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Get to know New York-based Resident Artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Kicking off the 2014 season of the Jackman Goldwasser Residency at Hyde Park Art Center, we're happy to welcome New York-based Paul Mpagi Sepuya for his first visit to Chicago. Concerned with the structure and history of photography, Sepuya asks what it means for artists working with photography to be making portraiture today.

Check out this brief interview to find out about Sepuya's impressions of Chicago and how being here has impacted his practice.

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Come on Over Here, You!

In 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 every month or so on the blog in the hopes that we'll pique your curiosity and get you to join in the fun.

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Everyone knows about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have you heard of Giving Tuesday?

GivingtuespicFor nearly 75 years, the Art Center has thrived because of the continued generosity and support of our community. This Giving Tuesday, we’re giving thanks for people like you who embrace our work and advocate for the success of Chicago’s art and artists. Numbering 600 strong, our donors make all our work possible—from artist residencies to teen outreach programs to exhibitions that showcase risk-taking Chicago artists.

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Artist Profile: Amanda Williams on Community and Collecting

Amanda Williams Work Of ArtSparked by her participation in The Center Program, Hyde Park Art Center's artist professional development initiative, abstract painter and color authority Amanda Williams has plans to move her ongoing series, Color(ed) Theory, from the digital sphere to brick & mortar—coating a South Side home in the deep-fried hue of Harold's Chicken Red. But that's not all Williams has been up to. Having created three commissions for Hyde Park Art Center’s fourth iteration of Not Just Another Pretty Face in 2010, Williams has taken on the role of patron during this year's iteration of the collaborative commissioning project. We talked with Amanda about her experiences with the Art Center, the status of Color(ed) Theory, and her patronage in this year’s run of Not Just Another Pretty Face, which opened this past Saturday.

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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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