When: Every second Sunday through September -February.
Where: 5020 S. Cornell Avenue, 773-324-5520
About the Hyde Park Art Center
Hyde Park Art Center has been a leader in advancing contemporary visual art in Chicago since 1939. The nonprofit organization brings artists and communities together to support creativity at every level.
Within its facility, the Art Center offers a comprehensive roster of programs that work in concert to make contemporary art more approachable. It does so by involving the community in dynamic engagement with art and artists through exhibitions, artist talks, studio art classes, an international residency program, free public events, and professional development opportunities for artists.
Outside its walls, the Art Center’s outreach programs in historically under served neighborhoods bring the visual arts to Chicago youth, their teachers, and their families.
1939 – The Fifth Ward Art Guild aka The Hyde Park Art Center is founded by artist volunteers
1940 – The Guild officially changes it name to the Hyde Park Art Center
1957 – “Knowing that the Art Center existed as part of the whole scene just contributed to the belief that the arts were a normal and fundamental part of life.” – Bruce Thorn
1968 – The Art Center exhibits Non-Plussed Some ushering in a new wave of Chicago Imagists and builds a bridge for future Imagist creations
1969 – 30 by 30 by 30 is the Art Center’s 30 year celebration show
1970 – “the most interesting Chicago art is most often seen at the HPAC” – Franz Schulze
1973 – More classes are added for youth and adults Monday through Friday
1984 – The Art Center begins its first Outreach program eventually extending to parks, community centers, retirement homes and schools on the South and West Side
1994 – The Art Center celebrates it’s 55th Anniversary
1995 – Not Just Another Pretty Face becomes an Art Center tradition, matching artists with patrons, revealing commissioned work in a community setting
1998 – Cited by the Clinton Administration as one of 16 nonprofit organizations that could be used as a model for working with vulnerable youth
2006 – The Art Center moves in at 5020 S Cornell Ave, the first free-standing home the art Center has had in its history.
2014 – The Art Center celebrates it’s 75th Anniversary
2016 – Hyde Park Art Center is recognized with the MacArthur Creative and Effective Institutions Award