Hyde Park Art Center Announces Expanded International Opportunities for Chicago Artists

Hyde Park Art Center Announces Expanded International Opportunities for Chicago Artists

New multi-year partnerships with Asian Arts Council and CEC ArtsLink further connect Chicago artists to international art communities through new residencies.

(Chicago, IL) – Hyde Park Art Center (5020 S. Cornell Ave.) enthusiastically announces new collaborations with international foundations Asian Cultural Council (ACC) and CEC ArtsLink, expanding existing opportunities for Chicago artists to attend residencies, travel, and develop their artistic practices abroad. Additionally, this initiative continues supporting visiting artists and curators from around the world for research-focused residencies at the Art Center. Since its inception in 2012, the Jackman Goldwasser Residency has forged deeper ties
between Chicago’s rich, diverse artistic communities with those based around the US and the globe. It has aimed to do so through residencies for visual artists and curators, and more recently, through intentional partnership with other community-focused contemporary arts
organizations based nationally and internationally. Previous multi-year collaborations have included Project Row Houses (Houston), CRP/ Centre régional de la photographie Hauts-de-France (supported by MacArthur International Connections Fund), and ArtPort (Tel
Aviv).

“At the Art Center, we are grateful to be working with two new partners who share our commitment, not just to create opportunities for US artists to travel and learn about the world, but to develop sustained dialogue about art-making both in local and non-local contexts. This
exposure can be transformative to an artist’s practice,” said Megha Ralapati, Residency Manager. In partnership with Asian Arts Council, the Art Center will award Chicago artists opportunities to travel to Asia for residencies across the continent and invite visiting artists and curators to participate in the Jackman Goldwasser Residency between 2019-2021. Inaugural residents include Roberto Sifuentes and Aram Han Sifuentes who traveled to Vietnam last summer, and visiting performance artist Veshalini Naidu (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) who will spend two months in Chicago January-March of 2020. During residencies in Chicago and abroad, artists are invited to share their work through workshops and artist talks and expand their practice into new communities. The Art Center encourages them to keep the dialogue going once they return home.
“ACC’s partnership with the Art Center brings us to the heart of Chicago’s thriving arts landscape and enables us to support an important local arts organization that is committed to providing new possibilities for their community to participate in exchange with artists in Asia. At
a time when isolationism is a growing global force, international exchange that generates enduring connectivity is an imperative we are proud to serve,” said Cecily Cook, Director of Programs at Asian Cultural Council.

This year also marks the first ArtsLink-Hyde Park Art Center International Residency, which invites one of CEC ArtsLink fellows to do a six-week residency inside the Art Center’s program, expanding its reach to rich practices across Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.
This month, the Art Center welcomes Zagreb-based performance artist and activist Selma Banich for the first of three years of this program.
“As the need for US citizens to have access to a broad diversity of international perspectives is increasingly urgent, CEC ArtsLink’s new partnership with Hyde Park Art Center is profoundly welcome. This generous hosting in Chicago extends the time our International artist Fellows can be in dialogue with communities in the south of the city and help build International understanding and long lasting creative collaborations,” said Simon Dove, Executive Director of CEC ArtsLink.
These expanded collaborations further support the Art Center’s efforts to aid Chicago artists in their exploration, learning, and cultural expansion – enriching the context for artmaking on the South Side and across the city.

About Asian Arts Council
The Asian Cultural Council works to advance international respect and understanding between people and cultures through transformative cultural exchange. ACC awards fellowship grants to artists and scholars between the US and Asia. Additionally ACC fosters ongoing dialogue between and among its grantees and artists and scholars through a dynamic and robust network of
individuals across disciplines and across the globe.

About CEC ArtsLink
CEC ArtsLink promotes international communication and understanding through collaborative, innovative arts projects for mutual benefit. It produces programs that encourage the exchange of visual and performing artists and cultural managers in the United States and 37 countries overseas. As an international organization, we believe that the arts are a society’s most deliberate and complex means of communication and that the work of artists and arts administrators can help nations overcome long histories of reciprocal distrust, insularity and conflict. CEC ArtsLink was founded in 1962 to enable citizens of the United States and the Soviet Union to accomplish what their governments would not do – open doors, share ideas and build mutual trust.

The Jackman Goldwasser Residency at Hyde Park Art Center positions Chicago as a worldwide destination for visual art by bringing local and global artists together to work side by side in our studios, deepening engagement between diverse contemporary art practices. The
program was named in honor of long-time Hyde Park Art Center Board member and patron Deone Jackman and her husband Eugene Goldwasser whose insight, tenacity, and generosity made it possible for the Art Center to launch this ambitious international program.

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Hyde Park Art Center is a unique resource that advances contemporary visual art in Chicago by connecting artists and communities in unexpected ways. As an open forum for exploring the artistic process, the Art Center fosters creativity through making, learning about, seeing, and discussing art—all under one roof. The Art Center is funded in part by: Alphawood Foundation;
Allstate Insurance Company; Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts: Bank of America; Bloomberg Philanthropies; Chauncey and Marion D. McCormick Foundation; a City Arts III grant from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; Field Foundation of Illinois; The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts; Harper Court Arts Council; Harpo Foundation; Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; Irving Harris Foundation; Joyce Foundation; Leo S. Guthman Fund; Lloyd A. Fry Foundation; MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince; MacArthur International Connections Fund; National Endowment for the Arts; National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly; Polk Bros. Foundation; Reva and David Logan Foundation; Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust; and the generosity of its members and people
like you.

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