Cleve Carney Gallery & Gallery 2


The group exhibition, Mind the Gap explores the conceptual space of the mind, between experience and recollection, between object and artifact. These gaps provide time and space to process the meaning of individual objects to evoke sensations, experiences, and memories through various processes of inquiry.

Mind the Gap considers the intuitive, poetic, contemplative, and ritualistic relationships that are created when objects are separated from the body. This movement evokes perceptions, sensations, experiences, and memories through various processes of inquiry. These processes are semi-archaic and produce specific artifacts: deconstructed feathers as textile fiber, landscape pinhole photographs devoid of the human body, push broom charcoal drawings of abandoned factories. While a lack of physical and emotional space can be claustrophobic, the insertion of space between gives each artifact a discrete identity. This produces a sense of separation while providing each artifact with multiple possibilities of connection. Each artist’s work highlights the gap created, delineates their unique processes, and connects their practices, mediums, and concepts.

Mind the Gap presents drawing, mixed-media collage, painting, performance, photography, sculpture, and video by the following artists: Gwyneth Anderson, Ruben Aguirre, Marcus Sterling Alleyne, Peter Meckerman, Tim Nickodemus, Kim Piotrowski, Alvaro Ramirez, Lindsay Barlag Thornton, Raub Welch, Rhonda Wheatley, and Carla Winterbottom.

The exhibition is co-curated by Michelle Welzen Collazo-Anderson, Dulce M. Diaz, Carolyn Cronin Hughes, Candace Hunter, James Jankowiak, Lisa Jenschke, Steve Juras, Sheri Rush, and Sadie Woods.

Mind the Gap isorganized by participants in the Curatorial Practices course, a component of the Visual Arts Certificate Program at the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies in partnership with the Hyde Park Art Center.More information coming soon.

About the Visual Arts Certificate Program

The VACP program is designed to help artists further their art practice while developing strengths in critiquing, teaching, presenting, and writing about art. Curating exhibitions, negotiating contracts, conducting studio visits and writing press releases are just some of the professional practices that artists can master, yet instruction in these skills is largely absent from BFA and MFA curricula. The VACP aims to fill this experiential gap that exists in traditional programs. To learn more about the program visit the Graham School.

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The Hyde Park Connection At CornerStone Art Gallery: Reception July 11

The Hyde Park Connection


A unique exhibition featuring the Studio 4 artists will open at CornerStone Art Gallery in Whiting, Indiana for a two-month show this summer.  As the new gallery director for CornerStone Art Gallery, I am especially pleased to present artists whom I’ve met through the Hyde Park Art Center for our summer exhibit at CornerStone Art Gallery. Studio 4 is a group of artists associated with the esteemed Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago.  As a member of the group, I will be displaying my own art as well.  The exhibit will be on view in July and August, with an opening reception on Friday evening, July 11.

Studio 4.  Having painted, printed, and pressed clay together for a number of years, the Studio 4 artists are inspired by their classes and camaraderie to present their first group show in a salon style exhibit.   The art will include carefully rendered portraits in oil by Gloria Carrig, dynamic screenprints by Lisa Jenschke, intricate ceramics on a micro scale by writer/artist Bo Brown, and large-scale artwork by Ted Micheletti. Studio 4 unites an interesting group of artists from a variety of disciplines: Architect and artist Leon Sarantos, social activist Carolyn Pereira, and blogger and fabric artist Heather LaRiviere. Several Studio 4 artists have long roots in the Chicago art scene: Donna Terry was a high school student when she attended the first Hairy Who exhibit at the Art Center in the 1960s, while Jean Hester’s brother was one of the founding members of AfriCOBRA.  The show also includes work by teaching artist Randall Miller, who trained at the San Francisco Art Institute.  The Hyde Park Connection will be on display in the main gallery.

Darrell Roberts Art

Layered Lusciousness.  Art by renowned Chicago artist Darrell Roberts will be featured as a companion solo show.   Roberts has served as mentor and teacher to many of the Studio 4 artists.  He is my most influential teacher, mentor and friend.  His thickly textured, painted surfaces are inspired by the metropolis: the landscape, architecture, and construction of Chicago.  Roberts has displayed his art extensively in both national and international exhibits.  His recent residency and exhibitions in India provide him with a new metropolis and palette to inspire his work. He attended the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and received a BFA and a Masters in Fine Art.  Roberts is represented by McCormick Gallery in downtown Chicago. As Gallery Director, Thomas McCormick, says, “This guy just gets me with his lush brushwork — real cake-frosting surfaces in a size you can hold in the palm of your hands.”  Darrell Roberts’ art will be on display in the Winsberg gallery section of CornerStone.

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Auras, Halos, Crowns and Filigree.  David Anthony Geary is a talented, teaching artist at Hyde Park Art Center. His art is also in a companion solo show.  His lively and colorful art leaps off the canvas to engage the viewer.  He has guided and influenced many Studio 4 artists.  The community of Evanston and the greater Chicagoland area serve as a great source of inspiration to add to his palette. His work includes painting, printmaking, and photography.  His visual training took place in New Orleans, LA at Xavier University.  Geary’s art will be on display in the Mills-Groninger gallery section of CornerStone.

The Hyde Park Connection and solo shows will be on view from July 5 to September 5 with an opening reception on Friday, July 11 from 6:30 to 9 PM.  The reception is free, open to the public, and refreshments will be served.  Many of the artists will be present to engage the public and answer questions.  Exhibiting artists include: Bo Brown, Gloria Carrig, David Anthony Geary, Jean Hester, Lisa Jenschke, Heather LaRiviere, Ted Micheletti, Randall Miller, Carolyn Pereira, Darrell Roberts,Leon Sarantos, and Donna Terry.

CornerStone Art Gallery.  CornerStone Art Gallery is located in the Centier Bank Building at 1500 119th Street in the Historic Downtown District of Whiting, Indiana. The gallery is in Northwest Indiana, about a 30 minute drive from Chicago.  Enter the gallery via the New York Avenue entrance on the west side of the building.  Gallery hours are: 9 to 5 weekdays and 9 to noon Saturday. The center is organized by the 119th Street Artists, a non-profit group that seeks to bring an appreciation of the fine arts to people in all walks of life and to provide support and encouragement to Midwestern artists.  The website is at

Contact   For more information about this event contact:  Leon Sarantos, email   Phone:  773 288 1944.

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A Study in Midwestern Appropriation

Curated by artist, critic, and Whitney Biennial co-curator Michelle Grabner, A Study in Midwestern Appropriation looks at the humorous and self-deprecating works of heartland artists whose output defies notions of artistic ownership. Artists included in the show from Chicago, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis present a range of image and content-borrowing strategies, from the critical to the open-ended, the humorous imitation to the urgent copy.

A Study in Midwestern Appropriation opens September 29 and runs through January 12, 2014.

Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell Avenue Chicago, IL 60615
Phone: 773-324-5520

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Articulating The Edge at Hyde Park Art Center

artshop crop‘Articulating the Edge’ features new drawings, photography, prints, and collages by teens participating in the Hyde Park Art Center’s in-house arts mentorship program, Art Shop. Art Shop develops the artists of tomorrow by allowing teens to explore a career as visual artists today. The program gives youth access to free training in the visual arts, assisting them in building their portfolios by providing open access to all the resources in the Art Center’s studios. Over the course of the program, teens work on individual art projects, receiving guidance, critique, and feedback from an artist mentor to produce an exhibition-ready body of work. Articulating the Edge will include work by budding artists from Kenwood Academy, King College Prep, Mount Carmel High School, Options Lab Charter School, and University of Chicago Laboratory School.


Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford at Hyde Park Art Center


On Thursday, May 23, from 6 to 7pm, the Hyde Park Art Center invites you to meet emerging Chicago-based artist Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford in an open forum for discussion about the ideas behind the work included in his monumental first solo exhibition, “Hall of Khan,” on view at the Art Center through July 28. The Hyde Park Art Center is located at 5020 South Cornell Avenue in Chicago. For more information call 773-324-5520 or visit