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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.



Mondays 6-8pm

January 13, 2020 – March 16, 2020

Facilitator: Claudine Ise




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 Director of Education Mike Nourse, who can be emailed at

Learn about Bridge Program alumni and past facilitators.

About the Bridge Program Facilitator

Rhonda Wheatley enjoys helping students explore and expand their creativity. She works with Hyde Park Art Center’s (HPAC) youth, teen, and adult programs, having taught Creativity Camp, Youth Art Board, the Bridge Program, Exploring Collage, and Outreach courses at area public schools, to name a few. Additionally, Rhonda has taught art classes at the Sherwood School of Music at Columbia College and teaches online contemporary art courses at Indiana University Purdue, Indianapolis.
As part of her multi-disciplinary art practice, Rhonda creates experiences that explore healing, consciousness expansion, and transformation. She’s had recent solo exhibitions at Aurora Public Art and HPAC and group shows at DePaul Museum of Art, Weinberg Newton Gallery, the Donnelley Foundation, Art League of Houston, and more. She’s performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; EXPO Chicago; Gallery 400 at UIC; and the Chicago Home Theater Festival. Rhonda has facilitated personal growth workshops as part of her art practice for organizations and academic institutions including 3Arts, Chicago Artist Coalition (CAC), University of Chicago, Columbia College, and more. Additionally, in 2017 she received the CAC Maker Grant’s inaugural Coney Family Award and a 3Arts ‘Make a Wave’ Grant. Rhonda earned a BA in English Literature from Loyola University, Chicago and an MA in Writing from DePaul University.