Visual Arts Certificate Program

Hyde Park Art Center has partnered with the The Graham School at University of Chicago to offer a Visual Arts Certificate Program (VACP). The VACP was created to help emerging and mid-career artists access practical information and resources that allow them to enhance the success of their current artistic practice. The program furthers your art practice while developing practical, focused skills in your writing ability, business practice, exhibition strategies, and communication techniques. The coursework consists of (1) A studio component from the Art Center (The Bridge Program) and (2) four courses (Business, Writing, Curating, and Learning). Artists may apply to The Bridge Program as a stand-alone opportunity, or to the VACP (Bridge Program + 4 Graham Courses) by indicating their choice in the application form. Throughout the program, we aim to foster a sense of community, and to offer artists a positive space to engage in critical dialogue with others working in the arts.

For more information on the program or to register for individual courses, please contact Nikki Yagoda at or 773.702.2768.

VACP Instructors

Zachary Cahill
Susan Snodgrass
Lynn Basa
Allison Peters Quinn
Hilesh Patel
Chelsea Culp
Rebecca George
Jason Foumberg