We are thrilled to be returning to EXPO Chicago this year with a special focus on Artists Run Chicago, our ongoing platform supporting the city’s essential artist-run projects. Our booth presentation features four dynamic artists, who in addition to developing their independent art practices, also contribute to some of the most future-facing artists-run spaces in Chicago: zakkiyyah najeebah dumas-o’neal (Concerned Black Image Makers), Chris Pappan (Kanza/Osage, Lakota; Center for Creative Futures), and Norman Teague (Blanc Gallery and blkHaUS studios), and Jory Drew (F4F).
Chicago has a deep network of artist-driven initiatives that foster a subculture and alternative market for new ideas and stylistic forms in contemporary art. Hyde Park Art Center was born out of this spirit in 1939 and has grown into a vector space that forges meaningful relationships between artists, art, and community. The micro exhibition at EXPO features artists working with some of the future forward spaces.