32,000 sq. foot award-winning facility designed by Doug Garofalo and renovated in 2016 to add the Guida Family Creative Wing.


Six formal gallery spaces:

Gallery 1 is Hyde Park Art Center’s largest gallery. It hosts our city’s most ambitious projects by Chicago artists as well as offers a platform for new ideas. During the warmer months, the garage doors open up the gallery to the outside passersby, creating a welcoming environment to meet, discuss, and admire art.

Gallery 2 spans the first-floor hallway and expands into the Cleve Carney Gallery. Along with Cleve Carney Gallery, Gallery 2 is the most visited gallery in the Art Center

The Cleve Carney Gallery is an intimate gallery space that either expands on the shows curated in Galleries 1 and 2 or hosts its own exhibitions. The gallery opens into Bridgeport Coffee, the Art Center’s cafe.

Gallery 5 is the first stop when making your way to the second floor of the Art Center. It winds down the second-floor hallway and opens up into the Pond and entrance to the Kanter McCormick Gallery.

Kanter Family Foundation Gallery, the largest gallery on the second floor, hosts solo and curated group exhibitions that will provoke and stimulate you.

The Jackman Goldwasser Catwalk Gallery overlooks Gallery 1 on the second floor of the Art Center, providing an aerial view of current exhibitions. With its large open windows, natural light, the Jackman Goldwasser Catwalk provide natural light for Gallery 1. The gallery features an 80-foot projection screen that features work made specially for space. The screens can illuminated to be visible both in the building from the catwalk and Gallery 1 as well as from the exterior or visibly only from the building.

The Guida Family Creative Wing

The Guida Family Creative Wing — home to the Jackman Goldwasser Residency Program, artist studios, a teen learning center, and a shared space for collaboration and discussion — provides a space for artists at all levels to work, discuss, and connect with each other and interact with the public. 

Hyde Park Art Center is honored to recognize the Guida Family’s leadership in the Art Center’s 75th Anniversary Campaign with naming of this dynamic space. Indeed, the wing embodies Julie, John and Angelina’s entrepreneurial and creative spirit as well as the enormous impact their family has made on the Art Center. The space and the activity within are emblematic of the Guida’ belief that creativity is an essential part of humanity and should be fostered, supported, and celebrated.

The Guida Family Creative Wing includes:

  • 9 private artist studios – including the Reva and David Logan Foundation Studio – host the Jackman Goldwasser Residency for local, national, and international artists
  • The Partnerships Studio (Studio 1) provides a flexible space for education and partner meetings and convenings
  • The Martha Clinton Artist Lounge serves as a convening and dining space for Art Center artists and staff
  • The Pond is a flexible space for events, critiques, screenings, public discussions, learning, and more
  • The Cloud Teen Hub provides a dedicated space for the Art Center’s many teen artists and Teen Programs in addition to Creativity Camp in the summer
  • The Thurow Digital Lab offers computers and photography and video equipment for digital learning, used often by the teen artists

Oakman Clinton School + Studios

The Oakman Clinton School + Studios house Hyde Park Art Center studio art classes. The Art Center offers more than 200 courses per year, allowing any artist to find the right individual course, series, or art learning experiences that best fit their needs. The Oakman Clinton School + Studios has seven different work areas, each one ready for groups of students or individual project work.

The Sagan-Hill Classroom is our largest studio, and houses our Ceramics programs. With roughly 1,500 square feet to work with, there is enough room for clay, tools, storage, potter’s wheels, glazes, five kilns…and students!

The Perlow Multimedia Studios are a set of rooms designed for painting, drawing, screenprinting, printmaking, and other mixed-media art-making. There are four different rooms as part of the Perlow studios and each accommodates different sets of art-making.

The Thurow Digital Art Lab features a line of Apple computers, printers, and scanners. The technology allows students to explore digital art areas such as photography, video, sound, and animation.

The Polk Bros. Foundation Children’s Studio (Studio B) is a dedicated space for youth arts education.

The Art Center’s photo darkroom is one the few remaining of its kind. In the darkroom, artists and students learn about film processing, developing, and printing.

Many of our studios, such as our Painting & Drawing Studio (Studio C) and our Ceramics Studios, also allow for storage of art, enabling students to leave work between class sessions and make it easier to work outside of class time, when artists take advantage of “open studio” access.

Community Spaces

Muller Meeting Room is a private meeting room open to the public. This space provides a computer and a video projector for formal meetings, classes, artist talks, or lectures, but can also be rented for small events, such as birthday parties. Along with the D’Angelo Art Library, Muller Meeting Room also serves as an exhibition space, including exhibitions for the Bridge Program.

D’Angelo Art Library is the Art Center’s precious nook for good reads. The space provides an array of artist books and catalogues to expand knowledge of art history. This space is also used to host small events at the Art Center, such as the annual Holiday Art Sale. This room cannot be rented but is open to the public.

“The Pond” is a flexible public space in the Guida Family Creative Wing on the second floor of the Art Center that is frequently used for critiques, film screenings, artist lectures, performances, and talks. With an open floor plan, the Pond provides ample space for guests to move freely and casually interact with one another.