Past Events and Programs

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.

Motion And Light In Art

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

As a prelude to his Fall two-day workshop at the Evanston Art Center, Daniel Miller will be giving a presentation of his and other artists' use of kinetic motion and lights in artwork. Daniel Miller is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. "Motion and Light in Art" takes place in the main EAC building, all are welcome to attend, and admission is FREE!

Re-Create: A Built Environment

Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

Artist Tanya Gill will be helping all those people, young and old and in between, who enjoy building things. In this case, with your help, Tanya will be building an entire "environment" made of of recycled paper products. Materials like phone books, egg cartons, paper towel rolls, paint color chips, used menus, shredded paper and more will morph, under the talented direction of Tanya, into a one-of-a-kind paper structure.

Playing with Your Food

Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Yes, that's right. We're encouraging children (and adults) to play with their food. Sculpture on the Grounds artist, Gary Orlinsky, will offer this one-time workshop before the official opening of his site-specific sculpture, "Elevated" is unveiled on the front lawn of the Art Center.

"Playing with Your Food" is a free workshop that is designed for all ages. Orlinsky teaches basic elements of 3-D design and sculpture by using foods from around the world. The end products are definitely abstract. 

Fabric as Paint Weekend Workshop

Saturday, June 25, 2011 - 9:30pm to Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 1:00pm

Jesse Harrod, one of the artists exhibiting in our summer exhibition CUT will lead the FABRIC AS PAINT weekend workshop: Saturday, June 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 26 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. You'll work with colorful fabrics and embellishments while you learn basic embroidery and piecing skills along with an introduction to color theory. All students will finish a beautiful piece of artwork by end of this fascinating workshop.

Art Center members: $80, non members: $95. Please go to our Art School registration page to sign up.

Trees Speaking to the Wind

Monday, June 20, 2011 - 7:00pm

The Evanston Art Center and Borderbend Arts Collective are proud to present "Trees Speaking to the Wind", a nature-themed performance event at the Evanston Art Center on Monday, June 20, 2011, with poetry readings by Allan Johnston and Tim Hunt, as well as phonography performed by an ensemble. This event also commemorates the 38th World Environment Day. "Trees Speaking to the Wind" is supported by funding from Poets & Writers, and it is free and open to the public, all ages.

CUT - Artist's reception and discussion

Sunday, June 5, 2011 - 1:00pm

Join CUT exhibition curators Eleanor Spiess-Ferris and Beth Hart for the opening reception of this fascinating exhibition. At 2 p.m. you are welcome to join us for a discussion with some of the exhibiting artists about their art practices, the use of paper as a medium, and more. This exhibition will be on view from June 5 through August 7, 2011.

2011 Benefit - Kaleidoscope

Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 11:30pm to Sunday, May 22, 2011 - 4:00am

All of us here at the Art Center send an enormous THANK YOU to all of the talented artists who donated their art work to this year's Spring Benefit "Kaleidoscope", as well as to all those individuals who attended the Benefit and took home some art work. 

Open House

Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

If you've ever wondered what goes on inside the Evanston Art Center, now is your chance to have a behind the scenes look. Come by yourself, with friends, or bring the whole family. There will be tours of the historic Harley Clarke Mansion and grounds. Artists will demonstrate ceramics, pop up books and portraiture. Refreshments will be served. All activities are free and open to the public.

We hope you'll join us.

Physio / tasma / gorical

Sunday, February 20, 2011 - 2:00am to 10:00am

This exhibition, curated by Susan Sensemann, investigates dream and reality in biology, in a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, sculptural installation, and fiber art. Artists in this exhibition evoke the Enlightenment-era identity of mystical and medical discovery; their works look inside the human body in the hope of reconciling the quickly evolving world of clinical science with the un-mined depths of the psychic, the dreamlike, and the imaginary. 

Complex Repeat Event

Repeats every day every Wednesday and every Friday until Sun Oct 31 2010 except Wed Oct 20 2010, Fri Oct 22 2010.
Friday, October 29, 2010 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

This event repeats every Wednesday and Friday during the month of October with the exception of the 3rd week.