Ground Floor 2018

Hyde Park Art Center is proud to announce the return of Ground Floor, the fifth iteration of the biennial exhibition that features artwork by some of Chicago’s most promising emergent talent.  Nominated by respected members of the arts community and selected by the Art Center’s Exhibitions Committee, the selected artists are 2017 and 2018 graduates from Chicago’s top-ranked Master of Fine Art programs: Columbia College Chicago, Northwestern University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Join us form 3-5pm for the opening reception of the show during Solid Gold Saturday on Saturday, September 15th.

Image above: Jessica Sladek, Ravine, 2017, digital photograph, 40 x 88 inches

  • September 9, 2018 – November 11, 2018
  • Gallery 1, 2 & Cleve E. Carney Gallery

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This exhibition is supported in part by awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Ground Floor 2018

Featured Artists: Ground Floor 2018

Mark Blanchard, Madeline Finley, Mina Fitzpatrick, Ashley Freeby, Kandis Friesen, Jasper Goodrich, Ben Harle, Betsy Johnson, Melissa Leandro, Frances Lee, Kat Liu, Liz McCarthy, Carissa Meier, Roni Packer, Joseriberto Perez, Jessica Sladek, Maryam Taghavi, Zespo Velazquez, Shanna Zentner, and FeiFan Zhang

So named because it fills the entire lower level of the Art Center—over 6,000 square feet of gallery space— Ground Floor gives these artists a major public venue in which to display their works at a critical juncture in their careers, helping to build, support and ensure a strong, vibrant and broad community of artists in Chicago. The exhibition also facilitates a unique cross-institution conversation under one institutional umbrella.

At the same time, Ground Floor offers the Chicago community a consistent and dynamic biennial destination where they are introduced to those artists whose work demands to be seen and collected. The Art Center is a neutral ground without any school affiliation and so the perfect host for an exhibition that takes the pulse of current local art production. Ground Floor presents art made in the past couple of years in the hopes of investigating and articulating conceptual and stylistic trends simultaneously coming out of Chicago art schools right now. Many of the artists in this year’s selection have a strong commitment toward voicing political concerns about the current state of society. Several came to Chicago from other countries, attracted by the city’s reputation as hot bed of experimentation in art and activism.

In the spirit of supporting young artists, the Art Center commissioned Chicago-based writer, artist, and curator, Lynnette Miranda, to author the Ground Floor catalog essay, which will be released November 2018. This tradition, of creating a catalog for the Ground Floor exhibition as a method of documenting and archiving this pivotal and vital moment in time, creates an unprecedented opportunity for a young voice to emerge alongside those visual artists presented here.

Ground Floor is organized by the Hyde Park Art Center’s 2017-2019 Exhibition Committee led by Chair, Dawoud Bey, who together with Zachary Buchner, Tempestt Hazel, Lauren Leving, Lorelei Stewart, Allison Peters Quinn, and Scott Wolniak. 



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