Hyde Park Art Center


Location: Hyde Park, Chicago, Illinois

Mission: The Hyde Park Art Center is a not-for-profit organization funded in part by the: Alphawood Foundation; a City Arts III grant from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events;  Field Foundation of Illinois; Harper Court Arts Council; Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; The Irving Harris Foundation; Joyce Foundation; Leo S. Guthman Fund; Lloyd A. Fry Foundation; MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince; National Endowment for the Arts; Polk Bros. Foundation; Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust; and the generosity of its members and people like you.

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 underserved neighborhoods bring the visual arts to Chicago youth, their teachers, and their families.

By developing socially adept programming that finds new ways to engage diverse audiences in the work of Chicago’s artists, the Art Center makes space for transparent interaction with art and the artistic process, inspiring creative exploration and encouraging exchange between audiences and artists.

Cost: n/a

Application Fee: n/a (Selected artists only)

Number of Artists: Up to 5 per year

Accommodations: Artists are provided studio space at the Art Center, accommodation, supportive resources, and connection to Chicago artists, institutions, and cultural communities and may include exhibition opportunities at the Art Center.

Length of Stay: 6 to 8 weeks or a year

International and national residencies range from six to eight weeks, while local artists may be in residence for up to a year, depending on the artist’s needs and project scope.

Demographic/Medium: International, national, and local artists

The Hyde Park Art Center does not discriminate against any person for reason of race, gender, age, place of national origin, handicap, religious conviction, marital status, veteran status or sexual preference.

Benefit Goals: Stimulate Chicago’s cultural community by infusing a range of artists and cultural producers into the city who are encouraged to engage with the community; Support the process of creating new work at all stages from research to making; Demystify professional art practices by actively inviting a diverse public to participate in Residency programs and engage with working artists; Investigate the role of art making, practice, and presentation within a dynamic, urban environment; Expand the dialogue between Chicago and the rest of the world through exhibition, cross-cultural exchange, and conversation surrounding international contemporary art practices.

Deadline: At this time, residencies are curated with selection based on the proven quality of artists’ work and the impact this residency will have on their practice. Selection is by invitation at this time.


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