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Support for Artists

The Art Center’s unique model creates a pathway for artists to progress in their artistic practices and careers. By developing programming that fills critical gaps in traditional models for artist growth and development, the Art Center provides a variety of access points and means of support for artists working at all levels.

The Art Center offers unique and innovative programming to support Chicago artists, including:

Ground Floor : A biennial exhibition of work by some of the most promising graduates coming out of Chicago's MFA programs.

Not Just Another Pretty Face: A collaborative commissioning project that matches Chicago artists to long-term patrons and supporters.

The Center Program: A capstone program for artists who have grown beyond the Art Center’s other offerings and 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.

Image: Center Program artist Corinna Button presents her work  during a Center Program seminar session and critique.