Curated by Don Baum and Ruth Horwich, the premise for the fifty-fifth anniversary show was simple and direct: to showcase the rich and diverse history of exhibitions at the Hyde Park Art Center. Curators were given a list of more than 1,000 artists who had shown at the Center. Their task was to select 55 artists from the extraordinary roster. The result was a combination of the expected and the unexpected. The exhibition covered the full span of the Center- artists who helped found the Center in 1939 and artists from the Center’s most recent exhibitions. The exhibition included internationally and nationally known artists as well artists who were just starting promising careers. Most important, the exhibition showcased how the Center encouraged artists to explore new areas and take risks.
Gertrude Abercrombie, Harold Allen, Ralph Arnold, Robert Barnes, Don Baum, Vera Berdich, Phyllis Bramson, Roger Brown, Cosmo Campoli, Sarah Canright, Jeff Colby, Ruth Duckworth, Jim Falconer, James Garrett Fualkner, Brent Gearan, Roland Ginzel, Leon Golub, Joseph Goto, Phillip Hanson, Rachel Hibbard, Miyoko Ito, Thomas Kapsalis, Jin Soo Kim, Vera Klement, Dennis Kowalski, Paul LaMantia, Ellen Lanyon, Michael Lash, Joseph Litzenberger, Robert Lostutter, Janina Marks, Darrel Morris, Robert Nickle, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, John Pakosta, Ed Paschke, Aldo Piacenza, Frank Piatek, Kerig Pope, Benjamin Pranger, Christina Ramberg, Stephen Reynolds, SueEllen Rocca, Peter Rosenbaum, Seymour Rosofsky, Barbara Rossi, Alice Shaddle, Hollis Sigler, Pauline Simon, Evelyn Statsinger, Frank Trankina, Ken Warneke, Karl Wirsum, and Ray Yoshida.