Feb 22nd 2021

Next Window, Please!
Gallery 5
Curated by Mariela Acuna, Exhibitions and Residency Coordinator, and Alex Herrera, Teen Programs Manager.

Every year at the Hyde Park Art Center, as part of its signature Teen Program, six professional artists mentor over 150 student artists to develop their artistic voices over the course of 30 weeks. During the 2019-2020 academic year, the young artists experienced the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the powerful wave of organized protests for racial justice that resulted from the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, among many others. Works in Next Window, Please! document the days between March and May of 2020 from the perspective of young Chicago artists.

The exhibition features new work by: Nicole Alcalde-Hester, LaDasia Bryant, Tiara Coleman, Jahmeela Collins, Doloriae Daniels, Noah Demus, Darius Donald, Alexander William Fair, Jade Foreman, Paris Gusta, Kyli Hawks, Shelby Holloway, Amirah Ibrahim, Amir Johnson, Ari Karafiol, Lorenz King, Ethan Larbi, Abby Moon-Sarudi, Sophia Morris, Stevia Ndoe, Justice Plunkett, Nakyia Posey, Tzoe Rivera, Alexis Thomas, Skye Wang, and Alyssia Zepeda.

About Teen Programs
Hyde Park Art Center teens represent over 20 high schools across Chicago, including: Amundsen HS, Carl Schurz HS, Chicago Virtual Charter, Dyett HS, Excel Academy Roseland, Hyde Park Academy HS, Johnson College Prep, Kenwood Academy, Lindblom HS, Lincoln Park HS, Little Black Pearl, Morgan Park Academy, Ogden HS, Simeon HS, St. Rita HS, St. Ignatius HS, Tilden HS, UIC Academy, Walter Payton HS, and Whitney Young HS. Guest speakers, visits from teen-program alumni, and field trips are common during teen programs at Hyde Park Art Center to expose students to the arts across Chicago.

COVID-19-related safety protocols
Hyde Park Art Center views its community’s safety as the number one priority and is utilizing the guidance from the City and State to inform its reopening procedures including the requiring of masks to be worn in the building at all times; instituting extra cleaning and disinfecting procedures; wide availability of hand sanitizer throughout the building; and the careful configuring of exhibition hours so as to help regulate the number of people and maintain proper social distance in the Art Center at one time.

Admission and hours
Exhibition admission is free, and advance registration is required. For latest exhibition hours and advance registration, visit www.hydeparkart.org.

About the 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, please visit www.hydeparkart.org

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