Ground Floor 2024

Ground Floor, an ongoing biennial exhibition since 2010, brings together work by Chicago’s most promising emerging talent whose work demands to be seen and supported. The exhibition offers a single destination to discover 20 artists who have recently graduated (in 2023 and 2024) from one of Chicago’s five outstanding MFA programs, Columbia College, Northwestern University, The University of Chicago, The University of Illinois at Chicago, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ground Floor presents art made in the past couple of years in hopes of investigating and articulating conceptual and stylistic trends coming out of Chicago art schools right now.

Ground Floor—so named because it provides a crucial platform for young artists and expands the entire lower level of the Art Center, gives exhibiting 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 and vibrant community of artists in Chicago. 

The 2024 Ground Floor exhibition marks the eighth iteration of this biennial exhibition at the Art Center.



Featured image: Installation view of Ground Floor (2022) at Hyde Park Art Center. Courtesy of Tom Van Eynde.

  • December 7, 2024 – March 9, 2025 

    Gallery 1, 2, Cleave E. Carney Gallery, and Jackman Goldwasser Catwalk Gallery

The artists in the exhibition were selected by the Art Center’s Exhibitions Committee from a competitive pool of applicants who were nominated by respected Chicago-based artists, curators, and administrators. The Exhibitions Committee is chaired by internationally recognized artist and Art Center Board Member Dawoud Bey, Director of Graduate Study and Professor of Art & Art History at Columbia College Chicago Paul Catanese, professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Arnold J. Kemp, professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago Laura Letinsky, Ground Floor 2022 alum Juan Baños, and Ground Floor 2016 alum Erin Hayden

The exhibition is accompanied by public programs and a catalog. 

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