Not Just Another Pretty Face 2019

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Not Just Another Pretty Face 2019

Created by Hyde Park Art Center, Not Just Another Pretty Face allows the Art Center to play matchmaker for artists and potential art buyers, facilitating a fun, accessible commissioning process that builds lasting relationships between artists and patrons, creates a new base of support for artists, and invests in the vitality of Chicago’s cultural community. 2019-20 marks the seventh installment of this dynamic program.

The program takes place every three years and is meant to involve a broad range of patrons and artists, with commissions ranging from in the hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars. To date, the Art Center has raised over $700,000—half of which goes directly into the hands of artists, with the other half going to support Art Center programs. All of this results in an exhibition of the original works of art, a catalog documenting the process, and a lively event to unveil the finished pieces, which will make their way to the patrons’ homes following the exhibition. Not Just Another Pretty Face has been replicated in five cities.

Image Credit:

Cecil McDonald, Jr. Freedom Rider, 2017, c-print, 50 x 30 inches. Commissioned by Chelsea Smith

  • December 13, 2019 – March 1, 2020
  • Gallery 1, 2  & Cleve E. Carney Gallery

Not Just Another Pretty Face 2016

Featured Artists

José Roberto-Aguilar, Ruben Aguirre, Milo Bosh, Greg Bray, Corinna Button, Terrance Calvin., Andi Crist, Stephen Flemister, Lora Fosberg, Kathryn Gauthier, Susan Giles, Abigail Glaum-Lathbury, Liz Gomez, Gerald Griffin, Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero, Max Guy, Alice Hargrave, Russell Harris, Jamie Hayes, Nayt Hymstra, Janis Kanter, Makeba Kedem-Dubose, Jenny Kendler, Chad Kouri, Yohance Lacour, Katherine Lampert, Rodrigo Lara Zendejas, Christine LaRue, Eric Lee, Dawn Liddicoatt, Cecil McDonald, Gregorio Meija, Jessie Mott, Ben Murray, Sunny Neater-Dubow, Sarah Nishiura, Betsy Odom, Melissa Pinney, Pooja Pittie, John Preus, Karen Reimer, Renee Robbins, Darrell Roberts, Nancy Lu Rosenheim, Sheri Rush, Andrew Schachman, Mike Stidham, Laurel Stradford, Norman Teague, Mel Watkin, Brittney Leeanne Williams, Scott Wolniak, Mark Yee, Mary Young, Mary Lou Zelazny

Stories of unique collaborations between artist-patron pairs united through Not Just Another Pretty Face abound. One example is emerging artist of color Tony Lewis being commissioned by prolific collector Deone Jackman—known for her keen eye and ability to spot rising talent—who first noticed Lewis’ work when it was featured in the Art Center’s 2012 Ground Floor exhibition, a biennial group show highlighting some of the most promising young Chicago artists recently graduated from the city’s MFA programs. Other intriguing pairs include the commissioning of artist Conrad Freiburg, formerly a Resident Artist at the Art Center, by composer Lisa Kaplan, who was interested in a custom work of art being designed around her music; and the commissioning of emerging artist of color Kenrick McFarlane by Amanda Williams, herself an artist of color who has been commissioned through Not Just Another Pretty Face in the past, and who this summer matriculated through The Center Program, the Art Center’s artist professional development program.

Meanwhile, these emerging and mid-career artists are shown in an exhibition and included in a catalogue alongside the likes of artists Jessica Stockholder, Tony Tasset, and Terry Evans, and get their work in front of collectors and gallerists at the level of patrons like Deone Jackman, Richard Wright and Valerie Carberry, and Janis Kanter and Thomas McKormick. This kind of exposure represents a tremendous value for these artists beyond just the financial boon of money in their pocket through a commission facilitated by the project. In this way, Not Just Another Pretty Face enables Hyde Park Art Center to activate local collectors to invest in their city’s artists directly; encourage a new and diverse group of people to think of themselves as supporters and patrons of contemporary art; and build lasting relationships between artists and patrons, creating a new base of patronage for artists and investing in the vitality of Chicago’s cultural community.

For more information or to commission a unique work of art through Not Just Another Pretty Face, contact Maria Nelson at or 773-324-5520 ext. 1014.


Exhibition Opening: Valerie Richards’s Zen

Members’ Preview: For Real

Exhibition Opening: For Real

Conversation: Larry Rinder & Human Chess Game

Exhibition Opening: Takeover

Creative Move: Grand Opening Weekend

Talkingpoint: Random Sky

Takeover: Round Table Discussion

Talkingpoint: Jens Hoffman

Home of the Free Reception and BBQ

Exhibition Reception: Material Science

Members-Only Preview: Ruby Satellite

Public Receptions: 3 Exhibitions

Artist Talk: Jennifer Greenburg

Artist Talk: Mario Ybarra Jr.

Talkingpoint: Allora & Calzadilla

Artist Talk: Shane Huffman

Artists’ Talk: Luftwerk

Just Good Art 2006 Auction & Afterparty

HPAC at Argonne Open House

Exhibitions Reception

Film: Space is the Place

Talkingpoint: Fred Lonberg-Holm

Curators’ Discussion: Interstellar Low Ways

Music for Tomorrow’s World: A Dedication to Sun Ra

Fun for All

Film: The Cry of Jazz (1959)

Opening Reception: Converging Patterns

John Corbett Interviews Phil Cohran

The Ultimate Art-Opera Super Bowl Party

Public Reception: 5 Exhibitions

TalkingPoint: Max King Cap

Live Performance: God’s Punk

TalkingPoint: Lorraine Peltz

Live Performance: God’s Punk

Bulletin Board

Making Something out of Something

For Public Consumption Discussion

Speaker Project Exhibition Begins

For Public Consumption Parade

Speaker Project Concert

Speaker Project Concert

We Ate It Up Opening Reception

Speaker Project Performance – Tirra Lirra

Opening Reception for 3 New Exhibitions

Speaker Project – series A Poetry Reading

Speaker Project Performance: Zelienople

Speaker Project Concert Featuring Estesombelo

Speaker Project Concert Featuring Vertonen

Opening Reception: Interiority

Speaker Project Performance Featuring Rivulets

Talkingpoint: Juan Angel Chavez

Opening Reception: Pedagogical Factory

Pedagogical Factory: How We Grow

Pedagogical Factory: Sounds and Listening

Pedagogical Factory: How We Felt

Pedagogical Factory: How We Brew/Bake/Mead and Think

How We Make a Pedagogical Sketchbook

Smart Art in a Smart House: Chuck Walker

Pedagogical Factory: How We Build

Talkingpoint: Jim Duignan

Pedagogical Factory: How We Listen (pt. 2)

Pedagogical Factory: Distorientation Guide

Pedagogical Factory: How We Fund

Art Thing with Sandra Binion

Curator’s Tour of Another Story

Talk on Seasons

Cocktails and Clay

Artists’ Reception for Impossible Violence

Opening Receptions and Concert for Malachi

Art Thing: Consuming War

Prostrations for Peace


Not Just Another Pretty Face Public Salon

Talk Back: Iraq Veterans Against the War

Reporting from Baghdad

Art Thing Featuring Alice Shaddle

Talk Back: Creating Histories

Talk Back: Buyer Beware

Enemy Kitchen

Consuming Culture With Dr. Donny George Youkhanna

Not Just Another Pretty Face Public Salon

Exhibition Opening/Reception: Drive By

Artists’ Reception for Current Exhibitions

Art Thing With Chuck Walker

Teacher Professional Development

Art Thing with Danny Mansmith

Art Thing with Howard Fonda

Exhibition Reception

Art Thing with Kelly Kaczynski

Artists’ Reception for Current Exhibitions

Film Screening: Bamboozled

Pow Wow with Hyde Park Art Center

Film Screening: Watermelon Man

Art Thing with Tamasha Williamson

Film Screening: Hollywood Shuffle

Film Screening: Fear of a Black Hat


Viceodance Curator’s Talk

Drawing with Unexpected Materials

Art Thing with Casey Ann Wasniewski

Visual Art Poetry Workshop

Artists’ Reception for Current Exhibitions

Art Thing with HPAC Faculty

Chicago Artists Month Opening Celebration

Art Thing with Monica Herrera

Artists Talk: Emergence: Art Meets Science

Not Just Another Pretty Face Unveiling Soiree

Artists’ Reception for Current Exhibitions

Art Thing with Mark Booth

Live Spoken Performance

Art Thing with Elke Claus

Live Spoken Performance

Art Thing with Lisa Lindsay and Ben Gest

Art Thing with Andy Paczos

Exhibition Reception

Art Thing with Mary Lou Zelazny

Exhibition Begins: Bits and Pieces

Video Art Screening & Discussion

Art Thing with Linda Cohn

TalkingPoint with Britton Bertran

Art Thing with Julian Williams

Exhibition Reception

Artists Run Chicago Opening Events

Roots & Culture: Kimchi Feast

South Side Tweet-Up

Suitable Presents: Cookout and Videos

Art Thing with Matt Harris

Art of Party? Panel Discussion


History of Spaces Panel Discussion

Art Thing with the Artists of Spellbound

Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture

Art Thing

Art Thing

MoneyBags: Screening-Printing Workshop

Cocktails & Clay

Fun for All

Exhibition Opening Reception

Art Thing

Just Good Art 2009

Art Thing

Exhibitions Opening Reception and Second Sunday

Art Thing

Talk with the Artist: Juan Angel Chavez

Artist Talk: Jason Salavon

Cargo Yard Sale

Artist Talk: Aspen Mays

Second Sunday

Exhibitions Reception

Cancelled: Flow Interrupted Artist Talk

Ps & Qs Salon with Shannon Stratton and Jeff M. Ward

Concert & Puppet Show

Not Just Another Pretty Face Public Salon

Closing Reception & Reading

Artist Talk: Andreas Fischer

Artists’ Reception

Artist Talk Stan Chisholm

Second Sunday

Pedway Tours by Hui-Min Tsen

Roger Brown Guided Tour

Pellot Gonzalez Rios Exhibition Reception

Panel Discussion: What Is a FRAC?

Open Call for Public Objects

Architecture Engineering Ideas Exchange

Pedway Tours by Hui-Min Tsen

Artist-in-Residence Open Studio

Open Call for Public Objects

Curator for a Day

Curator for a Day

Pedway Tours by Hui-Min Tsen

Curator for a Day

Open Studio with Maximo Gonzalez

310 conTEMPORARY Gallery Walk

Second Sunday

Artists Talk: Spatial City

Artist Talk: Jennifer Mannebach

Exhibitions Reception

Ground Floor Artists Talk: Site as Medium

Talk with the Curator

310 Contemporary Gallery Walk

Artist’s Talk: Pat Swanson

Roundtable: What’s an MFA Worth?

Not Just Another Pretty Face: Unveiled

Exhibitions Reception

The Precession Groundbreaking Ceremony

Artist Talk: Kim Piotrowski

Exhibition Reception

The Precession Live Performance

The Precession Live Performance

The Precession Live Performance

Betsy Odom: Sis Boom Bah

Artist Talk: Stephen Lapthisophon

Exhibition Reception

The Precession Closing

Screenology Exhibition Recpetion

Fun for All

Harmony in Three Parts

Big Dig Gig

Big Dig Gig

Artist Talk with Betsy Odom

Artist Talk with Conrad Freiburg

Messin’ with Texas Reception

Barlow Nelson: Silkscreen Prints

Aron Gent: Not Quite as Good Because of You

Mouthing (The Sentient Limb) Begins

Exhibition Reception

Artist Talk with Aron Gent

Exhibition Reception for No Place Like Home

Curator’s Talk: Kelly Kaczynski

Curator’s Tour: Kelly Kaczynski

Large Scale Painting

Neighborhood Writing Alliance Workshop

Christine Mitchell Opening Reception

Exhibition Reception: Blaque Lyte and Keith Herzik

Curator’s Talk: Blaque Lyte

Curator’s Talk: Keith Herzik

Symposium: The Home in/as Community

Film Screening and Discussion

Exhibition Reception for Bibiana Suarez

Second Sunday

The Memory of Me: Teen Art Workshop

Memory Game Night

Exhibition Reception

Memory Game Day

Conversation with the Artist: Bradley Biancardi

Conversation with the Artist: Bibiana Suárez

Tour with the Curator

Exhibition Reception for Hairy Blob

When the Hairy Blob

Conversation with the Artist: David Leggett

Big Dig Gig

Conversation with the Artist: Sarah FitzSimons

Artist Talk with Melissa Oresky

Exhibition Reception for Ground Floor

Exhibition Reception for Two Histories of the World

The Residency Launch


Panel Discussion: Ground Floor Alchemy

Discussion: Two Histories of the World

Art Center Artists at MDW Fair

Not Just Another Pretty Face Salon

A Public Reading and Book Release: Epic Something

Exhibition Reception


January 13, 2013 Second Sunday

Conversation with the Artist: Tom Torluemke

Minouk Lim Performance: FireCliff 4_ Chicago

Not Just Another Pretty Face Salon

Second Sunday

Tour with the Curators

Second Sunday

Second Sunday

Exhibition Reception

Conversation with the Artist: Allison Ruttan

Exhibition Reception: Abstracting the Seam

Performance & Discussion: Neuebody Research

Reception for Passages


Art Lab with Horses – Postponed

High Noon Ride and Closing Picnic

Exhibition Reception for Identity Discourse

Open Critique

Exhibition Reception: All New Shows

Slabwork with Amanda Gentry

Sounding Light

Slide Presentation and Talk with Oli Watt


Not Just Another Pretty Face: The Unveiling

February 9, 2014 – Second Sunday

Stompin’ at the Parkway Ballroom

April 13, 2014 – Second Sunday

Colin Ward Memorial Potluck Conversation Series

On Disappointment with Simon Critchley

Story Hour

Yoga & Meditation

Story Slam: Heart of the Beast

Colin Ward Memorial Potluck Conversation Series

Beastly Pecha Kucha

Colin Ward Memorial Potluck: Bart Schultz

Story Hour

Yoga & Meditation

Conversation with the Artist: Samantha Hill

Cancelled – Colin Ward Memorial Potluck

Story Hour

Augusto Boal Theater Workshop with Alex Starr

On The Table Conversations in The Beast

Salsa and Afro-Cuban Rhythms Workshop

Winning Words

Story Hour

B-Boy BBQ and Breakdance Battle

Yoga & Meditation

20×20: Sacrifice

Colin Ward Memorial Potluck: Jamie Kalven

Story Hour

Story Slam

Story Hour

Awareness for the Masai

Bio-Graphing The Beast

Canceled: Colin Ward Memorial Potluck

Saturday School

Bio-Graphing The Beast

Saturday school – Cancelled

Our Public Space

Our Public Space: Off-Site Workshop

Yoga & Camp – Cancelled

Colin Ward Memorial Potluck: Jamie Kalvin

Saturday School: Unscrew-U

Bike Tour of Hyde Park Art Spaces

Story Slam

Radical Educators Meeting

Colin Ward Memorial Potluck: Sanjeev Shankar

Cancelled: Saturday School: Fort Cardboard

20×20 Presentations: Repair

Open Mic

Artist Meet-and-Greet

Colin Ward Memorial Potluck: John Preus

Saturday School: Radical Physics

LiveBox Screening: Barbecue


Colin Ward Memorial Potluck: Backbone

Saturday School: Poetry Workshop

Project Osmosis: Express Yourself-Portrait


Art on Location

Story Slam: Trauma/Grief

Teen Open Mic

Art on Location Seminar

Colin Ward Memorial Potluck: Jamie Kalven

Saturday School: Junk Drawer Workshop

Live Drawing Performance by Spencer Hutchinson

20×20 Presentations: School

Requiem for The Beast: Closing Reception

Mind The Gap Reception

Reciprocal Practices: Teaching/Making/Art

Exhibition Reception: Ground Floor

The Chicago Effect Gallery Tour

75th Anniversary BBQ Block Party Bash

Exhibition Reception for Current Exhibitions

Clinical Work by Steve Juras

October 12, 2014 – Second Sunday

Institution as Agent

Clinical Work by Steve Juras

November 9, 2014 – Second Sunday

Creative Response to the Chicago Effect

Talk with the Writers: Two Histories of the World

Clinical Work by Steve Juras