GSU Graduate Students Curate ‘Visible’

University Park, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Students in Professor Jane Hudak’s art class at Governors State University (GSU) went beyond the scope of their class assignment to offer a unique opportunity to residents of Austin Special, a Chicago facility for developmentally disabled adults. Instead of curating an exhibit of their own artwork, these students chose to apply the skills they learned in class to showcase the creativity of nine artists from Austin Special.

The GSU students are presenting “Visible,” from October 20 to 31, in the Center for Performing Arts balcony exhibition area at GSU. An opening reception celebrating the artists from Austin Special will be held October 20, from 7 to 10 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

“Visible” showcases the works of Austin Special artists Ralph Bemont, Earl Guillermo, Tim Holliman, Peter Kuczwara, Margarita Leal, Andrew Raczkowski, Margarita Seda, Mark Suntres, and Ruben Tupayachi.

Students curating the exhibit are studying for their master’s degrees in art at GSU. As curators, they organize, budget, publicize, and manage the process from inception to completion. All artwork on exhibit will be for sale with proceeds going directly to the artists.

“This has been an invaluable learning experience for the GSU students and the Austin Special artists,” says Hudak. “I am extremely impressed that my graduate students chose to give back to their community by giving these artists an opportunity. They are applying important business skills that artists need in a very generous way.”

Student curators of the exhibit are Sara Friedman and Raida Khamis of Tinley Park, Janet Julian of Chicago, Katherine Maksimuk and Jason Walker of Orland Park, Bridget Mitchell of Oak Lawn, Allen Moore of Robbins, James Tadsen of Peotone, Tim Vitek of La Grange Park, and Ka-EL Mycal Zakiah of Hazel Crest.

Governors State University is located at 1, University Parkway, University Park, Illinois. 

After GSU, “Visible” will move to three other locations. On November 2, the show opens at Archie’s Tavern at 2600 West Iowa Street, Chicago, with a reception at 7:30 p.m. On November 5, “Visible” opens at the Beverly Arts Center at 2407 West 111th Street, Chicago. The Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 Raymond Avenue, Oak Lawn, will host the exhibit for the month of January.