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Artists Will Immerse Themselves in Chicago and Explore New Artistic Endeavors

Chicago, ILHyde Park Art Center (5020 S. Cornell Ave.) will welcome artists Bethany Collins and Lan Tuazon as year-long artists in residence beginning this October. The award, supported by The Joyce Foundation, is for Chicago-based artists to receive studio space at the Art Center, access to the Art Center’s facilities and courses, membership to the Chicago Innovation Exchange and tailored connection to the city’s vast resources of people, universities and art spaces to develop their practice and produce new work. Collins and Tuazon will host artist talks, open studios and other public events during their residency.

“Participating in an artist residency at the Art Center is an important maturation step for Chicago artists,” said Director of Exhibitions and Residency Programs Allison Peters Quinn. “As a hub for contemporary art in Chicago, the Art Center is a place to engage in the exchange of ideas and artistic styles that can greatly influence an artist’s practice.”

As artists in residence at Hyde Park Art Center, there are no production demands on Tuazon and Collins, which allows them to take risks and flesh out new ideas. Tuazon plans to use the time to work on a sculpture series titled “Future Fossils,” which organizes everything from eggshells to baby bottles to furniture in what reads as a geological ordering of cultural artifacts and study ceramics, a new medium for the artist. As a recent transplant to Chicago, Collins will immerse herself in the art scene and foster new connections in her adopted city. In addition, Collins will expand on her previous work, a series of blind embossed historical reports exploring violence and bureaucracy. Her first in the series focused on the Ferguson Report of 2015 and was shown in Chicago in the fall of 2015.

About Lan Tuazon
Lan Tuazon lives and works in Chicago. Her art practice addresses the order of things as it relates to built and imaginary environments. She has exhibited internationally at the Brooklyn Museum, Storefront for Art & Architecture, Bucharest Biennale 4, the WKV Kunstverein in Germany, Floating IP in Manchester and The Lowry Museum in Manchester. Lan Tuazon is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the School of Art Institute.

About Bethany Collins
Bethany Collins is a multidisciplinary artist whose conceptually driven work is fueled by a critical exploration of how race and language interact. Her works have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationwide, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the High Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, and the Flint Institute of Arts. Collins is a former Hambidge Center Fellow and currently serves on the Board of Trustees. Collins has been recognized as an Artist-in-Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem and was awarded the Hudgens Prize in 2015.

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