Curatorial Fellowship 2023/2024



2023/2024 Curatorial Fellowship Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: July 6 - August 4, 2024

Exhibition Venue: Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL 60201

In Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, the ancient Maya civilization constructed raised paved roads called sacbeob. These
sacbeob linked major ceremonial centers and cities across the dense jungle landscape, enabling trade,
communication, and the expansion of the Mayan kingdom. Much like the ancient sacbeob facilitated connections
and societal progress in Mayan civilization, this exhibition acts as a modern-day sacbe, fostering meaningful
connections and highlighting parallels between the contemporary Mayan community of the Yucatan Peninsula and
our own communities at home. Showcasing traditional Mayan weaving, this exhibition delves into how communities
utilize art and sport to shed light on societal and environmental issues.

Call for Artists:

The Evanston Art Center invites Chicago and Evanston fiber and textile artists to submit their artwork for our upcoming exhibition, "SACBE," curated by Gustavo Herrera Yepez. "SACBE" is a contemporary exploration of the Mayan pathways, bridging cultures and communities across borders. Through the intricate art of traditional Mayan weaving, the exhibition dives into themes of social justice, environmental consciousness, and community empowerment. By intertwining the narratives of the Mayan community in the Yucatan Peninsula with our own diverse communities, "SACBE" offers a compelling exploration of interconnectedness and shared human experiences.


Examples of work (including bio) can be sent to [email protected] by April 7, 2024 11:59 PM


Learn more about past Curatorial Fellowships

Learn more about our past 2022/2023 Curatorial Fellow: Pritika Chowrdhy

Learn more about our past 2021 / 2022 Curatorial Fellow: Melissa Raman Molitor.

Learn more about our past 2020 / 2021 Curatorial Fellows: Alpha M. Bruton & Adero Knott.

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This project is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and a grant from the Evanston Arts Council an agency supported by the City of Evanston, IACA, and the NEA.