The Whole Yadig?!

During the 2017-2018 academic year, 5 practicing artists mentor 15- 25 student artists to develop their artistic voices. The young artists chose to address the challenges in articulating perplexed thoughts, feelings, and emotions into individual works of art. These various experiences of being a teen are “The Whole” subject of this exhibition presented through paintings, drawings, photographs, and video work made by the students both collaboratively and independently. Visitors are invited by teens to ask themselves “ya dig?” or Do you get what we are trying to say?  Both what teens feel able to express, and what they cannot fully articulate in words are presented in the artworks in this exhibition.  

Complex topics such as gentrification, justice, healing and meditation were discussed during the course of the teen programs.  These issues with lasting impacts on teen’s lives motivated some of the work presented.  Other works address more intimate, personal struggles such as self-representation, and internal complexities. The artworks shown convey themes that students have been grappling with, some of which have been resolved and some which have not.  In summation the exhibition is the accumulation of the complicated experience of being a teen.

  • April 29, 2018 – July 22, 2018
  • Cleve E. Carney Gallery and Gallery 2

Guest speakers, visits from teen-program alumni, and field trips are common during teen programs at Hyde Park Art Center to expose students to the arts across Chicago.  Teens are led by teaching artists: Jasmine Barber, Stephen Flemister and Rhonda Wheatley.  The programs allow students a structured independence that encourages them to build confidence and creativity.  At the root of the coursework is an interdisciplinary approach that emphasizes comradery. This year’s teen programs consisted of four classes, each with distinct ambitions: Photograph + 2D Exploration, Art + Restorative Justice: Barriers and Development, Youth Art Board, and Art Shop. Teen Programs are run by the Art Center’s Teen Program Coordinator, Alex Herrera. The exhibition The Whole Yadig?! is curated with the assistance of Danielle Eady, Curatorial Fellow.  


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