Resources for Making Work
Located in the Lower Level of the Logan Center, the Jonathan Logan Media Center provides AV equipment, production space, software, and technical training to the UChicago and DoVA community. Its resources include a digital media classroom with digital printers and flatbed scanners, individual editing suites, and a video production room with an infinity wall. In addition, the JLMC oversees operations at the Edelstone darkroom, located one block away from the Logan Center, and carries select analogue photographic and filmmaking equipment. The media center staff are available as an advisory resource for MFA students working as Teaching Assistants and as artists making their own artwork. The JLMC is also a possible source of student employment for MFA and BA students in DoVA, as well as students interested in art and technology across campus.
The Hack Arts Lab (HAL) provides an open-access laboratory for creative digital fabrication and visualization. This makerspace-styled workshop is designed to support a breadth of activity ranging from undergraduate projects to faculty-led exploration.
The shop houses equipment for woodworking, hot and cold metal working, vacuum forming, spray painting and resin casting. Hand and portable tools can be borrowed by authorized users at an equipment check-out center located in the shop at the south entrance. The Logan Center Shop sells supplies for wood, metal, and thermoforming plastics. In addition, the MFA students manage their own set of hand and portable tools as well as a storage for works in progress.
The KilnHouse, a new addition to the Logan Shop Facilities, houses three electric kilns. DOVA now offers ceramic based courses and students have access to ceramic firing through shop training and authorization. Designed as a space for critique, performance and large scale video projections through the glass windows, the KilnHouse can be reserved to show your work. The KilnHouse was designed and built by students through a series of courses co-taught by Amber Ginsburg and Woodhouse Tinucci Architects.
The Visual Resources Center helps instructors and their students find, create, and use images. The Visual Resource Center can offer trained students access to both flatbed scanners and an Imacon Flextight scanner for slides and film.
University Resources for Artistic Research
The Initiative provides opportunities for scholars, students, and arts practitioners, in multiple domains, to pursue original investigations and explore new modes of artistic production and scientific inquiry. MFA students in DoVA have the opportunity to apply for funding for their artistic research through both Graduate Collaboration Grants and the Graduate Fellows Program.
Directed by DoVA professor Theaster Gates, Arts + Public Life, an initiative of UChicago Arts, builds creative connections on Chicago's South Side through artist residencies, arts education, and artist-led projects and events. Art + Public Life also manages the Arts Incubator.
The Richard and Mary L Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry is a forum at the University of Chicago for experimental collaborations between artists and scholars. Located in the Midway Studios building, the Gray Center is used as a classroom, studio, collaborative workspace or exhibition and performance space. MFA students often participate in collaborative courses taught through the Gray Center and a monthly Sidebars conversation series.
Logan Center Exhibitions presents international contemporary art programming at the Logan Center Gallery and throughout the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. Reflecting the spirit of inquiry at the university, Logan Center Exhibitions focuses on open, collaborative, and process-based approaches to cultural production. Working closely with artists, students, scholars, and community members, Logan Center Exhibitions presents innovative exhibitions by emerging and established artists, supports ambitious new commissions and research projects, disseminates knowledge through publications, and facilitates connections through talks and other public programs. Each spring quarter, Logan Center Exhibitions collaborates with the Department of Visual Arts to host the work of graduating college and MFA students. The Logan Center Exhibitions Curator typically teaches a class each year in the Department of Visual Arts and/or the Department of Art History.
Artistic Resources in Hyde Park
Hyde Park Art Center has been a leader in advancing contemporary visual art in Chicago since 1939. With an expansive reach and bold personality, the nonprofit organization brings artists and communities together to support creativity at every level. The Hyde Park Art Center offers opportunities for students to take classes and employment opportunities for students with work study. The Hyde Park Art Center also curates Ground Floor, a biennial exhibition of work from recent alumni from the top-rated art schools offering Master of Fine Art degrees in Chicago, including the University of Chicago.
Founded in 1915, it is one of the leading North American venues for international contemporary art, with changing public exhibitions in its galleries throughout the year. The Renaissance Society also offers employment opportunities for students with work study.