Hyde Park Art Center’s exhibition program supports artists in pushing the boundaries of their practices and whose work makes meaningful contributions to today’s social and political discourse relevant to our broad community. Through the exhibitions we present, we look to spark conversation and increase exposure of high quality contemporary art by underrepresented artists, particularly Chicago-based artists of color and women, and mount career-changing exhibitions.

Each year, the Art Center produces 15 exhibitions and welcomes over 45,000 visitors!



“[The Art Center] does a really great job incubating artists at every stage of their career.”

-Amanda Williams


Look back at some of Chicago’s most ground breaking artist shows.



Ground Floor brings together work by Chicago’s most promising emerging talent, offering a single destination to discover diverse artists whose work demands to be seen and supported. Ground Floor—so named because it provides a crucial platform for young artists and fills the entire lower level of the Art Center—is an ongoing biennial project.


Occurring every three years, Not Just Another Pretty Face allows the Art Center to play matchmaker for artists and potential art buyers, facilitating a fun, accessible commissioning process that builds relationships between artists and patrons, creates a new base of support for artists, and invests in the vitality of Chicago’s cultural community.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I show my work at HPAC?

The Art Center welcomes submissions of artists’ work and curatorial proposals for group exhibitions. Submissions are reviewed by the Exhibitions Committee, which consists of artists and art professionals, as well as the Art Center’s Director of Exhibitions and Executive Director quarterly.

Each year, the Art Center unveils 20 exhibitions, presenting at least one of each of the following:

  • a solo show of an ambitious new project by an emerging Chicago artist,
  • a new project undertaken by one of our resident artists
  • an exhibition from an emerging Chicago curator whose work transgresses or questions traditional curatorial conventions
  • work curated by a Chicago artist experimenting with curating as a means of informing their artwork but NOT including their own work in their curated show
  • new work that is conceptually distinctive or unique in use of materials by Chicago artists who are in an experimental stage of their practice
  • an exhibition showcasing work by the Art Center’s own teaching artist faculty exploring a new concept, and/or by established artists who have discovered new techniques in our studio art classes
  • work by established, midcareer Chicago artists on the verge of breaking through to the next level of their careers
  • group shows highlighting new artists who have come up through our Education programs, like The Center Program and Art Shop; and
  • submissions that fulfill one of the above criteria.

Please keep in mind that the Art Center plans its exhibitions program three seasons in advance. Click here to submit your proposal.

Please submit by November 15th for Fall Review. Due to a high volume of submissions and limited staff, all proposals must be submitted online. Incomplete proposals or proposals for work that falls outside our stated focus areas will not be considered. 

I'm from Hyde Park, does that mean I automatically get a show?

Hi, Neighbor! Please follow our submissions process, and submit a proposal here to be considered for an exhibition.

I own an artwork that is by an artist from Hyde Park. How much is it worth?

We’re so glad you’re supporting local artists! Unfortunately, we are not art appraisers.  Commercial galleries tend to set the prices of contemporary artworks, so your best bet is to do a web search to discover which Chicago galleries sell work like yours, and to approach them directly about appraising your artwork.