Past Events and Programs

Spring Benefit Gala Party & Live Art Auction 2015

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 6:00pm

The 2015 ART PARTY will be the first event to take place in our new venue at 1717 Central Street. The fun begins at 6pm and lasts for hours. Party goers will be the first to experience the Art Center's new facility. There will be silent and live auctions, dinner, dancing, and wine! All proceeds benefit the Art Center's expanded arts programming, scholarships and more.

CLICK HERE for more information about tickets and table sponsorships.

Reclaim MLK Day with We Charge Genocide and the EAC

Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

The Evanston Art Center and Insight Arts are pleased to collaborate once again in conjunction with the Evanston PublicLibrary's Martin Luther King Jr. Day program. This year we are so honored to have with us Monica Trinidad and Todd St. Hill from the Chicago organization We Charge Genocide (the grassroots organization that recently made headlines when they addressed the United Nations in November 2014).

12th Annual Winter Arts & Crafts EXPO

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 11:00am to Monday, December 22, 2014 - 5:00pm

The Evanston Art Center's 12th Annual Winter Arts & Crafts EXPO features original, handmade works of jewelry, ceramics, fiber, metal, glass, painting, photography, mixed-media and more. All proceeds from the EXPO sale will benefit EAC's ongoing exhibition, scholarship, and outreach programs. Based on enthusiastic community support, our 12th year will run for 30 days and represent approximately 100 artists.

Get Your Holiday Style On!

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 11:00pm to Friday, November 14, 2014 - 1:30am

Experience Hair and Makeup for the Holidays and Support the Evanston Art Center!

The Evanston Art Center is partnering with the Robert Gold Salon to offer an evening of Hair, Makeup, Shopping and Refreshments.

Gather your girlfriends and stop by the Salon, located at 2942 Central Street in Evanston, for an evening of fun!  

Proceeds of the event benefit the Evanston Art Center

Thursday, November 13th 

5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $50 for a Shampoo, Blowout Style and Holiday Makeup look

Ensemble Black Tulip

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 8:30pm to 9:30pm

This was a Friday evening of song and period music beatifully performed by the Early Music Ensemble! Black Tulip.If you missed this live concert you will be able to listen to Black Tulip when they perform live on WFMT this Spring. Friday's music was by Handel, Purcell, Telemann, Hacquart, Bartolomeo da Selva and Bononcini.

The Evanston Art Center Celebrates its 85th Year!

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

You’re invited to visit the Art Center galleries during the month of October to view an exhibition of materials, including letters, posters, drawings, and other memorabilia from EAC's archives that illustrate the Art Center’s rich history.

In October of 1929 over 20 of Evanston's civic and cultural leaders established the Evanston Art Center. This forward-thinking group recognized the many benefits of providing a rich cultural life to an entire community. For over eight decades the Art Center has contributed to the vibrancy and creativity of this community.

In 2015, the Art Center will begin to write the next chapter in is history from its new facility at 1717 Central Street in Evanston. Architect's renderings, floor plan designs, and other inspirational photos will be on display in the gallery.

Artist-in-Residence Josefien Stoppelenburg in Concert

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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The Evanston Art Center is pleased to present a special musical program featuring our artist-in-residence, Josefien Stoppelenburg. New Voices: A Songfest will feature performances by Stephen Alltop-piano, Jean Hatmaker-cello, Danika Paskvan -violin and Dan Qiao-viola, will showcase the music of Stacy Garrop, Lita Grier, Harold Bauer and composers like Handel, Tchaikovsky and Rossini.
Willem Stoppelenburg, who is coming over from the Netherlands, will premiere his new piece ' Kavafis Songs,' for Cello and Soprano.
You will also hear two e.e. cummings sonnets for Soprano and String Trio by Harold Bauer.

This program is included in the Chicago Artists Month 2014 highlighted programs.

$15 General Admission, $5 Students, under 18 Free

All performances will be held at the Evanston Art Center, 2603 Sheridan Road in Evanston


Getting Galleries to Yes

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
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On Wednesday, September 17, EAC hosts a special 1-day program for artists led by artist, coach and agent, Gwenda Joyce. This intensive session runs from 10am to 5pm and is designed for those artists who aspire to build their art career with gallery representation. This day-long intensive will

Barbara and Russell Bowman Collection

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Join Art After Five coordinator and celebrated artist Linda Kramer on the evening of September 10 for a visit to a private art collection. Focused on American art of the past forty years, the collection includes works on paper by Alex Katz, Philip Pearlstein, Joel Shapiro, Elizabeth Murray, David Salle and others. A concentration of Chicago Imagist works includes paintings by Roger Brown and Barbara Rossi, works on paper by Jim Nutt, Gladys Nilsson, Karl Wirsum and Ray Yoshida, and prints by Ed Paschke and Christina Ramberg.

Beats N' Eats

Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 11:00pm to Monday, July 14, 2014 - 1:00am

The Evanston Art Center interns are hosting “Beats N’ Eats” on the back lawn Sunday, July 13, from 6-8. The event will feature musical performances from student bands, showcasing a variety of talented artists from the Northwestern Mariachi Band to local rock groups. The lawn will also be host to several of the area’s unique food vendors, including two food trucks and treats from Dulce Caramel and Crave Bar.

Social Imagination and the Contemporary Arts of Curriculum

Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 10:00am to Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 10:00am

Saturday, June 21 & Sunday, June 22 from 1 – 4pm.

This special teacher development program, organized by Rachel Harper and co-taught with Nick Hostert and W. Keith Brown, offers Illinois State-Certified teachers the opportunity to explore the practice and implications of teaching as a contemporary art form through immersion in imaginative play, creative challenge, and reflective discussion. Teachers will also earn CPDU credits.

Program participants will also be given access to the Art Center’s gallery the weekend of September 27 and 28 with the intention of animating the space with art work, curriculum, responses to the June program, or other activities of their choice.

Please consider joining us on Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22 from 1 – 4pm. This workshop is limited to 15 teachers and has a $25 per person fee, which includes lunch and a free sketchbook.