Exhibitions

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Hyde Park Art Center is one of the few places in the region with the space, flexibility, audience, and reputation to support Chicago artists by catalyzing ambitious new projects. Our exhibitions help artists through the entire process of making bold work that enrich their careers and spur public discourse on important subjects.

Offering artists, particularly women and artists of color, the resources to dream big with minimal constraints, we invite site-responsive works and encourage experimentation. By doing so, we aim to launch careers, inspire other artists and facilitate conversations about sustainable practices and equity in the field.

Since 1939 we have been at the forefront of contemporary art in Chicago, fostering generations of makers.

“Before I knew that I was an artist, I’d just hang around Hyde Park Art Center. It was the place where culture was happening regularly on the South Side. Eventually, I asked or I may have been asked to think about an exhibition. And it was really that project that created a conceptual shift in me, from feeling like a kind of clay-maker to feeling like I had something to offer contemporary practices. For me, it was a really important first launching pad to my career.” – Theaster Gates, artist

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

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Future Fossils: SUM by Lan Tuazon

Ma left the fish to thaw before the planet began to freeze

A.J. McClenon: Notes from VEGA

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Moments In Between: Tran Tran

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New Dream

“[The Art Center] does a really great job incubating artists at every stage of their career.”

-Amanda Williams

PAST EXHIBITIONS

Look back at some of Chicago’s most ground breaking exhibitions.

RECURRING EXHIBITIONS

GROUND FLOOR

Ground Floor brings together work by Chicago’s most promising emerging talent, offering a single destination to discover diverse artists whose work demands to be seen and supported. Ground Floor—so named because it provides a crucial platform for young artists and fills the entire lower level of the Art Center—is an ongoing biennial project.

NOT JUST ANOTHER PRETTY FACE

Occurring every three years, 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 relationships between artists and patrons, creates a new base of support for artists, and invests in the vitality of Chicago’s cultural community.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I show my work at HPAC?

The Art Center manages an Open Submissions Program inviting submissions of artists’ work and curatorial proposals for group exhibitions on a rolling basis. Submissions are reviewed annually by the Exhibitions Committee, which consists of artists and art professionals, as well as the Art Center’s Director of Exhibitions and Executive Director.

We are taking a moment to reassess our Open Submission Program guidelines and are unable to accept submissions at this time. Please check back at this space in early 2021.

I'm from Hyde Park, does that mean I automatically get a show?

Hi, Neighbor! Please follow our submissions process, which will reopen this fall, 2020.

I own an artwork that is by an artist from Hyde Park. How much is it worth?

We’re so glad you’re supporting local artists! Unfortunately, we are not art appraisers.  Commercial galleries tend to set the prices of contemporary artworks, so your best bet is to do a web search to discover which Chicago galleries sell work like yours, and to approach them directly about appraising your artwork.