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Center Days

April 6 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us and many of the artists for our free Spring Center Day exhibition receptions of The United Colors of Robert Earl Paige, Parapluie, Aimee Beaubien: Through the Hot House, and Alice Shaddle: Fuller Circles.  Art making activities will be inspired by our exhibitions on view, including a take-home Robert Earl Paige inspired screen print led by Community Engagement Fellow Keny De La Peña and an activity inspired by Alice Shaddle led by teaching artist, Jasper Goodrich. 

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Exhibition Receptions

Aimee Beaubien: Through The Hot House

Aimée Beaubien, the internationally exhibited artist who has established herself as an educator and peer in the Chicago art community, showcases her innovative techniques in Through the Hothouse. The installation transforms a 92-foot-long hallway into a garden corridor by integrating elements such as plant matter, weaving, photographs, and 3D drawings. These elements symbolize the intricate interplay between ecological, social, and cultural dimensions within the vibrant creative community of the Art Center. 

Alice Shaddle: Fuller Circles

Discover the intricate world of Alice Shaddle (1928 – 2017), an artist whose practice centered more than 60 years on paper-based creations in Chicago. Curated by Nicholas C. Lowe and Lisa Stone, working closely with Dana Boutin, Shaddle’s son Charles Baum, and grandson Cain Baum, the exhibition introduces Shaddle’s ingenious, original manipulations of paper in various forms.The exhibition will reveal Shaddle’s intensive modes of working and inventive use of materials. 

The exhibition, corresponding public program and upcoming catalog is part of Art Design Chicago, a citywide collaboration initiated by the Terra Foundation for American Art that highlights the city’s artistic heritage and creative communities.

The United Colors of Robert Earl Paige

The largest exhibition of Robert Paige’s work to date, surveys the iconic textile designs and painted fabric of one of the most generative artists/designers from the South Side of Chicago.  In addition to the fabric work made over the past sixty years, the exhibition will debut recent clay, furniture, drawings, and collage work made during his Radicle Residency at Hyde Park Art Center in 2022-23. 

The exhibition, corresponding public program and upcoming catalog is part of Art Design Chicago, a citywide collaboration initiated by the Terra Foundation for American Art that highlights the city’s artistic heritage and creative communities.


The circle of artists with whom artist/designer Robert Paige discusses ideas and materials is referred to as his “parapluie” or umbrella. This exhibition highlights functional and two dimensional artwork that demonstrates an enthusiasm for color, pattern, and purpose-driven design by artists selected by Paige. Participating artists Lori Bartman, Matty DeVita, Espi Frazier, Malika Jackson, Turtel Onli, Brian Parris, Tony Smith, Dorian Sylvain and Bernard Williams uphold the idea that beauty should be accessible to everyone and is all around us.

Guida Family Creative Wing Open Studios

Visit the artist studios in our Guida Family Creative Wing! Meet our new 2024 Jackman Goldwasser Radicle Resident Artists Yasmin Spiro, Natasha Moustache, Keith S. Wilson, and Leila Tamari, and Creative Wing artists Candace Hunter, Malika Jackson, Juarez Hawkins, and Phillip Tongji Qian. 

Art Making Activity: Create Your Own Robert Paige Inspired Screen Print

Inspired by our exhibition, The United Colors of Robert Earl Paige, guests can create and take home their very own screen printed design by Robert Paige on fabric or paper! This activity will be facilitated by our Community Engagement Fellow, Keny De La Peña. 

Print Your Own Hyde Park Art Center Merch

Join the Art Center’s fan club by silk printing your own T-shirts and Tote Bags during Center Day, and become one of the first to have Hyde Park Art Center’s new merch! The Art Center will provide a t-shirt or a tote bag per person for a suggested contribution of $15 that will be reinvested into the Art Center’s programs.

Art Making Activity: Paper! Paper! Paper!

Reflecting on the exhibition Alice Shaddle: Fuller Circles, participants in this workshop will explore a variety of ways to manipulate and make art with paper using two and three dimensional processes. Alice Shaddle, who taught at the Hyde Park Art Center for 40 years, often worked with paper: drawing, making paper sculptures, printing, collaging, mailing notecards, making books, constructing paper assemblage and  relief sculpture, and even paper installations. This workshop is led by Jasper Goodrich, who teaches a class titled “Sequences, Iterations, and Permutations (SIP)” at the Art Center and designed a workshop inspired by Alice’s work on the occasion of the exhibition.

Black Eutopia DJ Set from Rae Chardonnay 

Black Eutopia is a curated exploration of creative intersections used to imagine and exist in alternative dimensions for Black folks. Sonic collaging, visual storytelling and other Black migratory frequencies lend themselves to the manifestation of eutopic space-making and world building.

Rae Chardonnay is an award winning DJ, interdisciplinary creative, cultural programs producer and conductor of Black joy from the West side Chicago. She is the Founder of Black Eutopia, a series of segmented programming and creative expressions, cultivating space for marginalized communities; and co-founder of the award winning Party Noire where joy for Black queer, trans and gender non-conforming people is centered. Rae’s work often exists as a manifestation of her own idealistic dreams and explores the possibilities of world building through liberatory actions.




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