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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.  The 2021 Gala will be a combination virtual and in-person event, and we’re so excited to celebrate with our community of supporters! It provides an opportunity to recognize the Art Center’s accomplishments throughout its history and shine a light on its significant contributions to Chicago’s cultural and civic community.

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 has launched a special edition of Not Just Another Pretty Face to support artists and the Art Center during the COVID-19 crisis.

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.

Hyde Park Art Center’s advocate groups provide an opportunity to deepen your support of the Art Center. Artist Advocates and Education Advocates help increase visibility for our artists and students, while securing the future for arts in Chicago, with annual membership of $2,500 or more. Artist Advocates and Education Advocates also receive exclusive updates about the Art Center’s programs.

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 2017 Gala is Saturday, October 14. 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 Maria Nelson 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 call us at 773-324-5520 ext. 1022.

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.