New Projects x New Curators: Finding Prospect in Myth


Gallery 2 & Cleve E. Carney Gallery

Artwork by:
Carlos Bonil
Rine Boyer
Janelle Vaughn Dowell
Whit Forrester
Grace Needlman
Tim Nickodemus
Sheri Rush
Gwendolyn Zabicki
Philip von Zweck

Finding Prospect in Myth features photography, painting, sculpture, archival images, and mixed-media works by nine artists who investigate how culture and environment affect our lives through the interplay between the past, present, and future. The show is organized by participants in the Curatorial Practices course, a component of the Visual Arts Certificate Program at the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies in partnership with Hyde Park Art Center.

Each culture's collective mythology has the power to impact the way in which the world is seen. Throughout generations, a family, tribe, or community constructs the narratives that become a place to learn, perform, reconcile, and transform in order to journey through a life. The cultural landscapes we inherit offer both strategies for looking back as well as projections or prospects of future horizons. These stories allow us to understand our environments and create a new perspective, one that offers hope of moving beyond obstruction, restriction, and neglect to a place of playful participation, rest, adventure, and discovery.

The exhibition is co-curated by Samantha Hill, Natalie Jacobson, Rita Koehler, Carlos Matallana, Peter Meckerman, Christine Mitchell, and Bryn Pernot.

About the Visual Arts Certificate Program

The VACP program is designed to help artists further their art practice while developing strengths in critiquing, teaching, presenting, and writing about art. Curating exhibitions, negotiating contracts, conducting studio visits and writing press releases are just some of the professional practices that artists can master, yet instruction in these skills is largely absent from BFA and MFA curricula. The VACP aims to fill this experiential gap that exists in traditional programs.

In partnership with the VACP program, every summer Hyde Park At Center presents a new curatorial project by participants enrolled in the current Curatorial Practices course. Each show is conceived of, produced, and installed by the students working in teams under the instruction of Director of Exhibition & Residency Programs, Allison Peters Quinn. The exhibition features artwork in a variety of media by contemporary artists that the students research and select to feature in the exhibition.

Lead Sponsors: Joan and Robert Feitler