Past Events and Programs

Street Arts as Public Pedagogy: Learning from the Margins

Friday, May 3, 2013 - 12:00am to Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 12:00am

Take a graffiti workshop, watch the film "Louder than a Bomb" or a demonstration from the University of Hip-Hop at the Evanston Art Center. We're hosting a 3-day educational program from May 3 through May 5 around street art called Street Arts as Public Pedagogy: Learning From the Margins. The goal of these events is to highlight the artistic and cultural efforts of those working in the realms of graffiti, hip-hop, education, and the visual arts so that we may grow visibility and awareness of these practices for audiences who may or may not have direct contact with them. 

Dialogic Communities: Repairing the Social Bond Series II

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 6:00pm to Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 6:00pm
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Dialogic Communities is an experimental multi-month participatory art and culture discussion series that is free and open to the public. In conjunction with Insight Arts’ Craig Harshaw Dialogic Communities seeks to inspire thoughtful dialogue and reinvigorate the spirit of community while serving as a productive social model. This informal discussion invites regional community members, scholars, and the public to discuss a range of topics in art and culture (e.g. contemporary art history, theory, criticism, unique artist projects, the everyday, and visual and material culture). 

DISONAR: Performance-Demolition

Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Saturday's performance by artist and musician Scott Carter and his band mates Jesse Butcher and Alex Gartelmann was a smashing success! Over thirty audience members watched the artists/musicians play and ultimatley, destroy, the installation. The piece will be on view through this Thursday. Images from the performance will be in our Image Gallery later this week.

Evanston Youth Film Festival

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
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Join Us! The screening is Sunday, March 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Rotary International Building auditorium.
Over 30 young filmmakers will have their films shown at the Red Carpet Screening event on Sunday. Awards will be given in several categories.


Louder than a Bomb's Kevin Coval will be the keynote speaker. There was no entry fee for submitting a film to the festival, but the Red Carpet Screening admission tickets are $10 at the door. All funds raised will go toward youth scholarships for Evanston Art Center classes.

In-Gallery Faculty Demonstrations

Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

On Sunday, February 10 between 1 and 4 p.m. there will be more to see in our galleries than our Faculty Exhibiton - you will also see some of our faculty. A selection of our talented teaching artists will offer free demonstrations on various art-making techniques right in the galleries. There is no fee, just drop in and learn something.

February 10 is also the final viewing day of the Faculty Exhibition and The Body, Real or Imagined exhibition up in our 2nd floor Studio Gallery. Don't miss these exciting shows.

Winter Arts & Crafts EXPO

Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 11:00am to Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 5:00pm
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The Evanston Art Center's 10th 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 10th year will run for 32 days and represent approximately 100 artists. 


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
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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!