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!


Fall Arts Preview 2020: Can’t-Miss Fall Art Events Newcity Art, 2020

From Claude Monet to Frank Lloyd Wright, there are museum shows to see this fall Chicago Tribune, 2020

Teen Art Councils Are Pushing for Change in Prestigious Museums teenVogue, 2020

September Art Picks Sixty Inches From Center, 2020

Hyde Park Art Center re-opens Sept. 1 with ‘Artists Run Chicago 2.0’ showcasing 50 independent art spaces Artdaily.com, 2020

Hyde Park Art Center to open first new show since advent of pandemic Hyde Park Herald, 2020

South Side Community Art Center To Be Honored With Shows By Faheem Majeed Block Club Chicago, 2020

Artists at Work: Faheem Majeed Hyde Park Herald, 2020

Artists still run Chicago Chicago Reader, 2020

Hyde Park Art Center Re-opening To Showcase 50 Independent Artist-Run Spaces Chicago Gallery News, 2020

Interview with Noah Hanna on ARC 2.0 WCPT 820 Chicago, 2020

Art fans can ‘contribute what you can’ at Hyde Park Art Center nwitimes.com, 2020

Kate Lorenz appeared on WGN Radio 720to talk about Community Supported School. WNG Radio 720, 2020

Andy Warhol Foundation Awards $4. M. to U.S. Arts Organizations Against Backdrop of Uncertainty in Cultural Sector Art News, 2020

Hyde Park Art Center Adapting With Changes The Arts Section, 2020

CPS Students Use Wood From Boarded-Up Downtown Bank To Tell Their Stories With New Mural Block Club Chicago, 2020

Hyde Park Art Center summer term “Contribute What You Can” The Chicago Crusader, 2020

A través del arte, así busca este programa en Chicago enseñar a niños, jóvenes y adultos

(Through art, this program in Chicago seeks to teach children, teens, and adults), Univision, 2020.

How Arts Organizations in Chicago Are Challenging Systemic Racism WTTW, 2020.

Around ‘The House’ checks in with Hyde Park Art Center and Evanston Art Connects WGN9, 2020.

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.