Created by Hyde Park Art Center, Not Just Another Pretty Face allows the Art Center to play matchmaker for artists and potential art buyers, facilitating a fun, accessible commissioning process that builds lasting relationships between artists and patrons, creates a new base of support for artists, and invests in the vitality of Chicago’s cultural community.
The program takes place every three years and is meant to involve a broad range of patrons and artists, with commissions ranging from in the hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars. To date, the Art Center has raised over $700,000—half of which goes directly into the hands of artists, with the other half going to support Art Center programs. All of this results in an exhibition of the original works of art, a catalog documenting the process, and a lively event to unveil the finished pieces, which will make their way to the patrons’ homes following the exhibition. Not Just Another Pretty Face has been replicated in five cities.
Ani Afshar . Ruben Aguirre . Osei Agyeman-Badu . Biance Alebiosu . Ashley Allen . Candida Alvarez . Nikki Renee Anderson . Jeffrey Michael Austin. Lee Blalock . Corinna Button . Deborah Culbreth . Matthew Huang Cummins . Barbara Diener . Lessie Dixon . Sunny Neater DuBow . RJ Eldridge. Stephen Flemister . Lora Fosberg . Eric J. Garcia . Maria Gaspar . Amanda Gentry . Susan Giles . Alice Hargrave . Russell Harris . Jamie Hayes . Charles Heppner . Samantha Hill . John Himmelfarb . Robert Holmes . Diane Jaderberg . Chad Kouri . Christine LaRue . David Leggett . Michelle Litvin . Julius Lyles . Cecil McDonald . Adelheid Mers . Matthew Metzger . Nuria Montiel . Jessie Mott . Ben Murray . Judy Natal . Sarah Nishiura . Michelle Nordmeyer . Joyce Owens . Cindy Phenix . Melissa Ann Pinney . Kaveri Raina . Renee Robbins . Darrell Roberts . Nancy Lu Rosenheim . Max Sansing . David Schalliol . Tony Tasset . Luis De La Torre . Pete Wade . Mel Watkin . Rhonda Wheatley . Amanda Williams . Brittney Leeanne Williams . Shyvette Williams . Scott Wolniak . Mark Yee
THE UNVEILING EVENT:
Join us for drinks, bites, and the dramatic unveiling of more than 80 new works by Chicago artists commissioned by adventurous patrons.
Friday, December 9, 2016 @ 7PM
Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell Ave.
Chicago, IL 60615
$35 suggested donation (but all are welcome)