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Hyde Park Art Center presents Alice Shaddle: Fuller Circles paired with free public programs

Hyde Park Art Center, the renowned non-profit hub for contemporary art located on Chicago’s vibrant South Side, announces Alice Shaddle: Fuller Circles, introducing the enduring work of the artist (1928 – 2017) to new audiences in Chicago, where her practice was based for over 60 years. On view from March 23 – June 16, 2024, the exhibition and corresponding free public programs are part of Art Design Chicago, a citywide collaboration initiated by the Terra Foundation for American Art that highlights the city’s artistic heritage and creative communities.

The exhibition examines distinct phases in Shaddle’s life and work, including an early papier maché bas relief sculpture from 1964 (one of only two known extant works from this period); shadow boxes with haunting visages from the 1970s; documentation and remnants from her immersive floor installations and related, large-scale colored pencil drawings from 1978 to 1984; and collages created during her yearslong collaboration with her close friend, artist Katheryn Kucera. The exhibition will showcase Shaddle’s elaborate processes of layering and construction, revealing meticulous modes of working and inventive use of materials. For more information, please visit

Exhibition Reception
Saturday, April 6, 1-4PM, Free
A celebration of the exhibition during the Art Center’s quarterly Center Day with an art-making activity inspired by Shaddle’s practice with teaching artist Jasper Goodrich.

Curator-led tour on EXPO Chicago South Side Night
Tuesday, April 9, 6-8PM, Free
Curators Nicholas Lowe and Lisa Stone give a tour of the exhibition and explore the archival website of Shaddle’s work and practice as a part of EXPO Chicago’s South Side Night.

Contemporary Collage Conversations
Thursday, June 6, 6-8PM, Free
Contemporary collage artists Aimée Beaubien, Cydney Lewis, Victoria Martinez, Mary Lou Zelazny, and moderator Dana Boutin discuss the meanings and contemporary relevance of collage as an art genre. Panelists will also be invited to respond to Saddle’s work and share insights into their own process of collecting materials and techniques.

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Alice Shaddle, Pool, 1984. Colored pencil on paper, 47 x 69 inches. Photo by Charles Baum.