Past Events and Programs

Winter Arts & Crafts EXPO Preview Party

Saturday, November 17, 2012 -
12:00am to 3:00am

On November 21st from 6 pm –9 pm, there will be a preview party for patrons to shop before the public, along with a silent auction featuring art works donated by participating Expo artists. The silent auction will be open until November 23rd at 4 pm. Tickets to the preview party cost $30 for early registration and $35 at the door. Click "Select Item" below to purchase your tickets here!

For more information on the 2014 Winter Expo, click here.

Master Silk-Screen Workshop

Saturday, August 11, 2012 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm

EAC's August 11th screenprinting workshop by Jay Ryan was a huge success being fully subscribed with 20 participants. Our apolgoies to those on the waiting list. We will try to get Jay back again for another workshop. Also, our own Michael Jackson, EAC teaching artist in our printmaking studio at the Noyes building, also teaches screenprinting.

A Program on Art, Dialogue, and Action

Friday, June 15, 2012 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

First in the series of programs: Friday, June 15, 6 - 9 pm. In the coming year, the Evanston Art Center plans to present several educational programs designed to engage the audience in conversations about contemporary art, social practice, and other topics relevant to our communities. We encourage you to join us.

Program hosted by the Evanston Art Center, 2603 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL (847) 475-5300


A Three-Month Series of Art, Dialogue, and Action Nights of Insight

View Artwork from our Summer Youth Classes and Camps

Monday, June 11, 2012 - 12:00am to Friday, August 24, 2012 - 12:00am

The Evanston Public Library has partnered with the Evanston Art Center by displaying artworks by EAC young artists from our summer programs. Artworks will be in the childrens' area of the library through the month of September. Young artists were inspired by a circus theme and proudly present their creations to the community for an entire month.

Night Sky Opening Reception

Sunday, June 3, 2012 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Our summer 2012 exhibition, Night Sky, looks to the heavens for inspiration. Humans have used the night sky to navigate, mark the passage of time, and impart meaning to their lives for thousands of years. As technology has advanced, our connection to the night sky has atrophied—not simply because we have gained greater control of our environment, but also because we no longer can see the Milky Way and many constellations due to light pollution.

Screening the Local, Historical, and Surreal

Thursday, May 24, 2012 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Through informal discussion, the Evanston Art Center was fortunate enough to connect with Thomas Comerford and Melika Bass for a filmscreening of Indian Boundary Line, 2010 and Shoals, 2011. The Evanston Art Center’s Education Program is honored to present two films that we feel connect to our local cultural heritage and explores the idea of imagined history in the Midwestern landscape. 

Melika Bass’ Shoals, 2011

On Chicago Art Criticism: A Panel Discussion

Sunday, April 15, 2012 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm

New Art Examiner co-founder Derek Guthrie and an intergenerational panel of local art writers discuss the historical significance and future of art criticism in Chicago. The dialogue will touch upon the current discourses of modern and postmodern approaches to art criticism, art writing, new arts journalism, institutional authority and influence (art schools, art museums, etc.) as well as contemporary art strategies that are shaping culture now. The perceived goal of this event is to establish certain histories and commonalities that can move our city forward.

Taking Breath

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 5:00pm to Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 8:00pm

EAC faculty member, Janis Pozzi-Johnson, will be exhibiting her work at Chicago's Perimeter Gallery, located at 210 West Superior Street. We hope you will join Janis at the opening reception on Friday, March 16, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

EAC Open House!

Saturday, November 26, 2011 -
11:00am to 5:00pm

Instead of fighting holiday crowds, you can take a tour of the EAC’s home, the historic Harley Clarke House, at 11am, 1pm, or 3pm on Saturday, November 26th. You can also participate in a sock puppet workshop from 1:30 – 3:30. The best part is, all events are free!

Winter Expo Preview Party

Saturday, November 19, 2011 -
12:00am to 3:00am

On November 18th from 6:00–9:00 p.m., there will be a preview party for patrons to shop before the public, along with a silent auction featuring art works donated by participating Expo artists. The silent auction will be open until November 21st at 4:00 p.m. Tickets to the preview party cost $30 for early registration and $35 at the door. Click "Select Item" below to purchase your tickets here!

For more information on the 2011 Winter Expo, click here.

From Clothing Manufacturing to Fashion and the Avant-Garde

Saturday, October 22, 2011 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm

Tour one of the most interesting venues in the City of Chicago - the School of the Art Institute’s Fashion Resource Center. View their fascinating collection of contemporary dress and resource materials along with a lecture by contemporary costume historian and director of the SAIC Fashion Resource Center, Gillion Carrara and fashion writer and archivist, Alex Aubry.

The Evanston Art Center's Future Begins To Take Shape

Sunday, October 16, 2011 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

Join the EAC for a special fall event, "The Evanston Art Center's Future Begins to Take Shape" on Sunday, October 16 from 11am to 2pm at the Evanston Golf Club, 4401 Dempster Street in Skokie. Guests will enjoy a brunch buffet,  silent auction and Ra Joy, Executive Director of the Arts Alliance Illinois will speak on the future of the arts. Ra is an artist and an arts advocate with extensive experience in public policy and the congressional arena. He grew up and went to school in Evanston. Tickets are $80 per person. Reservations are limited.

An Evening of Poetry and History

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 11:30pm

Thursday, October 6 at 6:30

In conjunction with the exhibition dimensional lines: art + dress, we invite you to join us for an evening of poetry readings by distinguished poet and Northwestern University professor, Stuart Dybek, on the topic of dress in literature. Sandra Michels Adams will follow the readings with an illustrated lecture on the architecture and history of the former Harley Clarke Mansion, which now houses the Evanston Art Center. 

Light refreshments will be served.

Line Dancing: A Drawing Show

Friday, September 30, 2011 - 5:00pm to Friday, December 16, 2011 - 8:00pm

Gallery 4502 presents "Line Dancing: A Drawing Show" on view from September 30 to December 16, 2011. Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, September 30 from 5pm to 7pm.

Gallery 4502 is located in the Lorraine H Morton Civic Center at 2100 Ridge Avenue, Evanston on the fourth floor.

Exhibiting artists include: Julian Cox, Julie Cowan, Ruyell Ho, Michael Imlay, Jim Lange, Jordan Martins, Emily McCormick, Bruce Noel Mortenson, Carol Ng-He, Gale Maureen Tolf, and Anthony Vick.

Art After Five tour

Friday, September 16, 2011 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Evanston Art Center Members' & Guests Event

African Art Collection. Join Art After Five coordinator and celebrated artist, Linda Kramer, for a tour of a spectacular collection of Western and Eastern African art works. This collection on view in a North Shore home encompasses over 300 African works, the oldest being 2,500 years old and the more recent dated 2010. 

Please join us for an exciting evening exploration of Western and Eastern African artworks and learn about their singular influence on modern art.