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Frances Whitehead & Jim Elinski: The Gary Projects

June 16, 2019 – August 4, 2019

Frances Whitehead and Jim Elniski bring the methods, mindsets, and strategies of contemporary art practice to the process of shaping the future city. Questions of sustainability, culture change, and participation motivate their work as they consider their surrounding community of Gary (Indiana), the landscape, and the interdependence of multiple ecologies in the post-industrial city. At the [...]

Aram Han Sifuentes: to ward off authorities and to protect my neighbors

November 25, 2018 – March 10, 2019

The U.S. Constitution protects all people living in the United States, regardless of immigration status, with certain rights and protections. Using the household window curtain format, Aram Han Sifuentes appliques messages to authorities (such as police and I.C.E.) and messages to neighbors of basic constitutional rights to protect themselves if such authorities show up at [...]

Found Gestures: A collaborative project by Sally Morfill and Susan Giles

April 14, 2019 - May 11, 2019

As part of a Spring research residency and collaboration at Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago-based artist Susan Giles and Manchester-based artist Sally Morfill will respond to their shared interest in the visual language of co-speech hand gestures, and make new work that has conversational dialogue at its heart – both as subject and method. Their [...]


March 3, 2019 – April 7, 2019

The Art Center celebrates its 80th Anniversary by inviting our current community of class-taking artists, and faculty to reflect on the history of Hyde Park’s shifting categorization. Hyde Park began as a rural township, but by the 1893 World’s Columbian Exhibition was officially annexed to the city of Chicago. Located a mere seven miles south [...]

It Be Like That Sometimes

May 26, 2019 - August 11, 2019

New paintings, drawings, photography, prints, and multimedia works demonstrate the intense study by young adult artists participating in Hyde Park Art Center’s Teen programs. Under the guidance of professional artists, nearly twenty teens developed their creative voices over the course of 15 weeks. These young artists chose to address the challenges in articulating perplexed thoughts, [...]

Beginning to See the Light

March 17, 2019 - July 27, 2019

Public Programs at the Hyde Park Art Center marks its official launch this spring equinox with Beginning to See the Light: an exploration into the experiences and obsessions that generate collective joy & happiness. Written in 1977 for the Village Voice, Ellen Willis’s essay of the same name explores the ever shifting politics of freedom [...]

Not Just Another Pretty Face 2019

December 13, 2019 – March 1, 2020

Created by Hyde Park Art Center, Not Just Another Pretty Face allows the Art Center to play matchmaker for artists and potential art buyers, facilitating a fun, accessible commissioning process that builds lasting relationships between artists and patrons, creates a new base of support for artists, and invests in the vitality of Chicago’s cultural community. 2019-20 [...]

Steve Reber: Anemic Compass

March 10, 2019 - June 16, 2019

Anemic Compass introduces a new body of work in which Steve Reber considers the high-performance vehicle as a multi-layered point of departure for examining American culture. The exhibition will feature the large sculpture Auto Mending; a full-scale model of an automobile that is stripped down and modified. The girth of the vehicle is absent, while [...]

Fo Wilson: Dark Matter: Celestial Objects as Messengers of Love in These Troubled Times

March 31, 2019 – July 14, 2019

Dark Matter: Celestial Objects as Messengers of Love in These Troubled Times is a solo exhibition by artist and designer, Folayemi (Fo) Wilson that reconsiders the power of objects to create a dynamic atmosphere for reflection, meditation and healing. 

Health Club

December 9, 2018 - March 3, 2019

Health Club presents work by artists considering the interdependence of human wellness on constructed notions of place. Not in the obvious spots like the gym or the spa, but the seemingly benevolent locations like museums, hospitals, or parks, can we really examine how a society relies on the built environment to foster mental or physical health. [...]

2018 EXPO CHICAGO: Terra Firma

September 27, 2018 – September 30, 2018

Come see the new installation at booth #176 including a temporary new wall painting by 2016 . Jackman Goldwasser Resident Artist, Eric J. Garcia and material intervention by current Center Program artist Frances Lightbound. This special project is curated by Hyde Park's Residency & Public Programs Manager, Ariel Gentalen. These talented artists seek to call [...]

Unique View of Chicago Artists

Unique View of Chicago Artists was on view at the Hyde Park Art Center January 17, 1975 – February 8, 1975 Partial list of artists exhibited includes: Cosmo Campoli, Seymour Rosofsky, Ellen Lanyon, Evelyn Statsinger, Don Baum, Theodore Halkin, Karil Wirsum, Steve Urry, Ed Paschke, Phil Hanson, Miyoko Ito, Kerig Pope, Frank Piatek, Barbara Rossi, Ray […]

Aldo Piacenza

Aldo Piacenza was on view at the Hyde Park Art Center November 12, 1971 – December 18, 1971. The exhibition was curated by Roger Brown, M.F.A. Art Institute of Chicago. Aldo Piacenza was born in Sant’Anna Telago, Italy in 1888.  He moved to Chicago in 1903 with friends in search of opportunities beyond working in agriculture […]

The Body

“The Body” was a juried exhibition of works by Chicago artists.  The show consisted of paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and mixed media works all concerned with representations of the human figure or parts of the body. Artists exhibited: Eric Anderson, Vincent Arcilesi, Richard Beard, David Brumfield, Barry Burlison, David Driesbach, Ann Elbaum, Edward C. Flood, […]

David Schalliol: Mining Basin (Hauts-de-France)

January 7, 2018 – April 22, 2018

The two lens-based artists David Schalliol (Chicago/Minneapolis) and Justine Pluvinage (Paris) individually present their work resulting from a two-year international residency exchange project in collaboration with the Centre régional de la photographie Nord—Pas-de-Calais (CRP) located in the North of France.

Justine Pluvinage: Amazons

January 7, 2018 – March 4, 2018

The two lens-based artists David Schalliol (Chicago/Minneapolis) and Justine Pluvinage (Paris) individually present their work resulting from a two-year international residency exchange project in collaboration with the Centre régional de la photographie Nord—Pas-de-Calais (CRP) located in the North of France.


November 11, 2018 – February 24, 2019

Through drawings, paintings, artists’ books, installation and media works, this survey exhibition curated by Jessica Cochran will consider and contextualize Deborah Boardman’s vibrant career as an artist primarily working in Chicago over three decades.

Mycelial: Street Parliament

July 13, 2018 – August 26, 2018

Inspired by the first revolution led on social media, Arab Spring (2010), Mycelial is a new performance that questions the existence of kinetic empathy through technology platforms. Using data captured from twitter feeds (# Egypt, #Yesallwomen & #BlackLivesMatter) during the social uprising, Chicago-based artist Erica Mott translates the rate, rhythm, emotional affect and spacialization of this feed through algorithmic analysis into choreography for 4 dancers (2 from Egypt, 2 from the US).

The Art of Being Dangerous

August 19, 2018 – October 28, 2018

Hyde Park Art Center is proud to present the sixth annual exhibition of work from participants in The Center Program, the Art Center’s flagship artist professional development initiative. Led by Director of Education Mike Nourse, this six-month program is designed for a group of artists who create new works, connect with peers, present to visiting professionals, and culminate with an exhibition.

The Whole Yadig?!

April 29, 2018 – July 22, 2018

New paintings, drawings, photography, prints, and collages demonstrate the intense study by teens participating in Hyde Park Art Center’s in-house arts mentorship programs: ArtShop, Writer’s Block, and Youth Art Board.

Ground Floor 2018

September 9, 2018 – November 11, 2018

Hyde Park Art Center is proud to announce the return of Ground Floor, the fifth iteration of a biennial exhibition that features artwork by some of Chicago’s most promising emergent talent.

Dorian Sylvain: Embedded

January 28, 2018 – July 29, 2018

The rhythmic poetry of Don L. Lee (Haki Matabuti) and Bill Walker’s murals embedded across Chicago’s Southside in the 1960s greatly influenced artist Dorian Sylvain growing up.  For this exhibition, she creates an 80 foot long temporary mural to reimagine how racial unity and pride appear in Black communities today.  

Anna Kunz: Color Cast

March 11, 2018 – June 24, 2018

Painter Anna Kunz takes on the physicality of color and light in a large-scale installation.  Manipulating screens, transparency, free-standing board, fabric and paint, Kunz asks the viewer to experience abstract painting through their movement, sight and sound.

Fugitive Narratives

April 22, 2018 – August 5, 2018

Stories of all kinds are more important than ever to our society and inside of the contemporary art world. But sometimes important narratives can be hidden inside of abstract works. These narratives can often drive the creative process while carrying larger messages that can be overlooked. Fugitive Narrative curated by Mike Nourse, will bring stories to the forefront, by featuring Chicago artists whose works are driven by abstracting narratives.