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The City Beautiful

The City Beautiful

The Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation in partnership with Chicago Artists Coalition are proud to present the third exhibition of their joint Curatorial Fellowship program, The City Beautiful curated by George William Price with work by Michael and Yhelena Hall, Jeremy Lundquist, Stevie Hanley, Patty Carroll, Art Paul, Inside The Artists Kitchen (Michael Soto, Chris Grieshaber, and Kristina Daignault in collaboration with Kiam Marcelo Junio), David Wallace Haskins, Clarissa Bonet, Daniel G. Baird, Sonnenzimmer, Kirsten Leenaars and John Preus.

Price’s inspiration for the exhibition was “the legacy of the 19th century’s greatest commercial republic—meat, corn, and steel—to today’s post-industrial landscape.” Though Chicago is no longer hog butcher for the world, Price sees Chicago’s cultural organizations contributing to “the post-industrial vitality of the City of [Big} Shoulders.” Works in the exhibition “address the architectural and political nature of Chicago and how this superstructure informs us, both in body and spirit, as citizens of this Midwestern metropolis.”

About the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Curatorial Fellowship

Launched in 2016, the Curatorial Fellowship program offers an emerging curator who has completed Chicago Artist Coalition’s yearlong HATCH Projects a next-step in their professional development. The Curatorial Fellowship program charges the chosen curator to create a show with work selected from nonprofit visual arts galleries and organizations supported by the Foundation in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Visual Arts Organizations Represented

6018North, Artists Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions (ACRE), ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation, Batavia Artists Association at Water Street Studios, Chicago Art Department, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago Public Art Group, Chinese Fine Arts Society, Elmhurst Art Museum, Filter Photo, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, Heaven Gallery, High Concept Laboratories, Jack & Shirley Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Latitude Chicago, The Ragdale Foundation, Riverside Arts Center, Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center, Spudnik Press Cooperative, Threewalls, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Union Street Gallery, and Woman Made Gallery.

Viewing is by appointment only.


George William Price is an arts administrator and curator invested in artistic and political expressions that engender alternative, avuncular, and non-hierarchical histories. Price currently works as Video Data Bank's Development and Marketing Manager, where he leads VDB’s promotional and development efforts, manages the submissions and acquisitions process, and is responsible for the organization's external community relations. Price has curated and administered numerous exhibitions and moving image programs for institutions such as Conversations at the Edge, Chicago Urban Art Society, Rapid Pulse International Performance Festival, and University of the Arts London. He has also worked for a number of arts organizations in both the USA and UK including Matt’s Gallery, London; Electronic Arts Intermix, New York City; and PAHC / studio, Chicago.

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