Collector and Chicago art champion Chuck Thurow invites Klein Artist Works into his home to view and discuss his collection as well as his engagement with the Chicago art scene, his tenure at the Hyde Park Art Center, and expanding the base of art collectors and patrons through the middle class.
If it’s really going to become like the Renaissance, the artists really have to be talking to a much broader audience than is typical. The broad middle class should be interested in contemporary art, not just a bunch of really wealthy collectors. And so part of the idea of Not Just Another Pretty Face [a recurring commissioning project at the HPAC connecting artists and patrons] was also to get people who would never think of themselves as art collectors or art patrons to think of themselves that way.”
Chuck Thurow was the Executive Director of the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago from 1998 to 2010, during which time he curated many of the center’s exhibitions and oversaw the fundraising for and construction of the center’s current facility, which opened in 2006. Previous to being the Executive Director, Thurow had been the Chair of the Board of Directors of the HPAC. Thurow’s collection is comprised of ethnographic art––including Mexican art, textiles, and masks––and contemporary art from Chicago, which he began collecting simultaneously with becoming director of the HPAC. Thurow completed a bachelor’s degree at Williams College, a master’s degree in English literature at the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in urban planning at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.