January 10, 2023

2023 Jackman Goldwasser Residency

Hyde Park Art Center

From left: (top) Sofía Fernández Díaz, Eric Perez, Rhonda Wheatley, Kushala Vora, (bottom) Rotem Tamir, Norah Shapiro, and Rufina Bazlova. Bazlova's Photo: Matej Stransky.

Hyde Park Art Center is very pleased to announce the eleventh iteration of the Jackman Goldwasser Residency. Each year, the Residency invites international, national, and Chicago artists and curators to research new ideas and reflect on their practice while considering local and global art dialogs. Rooted in a community art center, the Residency connects artists and thinkers to a wide network of support and to our vibrant multifaceted community of artists, curators, and scholars who are based locally and around the world.

“We are so thrilled to welcome this year’s residents to our community. Through their practice, these artists are committed to exploring issues related to justice, representation, care, and knowledge-sharing and production—all values that are deeply woven into the mission of our organization. We embrace the opportunity to support their research, make space for reflection, be challenged, and grow together.” —Mariela Acuna, Exhibitions and Residency Manager.

2023 Chicago resident artists
Sofía Fernández Díaz, is a multidisciplinary artist whose process is fueled by her knowledge of ancient and modern techniques, by combining experimentation, intuition, and play to discover unexpected commonalities between unrelated materials.

Eric Perez, is a first-generation American, US Marine Corps veteran, artist and educator. Primarily a photographer, his work focuses on his experience of being a Marine during his two deployments as part of the Global War on Terror and the impacts of militarized intervention. Perez is the recipient of the annual David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation award which makes this residency possible.

Kushala Vora, is a dreamer, community organizer, and an interdisciplinary artist working in sculpture and drawing. Through her practice she focuses on reducing the exertion of power on oneself, another, and the landscape.

Rhonda Wheatley is a multidisciplinary artist, energy worker, and educator whose installations and interactive projects are grounded in speculative and metaphysical knowledge to achieve community-healing and self-care.

All Chicago residents will be in residency from January 16–December 15, 2023.

Visiting residency program
With support from the McKnight Artist Residencies consortium and the Artist Communities Alliance (ACA), we will welcome Minneapolis-based artists Norah Shapiro (April 10–22) and Rotem Tamir (May 15–27). Shapiro is an Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker committed to justice focused storytelling informed by her decade-long first career as a public defender. Tamir’s art practice focuses on traditions of object making and how objects morph as they travel with their bearers through time and space, echoing the complex stories of relocation and shuffled identities.

We are thrilled to continue our ongoing partnership with CEC ArtsLink’s acclaimed international fellowship program as we welcome Belarussian artist Rufina Bazlova (October 10–November 15). Bazlova uses traditional Belarussian folk embroidery to create images of resistance in Belarus, whether by depicting peaceful protests or stories of people who have been illegally detained. This residency is made possible with support from the Abakanowicz Arts and Culture Charitable Foundation Research and Production Fund.

For more information on The Jackman Goldwasser Residency, please visit here.

Founded in 1939, Hyde Park Art Center is a unique resource that advances contemporary visual art in Chicago by connecting artists and communities across the city’s diverse landscape in unexpected ways. As an open forum for exploring the artistic process, the Art Center fosters creativity through making, learning about, seeing, and discussing art—all under one roof.

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