Hyde Park Art Center (5020 S. Cornell) will honor Chicago philanthropist Shirley Massey, her husband scientist, university, and civic leader Walter Massey, and Chicago artist Anne Wilson at their annual gala on Saturday, October 14 beginning at 6 p.m. Gala co-chairs Trissa Babrowski and Sundeep Mullangi along with Monica and Bill Hughson invite guests to an evening packed with art, food, surprising artist interventions, music and dancing.
The 2017 Gala honorees Shirley & Walter Massey and Anne Wilson were chosen because they share Hyde Park Art Center’s commitment to education; access to art for students, teachers and artists; and vibrant arts and culture in Chicago. Through their professional and private lives, the honorees have inspired and supported countless others while promoting the value of art and the transformative role education can have in our lives and communities.
“Anne’s art is deservedly recognized for its beauty and complexity, and its role in helping elevate fiber art in critical conversations. Walter and Shirley’s collective impact on cultural, scientific, civic and neighborhood institutions are remarkable,” said Hyde Park Art Center Executive Director Kate Lorenz. “We are particularly pleased to be honoring all three of them together, however, because of their shared dedication to education and support of young people. Countless have benefited from their guidance, care and insight. Because of that, we all win.”
Speaking in response to being honored by the Art Center, artist Anne Wilson stated that, “For many years, Hyde Park Art Center has been dedicated to encouraging, presenting, promoting and supporting artists and students. It is a community organization and arts institution that has produced a vibrant, generative and generous culture of creative activity, including challenging and visually stunning exhibitions, and energetic, highly effective arts education programming. These are commitments and values I hold dear in my own life, in my practice as artist and educator.”
In addition to toasting the Honorees, the Art Center will highlight the launch of its new model for community arts education and a vision for how the Art Center, and the artists it supports, can be leaders for change by eliminating tuition and other obstacles as barriers to participation in the arts. This vision is part of the Art Center’s commitment to supporting citizens and artists to lead change through civic dialogue and engagement of all members of our community through art. Our School, Chicago’s first open-access arts school and an arts-learning model in which learners of all ages and backgrounds can develop their creative skills and voices, will be announced at the Gala. The Art Center envisions an art world where participants at all levels–from children and their families, to teen artists developing their creative voices, to creative seniors, to working artists–have access to tools, resources, talented teaching artists, and importantly to each other and a supportive community of diverse skill-sets and points of view.
The evening will begin with a cocktail hour to be followed with the dinner program, during which the honorees will be recognized for their many contributions to Chicago. After dinner, additional guests will arrive for the After Party, which will feature artist interventions, music, dancing, an open bar and late-night bites. A diverse group of Hyde Park Art Center supporters, art lovers, and those who simply enjoy an unforgettable party will join the After Party with reduced tickets starting at just $60.
Individuals may purchase tickets online here at the Patron, Sustainer and Benefactor levels for $500, $750 and $1,000, respectively. Sponsorship opportunities and table purchases are also available.
About the Honorees
Shirley & Walter Massey
Born and raised in Chicago, Shirley’s career began as a bookkeeper at Playboy, but she has consistently and diligently supported youth and cultural initiatives throughout her life. Her long list of board service includes the Atlanta Ballet, Chicago Foundation for Education (founding member), Great Books Foundation, Women’s Board of the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Women’s Board of the Chicago Symphony, Museum of Science and Industry President’s Council (founding member), Salzburg Global Seminar, ARCS Foundation, and the University of Chicago Women’s Board. While President of the Morehouse College Auxiliary, she spearheaded the Morehouse College Beautification Committee. In 2012, the Executive Conference Center building on the campus of Morehouse was renamed as the Shirley A. Massey Executive Conference Center in her honor. Shirley has been an active member of the Art Center’s community since 2008, including serving on the Gala’s Steering Committee in 2016.
Walter’s spectacular 50-plus-year career includes working as a scientist, educator, business executive, cultural leader, and civic advocate. He is currently the Chancellor of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, having previously served as the internationally recognized school’s President for six years. Walter is also Chairman of the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization, and is responsible for guiding the construction of the world’s largest optical telescope. He began his career as a physicist at leading research universities before his appointment as Director of Argonne National Laboratory and then as Director of the National Science Foundation under President George H.W. Bush. In 1995 Massey returned to Morehouse College, his alma mater, where he was President for more than a decade. Walter is a former Director of the McDonald’s Corporation and former Chairman of Bank of America. He has also served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations, including the Mellon Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution, and has received honorary degrees from more than 40 universities, including Yale, Harvard, Northwestern, Columbia, and Brown. Throughout his work, Walter has advocated for the representation of women and people of color in all fields of study and business. Additionally, Massey is the only individual to have received both the Enrico Fermi Award for Science and Technology from the Chicago Historical Society and the Public Humanities Award from Illinois Humanities.
Anne is a Chicago-based visual artist who creates sculpture, drawings, performances, and video animations that explore themes of time, loss, and private and social rituals. Her artwork embraces conceptual strategies and handwork using everyday materials–table linen, bed sheets, human hair, lace, thread, glass, and wire. Her art resides in the permanent collections around the world, including Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Arts and Design, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Detroit Institute of Arts; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, England; and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan. Anne was named a 2015 United States Artists Distinguished Fellow and is the recipient of awards from the Driehaus Foundation, Artadia, the Tiffany Foundation, NASAD (Citation Recipient), Cranbrook Academy of Art (Distinguished Alumni Award), the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Illinois Arts Council. She is represented by Rhona Hoffman Gallery. In addition to her practice, Anne has taught and inspired hundreds as a Professor of Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies.
About the Co-Chairs
Sundeep Mullangi & Trissa Babrowski
Sundeep Mullangi is senior member of the Credit Research Team of PPM America, Inc. and a member of Hyde Park Art Center’s Board of Directors. He has more than 16 years of industry experience, and currently covers US banks, brokers, and insurance companies in addition to managing a team of analysts focused on other finance-related subsectors. Trissa Babrowski is Assistant Professor of Surgery specializing in the treatment and management of complex vascular and aortic conditions at The University of Chicago Medicine. They live in Kenwood with their two children and have been generous supporters of Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago artists, and other organizations in the Chicago area.
Monica and Bill Hughson
Monica Hughson began her career as an elementary school teacher in Los Angeles, and has since launched initiatives and served in a number of roles designed to support students, parents, and teachers while improving schools. Since moving to Chicago in 2009, she has been involved in a number of education organizations, including serving on The University of Chicago’s Women’s Board, the Goodman Theater Women’s Board, and The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Board of Trustees. Bill Hughson was recently appointed CEO of Grand Rapids Ophthalmology after having served as CEO of IntegraMed Fertility and as President of the Healthcare Group at DeVry Education Group. He also served on the Board of Aspire Public Schools for many years. They live in Hyde Park with their two daughters.
About Hyde Park Art Center
Founded in 1939, Hyde Park Art Center’s story begins during the Great Depression, a time when artists and the arts were seen as integral of healing the nation. The Art Center’s first Executive Director, noted painter Harold Hayden, set the tone when he declared: “Art should be found where people work and live.” The Art Center’s legacy includes launching artists’ careers, fostering new artistic movements, and providing socially adept arts education programming. The most internationally recognized artistic style to come out of Chicago, The Imagist Movement, emerged from artists exhibiting at the Art Center during the 1960s and 1970s. In recent years, the Art Center has continued this tradition, presenting solo exhibitions of artists including Juan Angel Chavez, Theaster Gates, and Kelly Kaczinski.