Pathways and other programs that focus on Hyde Park Art Center’s surrounding community on Chicago’s South Side, the organization works to ensure Chicago’s future artists and cultural leaders have a support system, equitable access to opportunities and resources within the arts and are representative of the rich diversity that makes Chicago’s art scene thrive.

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