Hyde Park Art Center (5020 S. Cornell) is proud to present EXPANDED FIELDS ,
an exhibition of work from participants in New Edition , a pilot program developed by the Art
Center for artists to learn and make work in a medium with which they have had little to no
previous experience. The exhibition will take place in Gallery 5, from December 13, 2019 –
February 23, 2020. The opening reception will be held on Friday, December 13, from 5-7pm in
conjunction with the opening of “Not Just Another Pretty Face,” the Art Center’s matchmaking
commissioning program for artists and potential art buyers.
New Edition Program Facilitator Claudine Isé curates the exhibition, which features the work of
10 artists, each of whom presents one piece in the medium for which they are known alongside
a new artwork made during the 10-week program. Artists participating in New Edition and
EXPANDED FIELDS include Deirdre Fox, Frances Lightbound, India Martin, Carlos
Matallana, Katherine Nemanich, Kunal Sen, Juliann Wang, Cynthia Weiss, Mark Yee and
Shanna Zentne r.
New Edition, the latest professional pathways program developed by the Center, is conceived
as a way for artists to thoughtfully experiment in another medium that they have never before
seriously attempted. Participants—who are all Hyde Park Art Center alumni of either The Bridge
Program, The Center Program, or Ground Floor—enroll in Art Center courses such as screen
printing, monotype printing or ceramics, or work instead at the FabLab at UChicago’s Polsky
Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which offers a range of 3-D printing resources and
Throughout the 10-week program, “artists learn new skills in their separate classes, and then
they all come together in weekly discussions to share experiences, show works in progress, get
feedback and generally think through how their new work fits into their established history—all
within a supportive and collaborative group setting,” Isé explains.
“What makes New Edition unique is that it is geared explicitly towards experimentation,
risk-taking and change within an artist’s practice. By providing the instruction and tools with
which to learn an entirely new skillset, New Edition fosters the sorts of expansive creative leaps
that help foster longevity in an artist’s career.”
The Center Program is partially supported by Luminarts Cultural Foundations, Arts + Public Life,
and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture.