Mar 24th 2017

Correct Opinions

@ Arts Incubator in Washington Park

301 E Garfield Blvd, Chicago, IL 60637

Opening Friday, March 24th, from 6PM - 8PM

On view through Saturday, April 29th

What defines you? Everyday experiences inform our values. In turn, our values—personal, familial, economic, cultural, religious, moral, political, historical, aesthetic, or otherwise—shape our identity and influence the ways we express and identify ourselves as youth.

If you are what you value, then what makes you, you?

Curated by Arts + Public Life’s Teen Arts Council, Correct Opinions is an exhibition of works created by more than 50 teen artists from After School Matters programs across Chicago. Painting, sculpture, photography, multimedia, and mixed media explore varied personal interpretations of “value” and the impact this concept has on how we perceive our voices in the world. Correct Opinions examines and demonstrates the idea that—through values both distinct and interconnected—we are all ultimately united by a need for self-expression and collectively strengthened by commitment to mutual respect.

Presented by the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life initiative in partnership with After School Matters, with additional support from the UChicago Arts Grant and UChicago Charter School.

Image: Dafne Hernandez, “Second Thoughts”, digital photograph, 2016. Created in “Picture Me,” an After School Matters program.


Opening Reception: Correct Opinions
Friday, March 24, 6:00–8:00pm
Arts Incubator, 301 East Garfield Boulevard

Guided Tour 3/29: Correct Opinions
Wednesday, March 29, 6:00–7:00pm
Arts Incubator, 301 East Garfield Boulevard

Cold: Screen-printing Workshop
Saturday, April 1, 1:00–4:00pm
Muffler Shop, 359 East Garfield Boulevard

Speak Your Thoughts
Wednesday, April 5, 5:30–7:00pm
Arts Incubator, 301 East Garfield Boulevard

Guided Tour 4/19: Correct Opinions
Wednesday, April 19, 6:00–7:00pm
Arts Incubator, 301 East Garfield Boulevard

For Educators: Cultivating Student-Driven Learning Experiences
Saturday, April 22, 10:00am–1:00pm
Arts Incubator, 301 East Garfield Boulevard
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Curators’ Talk: Correct Opinions
Monday, April 24, 6:00–7:00pm
Arts Incubator, 301 East Garfield Boulevard

Correct Opinions Closing Reception: Kick Back
​Saturday, April 29, 1:00–4:00pm
Arts Incubator, 301 East Garfield Boulevard

Schools or other groups interested in visiting Correct Opinions during school hours should email Additionally, in partnership with the Smart Museum of Art, we will be able to provide a limited number of joint tours of Correct Opinions at the Incubator and Conversations with the Collection: Belonging at the Smart.

The exhibitions program at the Arts Incubator offers a platform for Chicago-based artists to thoughtfully engage with the global, contemporary art world in a localized environment. The unique positioning of this program acts as a catalyst for collaboration and exchange, creating a dynamic and critical space. Exhibitions are realized throughout the entirety of the building and the surrounding Washington Park area, fusing temporal, public space with the dedicated interior. This coupling is echoed with the public programming efforts, as we introduce the work of national artists to the local conversation.

The Teen Arts Council is a group of 10-15 student leaders who collaborate with the​ ​Arts + Public Life initiative to develop creative skills, leadership experience, and opportunities for their peers to engage with the arts. The council members work with university staff and local partners to develop projects at the intersection of arts administration and community engagement.

This exhibition is wheelchair accessible. Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in these events should contact Arts + Public Life for assistance at 773.702.9724 or

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