About the Art Center


Our mission is to stimulate and sustain the visual arts in Chicago.

Hyde Park Art Center is a hub for contemporary arts in Chicago, serving as a gathering and production space for artists and the broader community to cultivate ideas, impact social change, and connect with new networks. The Art Center functions as an amplifier for today and tomorrow’s creative voices, providing the space to cultivate and create new work and connections.

"It’s not just about art, it’s about connecting people to one another through art."
-Art Center Participant

We offer a comprehensive set of programs that serve the creative and resource needs of artists and our communities. Through our exhibitions, artist talks, studio art classes, international and local residency program, free public events, satellite class sites, and professional development opportunities we work to provide the space for artists at every age and stage to cultivate their practice, build connections, and impact our world.


The Art Center unveils 20 exhibitions, offers 200+ studio classes, hosts artists from around the world, welcomes 45,000 visitors, and holds 200+ free events. We hope to see you soon at one of our:

solo shows exhibiting emerging Chicago artists • studio classes with working and professional artists teachers and peers  open studio visits with international visiting artists exploring Chicago and building connections  experimental curators showing work that is conceptually distinctive or has a unique use of materials  artist talks and panels that explore relevant social issues • events that provide new connections for community and artists  youth and teens performing or exhibiting new work


The Art Center celebrated its 80th Birthday in 2019! Watch the video below to learn more about the Art Center’s 80 years, and cheers to 80 more!


Artist and her sons create mural for Hyde Park Art Center Hyde Park Herald, 2020.

Art Top 5: April 2020 New City Art, 2020

In Chicago, Artist-Run Spaces Remain the Lifeblood of the Art Community Artsy, 2020.

Hyde Park Art Center show links artists and patrons, and raises $200,000. Hyde Park Herald, 2020.

South Shore artist Faheem Majeed to produce new artwork for Hyde Park Art Center with 2020 Joyce Award. The TRiiBE, 2020.

Hyde Park Art Center receives $50,000 Joyce Foundation Award. Chicago Sun Times, 2020.

Message of Love: A Review of Fo Wilson at Hyde Park Art Center. Newcity, 2019.

‘Mycelial: Street Parliament’ review: Ever been invited to a dance about digital connection and your phone doesn’t work?. Chicago Tribune, 2018

Chicago Cultural Center hosts evening of Egyptian dance, music. Chicago Tribune, 2018

Art Top 5: August 2018 Newcity, 2018

Beyond Frank Lloyd Wright: A Broader View of Art in Chicago. New York Times, 2018

Back Alley Jazz will reignite a Chicago tradition in 4 South Shore garages. Chicago Tribune, 2018

Hyde Part Art Center partners with new local Howard Brown Health Center. Hyde Park Herald, 2018

Art Top 5: February 2018.  Newcity, 2018

Bill Walker: Urban Griot.  New Arts Examiner, 2018.

Hyde Park Art Center Honors Masseys. Candid Candace Blog, 2017.

Bill Walker, Dapper Bruce Lafitte and the Virtues of Angry Art. Chicago Reader, 2017.

Cautionary Tales of City Life by Chicago Painter Bill Walker. Chicago Tonight WWTTW, 2017.

Hyde Park Art Center Anchor Site for Chicago Architecture Biennial, Hyde Park Herald, 2017.