The Center Program

2021 CENTER PROGRAM APPLICATION

(EXTENDED) DEADLINE TO APPLY: DECEMBER 31, 2020

The Center Program is our capstone program for artists who are ready to move beyond our quarterly studio courses into a new way of growing.  The Center Program is the Art Center’s answer to critical gaps in traditional professional development programs, allowing working artists access to space to develop studio practice, inclusion in critical dialogues, guidance from professionals in the field, and a platform to show new works to a broader, diverse audience.

The Center Program is deeply aligned with the Art Center’s mission: developing artists at all levels in support of Chicago’s broader arts community. In that vein, the Art Center has forged distinctive partnerships with other Chicago institutions and leaders in the visual arts. Past Partners  have included 3ArtsLuminartsMarwenThe University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, UChicago’s Arts + Public Life and Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture and all the visiting professionals who provide guidance and feedback to artists in the program. These partnerships ensure access for a wide-ranging group of artists in the program. Learn about Center Program Visiting Professionals and past participants.

Center Program Details

Structure: The Center Program centers around formal seminar meetings with visiting professionals which take place Monday evenings. The sessions include critical discussions around individual works, professional development discourse with visitors, as well as group works towards an exhibition curated by a visiting curator. Center Program artists are also offered a free studio course at Hyde Park Art Center, and have individual meetings with visitors separate from the group seminars. The program culminates in an exhibition at the Art Center.

Guest professionals: Final list of visitors will be presented at our first session. To give you an idea of past visitors, here is a link to past visitors: http://www.hydeparkart.org/get-involved/artist-opportunities/center-program/center-program-artists

Access: In addition to critical discussions, Center Program artists also have access to the Oakman Clinton School & Studios at the Art Center, including the following studios: Painting & Drawing, Digital Lab, Darkroom, Printmaking/Silkscreen, Ceramics, and Mixed Media. These spaces are available to use as shared studio areas, however CP artists also received a free course at HPAC during the 2019 Spring term, to help with their project development in the program.

Tuition: Tuition for The Center Program is $1500. A limited number of full-tuition scholarships are available for artists of color and Art Center teaching artists. Artists can apply for scholarships via the scholarship application form on the Art Center’s website.

Scholarship opportunities:

  1. HPAC-funded Diversity scholarship (full) for an artist of color
  2. HPAC-funded Teaching Artist Scholarship (full) for a Hyde Park Art Center Teaching Artist
  3. Ground Floor Scholarship (full) for artists who have been included in past or present Ground Floor exhibitions at HPAC
  4. Marwen-funded scholarship (full) for an alum from their programs
  5. Radicle Studio Residency Scholarship

All of these opportunities are primarily merit-based, assessed on clarity of statement, potential impact on the artist/practice, as well as potential overall contribution to the larger program and network of Center Program artists.

Additionally, some past Center Program artists received funding through the Community Arts Assistance Program offered by the City of Chicago. Click here to learn more about the Community Arts Assistance Program. Other Center Program artists have also secured financial support from Illinois Arts Council, linked here.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A SIMILAR PROGRAM THAT COULD SUPPORT YOUR PRACTICE WITHOUT A LONGER COMMITMENT, WE RECOMMEND APPLYING FOR THE BRIDGE PROGRAM LINKED HERE.

If you have any questions about The Center Program or any other programs for working artists, please contact Director of Education Mike Nourse by email at mnourse@hydeparkart.org.

APPLY TO 2021 CENTER PROGRAM HERE!

Deadline to apply for 2021 program is Thursday, December 31st, 2020. Applicants will be notified by Friday, January 29th, 2021 if they have been accepted, and the start date will be Monday, February 22nd, 2021 for those accepted. Spring Seminars will run online (Zoom), on Mondays from February 22nd to June 14th, 2021, and after a summer break involving curatorial meetings, there will be additional Fall seminars from Sept 13th to November 15th, 2021. The goal is for Fall seminars to be in-person, but we will follow state and city public health guidelines. The exhibition for Center Program will be from December 5th, 2021 to March 13th, 2022.

2021 CP SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES HERE!