Past Events and Programs

In 3 Moving Parts

Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
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Sincere thanks to Matthew Ballou, Norbert Marszalek and Tim Vermeulen for exhibiting their paintings in EAC's main galleries. This was a well-attended exhibition that culminated in a special visiting artist workshop titled The Evocative Self-Portrait in Pastel taught by Ballou. Ten individuals registered for the workshop, which presented another opportunity for our students to interact with and learn from some of today's most talented teaching artists.



A New Way to Support EAC - Eat at Koi's Table 23

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 12:00am to Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 1:00am

During the entire month of November, every time you eat lunch or dinner at Evanston's KOI, the restaurant will donate 20% of the sales from Table 23, minus tax and gratuity, to the Evanston Art Center. Additionally, EAC will receive 1% of edamame sales and $1 for all delivery and carryout orders when EAC is mentioned. Table 23 remains empty if it is not reserved specifically to benefit EAC.

Art Bites - The Conservation Center Tour

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 10:00pm to Friday, October 11, 2013 - 12:00am

Please join the Evanston Art Center for a private tour of The Conservation Center, one of the nation’s leading art restoration and conservation laboratories. This special tour will include hors d'oeuvres and cocktails in addition to expert speakers on various topics of conserving special collections.

Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 5 to 7 pm at The Conservation Center, 400 N. Wolcott, Chicago, IL  60622. EAC guests will be given special parking privileges that evening.

The cost per person is $50. Please purchase your tickets here by October 6 (click "Select Item" below). 100% of the evening's proceeds will help support EAC's educational and artistic programming.

Thank You for Celebrating Evanston's 150th With Us

Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Thank You to the Following Candle Buyers for Turning the Front Lawn Into a Sea of Candles!

A special thank you goes to Home Depot of Evanston for donating supplies for this Birthday Project!

Allegro Dance Boutique

Amy G Salon

Autobarn Evanston

Barbara & Jonathan Achenbaum

Bennison's Bakery

Barbara Blades


D&D Finer Foods Wine & Spirits

Evanston Art Center's Spring Benefit & Art Auction is Huge Success

Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 6:30pm to 11:00pm

Over 250 guests attended Evanston Art Center’s Spring Benefit, and many left with a unique piece to bring home, funding the Art Center’s exhibition, youth outreach programs and scholarships. While viewing interesting and unique art pieces throughout the Art Center, guests also enjoyed food and appetizers as well as lively music and dance.

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.