Not Just Another Pretty Face 2019

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The Bridge Program

The Bridge Program fosters generative dialogue among a select group of artists in a seminar-style course designed to push your art practice into new realms. You’ll work in an intensive, small-group setting to refine project ideas, better articulate the central concerns of your practice, deepen the conceptual grounding of your work, and situate your practice within a wider art world context. You’ll participate in critiques, writing sessions, essay discussions, and a public artist talk at the culminating program showcase in the Art Center’s Muller Meeting Room and 4833 Project Space. Advanced artists in all media are encouraged to apply.

Spring 2019

Spring Term Details:

Tuesdays 6-8pm

April 2 – June 4

Facilitator: Ariel Gentalen


Applications for Spring Term have closed.

Tuition: $285/members $305/not-yet-members

To apply for the Bridge Program, please fill out the application below. Questions about The Bridge Program can be directed to Jen Tremblay Chambers, Director of School and Studio Programs, at (773) 324-5520 x1007 or

Learn about Bridge Program alumni and past facilitators.

About the Bridge Program Facilitator

Ariel Gentalen is a trans gender-queer educator, curator, and arts organizer seeking to diversify narratives and create platforms for engaging critical dialogue among artists, artwork and audience. Their current research focuses on situating socially engaged art in theories of intersectional feminisms and utilizing exhibitions as a political platform to center voices previously excluded and underrepresented. They are currently writing around issues of transgender identity, masculinity, & time.

They received their BA in Art History and Women’s Studies from California State University, Fullerton and their MA in Arts Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. They have also worked at the Third Coast International Audio Festival, the Art Institute of Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, & were a 2017 Curatorial Resident at the Chicago Artists Coalition. They are currently the Residency and Public Programs Manager at the Hyde Park Art Center.