New Edition – Spring 2024



Lottery! Since the only requirement is participation in any previous Center Program class, in order to be more equitable we will hold a lottery, where the 10 New Edition artists will be randomly selected from the pool of New Edition applicants. Artists will be notified shortly after the deadline, to know if they have been accepted. Once confirmed, artists will have a short window of time, and will work with HPAC staff to get registered for a Spring 2024 course.

Please read the program information below to make sure plans can work for you, and apply before the deadline to be considered for this great opportunity!

New Edition 2021 work by J. Kent
New Edition Class of 2021
New Edition 2021 work by Christine Forni

New Edition is a Professional Pathways program offered exclusively for alums of Center Program, one of the Art Center’s capstone development programs for working artists. New Edition challenges a group of 10 artists to build on their work by developing new materials and extending their practice by:

• Adding new mediums to their toolbox by enrolling in a Spring 2024 course at Hyde Park Art Center. Registration opens March 5, 2024 for in-person and online courses, Spring Term runs from March 25th to June 2, 2024
• With the help of the HPAC studio course, create new works that significantly expand practices, building on the artist’s history towards a new chapter
• Participate in weekly (in-person)  seminars on Mondays 6-8pm, March 25th to May 27th, 2024, at Hyde Park Art Center.
• Exhibit in Kanter Family Foundation Gallery, as part of program exhibition from July 13th to October 6th, 2024.


Jeff Robinson is an artist, fabricator, and curator based in Chicago, Illinois. He holds an MFA from Illinois State University. Robinson has exhibited independently and collaboratively at numerous venues including Julius Caesar (Chicago), RomanSusan (Chicago), Ski Club (Milwaukee), University Galleries of Illinois State University (Normal), Des Lee Gallery (St. Louis), Monaco (St. Louis), and STNDRD (St. Louis). His work has been published in New American Paintings, and his practices have been featured on Daily Serving, in NewCity Magazine (Chicago), Sixty Inches from Center (Chicago), FLOORR Magazine (London) and in the Riverfront Times (St. Louis), among others. Robinson is a recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award in Visual-Based Arts alongside his collaborator, Allison Lacher (2020). He was a curatorial resident for HATCH Projects at Chicago Artists Coalition and has worked as artist-in-residence at Ragdale and ACRE.

Robinson currently serves as Exhibitions Preparator for the Hyde Park Art Center. Prior to his work with the art center, he served as Instructor of Art and as Director of the UIS Visual Arts Gallery at the University of Illinois Springfield (2012-2021), and as co-director (and co-founder) of DEMO Project (2013-2018).


As an Open Arts program, tuition for New Edition is open for artists to decide what to contribute. The suggested donation amount is $500, which includes 10 seminar meetings, a Spring HPAC course (10 weeks), and participation in the program exhibition.

The New Edition Application form is located below. After the deadline artists will be notified if they have been accepted, at which point they will be asked to formally register for a Spring 2024 course at HPAC, and for the New Edition program. A reminder that *you must have completed Center Program to apply for New Edition. Also, priority will be given to artists who have NOT taken New Edition before.*

*For questions about this program or registration form, please contact Director of Education Mike Nourse at*

Professional Pathways is supported by the Kanter Family Foundation.


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