Updated: January 12, 2012 8:02AM
Students in professor Jane Hudak’s art class at Governors State University went beyond the scope of their class assignment recently by curating work by nine artists from Austin Special, a Chicago facility for developmentally disabled adults.
The exhibit, titled “Visible,” featured the works of Austin Special artists Ralph Bemont, Earl Guillermo, Tim Holliman, Peter Kuczwara, Margarita Leal, Andrew Raczkowski, Margarita Seda, Mark Suntres and Ruben Tupayachi.
Students who curated the exhibit are studying for their master’s degrees in art at GSU. As curators they organized, budgeted, publicized and managed the process from inception to completion.
“This has been an invaluable learning experience for the GSU students and the Austin Special artists,” said Hudak. “I am extremely impressed that my graduate students chose to give back to their community by giving these artists an opportunity.
“They are applying important business skills that artists need in a very generous way.”
Student curators of the exhibit were Sara Friedman and Raida Khamis, both of Tinley Park; Janet Julian, of Chicago; Katherine Maksimuk and Jason Walker, both of Orland Park; Bridget Mitchell, of Oak Lawn; Allen Moore, of Robbins; James Tadsen, of Peotone; Tim Vitek, of La Grange Park; and Ka-EL Mycal Zakiah, of Hazel Crest.