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Ground Floor

December 6 – February 28, 2021

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.

Future Fossils: SUM by Lan Tuazon

August 2 - November 8, 2020

Every person living in America today will produce 109 tons of waste in their lifetime. To help imagine such a volume, the Future Fossils: SUM exhibition confronts the viewer with the visual evidence of only a portion of that amount. In her largest sculpture to date, Lan Tuazon constructs a house-like installation to bring together [...]

Maggie Crowley: Playmate

January 17, 2016 – April 3, 2016

In her first solo exhibition in Chicago, artist Maggie Crowley presents a new series of large figurative paintings in acrylic on silk in which she examines her admiration and personal connection to the service industry. Uniforms and accessories, like safety vests, helmets, and coolers, identify public workers and render them visible, while conducting labor that [...]

Personal Action, Public Display: A Balcony of Video Game Art

April 5 - July 12, 2020

Video art exhibition in conjunction with the exhibition Artists Run Chicago 2.0


April 5 - July 12, 2020

Hyde Park Art Center is proud to celebrate the work of fifty artist-run spaces and organizations that fuel Chicago’s independent art scene in the upcoming exhibition Artists Run Chicago 2.0

Next Window, Please

July 19 - September 12, 2020

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 develop their creative voices over the course of 15 weeks. These young artists chose to address the challenges in articulating perplexed thoughts, feelings, and emotions into individual works of art.

Image credit: Stevia Ndoe, Patriotic Sufferance, 2020.

The METAMORPHOSIS of Gabriel Villa

July 26 – November 15, 2020

Through an extensive studio and public art practice, Chicago-based artist Gabriel Villa seeks to seamlessly translate the language of Mexican traditions and the personal, urban American experience into charged intimate narratives. Villa’s subjects are ever evolving but always concentrate on psychological and social inequity in our multifaceted contemporary world. His stream of consciousness approach to painting and drawing expose the heightened reality found in everyday objects and places. Hyde Park Art Center is proud to introduce Villa’s new direction into installation, clay sculpture created during his Jackman Goldwasser Residency along with previous paintings.

Planting and Maintaining a Perennial Garden: Shrouds by Faheem Majeed

August 2 - November 8, 2020

Artist Faheem Majeed creates an ambitious new installation that furthers his investigation of culturally specific institutions by focusing on the history and memory of the historic South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC). Majeed will produce a monumental charcoal rubbing of building facade of the SSCAC as the central focus of his first large-scale solo exhibition. [...]

Space Between Lines

December 6, 2019 – January 30, 2020

Hyde Park Art Center presents the work of Assaf Evron, SaraNoa Mark, Sarah Nishiura, Sonja Thomsen, and Selina Trepp at a special off-site exhibition in the Lakeview neighborhood at 50,000 ft. The exhibition features  a selection of artwork in photography, textile, ceramics and animation by contemporary artists who approach historical and social content through formal [...]

Expanded Fields

December 13, 2019 - February 23, 2020

EXPANDED FIELDS, is an exhibition of works from participants in New Edition, a pilot program developed by the Art Center for artists to learn and make work in a medium with which they have had little to no previous experience. The exhibition will take place in Gallery 5, from December 13, 2019 – February 23, [...]

2019 EXPO CHICAGO: Time as a tool

September 19, 2019 – September 21, 2019

Entering its eighth year as a leading international art fair, EXPO CHICAGO, has included Hyde Park Art Center in the Special Exhibitions program to exhibit ground-breaking Contemporary Art produced in Chicago alongside more than 135 leading international exhibitors in Navy Pier Hall. At EXPO BOOTH #469, Hyde Park Art Center introduces a new collaboration between [...]

Extended Self: Transformations and Connections

October 12, 2019 - February 9, 2020

Extended Self: Transformations and Connections features artwork by a diverse group of artists at various stages of art-making and parenting. All works included in the show reveal the physical engagement of the body of the artist as a mother - in metaphor, form, process, image, data or motion. This is a unifying yet divergent premise, allowing [...]

Tokyo Show: Black and Brown are Beautiful

June 30, 2019 - September 29, 2019

The Tokyo Show advocates for redirected routes of dialogues across global space—through the leadership of artists, and as a way to reconsider complex identities. In addition to the selection of artwork, the exhibition includes a wider project to circulate ephemera by contemporary Black and Brown artists to special collections libraries globally, as an act of [...]

New Curators X New Projects

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 [...]

New Curators X New Projects

August 18, 2019 – September 9, 2019

Hyde Park Art Center presents new curatorial projects by 8-12 participants enrolled in the Curatorial Practices course, a professional development course offered through the Oakman Clinton School at Hyde Park Art Center.  Each show is conceived of, produced, and installed by the students working in teams.  The exhibitions feature artwork in a variety of media [...]

Ashley M. Freeby: Plots & Hems

September 15, 2019 - December 1, 2019

Artist Ashley M. Freeby, reflects on the traditions of her family as methods for healing. Born to a Black farmer and a Pennsylvania Dutch quilt maker, Freeby reflects on the crafts her family members mastered. A family divided by race, Freeby uses language, constructs fabric works, and a series of schematic drawings to collaborate with [...]

Intersectional Touch: Center Program 2019 Final Exhibition

August 18, 2019 - November 10, 2019

Intersectional Touch highlights the multilayered art practices and a genuine interest in humanity demonstrated by this year’s artists participating in the 2019 Center Program. The program is the Art Center’s professional development initiative for artists ready to challenge their art work through experimentation, research, and critique while growing their peer community during a six-month course. [...]

Frances Whitehead & Jim Elinski: The Gary Projects

June 16, 2019 – August 4, 2019

Civic practice artist Frances Whitehead and Jim Elniski, artist and clinical social worker, collaborate on this urban agriculture-based installation that illustrates, in tangible measure, how social justice and environmental justice are deeply linked. The partners spent the past five years growing an edible landscape and Community Lab Orchard in their residential community in Gary, Indiana. [...]

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 18, 2019

Image above: Camilla Schmidt, "Release", Digital print, 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 [...]

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. This related exhibition was curated by the inagural Public Programs Manager, Ariel Gentalen. Written in 1977 for the Village Voice, Ellen [...]

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 [...]