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!