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We work in partnership with our supporters to ensure that anyone in our city can participate and progress in the visual arts. From children exploring their newfound talents and interests, to professional artists experimenting with new ideas—we believe everyone of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels deserve the opportunity to develop creatively.

Our success is made possible by people like you!


Every autumn, Hyde Park Art Center celebrates another year of advancing Chicago art and artists with our Annual Gala.  We’re salways so excited to celebrate with our community of supporters! Check back soon for more information on the 2023 gala, or contact Marina Vulinovic at for more information.

See past Galas!

Not Just Another Pretty Face

Not Just Another Pretty Face is the Art Center’s matchmaking commissioning program for artists and potential art buyers, facilitating lasting relationships between artists and patrons, a new base of support for artists, and investment in the vitality of Chicago’s cultural community.

To date, the Art Center has raised more than $1 million—half of which goes directly into the hands of artists, with the other half going to support Art Center programs. Through Not Just Another Pretty Face, nearly 500 original works of art have been commissioned by nearly 400 new and established collectors interested in investing in Chicago’s artists.

Hyde Park Art Center is assembling a group of Advocates for its programs. The Advocates’ support makes art possible for hundreds of artists and art learners every year. In 2021, the group raised over $250,000 from 50 individuals for the Art Center’s programs. The Advocates’ generosity strengthens all aspects of the Art Center’s work through two overarching initiatives:  

  • Increase access to arts education through Open Arts, a suite of contribute-what-you-can art classes for all ages and skill levels, Teen Programs, and in-school arts education for CPS students. 
  • Invest deeply in Chicago artists by providing resources to create new work, removing financial barriers to professional development, and providing space to create in the Jackman Goldwasser Residency

Ways of Giving

Hyde Park Art Center works in partnership with its supporters to ensure that anyone in our city can participate and progress in the visual arts. From children exploring their newfound talents and interests, to professional artists experimenting with new ideas—the Art Center provides a space for everyone to develop creatively and amplify their skills.

Planned Giving

The Visionary Leaders’ Circle is Hyde Park Art Center’s legacy society. Members of the Visionary Leaders’ Circle have the foresight and generosity to support Chicago art and artists by making planned gift in the years to come to the Art Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Make A Donation To Hyde Park Art Center?

You can make a donation online here, send a check to us at 5020 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago, IL 60615, or call us with your payment information at 773-324-5520 ext. 1014. Thank you for your support!

When is Hyde Park Art Center's Annual Gala?

Hyde Park Art Center’s 2023 Gala is Friday, November 17. More information is available here.

What is Not Just Another Pretty Face?

Not Just Another Pretty Face is Hyde Park Art Center’s signature collaborative art commissioning project. To learn more, or to inquire about participating as an artist or patron for the 2018-2019 iteration, please email Marina Vulinovic at

What Are The Benefits Of Donating To Hyde Park Art Center?

Beyond directly supporting Chicago’s art and artists, Hyde Park Art Center offers a suite of recognition and benefits for different contribution levels. For example, members receive discounts on classes, and donors who contribute $1,000 or more annually qualify for exclusive benefits through Ruth’s Circle.

What Opportunities Does Hyde Park Art Center Have To Support Specific Programs?

We would be happy to discuss support for specific programs, including exhibitions, residencies, arts education, and the Art Center’s Oakman Clinton School & Studios. Learn more here or contact Marina Vulinovic at  773-324-5500 ext. 1006  or email

Who Supports Hyde Park Art Center?

Hyde Park Center thrives because of broad support from many different people. Thank you to all the donors, members, and volunteers who have been involved with the Art Center over the years. Because of you, we are looking ahead to a very bright and exciting future of supporting Chicago’s art and artists.

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