Connect with Chicago arts and artists while growing your practice!
The Art Center’s unique model creates a pathway for artists to progress in their artistic practices and careers. By developing programming that fills critical gaps in traditional models for artist growth and development, the Art Center provides a variety of access points and means of support for artists working at all levels.
Professional Pathways develop the skills, experience, and network of artists at diverse stages of their careers, and are a means for artists to advance their practices outside of traditional and often cost-prohibitive MFA programs. Together, this suite of programs offers an inclusive and accessible ecology to support artists at every phase of their development. All Professional Pathways are Open Arts, the Art Center’s contribute-what-you-can tuition model.
- Bridge Program – A ten-week seminar-style course designed to help artists push their practices to the next level
- Center Program – A six-month course in which artists develop new work, receive feedback from professionals in the field, and work toward an exhibition to be held in the Art Center’s main gallery
Professional Pathways is supported by the Kanter Family Foundation.
Apply for an Exhibition
The Art Center welcomes submissions of artists’ work and curatorial proposals for group exhibitions seasonally. Submissions are reviewed 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 unable to accept submissions at this time. Please check again in Spring of 2023.
Not Just Another Pretty Face
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.