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Art Wed Apr 15 2015

Spring Exhibition Receptions and Guida Family Creative Wing Ceremony @ The Hyde Park Art Center

If you're itching for a packed day of art, events, exhibitions and ceremonies, then the Hyde Park Art Center will tend to your creative needs this Sunday, April 19. Being the first space to exhibit the work of the Hairy Who artists in the early 1960s and currently housing a flourishing residency, several galleries and ongoing events, the HPAC is a hotbed for Hyde Park artists and locals.


The spring exhibition receptions include several openings and closings that feature resident artist, Susan Giles, solo artist Nancy Lu Rosenheim, HPAC students Charles Heppner and Diane Jaderberg, filmmaker Melika Bass, and ArtShop. The receptions will take place from 3 to 5pm Sunday and will include three new exhibitions in addition to ongoing exhibitions that are coming to a close.

"Scenic Overlook" which features Jackman Goldwasser Resident Artist Susan Giles, will display towering forms that focus on place and identity. The two-story gallery space will exhibit wooden sculptures that take on architectural forms and feature well-known towers from around the world.

In Gallery 2 and in the lobby, Nancy Lu Rosenheim's exhibition, "Swallow City" will present mixed-media installations that work with site-specificity and the reclaiming of space. Colorful and playful, Rosenheim's pieces invite the viewer to question the relationship between nature and humanity.

Charles Heppner and Diane Jaderberg will be featuring their exhibition, "Nature's Matrix," a culmination of their extensive time and education that has been spent at the Hyde Park Art Center. The works included by Jaderberg and Heppner discuss technology, geometry, reputation and the natural world.

Since HPAC is a creative learning center, ArtShop, which is part of the education initiative, Pathways, will focus on a group of South Side schools to help support the arts and facilitate creative students. "Collective Possibilities" will close April 19 and will feature the works of students that were asked to explore their personal identities, myth and reality.

Melika Bass' video installation, "The Latest Sun Is Sinking Fast" will be closing on Sunday as well. The exhibition features 16mm/video and an auditory installation that encapsulates the viewer in a mythical and whimsical journey through the lives of several characters.

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In conjunction with these receptions, the art center will also reveal and ground The Guida Family Creative Wing which was made possible by the 75th Anniversary Campaign, where Julie and John Guida donated $750,000. The new wing will include 10 private and shared studios, a learning space for youth and adults, a teen learning center, the Thurow Digital Lab and the Jackman Goldwasser Residency. The new wing will be transformed by the architect Grant Gibson of CAMESgibson, Inc.

Additionally, HPAC received a gift from the chair of the art center's board of directors, Janis Kanter and her husband Thomas McCormick. The gift will focus on the youth education programs and initiatives.

The art center is inviting visitors to learn more about the Guida Family Creative Wing at 2:30pm on April 19; exhibitions will follow the informational ceremony. RSVP to

"April 19 marks a watershed moment in the Art Center's development, as we open exciting shows concurrently and also break ground to create expanded space for artists to advance their visions in the audatious ways that have become the hallmark of this institution, while also engaging the public in their creative processes," said Art Center Executive Director Kate Lorenz.

The Hyde Park Art Center is located at 5020 Cornell Ave.; hours are Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm, Friday-Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm. Keep up to date with the Hyde Park Art Center's upcoming exhibitions and events by visiting their website or their Facebook page.

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