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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. 

Edward Hines National Forest

November 12, 2017 – February 11, 2018

Chicago-based artist Sara Black and Aotearoa New Zealand artist Raewyn Martyn transform Hyde Park Art Center’s Gallery 1 into an immersive built landscape constructed in response to the far-reaching timber industry that grew out of the south branch of the Chicago River. The exhibition, “Edward Hines National Forest,” introduces a site-specific installation that traces the [...]

Bill Walker: Urban Griot

November 5, 2017 – April 8, 2018

Hyde Park Art Center brings renewed attention to the masterful drawings and paintings by one of the forefathers of Chicago’s mural movement in Bill Walker: Urban Griot, curated by Juarez Hawkins. The exhibition will present rare works on paper from the 1970s and 80s in the Kanter McCormick Gallery from November 5, 2017 to April 8, [...]

Sheri Rush: Portals of Discovery

October 15, 2017 – December 17, 2017

Sheri Rush’s first solo exhibition at Hyde Park Art Center, Portals of Discovery, features large-scale paintings which address the diminishing experience of nature, and specifically, the layers through which landscape is now viewed. We experience the sublime through the phone camera lens, pointed through the window of the car, train, or plane during our travels. [...]


October 15, 2017 – December 10, 2017

Established during artist Doug Fogelson’s 2015-2016 residency with Openlands, one of the oldest metropolitan conservation organizations in the nation, the Open Land Art and Fact Team (O.L.A.F.T.) conducts research which studies the tensions between natural, outdoor spaces and the humans interacting with them. During visits to various preservation areas in northern Illinois—forest preserves, prairies, and [...]

Children of the Wall

September 10, 2017 – Ongoing

Wall of Now: Children of the Wall is a dynamic mural project inspired by the 50th Anniversary of the Wall of Respect , an iconic mural that presented portraits of African-American heroes on a private building on Chicago’s South Side from 1967-1971. Chicago artists Miguel Aguilar (Kane One), Rahmaan Barnes (Statik), Liz Lazdins (Beloved), and Lavie Raven (Raven) collaborate to [...]

Materials Decoded

September 10, 2017 – January 7, 2018

In partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, visual artist, trained architect and Art Center board member Amanda Williams invited two promising young architects to join the Jackman Goldwasser Residency program and exhibit their process in the gallery. The inaugural Architects-in-Residence, Ryan Gann and Karl Ochmanek, will present their research and document the transformation of common [...]

Disclosed/ Undisclosed: New Curators X New Works

August 2, 2017 – August 27, 2017

Hyde Park Art Center presents new curatorial projects by 7 participants enrolled in the Curatorial Practices course, a component of the Visual Arts Certificate Program offered by the University of Chicago Graham School in partnership with Hyde Park Art Center. Disclosed/Undisclosed features painting, photography, collage, ceramic and installation work by Chicago-based artists. Presenting a range [...]

Front & Center 2017: Center Program Final Exhibition

July 30, 2017 – October 1, 2017

Front & Center is the culminating show from our Professional Development offering, Center Program, offering the unique opportunity over six months for artists to evolve their practice. The program includes feedback from guest artists, gallerists, critics, and professionals in the field, the opportunity to connect with a peer network, and ultimately produce strong new work to [...]

Virtue of the Vicious

July 16, 2017 – October 22, 2017

Hyde Park Art Center presents Virtue of the Vicious, an examination of the current political climate from the perspective of eight contemporary American artists working in sculpture, painting, photography, and video. Patriotism manifests itself in the American landscape and culture in obvious and covert ways. Artists participating in the exhibition examine the pride, loyalty, ownership, [...]

Corinna Button: Interfaces

May 14, 2017 – July 30, 2017

Hyde Park Art Center presents Corinna Button’s solo exhibition Interfaces in the Cleve Carney Gallery and Gallery 2. Highlighting the relationship between printmaking and ceramic processes, this exhibition will showcase new work in both clay and print that combine the techniques of each medium to represent the multifaceted condition being a woman.

Art for an (Un)Common Public

April 30, 2017 – July 16, 2017

New paintings, drawings, photography, art installations, and performances demonstrate the intense study by teens participating in Hyde Park Art Center’s courses on Art & Restorative Justice and Photography, in addition to our in-house arts mentorship programs: ArtShop and Youth Art Board. Under the supervision of teaching artists and staff, teens exercise their creative voices as they [...]

The Presidential Library Project: Black Presidential Imaginary

March 26, 2017 - July 2, 2017

The Presidential Library Project: Black Presidential Imaginary addresses the long history of representations of a black president of the United States in visual culture, both comedic and aspirational, through contemporary art installation and institutional archives. The exhibition, curated by Ross Jordan, presents visual, performance, architecture, and discussions that proposes a participatory, decentralized, speculative, and multinarrative [...]

Rhonda Wheatley: A Modern Day Shaman’s Hybrid Devices, Power Objects, and Cure Books

February 12, 2017 – May 7, 2017

In her first solo exhibition at Hyde Park Art Center, A Modern Day Shaman’s Hybrid Devices, Power Objects, and Cure Books, artist Rhonda Wheatley showcases sculptures created using vintage and found materials which act as tools of healing and transformation, working with the user’s conscious and subconscious mind, cellular memories, ancestors, and past and future [...]

Public School

February 12, 2017 - June 25, 2017

Hyde Park Art Center welcomes back artist Jim Duignan to expand on his previous work at the Art Center highlighting art and education in the city in PUBLIC SCHOOL on view in Gallery 1 and 2. Duignan, of the Stockyard Institute, works collaboratively with artist and educator Rachel Harper, of Seen + Heard to create [...]


February 5, 2017 – March 12, 2017

Precariat, curated by Ariel Gentalen, showcases artwork by nine Chicago-based artists. While these artists have diverse interests and practice, each individual confronts socially constructed ideas – such as beauty, affluence, and gender – within their work. By reclaiming masculine identified materials through feminized craft, exposing how the greed of a few ruins the lives of [...]

Jessie Mott: A Wish to Repair

January 22, 2017 – April 23, 2017

Jessie Mott returns to the Art Center for her first solo exhibition in the space, A Wish to Repair. The exhibition explores themes of intimacy, desire, beauty, anxiety and shame through works on paper, site- specific wall paintings and the debut of a new collaboration with artist and writer Steve Reinke. (function($){ "use strict"; var spacingID [...]