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This is art? This is art!

Tonight we're hosting the public reception for two exhibitions from our education programs. ArtShop: Facetime highlights artwork by teens in our outreach programs,and Fast Forward : Rewind : Play showcases work by individuals involved in the Oakman Clinton School & Studios.Join us in celebrating the artists' accomplishments, and try your hand at some artmaking of your own over snacks and drinks.

So...this is art? I can do that! from Hyde Park Art Center on Vimeo.

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The Art Center at EXPO Chicago

Hyde Park Art Center was thrilled to be involved with EXPO Chicago again this year as a partner organization. The chance to connect with this enormous art-loving audience—not to mention showcase our artists and programs, and tell festivalgoers about the Art Center’s mission to support Chicago’s art and artists—is a tremendous opportunity that we are happy to be able to take advantage of. 

This year, our booth offered a sneak preview of an upcoming show called A Study in Midwestern Appropriation , curated by co-curator of the 2014 Whitney Biennial. The show features sculptures, drawings, text-based work, photographs, prints, and collages by artists from Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis, and will be on view at Hyde Park Art Center from September 29, 2013 through January 12, 2014.

To hear more about our experience at this year's EXPO, head over to the fair's official blog, The Seen: Chicago's International Art & Design Blog.

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Visit Michelle Grabner at our EXPO booth

Fall 2013 Shows JumbotronIt's that time of year again: EXPO Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary/Modern Art, is upon us. Michelle Grabner, guest curator of the upcoming Art Center exhibition A Study in Midwestern Appropriation , will join us in Booth 102, where we'll be showcasing work by artists in the show. Grabner also has her hands full with quite a few other projects, including a major solo exhibition of her paintings at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, and co-curating the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Between her trips to Manawa, Wisconsin; Oak Park, Illinois; and New York City, we were able to catch up with Grabner to ask a few questions about the artist/curator life balance. Stop by our EXPO booth for more! And don't forget to come to the exhibition reception on Sunday, October 6.

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Behind the Scenes with exhibiting artist Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford

Hallof Khan By Jason Smith 1543In this post in our "Behind the Scenes with an Artist" series, Jackman Class Resident Artist Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford takes us inside his studio—and his head—sharing his process and his mindset leading up to the opening of his first solo show, Hall of Khan. The culmination of his residency at the Art Center, Hall of Khan is big and bold, both in concept and execution. Featuring large-scale architectural structures, sculptures, and yes, live horses, the show really takes the audience for a ride. And making it happen was no small feat. Read on to find out about Jeremiah's most nerve-wracking moments, and who he wants to high five. And be sure to catch the horses in the galleries at one of the exhibition's related events throughout the run of the show, on view through July 28.

- Brook Rosini, Marketing & Communications Manager
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Behind the scenes with exhibiting artist Lee Blalock

MaskIn today's post, part of the "Behind the Scenes with an Artist" series, Lee Blalock reveals how her artistic process changed as she considered new ways to explore a topic that fascinates her: the body. Read on to find out why she describes her studio as looking "like a kill room," and get an insider sneak peek into what will be on view in her exhibition, Neue, going up in Gallery 5 this month. Check out Lee's work starting March 17, and be sure to come to the reception on Sunday, April 14, 3-5pm.

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