Lincoln Square Pottery Studio – Learning Center’s annual Pottery of Protest exhibition was started in response to disturbing political divides reshaping the country in 2018, as well as the wider exposure of systemic police brutality. Artists are often the conduits of their environment, channeling what they feel is unfair and wrong into their own work. Our students leapt at the chance to express their rage, disappointment as well as optimism through their work for the first POP show. The public attended in droves, and it cemented our commitment to putting together the exhibition each year.
Pottery of Protest 5 has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 13th at 7pm at the studio. The exhibition is usually presented mid-winter, but has now been moved to a time of year in which COVID infection rates are lower. POP4 was a virtual event in 2021, and while the response was great, we really missed the public interacting with the art as well as our students. By moving the event to the summertime, we’ll be able to open the doors and give the work the attention it deserves. Along with pieces created by our students and staff, we will have a revolving video projection, featuring images from past POPs, as well as short videos exploring particularly timely artwork.
This year’s POP will include the favorite “Buy-A-Cup” benefit, where visitors can purchase a hand-made cup by an LSPS-LC student, then filled with a refreshing beverage. All money raised through this unique fundraiser will go to the LYTE Collective. The Collective’s mission is to support every young person that contacts them. They provide services for young people between the ages of 16-30, mostly on the South and West Side of Chicago. Their mobile support program meets young people where they’re at and their LYTE house Apartments help with transitional housing. The Collective’s up-coming LYTE Lounge will be an incredible support center; a holistic hub of support for youth in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood. Join us in toasting these amazing programs, and help us raise funds for their endeavors! Past POPs have raised money for the Inner-City Muslim Action Network’s Beloved Community Ceramics Studio, World Wildlife Fund, as well as Patchwork Farms.
Join us on 8/13/22 at 4150 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL. 60618. If you have questions, please call 773-248-4430