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Hyde Park Art Center

by Matt B on May 11th, 2007

I think my last successful art project involved glue and dry macaroni. But I certainly can still appreciate the works of experienced art enthusiasts. Amateurs and experts alike will find delight in the Hyde Park Art Center, a non-profit organization on the south side of Chicago. Their mission? To stimulate and sustain the visual arts in the city. Established in 1939, it is the oldest alternative exhibition space in Chicago and has a long history of reaching out to the community.

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The Center exhibits a wide range of work by emerging artists through its Exhibitions Program. Open house events, poetry readings, panel discussions, music performances, and gallery talks capture the attention of wide-ranging audiences. Professional teaching artists help aspiring students and hobbyists develop their skills in numerous artist studios, classrooms, facilities, and an extensive library. Hyde Park Art Center has a class for just about everything, including: Digital Media, Silk Screening, Jewelry Making, Crochet, Print Making, Pottery, Collagraphs, Beginning Animation, Painting and Drawing, etc.

This gem goes far beyond just providing class and exhibit space. It has built partnerships with schools, parks, public housing developments, retirement homes, and community centers throughout the city. HPAC’s programs help to improve test scores, train teachers, and reinforce school curricula. The Center hosts “4833,” a gathering place for exhibitions and educational collaborations in an effort to bring resources and people together to start meaningful dialogues.

With all these features and sleek, modern rooms, the Center somehow remains friendly and personal. The staff is approachable and helpful, never pompous. The studios look “lived-in” without being messy. And all the materials for the classes are free.

Ever heard the phrase, “You can’t miss it”? No words were truer for this building with its giant letters “A” “R” “T” on the side.

Photo credit: Wikipedia

Hyde Park Art Center: 5020 S Cornell Ave; 773-324-5520
Mon - Thurs: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Fri - Sat: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sun: 12 noon - 5:00 p.m.
Public Trans: Bus # 6, 15, X28 or Metra train (51-53rd St)

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