Curated by Chuck Thurow, Hyde Park Art was one of several spaces that hosted the third annual interactive-on-the-street art competition Artscape. The Center provided a free lecture series in the Ruth Horwich Gallery that included Maya Moran, Jim Peters and Marva Jolly.
Maya Moran, artist, author, lecturer, and owner of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Tomek House in Riverside, IL, spoke about her book that chronicled her experiences living in and restoring her Wright home. Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Landmarks Commission, Department of Planning and Development, Jim Peters’ lecture, entitled Preservation of Landmarks in Hyde Park-Kenwood, focused on the history and conservation efforts of the Hyde Park Community. Artist Marva Jolly’s lecture, Hyde Park’s Influence on My Work, focused on her artistic practice in the Hyde Park community. Artscape 1998, also included art competitions, fairs, and visual instructions in the Hyde Park Community. Artists located to the sidewalks across Hyde Park to create their work. The participating artists work was displayed and available for purchase in the Ruth Horwich Gallery.
Over $5000 in cash prizes were awarded, including a $1000 first place prize in each of three categories: wall art, sculpture/3D and photography. Created work inspired by any site within the geographic boundaries of Hyde Park (47th St. south to 61st St., from the lake on the east to Cottage Grove Ave.), working in view of the public.
Judging and public viewing of finished art took place on October 17, 1998, at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd. Winning entries were displayed at an awards ceremony and reception at the Smart Museum, 5550 S. Greenwood, on October 22, 1998.