Impart Process

Hyde Park Art Center presents a new exhibition that highlights its roles as a contemporary art space and a thriving art school for the novice and experienced artist alike. Impart Process, curated by Exhibitions Assistant Philip Nadasdy, features work by students from several different studio courses offered by the Art Center’s education program.

Rather than focusing exclusively on finished works, Impart Process displays artworks that function as both completed works and research for other projects–sketches, proofs, and unfinished pieces. Completed over the course of the standard 10-week session, the exhibition provides gallery visitors with a visual link to the creativity and collaboration taking place in the Art Center’s studios. The students featured in Impart Process come from traditional courses like drawing and painting, to newer classes like ceramic sculpture and silk screening.

  • June 17, 2007 – August 26, 2007
  • Gallery 5

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Impart Process

Ceramic Sculpture students Astrid Fingerhut‘s and Penelope van Grinsven‘s work focuses primarily on anatomical forms based on figure models employing inventive elements like water pumps and fish bowls to expand the medium’s decorative and practical nature. Their individual work culminates in a collaborative work completed during the second half of the session. Students from Silk Screen: Posters, Propaganda, and Protest were provided with an interesting method of display throughout their course session by means of a poster board with several months worth of wheat-pasted silk screen prints located in the Art Center parking lot. Viewing the cracked and weathered poster board along with finished prints and proofs reveals the students’ exploration into silk screening’s unique function as a tool of mass production, whether on the street or on the gallery wall. Finally, one of the oldest courses offered at the Art Center, Painting & Drawing, finds a new space when a portion of the gallery is transformed into a working studio.

Periodically during the summer session, students will work in the gallery space where their work will be then be displayed and documented. Impart Process presents an open view into the Art Center’s education program. It includes only a sampling of the student work created from over 80 classes now offered, but seeks to break down between exhibition space and education studio–something the Art Center continues to do as the oldest alternative art space in Chicago.

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