Boundary is a unique art space located in a converted Beverly/Morgan Park garage, and owned and directed by artist Susannah Papish. It is one of 50 independent galleries recently awarded a grant of $8,000 each from the Hyde Park Art Center‘s Artists Run Chicago Fund.
The fund is a new regranting initiative providing $560,000 provided by an anonymous donor to support Chicago’s artist community. In the first of the initiative’s two phases, grants were given to artist-run spaces that participated in the Center’s popular 2020 exhibition, Artists Run Chicago 2.0.
A contemporary visual arts project space founded in 2017, boundary provides opportunities for Chicago-based, national and international artists to exhibit works in progress as well completed work.
Papish holds a Masters in Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is an accomplished artist and arts educator who is passionate about nurturing and supporting artists. Boundary is more than a “gallery.” The concept embraces arts incubation and advocacy, and showcases cutting edge works in an intimate setting – the exhibit space is just 420 square feet.
Papish believes that one of the wonderful things about Chicago is the positive encouragement for artists and alternative settings that brings art out of downtown and into neighborhoods, making it more accessible and less intimidating. The name boundary was chosen because of its location on the far outskirts of the city. But the word also refers to an unexplored territory beyond the edge of the known, an area for discovery.
The Artists Run Chicago Fund is administered by the Hyde Park Art Center and will award 20 additional grants; the application deadline is Mar. 31. Find information on the Center ‘s website, hydeparkart.org.
“The Artists Run Chicago Fund presents a proud moment for Chicago,” said Allison Peters Quinn, Hyde Park Art Center Director of Exhibitions & Residency. “This fund proves to artists that this city and its people value artists and the relentless work they do to make Chicago a place where art, experimentation, and community converge.”