This Sunday (April 19), three new shows open at Chicago’s Hyde Park Art Center, including Jackman Goldwasser Resident Artist Susan Giles’ culminating exhibition Scenic Overlook. The day also will include a groundbreaking ceremony for The Guida Family Creative Wing, a re-design of 5,000 square-feet of previously under-utilized space that will become a physical home for the Art Center's expanded programmatic initiatives later this year. The first Jackman Goldwasser Resident artist to benefit from the Creative Wing’s new studio spaces will also be announced during the remarks on that day, along with other programmatic highlights for 2015-2016.

“Hyde Park has always been a hotbed for cultural activity, but never has it been as vibrant as it is now, and we are growing to serve an increasingly active community of artists,” said Kate Lorenz, the Art Center’s executive director. “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 (audacious) ways that have become the hallmark of this institution, while also engaging the public in their creative processes.”

Made possible by a successful 75th Anniversary Campaign in 2014, which included a generous gift of $750,000 gift from Julie and John Guida, the Creative Wing will house ten private and shared artist studios, a flexible learning environment for youth and adults, a teen learning center, the Thurow Digital Lab and the Jackman Goldwasser Residency. Julie Guida, co-founder of Marketing Werks, an experiential marketing firm with offices in Chicago, New York and L.A., is also the Vice Chair of the Art Center’s Board of Directors.

​​A focal point for cross-disciplinary collaboration, the Creative Wing’s development is meant as a means for the Center of building community and spark new ways of working for artists. Visitors will be encouraged to interact with artists and be a part of the creative process in spaces built for artists and audiences to present and discuss work. Through a new exchange, Hyde Park Art Center will also share resources with Chicago Innovation Exchange, the University of Chicago’s innovative new center created to help scholars and entrepreneurs translate their ideas and new technologies into start-up businesses and products.

​Architect Grant Gibson of CAMESgibson, Inc.—an architecture and design practice based in Chicago, IL, founded in 2009—will lead in transforming the building’s second floor, reconfiguring approximately 5,000 square feet into a more efficient and publicly visible facility that will provide studios; a new program space that will offer dedicated space for Art Center teens; two flexible public event spaces; and an expanded area for artists and staff to collaborate. As a student and collaborator of the late architect Doug Garofalo (who led the Art Center’s first design in 2007), Gibson was a part of Garofalo’s original design team for the building and shares the nuanced understanding of designing a space that embodies the central themes of the organization’s mission: accessibility between artists and the public, transparency of the process of art making and exhibiting and active experimentation with technology and concepts.

The Facade of the Hyde Park Art Center, which will break ground on the new Guida Family Creative Wing.

New Resident Artist Exhibition and New Wing on Tap for Hyde Park Art Center