Hyde Park Union Church exhibits “Reframing Beauty”

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul
Assistant to the Editor

Hyde Park Union Church (HPUC), 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave., is hosting a monthlong exhibit of work by artists with disabilities. The show, entitled “Reframing Beauty,” will be on display until Aug. 30, Tuesday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The 16-piece exhibit consisting mostly of drawings and paintings was brought to the neighborhood by Chicago-based nonprofit Project Onward, a group working with adult artists suffering from developmental and mental disabilities.

The artwork is being displayed on easels in the church’s sanctuary, amid a ten-week HPUC lecture series that began in late June, “Shalem, Shalom: Mental Health, Balance, Wellness and Peace.” Ten guest speakers have been invited to speak at the church’s Sunday sermons.

Susan Johnson, senior minister at HPUC, said that what the congregation is “really hoping to delve into is the conviction that all human beings have the capacity to create and that self expression and expression of nature’s beauty, we believe – a God given gift.”

According to Rob Lentz, Project Onward’s executive director, the Hyde Park exhibit was the result of an HPUC pastor’s son becoming familiar with the group’s work. His organization, he added, hasn’t “had much of presence in Hyde Park.”

The artwork on display for “Reframing Beauty” will be on sale, with 40 percent of the proceeds going to Project Onward and the rest being given to the featured artists.
For more information, contact the Hyde Park Union Church by calling 773-363-6063 or visit projectonward.org.