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Ground Floor Symposium: Chicago as Teacher

March 7, 2021 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

How do artists mentor and support the careers of other artists in Chicago? What does one have to do to find an experienced advisor to help navigate the art world? This conversation will attempt to articulate the obscure but impactful, formal or informal, networks of generosity in which Chicago artists participate. Ground Floor co-curator, Allison Peters Quinn talks with three generations of artists at Columbia College Chicago who actively pay it forward when it comes to assisting other artists careers. Featured speakers include Art Center’s Board Member and award-winning artist Dawoud Bey, Ground Floor artist Jonathan Castillo, and former Youth Art Board artist, Tiara Coleman.

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This program is a part of our Ground Floor Exhibition.

Chicago is home to five innovative MFA programs that attract hundreds of artists to the city each year. In addition to its excellent opportunities for higher education, Chicago’s alternative contemporary art spaces provide countless opportunities for informal education and professional development for artists working at any stage. Even more informally, art practices in Chicago often grow and thrive within a network of generosity and intergenerational mentorship among artists. This symposium will explore the many paths available to emerging artists to push their practice in Chicago as well as context and histories that make Chicago a great city for artists to live and work.


March 7, 2021
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Hyde Park Art Center
5020 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615
Chicago, IL 60615 US
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