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Health Club

December 9, 2018 - March 10, 2019

Health Club presents work by artists considering the interdependence of human wellness on constructed notions of place. Not in the obvious spots like the gym or the spa, but the seemingly benevolent locations like museums, hospitals, or parks, can we really examine how a society relies on the built environment to foster mental or physical health. [...]

Aram Han Sifuentes: to ward off authorities and to protect my neighbors

November 25, 2018 – February 10, 2019

The U.S. Constitution protects all people living in the United States, regardless of immigration status, with certain rights and protections. Using the household window curtain format, Aram Han Sifuentes appliques messages to authorities (such as police and I.C.E.) and messages to neighbors of basic constitutional rights to protect themselves if such authorities show up at [...]

Unique View of Chicago Artists

Unique View of Chicago Artists was on view at the Hyde Park Art Center January 17, 1975 – February 8, 1975 Partial list of artists exhibited includes: Cosmo Campoli, Seymour Rosofsky, Ellen Lanyon, Evelyn Statsinger, Don Baum, Theodore Halkin, Karil Wirsum, Steve Urry, Ed Paschke, Phil Hanson, Miyoko Ito, Kerig Pope, Frank Piatek, Barbara Rossi, Ray […]

Aldo Piacenza

Aldo Piacenza was on view at the Hyde Park Art Center November 12, 1971 – December 18, 1971. The exhibition was curated by Roger Brown, M.F.A. Art Institute of Chicago. Aldo Piacenza was born in Sant’Anna Telago, Italy in 1888.  He moved to Chicago in 1903 with friends in search of opportunities beyond working in agriculture […]

The Body

“The Body” was a juried exhibition of works by Chicago artists.  The show consisted of paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and mixed media works all concerned with representations of the human figure or parts of the body. Artists exhibited: Eric Anderson, Vincent Arcilesi, Richard Beard, David Brumfield, Barry Burlison, David Driesbach, Ann Elbaum, Edward C. Flood, […]

David Schalliol: Mining Basin (Hauts-de-France)

January 7, 2018 – April 22, 2018

The two lens-based artists David Schalliol (Chicago/Minneapolis) and Justine Pluvinage (Paris) individually present their work resulting from a two-year international residency exchange project in collaboration with the Centre régional de la photographie Nord—Pas-de-Calais (CRP) located in the North of France.

Justine Pluvinage: Amazons

January 7, 2018 – March 4, 2018

The two lens-based artists David Schalliol (Chicago/Minneapolis) and Justine Pluvinage (Paris) individually present their work resulting from a two-year international residency exchange project in collaboration with the Centre régional de la photographie Nord—Pas-de-Calais (CRP) located in the North of France.


November 11, 2018 – February 24, 2019

Through drawings, paintings, artists’ books, installation and media works, this survey exhibition curated by Jessica Cochran will consider and contextualize Deborah Boardman’s vibrant career as an artist primarily working in Chicago over three decades.

Mycelial: Street Parliament

July 13, 2018 – August 26, 2018

Inspired by the first revolution led on social media, Arab Spring (2010), Mycelial is a new performance that questions the existence of kinetic empathy through technology platforms. Using data captured from twitter feeds (# Egypt, #Yesallwomen & #BlackLivesMatter) during the social uprising, Chicago-based artist Erica Mott translates the rate, rhythm, emotional affect and spacialization of this feed through algorithmic analysis into choreography for 4 dancers (2 from Egypt, 2 from the US).

The Art of Being Dangerous

August 19, 2018 – October 28, 2018

Hyde Park Art Center is proud to present the sixth annual exhibition of work from participants in The Center Program, the Art Center’s flagship artist professional development initiative. Led by Director of Education Mike Nourse, this six-month program is designed for a group of artists who create new works, connect with peers, present to visiting professionals, and culminate with an exhibition.

The Whole Yadig?!

April 29, 2018 – July 22, 2018

New paintings, drawings, photography, prints, and collages demonstrate the intense study by teens participating in Hyde Park Art Center’s in-house arts mentorship programs: ArtShop, Writer’s Block, and Youth Art Board.

Ground Floor 2018

September 9, 2018 – November 11, 2018

Hyde Park Art Center is proud to announce the return of Ground Floor, the fifth iteration of a biennial exhibition that features artwork by some of Chicago’s most promising emergent talent.

Dorian Sylvain: Embedded

January 28, 2018 – July 29, 2018

The rhythmic poetry of Don L. Lee (Haki Matabuti) and Bill Walker’s murals embedded across Chicago’s Southside in the 1960s greatly influenced artist Dorian Sylvain growing up.  For this exhibition, she creates an 80 foot long temporary mural to reimagine how racial unity and pride appear in Black communities today.  

Anna Kunz: Color Cast

March 11, 2018 – June 24, 2018

Painter Anna Kunz takes on the physicality of color and light in a large-scale installation.  Manipulating screens, transparency, free-standing board, fabric and paint, Kunz asks the viewer to experience abstract painting through their movement, sight and sound.

Fugitive Narratives

April 22, 2018 – August 5, 2018

Stories of all kinds are more important than ever to our society and inside of the contemporary art world. But sometimes important narratives can be hidden inside of abstract works. These narratives can often drive the creative process while carrying larger messages that can be overlooked. Fugitive Narrative curated by Mike Nourse, will bring stories to the forefront, by featuring Chicago artists whose works are driven by abstracting narratives. 

Edward Hines National Forest

November 12, 2017 – February 11, 2018

Chicago-based artist Sara Black and Aotearoa New Zealand artist Raewyn Martyn transform Hyde Park Art Center’s Gallery 1 into an immersive built landscape constructed in response to the far-reaching timber industry that grew out of the south branch of the Chicago River. The exhibition, “Edward Hines National Forest,” introduces a site-specific installation that traces the [...]

Bill Walker: Urban Griot

November 5, 2017 – April 8, 2018

Hyde Park Art Center brings renewed attention to the masterful drawings and paintings by one of the forefathers of Chicago’s mural movement in Bill Walker: Urban Griot, curated by Juarez Hawkins. The exhibition will present rare works on paper from the 1970s and 80s in the Kanter McCormick Gallery from November 5, 2017 to April 8, [...]

Sheri Rush: Portals of Discovery

October 15, 2017 – December 17, 2017

Sheri Rush’s first solo exhibition at Hyde Park Art Center, Portals of Discovery, features large-scale paintings which address the diminishing experience of nature, and specifically, the layers through which landscape is now viewed. We experience the sublime through the phone camera lens, pointed through the window of the car, train, or plane during our travels. [...]


October 15, 2017 – December 10, 2017

Established during artist Doug Fogelson’s 2015-2016 residency with Openlands, one of the oldest metropolitan conservation organizations in the nation, the Open Land Art and Fact Team (O.L.A.F.T.) conducts research which studies the tensions between natural, outdoor spaces and the humans interacting with them. During visits to various preservation areas in northern Illinois—forest preserves, prairies, and [...]

Children of the Wall

September 10, 2017 – August 29, 2018

Wall of Now: Children of the Wall is a dynamic mural project inspired by the 50th Anniversary of the Wall of Respect , an iconic mural that presented portraits of African-American heroes on a private building on Chicago’s South Side from 1967-1971. Chicago artists Miguel Aguilar (Kane One), Rahmaan Barnes (Statik), Liz Lazdins (Beloved), and Lavie Raven (Raven) collaborate to [...]

Materials Decoded

September 10, 2017 – January 7, 2018

In partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, visual artist, trained architect and Art Center board member Amanda Williams invited two promising young architects to join the Jackman Goldwasser Residency program and exhibit their process in the gallery. The inaugural Architects-in-Residence, Ryan Gann and Karl Ochmanek, will present their research and document the transformation of common [...]

Disclosed/ Undisclosed: New Curators X New Works

August 2, 2017 – August 27, 2017

Hyde Park Art Center presents new curatorial projects by 7 participants enrolled in the Curatorial Practices course, a component of the Visual Arts Certificate Program offered by the University of Chicago Graham School in partnership with Hyde Park Art Center. Disclosed/Undisclosed features painting, photography, collage, ceramic and installation work by Chicago-based artists. Presenting a range [...]

Front & Center 2017: Center Program Final Exhibition

July 30, 2017 – October 1, 2017

Front & Center is the culminating show from our Professional Development offering, Center Program, offering the unique opportunity over six months for artists to evolve their practice. The program includes feedback from guest artists, gallerists, critics, and professionals in the field, the opportunity to connect with a peer network, and ultimately produce strong new work to [...]

Virtue of the Vicious

July 16, 2017 – October 22, 2017

Hyde Park Art Center presents Virtue of the Vicious, an examination of the current political climate from the perspective of eight contemporary American artists working in sculpture, painting, photography, and video. Patriotism manifests itself in the American landscape and culture in obvious and covert ways. Artists participating in the exhibition examine the pride, loyalty, ownership, [...]