Artists and Models: A Tribute to the South Side Community Art Center

April 9-29, 2021

Artists and Models: A Tribute to the South Side Community Art Center celebrates the South Side Community Art Center’s pioneering role in promoting Black art and creativity in Chicago. This exhibition features documents from the Center’s archival records to trace aspects of the Center’s history from its first four decades.

Artists and Models was curated by Charlotte Briskin, Anastasia Murphy, Justin Ridgel, James Ross, Matthew Walcott, and Teanna White in Dr. Melanie Chambliss's Fall 2020 course Black Artistry and the Archive. The exhibition was designed by Elsa Mae Brydalski, Hannah Davila, Bri Elliott, Raegan Townsend, and Joseph Trezek in Sarah Faust’s Spring 2021 Graphic Design Practicum. 


Friday, April 23, 5pm, virtual event

A Conversation with the Curators and Designers 
Join us for a panel discussion with some of the students behind Artists and Models: A Tribute to the South Side Community Art Center! They will be sharing their research and design process for creating this exhibition. This event will take place online, please register here.

Special thanks to Sam Collins, Öykü Kolat, Jenna Kurecki, iph Lange, Angeline Leonard, and Zhang Qiuzhang in Dr. Amy Mooney’s Spring 2021 course Written Thesis and Jocelyn Brown, student intern from the Fashion Study Collection.

Additional thanks to Monique Brinkman-Hill, Director of the South Side Community Art Center, Heidi Marshall, Head of Columbia College Chicago’s Archives and Special Collections, and Dr. Rebecca Zorach, Professor of Art and Art History, Northwestern University.

Much appreciation to Robert Blandford, Meg Duguid, LaMar Gayles, Robert Hanserd, Bethany Hill, Amy Killebrew, C. Richard King, David Lusenhop, Duncan MacKenzie, Bridget Madden, Lauren Downing Peters, Mark Porter, Eric Allix Rogers, Dominic Rossetti, Eric Toller, Philip von Zweck, and Folayemi Wilson.


Exhibition contact: Mark Porter,
Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm