It's now more important than ever to ensure diversity in and access to the visual arts.
- access to arts education
- professional development for artists
- bringing national attention to Chicago's artists
After 75 years, we’re still growing! Thanks to the success of our 75th Anniversary Campaign and a leadership gift from Julie, John and Angelina Guida, the new Guida Family Creative Wing will opened in the fall of 2015 to further the Art Center’s mission to support artists at every level.
The re-imagined space on the second floor is the new home of 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.
The aim of the new wing is to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration, build community, and spark new ways of working for artists. Our visitors are 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.
About the Architect
Architect Grant Gibson of CAMESgibson, Inc. will lead the transformation. 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.
CAMESgibson, Inc. is an architecture and design practice based in Chicago, IL, founded in 2009. The firm is committed to the production of culturally relevant objects, buildings, environments, exhibitions and research that move across conventional areas of specialization. Under the direction of founder and architect, Grant Gibson, the office is capable of offering the full range of professional architectural services. In addition to his professional work, Gibson is the author of "A Performed Memoir" and is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture. Gibson was named the 2014 Chicago Architecture Club Emerging Vision and his work has been widely published and exhibited since the completion of his graduate education. He received his Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and holds degrees from Purdue University in architectural engineering and construction engineering technology.
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