Ellen Hartwell Alderman (MA 2009) and faculty member Margaret Hawkins (New Arts Journalism) appear on the WBEZ morning news program to discuss “The Democratization of Art.”
Ellen Hartwell Alderman (MA 2009) and faculty member Margaret Hawkins (New Arts Journalism) appear on the WBEZ morning news program to discuss “The Democratization of Art.”
November 11

SAIC Alumna and SAIC Faculty Member Featured On the Morning Shift

On October 30 WBEZ’s daily live news show, the Morning Shift, featured SAIC professor Margaret Hawkins (New Arts Journalism) and SAIC alumna Ellen Hartwell Alderman (MA 2009) in a segment titled “The Democratization of Art” with Randi Belisomo. Discussing the increasing accessibility and affordability of art, Hawkins—a former art critic for the Chicago Sun-Times—states the Internet has radically changed the art world over the past 5 years. “The traditional curation process has been put into the artist’s own hands,” she argues, which has contributed to a decentralization or “rebooting” of the art world. Alderman describes how her West Loop gallery, Alderman Exhibitions, has responded to the changing face of the art scene.  “We place a very strong focus on programming by doing things like artists talks, dinners in the space, screening, reading discussions—all different ways of bringing in people to talk about the work and experience it peripherally,” she says. “So you don’t have the sort of high-stress situation of going into a conventional gallery, which can be intimidating. And there can be a lot more conversation and community built around the art world.”