Passages from Canter Middle School

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Hyde Park Art Center is pleased to announce the opening of Passages, a group exhibition of art created by students from Canter Middle School during a yearlong arts education program provided by the Art Center. During the program, students learned about a wide range of materials and processes including printmaking, silkscreen, darkroom photography, sewing, clay sculpture, and painting, discovering how to express themselves in a variety of media. Elke Claus, an Art Center Teaching Artist, led the program, assisted by Wilma Rodriguez, a Canter School Instructor. The group show will be on view at Hyde Park Art Center from May 26 until August 4 in Gallery 5.

The energy and camaraderie that developed in the studio is reflected in the youth artists’ colorful and dynamic creations. But this exhibition represents more than just an opportunity to showcase young talent. With Canter Middle School closing at the end of the 2012-13 school year, this show documents a transformative and uncertain time for these students. Quite possibly the final activity undertaken by the school’s community, Passages provides an opportunity for farewell, closure, and reflection to the students and their families. 

The youth artists include: Shirah Billups, Destiny Brady, Paige Butts, Kayla Echols, Lariece Grayer, Kennedy Hawkins, Nick Johnson, Christian Jones, Neema Kimondo, Unique Kimbrough, Adriana Lopez, Justice Saunders, and Emani Smalley. 

Passages from Canter Middle School will be on view from May 26 until August 4, 2013, at Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60615; 773.324.5520 and www.hydeparkart.org. Exhibitions are always free and open to the public.

Image: Kennedy Hawkins, Untitled, 2013, silk screen, 16 x 11 inches