Current Exhibitions

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Justin Witte: Regenboog Broer

Solo exhibition featuring a collaged monoprint installation by interdisciplinary artist Justin Witte.

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The Weight of Rage

An exhibition of art and writing developed in the Prison and Neighborhood Arts Project at Stateville Prison.An exhibition of incarcerated and free artists and writers at Stateville Correctional Center reflects on the burden of incarceration.


Residual Lives

Artwork addressing the effects of incarceration in our everyday lives by contemporary artists: Tyanna Buie, Tirtza Even, Carlos Javier Ortiz, Jenny Polak, and Emmanuel Pratt 

Upcoming Exhibitions

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Sabina Ott: Who Cares For The Sky?

A new site-specific project that recontextualizes the iconic symbol of a mountain and mines it to emphasize deeper meaning that lies both atop and underneath the mountains that exist in our daily lives.

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Rodrigo Lara Zendejas: La Paz

Utilizing clay sculptures, kinetic objects, and sound, Lara will create a new installation that explores the connection between spirituality and physical structure as experienced through handmade altars and gardens.

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Alice Hargrave: Paradise Wavering

The latest series of large-format photography by Alice Hargrave present a sophisticated relationship between place, color, material, and memory.

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Karen Reimer: Shoretime Spaceline

The new site-specific installation by artist Karen Reimer explores the history of Hyde Park Art Center’s current location by creating simple interventions using everyday materials.

Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Los Angeles/New York-based photographer, Paul M. Sepuya presents the outcome of his 2014 participation in the Jackman Goldwasser Residency, where he researched relationships and fictional explorations of gender and sexuality.


New Projects x New Curators

The Art Center presents new curatorial projects by 8-12 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 the Hyde Park Art Center. Each show is conceived of, produced, and installed by the students working in teams. The exhibitions feature artwork in a variety of media by artists that the students researched and selected to feature in the exhibition.

Front & Center: 2016 Center Program Final Exhibition

A cap-stone program for artists who are ready to push their practice to the next level, The Center Program is the Art Center’s answer to traditional professional development offerings for artists. Over the course of six months, a supportive peer network pushes Center Program artists to answer tough questions, evolve their art, and ultimately produce strong, new work to show. This exhibition will be guest curated by Dan Devening.

Ground Floor

Ground Floor is an ongoing biennial project. Based on nominations by respected members of the arts community, the exhibition brings together work by Chicago’s most promising emerging talent, offering a single destination to see work by diverse artists that deserve to be supported.


(Re)Public is a group exhibition showcasing the work of seven leading socially-engaged Irish artists in conversation with Chicago-based practitioners in the same field. The exhibition will engage with key issues that reflect the complexity of urban planning and importance of public space in the 21st Century.

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Mary King: War Stories

Through sensitive but direct drawings and collages, Chicago-based artist and activist, Mary King portrays the emotional impact of war. Her work stems from interviews with veterans and their relatives as well as from interviews with current refugees, reaching from World War I to the Syrian conflict. The exhibition will featureca selection of the septuagenarian’s work in the War Stories series, in addition to a new installation inspired by the amazing and disturbing experiences of veterans from the Middle East conflict.

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Not Just Another Pretty Face

The sixth installment of an ongoing successful Art Center program intended to encourage a new and diverse public to think of themselves as patrons or leaders of contemporary art. The exhibition presents over 50 new works by artists with possible participants such as Candida Alvarez, Juan Angel Chavez, Terry Evans, Tony Tassett, and many more.