Hyde Park Art Center biennial exhibition GROUND FLOOR highlights emerging Chicago artists

Hyde Park Art Center biennial exhibition GROUND FLOOR highlights emerging Chicago artists

Hyde Park Art Center biennial exhibition

GROUND FLOOR highlights emerging Chicago artists

December 10, 2022 – March 5, 2023


CHICAGO (September 26, 2022)— Hyde Park Art Center, the renowned non-profit hub for contemporary art located on Chicago’s vibrant South Side, announces Ground Floor, the seventh iteration of the Art Center’s biennial program since 2010 showcasing select work by recent graduates from each of Chicago’s five MFA (Master of Fine Art) programs, on view from December 10, 2022 – March 5, 2023. 

The exhibition offers a single destination to view some of Chicago’s most promising emerging talent who graduated in 2021-22 from one of Chicago’s five top-tier MFA programs: Columbia College Chicago, Northwestern University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The University of Chicago, and The University of Illinois at Chicago. Artists represented in Ground Floor include: Sungho Bae (SAIC), Juan Baños (UIC), Scott Campbell (U of C), Ále Campos (SAIC), Sofia Fernandez Diaz (SAIC), Ali Georgescu (CCC), Sara Grose (U of C), Payton Harris Woodard (SAIC), Patrick Hubbell (SAIC), Nicholas Jackson (UIC), Ajmal “MAS MAN” Millar (SAIC), Travis Morehead (NU), Natasha Moustache (CCC), Elissa Osterland (U of C), Jess Atieno (SAIC), Shabtai Pinchevsky (NU), Emilie Plunkett (CCC), Corey Smith (SAIC), Frank Vega (SAIC), and Jessica Walker (NU).

Ground Floor presents the thesis work of the twenty graduates made in the past few years to investigate and articulate conceptual and stylistic trends coming out of Chicago art schools right now. Ground Floor—so named because it provides a crucial platform for emerging artists and traverses the entire lower level of the Art Center—gives exhibiting artists a major public venue in which to display their works at a critical juncture in their careers, helping to build, support and ensure a strong and vibrant community of artists in Chicago.

The artists in the exhibition were selected by the Art Center’s Exhibitions Committee from a competitive pool of applicants who were nominated by respected Chicago-based artists, curators, and administrators. The 2022 jury committee includes nationally and internationally renowned artists and educators Dawoud Bey (committee chair), Anne Wilson, Steve Reinke, Ross Jordan, and Daisy Shultz. The exhibition is curated by Exhibitions and Residency Manager, Mariela Acuña and Director of Exhibitions and Residency, Allison Peters Quinn.

The exhibition is accompanied by public programs and a catalog to be released in the Spring. The catalog will include a commissioned text by curator and writer Denny Mwaura, Assistant Director at Gallery 400, UIC. For more information, visit www.hydeparkart.org.


Admission, hours, and COVID-19-related safety protocols 

Exhibition admission is free and allows walk-ins. Masks are encouraged but not required to enter the building. Hyde Park Art Center views its community’s health and safety as the number one priority and is utilizing the guidance from the City and State to inform its safety protocols. For latest exhibition hours and COVID policy, visit https://www.hydeparkart.org/plan-your-visit/.


About the Hyde Park Art Center

Hyde Park Art Center, at 5020 South Cornell Avenue on Chicago’s vibrant South Side, is a hub for contemporary arts in Chicago, serving as a gathering and production space for artists and the broader community to cultivate ideas, impact social change, and connect with new networks. Since its inception in 1939, Hyde Park Art Center has grown from a small collective of quirky artists to establishing a strong legacy of innovative development and emerging as a unique Chicago arts institution with social impact. The Art Center functions as an amplifier for today and tomorrow’s creative voices, providing the space to cultivate and create new work and connections.