For the last 77 years, the Hyde Park Art center has been building around the communities we are located. We have grown from a small group moving from space to space, to an established institution recognized for being a unique and compelling art center in Chicago. The Art Center provides our communities and the artists within them support through education, events, critical dialogues, exhibitions, and professional development at all ages and stages.
The Teen and Young Adult Programs strengthens our surrounding communities by providing young people with the tools for self-expression, civic participation, and leadership development at a pivotal time in their lives.
By hiring artists active in their fields, the Art Center supports the life cycle of artists throughout their careers from emerging to established, while advocating for and supporting the community of teaching artists more broadly.
The Center, Bridge, and Visual Arts Certificate Programs at the Art Center develop the skills, experience, and community of artists at diverse stages of their careers. Through studio practice, critical dialogue, guidance from arts professionals, and opportunities to exhibit work, these programs support artists in effectively communicating their ideas and questions while navigating the business of art.
The Art Center’s Exhibitions program has an established legacy of showing powerful, high-quality contemporary work from artists who take creative risks in their practice—launching artists’ careers at critical moments.