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Opening: Not Just Another Pretty Face


Love, Daughters, Girls, (Josie), 2013


December 15, 2013 – March 30, 2014
DEC  14
Not Just Another Pretty Face: The Unveiling
Saturday, 7:00pm– 9:00pm
Gallery 1, 2 & Cleve Carney Gallery
Hyde Park Art Center is pleased to present 75 unique and personal works of art created through its signature collaborative commissioning project, Not Just Another Pretty Face. 2013-14 marks the fifth installment of this dynamic program, which has been replicated in five cities across the nation.

Created by the Hyde Park Art Center, Not Just Another Pretty Face allows the Art Center to play matchmaker for artists and potential art buyers, facilitating a fun, accessible commissioning process that builds lasting relationships between artists and patrons, creates a new base of support for artists, and invests in the vitality of Chicago’s cultural community.

The program takes place every three years and is meant to involve a broad range of patrons and artists, with commissions ranging from in the hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars. To date, the Art Center has raised over $700,000—half of which goes directly into the hands of artists, with the other half going to support Art Center programs. All of this results in an exhibition of the original works of art, a catalog documenting the process, and a lively event to unveil the finished pieces, which will make their way to the patrons’ homes following the exhibition.


Cándida Alvarez . Hebru Brantley . Dawn Brennan . Corinna Button . Gillion Carrara . Juan Angel Chávez . Pearl Dick . Lessie Venardo Dixon . Aaron Downs . Terry Evans . Douglas R. Ewart . Theodore C. Feaster . Lora Fosberg . Conrad Freiburg . Amanda Gentry . Peter N. Gray . Jennifer Greenburg . Juarez Hawkins . John Himmelfarb . Cody Hudson . Candace Hunter . Julie Renée Jones . Jackie Kazarian . Anna Kunz . Tulika Ladsariya . Judy Ledgerwood . Kirsten Leenaars . Tony Lewis . Julius Lyles . Faheem Majeed . Kenrick McFarlane . Adelheid Mers . Iain Muirhead . Sarah Nishiura . Melissa Ann Pinney . Diane Ponder . Otis Richardson . Darrell Roberts . David Schalliol . Rahmaan Statik . Cheri Stewart . Jessica Stockholder . Bill Talsma . Garland Taylor . Lowell Thompson . Mel Watkin . Marvin L. Wells . Rhonda Wheatley . Bernard Williams . Shyvette Williams . Scott Wolniak . Mark Yee . Rebecca Zemans

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