Past Events

You'll find some of our most recently archived events listed below.

Professional Photo Critique Session

Join professional photographer David Joel for a free 3-hour photo critique session.

David is a career professional with worldwide clientele and a special interest in critiquing. David has critiqued hundreds of students photos’ professionally. Comments are not judgmental but rather full of visual and technical information. Beginners to advanced amateurs welcome. Limited to 8 people!


Please contact David to reserve your spot for this session, at


Smart Fest

Sunday September 28, 2014 Smart Museum of Art 1:00 — 4:00 pm

Join us for a community open house marking the Smart Museum of Art’s 40th anniversary. Explore the special exhibition Carved, Cast, Crumpled: Sculpture All Ways and celebrate with live music in GalleryX, sculpture-making for all ages (including the chance to chip away at a real block of marble), and festive treats.  All are welcome. All materials are provided. Free and open to the public.

The Ecological Imagination: Life and the Design of Urban Public Space

October 2, 2014 Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts — 6 PM

Commissioned to redesign Navy Pier for its 100th anniversary in 2016, landscape architect James Corner will share his vision for livable cities at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts as part of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust’s annual Thinking Into the Future: the Robie House Series on Architecture, Design and Ideas. A cocktail reception will take place at 5 p.m. James Corner¹s new book, The Landscape Imagination: Collected Essays of James Corner 1990-2010 will be available to purchase. A book signing will take place following the lecture.

The New World, Application for Turtle Island

September 21, 2014 Renaissance Society and Kent Hall 4-7 pm

Join us to celebrate the opening of Josef Strau’s exhibition, The New World, Application for Turtle Island. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in a US museum.  Strau discusses his work and wider practice with the show’s curator, Solveig Øvstebø, at 5pm. This talk takes place in Kent Hall, Room 120, which is a short walk from the Renaissance Society.

Date: September 21, 2014
Time: 4-7pm
Location: Renaissance Society and Kent Hall

The Chicago Effect Gallery Tour

September 15, 2014 Hyde Park Art Center 6-8 pm

Experience the current exhibition The Chicago Effect: Redefining the Middle with a tour from the curators Allison Peters Quinn and Megha Ralapati.   The exhibition includes artwork that explores permeable boundaries, liminal spaces, and in-betweens, identifying and asserting the necessity of the middle as a fertile improvisational space that becomes a creative engine. The exhibition aims to consider the value of a broker, a middle class, or a moderate political position, for a society on the brink of losing the middle ground.

Date: September 15, 2014
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Hyde Park Art Center
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La Imprenta Móvil with Nuria Montiel

Join the Hyde Park Art Center during the 75th Anniversary Block Party to welcome Mexico-City based artist Nuria Montiel to the Jackman Goldwasser Residency, as she debuts her Chicago version of La Imprenta Móvil (mobile printing cart). Join Nuria in making letter press prints using her original type set design. All levels are welcome and those new to printmaking encouraged!

Date: September 13, 2014
Time: 1-4pm
Location:  Hyde Park Art Center
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Open Studio and Workshop: Susan Giles

2014-2015 Chicago resident Susan Giles opens her studio doors during the Hyde Park Art Center’s 75th anniversary Block Party. Meet the artist for a first view into her studio as she develops a new exhibition to open in the Art Center next Spring. More information on Susan’s residency, click here.

Explore the process of making three-dimensional art inspired by Susan Giles in a hands-on workshop during her Open Studio. The workshop will explore the steps in problem solving and artistic decision making, which result in dynamic sculptural works. Led by artist Dorothy Bowser, participants will create small-scale sculptures that investigate mood and perspective in Giles’ work. Join us to paper, wire and tape to transform a simple cube into 3D artwork that provokes the senses. All experience levels are welcome and encouraged!

Date: September 13, 2014
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Hyde Park Art Center
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This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

HPAC 75th Anniversary BBQ Block Party Bash

Come celebrate the Hyde Park Art Center’s 75th Anniversary with art, music, food, and more!

Location: Hyde Park Art Center
Date: September 13, 2014
Time: 12-9pm

Family Day: Blob Monsters

Drop by the Smart on the first Saturday of each month for free family art activities.  This Saturday, make blobby clay and papier mâché sculptures inspired by the art in the Smart’s sculpture garden.  All materials provided. Activities are best for kids ages 4–12, accompanied by an adult.

Location: Smart Museum of Art
Date: September 6, 2014
Time: 1-4pm
Blob Monsters

Image: Richard Hunt, detail of Why, 1974.

43rd Street Festival

The South East Chicago Commission presents the 43rd Street Festival on Saturday September 13, 2014.  Highlights include arts, crafts, music, food, beer garden, children’s activities and more!