Not Just Another Pretty Face 2019

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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


32,000 sq. foot award-winning facility designed by Doug Garofalo and renovated in 2016 to add the Guida Family Creative Wing.

Six formal gallery spaces:

o   Gallery 1

o   Gallery 2

o   Cleve Carney Gallery

o   Kanter-McCormick Gallery

o   Gallery 5

o   Jackman Goldwasser Catwalk Gallery

Eight classroom spaces in the Oakman Clinton School & Studios:

o   Cerf Hill & Sagan Ceramics Classroom

o   Perlow Multi-Media Studios (studios 1 – 5)

o   The Polk Bros. Foundation Children’s Studio (studio 3)

o   The Thurow Digital Lab

o   Photography Darkroom

o   Teen Learning Center

10 artist studios in the Guida Family Creative Wing:

o   Reva and David Logan Studio

Three community rooms / public conference spaces:

o   Muller Meeting Room

o   D’Angelo Art Library

o   The Pond