Esteemed Chicago artist Theaster Gates will be one of the honorees at this year's Hyde Park Art Centrer gala. 

Hyde Park Art Center will honor Chicago artist Theaster Gates and Chicago businesswoman and philanthropist, Linda Johnson Rice at the center’s annual gala this November. Gala co-chairs Dedrea, Paul and Ian Gray, along with Lisa Yun Lee and Josephine Lee Ewing, will invite guests to the evening packed with art, food, artist interventions, live music and dancing.

The evening will begin with a cocktail hour to be followed with the dinner program, during which the honorees will be recognized for their many contributions to Chicago. After dinner, additional guests will arrive for the After Party, which will feature artist interventions, live music, an open bar, late-night bites and a silent auction. At a reduced price, the After Party will be accessible for a broad range of Hyde Park Art Center supporters, art lovers and those that simply enjoy an unforgettable party.

The 2016 gala honorees, Theaster Gates and Linda Rice Johnson, were chosen because they share the Art Center’s commitment to cultivate the artistic community; provide access to art for students, teachers, and artists; and broaden the reach and impact of art made in Chicago. Through their professional and private lives, the honorees work to promote the value of art and the role of the artist to empower both the South Side and broader Chicago communities.

​In addition to toasting the honorees, the Art Center will also celebrate the announcement of their new five-year strategic plan built around the belief, dubbed “Creative Citizenship,” that artists, the art community, and Hyde Park Art Center have the power to increase civic dialogue and engagement, ensure all voices and perspectives are heard and confront inequality head-on. Through Creative Citizenship, Hyde Park Art Center will initiate eight programmatic goals that will support artists; ensure tuition is not a barrier to arts education; foster a culture of experimentation; build and bridge networks among artists, students and neighbors; and share the perspectives of those not being served by current institutional channels.

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Artist Theaster Gates and Business Woman Linda Johnson Rice to be Honored at Hyde Park Art Center 2016 Gala