Past Events and Programs

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!

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.

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.