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Meet resident artist Einat Amir!

Tel Aviv-based Einat Amir creates participatory performances and video installations which confront audiences with scenarios that blend reality and fiction, interrogating social and political conventions, and probing the space between audience and actor, self and other. Influenced by psychotherapy, theater, dance and movement, in addition to performance art, Amir’s work is shaped by an interest in socio-political issues we are confronted by on a daily basis. Amir effectively sets reality against fiction and allows the viewer to take the responsibility of establishing and setting their own limits, by creating choices for them to be confronted with and allowing a space for those decisions to play out within the structured event of the performance.

We sat down with Einat Amir to ask her about what artmaking means to her and how her involvement at the Art Center has impacted her practice.

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"What are you waiting for?": Meet Shawn-Michael McGhie, teen artist

Shawn Michael Mc Ghie PortraitShawn-Michael McGhie is a senior at Kenwood Academy, and 2014 was his first year participating in Hyde Park Art Center's teen outreach programs, Youth Art Board and ArtShop. Shawn-Michael creates vibrantly hued portraiture, mostly working in pen and ink. His artwork is currently being shown in the exhibition ArtShop: Facetime, on view through August 9. We sat down with Shawn-Michael to ask him about what artmaking means to him and how his involvement at the Art Center has impacted his practice.

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A great bunch, I'd say!

Hester PramIn winter quarter of 2014, a handful of artists taking classes at Hyde Park Art Center's Oakman Clinton School & Studios started getting together on Friday afternoons for salon-style discussions over lunch. Led by Lisa Jenschke, the group has been building community around sharing stories about their experiences making and interacting with art. We'll be posting updates about this growing community esporadically the blog in the hopes that we'll pique your curiosity and get you to join in the fun.

- Brook Rosini, Marketing & Communications Manager
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"If You're an Artist, You Should Be Here": Meet teen artist Jalen Jackson

Jalen JacksonJalen Jackson is a senior at Kenwood Academy, and 2014 was his third year participating in Hyde Park Art Center's teen outreach programs, Youth Art Board and ArtShop. Jalen works in video and animation, and his artwork is currently being shown in the exhibition ArtShop: Facetime, on view through August 9. We sat down with Jalen to ask him about what artmaking means to him and how his involvement at the Art Center has impacted his practice.

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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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This is goodbye: Paul Mpagi Sepuya heads back to NY

Blog Post 2 Image 2After a number of weeks at the Art Center and in Chicago, Paul Mpagi Sepuya bids us a fond farewell as he sets his path for a return to New York City. During Paul's time here, he did research, refined projects, explored new ideas, opened his studio to the public, and connected with old and new friends. Read on to hear Paul's thoughts on how his time in Chicago impacted his practice, and whether he thinks he'll come back.

- Brook Rosini, Marketing & Communications Manager
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