The Jackman Goldwasser Residency

Right: Shoulderstand 2015, Ronit Porat Left: Solo Mesoporos, 2014, Marissa Lee Benedict

Hyde Park Art Center is pleased to announce a new residency exchange, Chicago via Tel Aviv, in partnership with ARTPORT, a contemporary art center focused on supporting emerging artists and promoting alternative artistic dialogue in Tel Aviv. Israeli artist Ronit Porat joins the residency this Fall (September-November ), while Marissa Lee Benedict travels to Tel Aviv this summer (June-July)

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Ronit Porat works with photography, archival materials and biographical texts to create photo-based installations. She is currently a member of the cooperative Indie Photography Gallery, which was founded in 2010 by a group of visual artists to provide an artistic platform for young and established contemporary artists working with photography and video. Porat has an MFA from the Chelsea School of Art and Design in London, and a B.A. in Photography and Digital Media from the Hadassah College in Jerusalem and has exhibited her work internationally.

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Marissa Lee Benedict is a sculptor, writer, lecturer and avid amateur of many fields and disciplines. Motivated by a deep curiosity about the function and dysfunction of social, ecologic and industrial systems, her practice is one of active observation; of engagement; of instigation; of experimentation. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, EXPO Chicago, the DePaul Art Museum, threewalls and Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, IL; at Hauser & Wirth (Somerset) in the U.K.; and at Contemporary Art Brussels in Belgium. Benedict received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and an MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).