Current cohort of yearlong ‘Radicle Residents’ includes trio of Chicago ALAANA artists: Cecilia Beaven, William Estrada, and Farah Salem


Artists invited to apply for 2022 year-long and seasonal residencies, 

now open through August 23


CHICAGO (July 20, 2021) Hyde Park Art Center, the renowned non-profit hub for contemporary art located on Chicago’s vibrant South Side, proudly marks the tenth anniversary of its Jackman Goldwasser Residency program, offering four comprehensive residencies of varying lengths for local, national and international artists and curators. For over a decade, the residency program—with a particularly focus on ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, Native American) artists—has been providing valuable studio spaces, art classes, and supportive resources, while connecting the resident artists to the city’s artists, institutions, and cultural communities. 


In response to COVID-19 and the crises it brought forth and amplified, the selection of the 2021 roster of residents and supportive public programming have been adapted to increase support for Chicago artists (vs. those requiring travel), fortifying the program’s effort to help artists sustain art practices especially in the face of the pandemic. The 2021 cohort features ten artists of various disciplines, from painting to printmaking and textiles, in four programs of varying length and focus. In general, residencies range from six to eight weeks for national and international residents, while Chicago artists may participate in a yearlong intensive in the signature Radicle Studio Residency. The artist application for the 2022 class is now open for the year-long Radicle Studio Residency and seasonal Flex Residency, through Monday, August 23, 10 p.m. CST, available at www.hydeparkart.org


“Over an incredibly challenging year for arts organizations, and most of all artists, Hyde Park Art Center took this opportunity to reset intentions and recommit our programs to supporting art in Chicago, ensuring that artists across the city can continue to make their work and thrive. This year, we were able to refocus attention locally, expanding support for Chicago artists,” says Megha Ralapati, Art Center Residency Manager. 


The ten artists in the 2021 cohort of the Jackman Goldwasser Residency program are:


Radicle Studio Residency, Year-Long Residency for Chicago Artists

Radicle Studio Residents are rooted for a year at the Art Center through high-quality, free studio space where artists make work, research new projects, have access to the Art Center’s broad international network of artists and resources, and connect with a dynamic public.


Cecilia Beaven is a visual artist and art instructor from Mexico City whose multimedia practice serves as a vehicle for retelling stories from Mexican mythology combined with fictional personal narratives.


Farah Salem is an artist and art therapist working across media to investigate the gendered nature of trauma as it is embedded within her experiences as an Arab woman. 


William Estrada is an artist and art educator whose community-centered practice seeks to transform, question, and make connections via discussion, creation, and amplification of stories from across Chicago’s rich neighborhoods.


Flex Residency, Seasonal Residencies for Chicago Artists

Flex Residents participate in focused seasonal residencies where they are given free studio space to make work and develop new projects. They receive access to the Art Center’s broad network of artists and resources and connect with the Art Center’s staff and dynamic community. The 2021 Flex Residents include Aaron Hughes, Alexandra Antoine, and Moises Salazar.


BAC x Art Center Residency, Seasonal Residencies for Chicago Artists

A new partnership with the Black Arts Consortium at Northwestern University offering focused seasonal residencies and access to both the Art Center’s and the Black Arts Consortium’s broad network of artists and resources. The 2021 BAC X Art Center Residents include Devin T. Mays, Dorothy Burge, and Jory Drew.


International ArtsLink Fellowship, Ongoing Residency for International Artists

Ongoing partnership with CEC ArtsLink’s acclaimed international fellowship program, currently supporting  Bermet Borubaeva, artist, curator and educator, who continues her research-focused residency virtually, exploring the intersection of food justice, and innovative trash and recycling practices between her home town Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and in Chicago.


In addition, in June 2021, Hyde Park Art Center commenced a new partnership with Les Ateliers Medicis, an art space supporting emerging artists in Clichy-Montfermeil, France, through ongoing collaboration with the French Cultural Council, which builds upon the residency’s international collaborative work both with France and beyond. This partnership provides one of the few valuable residency opportunities in the City that enable international traveling for Chicago artists. The collaborative residency, Clichycago, is a new initiative that aims to weave a strong link between urban peripheries from the South Side of Chicago and the Parisian suburb of Clichy-Montfermeil. Chicago artist Faheem Majeed (whose exhibition Planting and Maintaining a Perennial Garden: Shrouds by Faheem Majeed is now on view at the Art Center) participated in an in-person residency in France through this collaboration. 


About 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. 


For more information about Hyde Park Art Center, please visit  https://www.hydeparkart.org/




Photo credits (l-r, t-b):

William Estrada, Cecilia Beaven, Farah Salem, Moises Salazar, Alexandra Antoine, Aaron Hughes, Jory Drew, Devin T. Mays, Dorothy Burge, and Bermet Borubaeva.

Courtesy of Hyde Park Art Center.


Artist Bios:


Cecilia Beaven (she/her) is a visual artist and art instructor from Mexico City. Cecilia holds an MFA from SAIC and a BFA from ENPEG La Esmeralda (Mexico City). Cecilia’s multidisciplinary artwork has been shown in solo shows in Mexico City, Houston, and Chicago, as well as in group exhibitions in Mexico, the US, Colombia, Sweden, Italy, and Japan including in the Hyde Park Art Center’s Ground Floor Biennial. Through her multimedia work Cecilia develops a speculative mythology with unique visual narratives. She affirms her creative agency by modifying existing tales and mythology and seamlessly adding fiction and personal anecdotes bringing a unique perspective on Mexican identity that goes beyond folklore and mainstream ideas of Mexico.


William Estrada (he/him) grew up in California, Mexico, and Chicago. His teaching and art making practice focus on addressing inequity, migration, historical passivity and cultural recognition in historically marginalized communities. He documents and engages experiences in public spaces to transform, question, and make connections to established and organic systems through discussion, creation, and amplification of stories through creativity already present. He has worked as an educator and artist with Chicago Arts Partnership in Education, Hyde Park Art Center, SkyArt, Marwen Foundation, Urban Gateways, DePaul University’s College Connect Program, Graffiti Institute, Vermont College of Art and Design, Prison + Neighborhood Art Project, and the School of The Art Institute of Chicago.


Farah Salem (she/her)  is an artist and art therapist from Kuwait, whose photo, performance, and installation practice questions the potential erasure of socio-cultural conditioning, focusing on the gendered nature of trauma as it is embedded within her experiences as an Arab woman. Her studio and art therapy practices are bridged by social activism. In both, she focuses on community building through artmaking, investigating the use of materials for social-emotional wellbeing, accessibility of mental health services, and raising awareness about domestic and gender-based violence. She holds a BA in Visual Communications from Gulf University for Science and Technology and an MA in Art Therapy from SAIC. Farah’s work has been exhibited at United Photo Industries (New York), Mana Contemporary (Chicago), Site Galleries (Chicago), La Galerie (Dubai), and Contemporary Art Platform (Kuwait).


Moises Salazar (they/them) is a non-binary queer artist from Chicago. Being first generation Mexican American has cemented a conflict within Moises Salazar’s political identity, which is the conceptual focus of their practice. Whether addressing queer or immigrant bodies, their practice is tailored to showcasing the trauma, history, and barriers these people face. Reflecting on the lack of space and agency they possess, Salazar presents queer and immigrant bodies in environments where they can thrive and be safe. The spaces the figures inhabit are colorful, gentle, soft, and safe. The use of glitter, paper mache, and yarn are important in their work because of their cultural and personal value.


Aaron Hughes (he/him) is an artist, curator, organizer, teacher, anti-war activist, and Iraq War veteran. He works collaboratively in diverse spaces and media to create meaning out of personal and collective trauma, deconstruct and transform systems of oppression, and seek liberation. Working through an interdisciplinary practice rooted in drawing and printmaking, Hughes develops projects that deconstruct militarism and related institutions of dehumanization. Hughes works with a range of art and activist projects including Justseeds Artists Cooperative, Prison + Neighborhood Arts/Education Project, About Face: Veterans Against the War (formerly Iraq Veterans Against the War), and emerging Veteran Art Movement.


Alexandra Antoine (she/her) is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist whose work examines traditional artistic practices throughout the African Diaspora with a focus on healing traditions, identity and culture through the use of collage, portraiture, and most recently, farming. She uses the portrait as a tool to re/present individuals of the African diaspora while exploring her relationship to them within the larger narrative of her Haitian identity. She holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts and Arts Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited at Rootwork Gallery, Hyde Park Art Center, Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago Art Department and Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago, IL. Her work is also part of the Arts in Embassies program in the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.


Jory Drew (they/them) is an artist and educator, whose work reckons with the social constructions of race, gender, and love which influence the economic, legal, and political conditions that manifest and determine the lives of Black people. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Drew has exhibited locally and nationally and has participated in the Open Kitchen Residency (Milwaukee, WI), ACRE (Steuben, WI/Chicago), and Hot Box Residency (Austin, TX). As an educator, Drew is the co-lead artist for the North Lawndale Teen Art Council in Homan Square for SAIC and the Teen Creative Agency at the MCA Chicago. They Co-founded F4F, a domestic venue in Little Village (Chicago) and Co-organize Beauty Breaks, an intergenerational beauty and wellness workshop series for Black people along the spectrum of femininity.


Dorothy Burge (she/her) is a multimedia artist and community activist inspired by history and current issues of social justice. Dorothy is a native of Chicago, and a descendent from a long line of quilters from Mississippi who created beautiful quilts from recycled clothing. Her realization that the history and culture of her people were being passed through generations of quilters inspired her to use the medium as a tool to teach history, raise cultural awareness, and inspire action. Dorothy received her Masters of Arts in Urban Planning and Policy and her Bachelors of Arts in Art Design, from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a member of Blacks Against Police Torture and Chicago Torture Justice Memorials; cultural collectives seeking justice for police torture survivors.


Devin Mays (he/him, they/them) is a multimedia artist whose practice, which includes sculpture, performance and drawing, is described as an auto-ethnographic interdisciplinary exploration of material, prospective and presence. A Graduate of University of Chicago’s MFA program, May’s work has exhibited at Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Lowe Art Museum, University of Florida; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago; Nahmad Projects, London; NADA Miami, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago; and Regards Chicago.


Bermet Borubaeva (she/her) is an urban environmentalist and labor rights activist and uses trash as a medium in her work. Bermet is interested in the intersection of art, climate science and environmental inequality. Her practice is dedicated to the global problem of food waste and growing ecological disruptions caused by excessive urbanization. She is a 2020-2021 CEC ArtsLink Fellow, and during her residency with Hyde Park Art Center, Bermet has been studying ecological politics, environmental inequality and climate disruption caused by food overproduction and excessive urbanization in home of Bishkek, Kyrgzystan and in conversation with Chicago.

Faheem Majeed (he/him) is a builder—literally and metaphorically. A resident of Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood, Majeed often looks to the material makeup of his neighborhood and surrounding areas as an entry point into larger questions around civic-mindedness, community activism, and institutional critique. As part of his studio practice, the artist transforms materials such as particle board, scrap metal and wood, and discarded signs and billboard remnants, breathing new life into these often overlooked and devalued materials. His broader engagement with the arts also involves arts administration, curation, and community facilitation, all which feed into his larger practice. From 2005-2011, Majeed served as Executive Director and Curator for the SSCAC. In this role he was responsible for managing operations, staff, programs, fundraising, curation, and archives for the SSCAC. During his time with the SSCAC, Majeed curated exhibitions of numerous artists including Elizabeth Catlett, Dr. David Driskell, Charles White, Jonathan Green, and Theaster Gates. Majeed received his BFA from Howard University and his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

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