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June 2 - 30, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, June 2, 5-8pm

Evanston Made is an annual celebration in June that focuses on showcasing Evanston creatives. Throughout the month of June, studios, galleries, museums, workshops and businesses open their doors to showcase works (artistic, artisanal, etc.) and host events by Evanston creatives.


Old Friends Make ‘New Work’ at the Evanston Art Center

Annette Turow and Linda Robinson Gordon have known each other for years and are even in the same Torah study group. But they are now connecting in a new way: through their art.

The exhibition “New Work,” featuring pieces by both Turow and Robinson Gordon, opens Sunday at the Evanston Art Center. It is the first ever joint exhibition between the two Chicago-area artists, whose collaboration, Turow said, was partly inspired by the fact that their recent works express similar attitudes toward the world.



Summer Youth Art Camps are happening at Evanston Art Center!

Ensure your child has an exciting art-filled summer at the Evanston Art Center by signing them up for an art camp today! Your kids will have a lot of fun doing great art projects, making new friends, and viewing art in the galleries! They will be exposed to new ways to explore and cultivate creativity, new techniques and skills that enhance existing interests, access to new technologies, and much more!


Evanston Made is an annual celebration in June that focuses on showcasing Evanston creatives. Throughout the month of June, studios, galleries, museums, workshops and businesses open their doors to showcase works (artistic, artisanal, etc.) and host events by Evanston creatives.

Registration is open for Evanston Made 2017, sign up here.

Shout Out: Judith Brotman, artist in residence at EAC

Sculptor and School of the Art Institute of Chicago instructor Judith Brotman, 58, will be in residence at the Evanston Art Center this month. While sculpting is her love, she also developed a passion for another art form she calls public projects. With her latest work as part of the residency, Brotman will incorporate language and text to help create meditations on the power of words and conversations. Her participation in residency is a revival of a program called a reading project that she founded when she injured her hand three years ago and couldn't sculpt.

Artwork talks at Evanston + Vicinity Biennial exhibit

Stunning. Startling. Thought-provoking. Evanston Art Center's 23rd Evanston + Vicinity Biennial exhibit is all that and more.

More than 400 entries were judged by Lela Hersh, president of Museum and Fine Arts Consulting; Monique Meloche, owner of Monique Meloche Gallery; and Lorelei Stewart, director of Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

"There was no particular criteria," Hersh said. "Certainly, innovation is always important. Is it something we've seen a lot? Does it seem like they're taking chances?"

Sixty-four pieces were selected.

Society! Artwork-In-Residence Program

August 2 – September 11, 2016 


EAC’s artwork-in-residence program, curated by Jessica Cochran and featuring 6 artists in rotating residencies, will continue with research-based artist Joseph G. Cruz from August 2 – September 11, 2016. Cruz’s work focuses on the production and reception of information and how romanticized notions about the world come into fruition. Cruz experiments with vernaculars of representations to form visual vocabularies that comment on the relationship between science and history.



Evanston Made is a month-long celebration of the arts in Evanston designed to create opportunities for artists to engage with the community. (and vice versa) CLICK HERE for more details and the latest event calendar for Evanston Made.




The Evanston Art Center’s Winter Arts & Crafts Expo is one of the largest and most celebrated craft shows in the Chicago area. The 14th annual Expo features original arts and crafts by over 100 selected artisans, featuring works of jewelry, ceramics, fiber, metal, glass, painting, photography, mixed-media, and more.


For more information, CLICK HERE


A month-long celebration of the arts in Evanston designed to create opportunities for artists to engage with the community. (and vice versa)


“Evanston Made”
Evanston Art Center
June 3-30 


Evanston Art Center
June 3, 5-8 p.m.


June 4, 12-5 p.m.
Maps online & at Evanston Art Center


Evanston Art Center showcases work of local artist collective


Jennifer Hepp/The Daily Northwestern

“Dimethylamine” by Melody Saraniti is one of the paintings on display as part of Evanston Art Center’s exhibit “Dialogue Chicago: 12.” The exhibit was organized as a celebration of the fifteenth year of Dialogue Chicago, a supportive community for local artists to practice. 

Jennifer Hepp, Reporter

Dialogue Chicago will celebrate 15 years as a community for local artists to practice and grow their crafts with an exhibit at the Evanston Art Center that will run through April 17. The community began in 2002 as artist Sarah Krepp’s post-grad seminar out of her home studio for artists in the Chicago area.

The exhibit features 12 Dialogue Chicago alumni who present art from a variety of disciplines, including photography, painting, sculpture and mixed media. The exhibit is titled “Dialogue Chicago: 12.” 




Thursday April 14, 2016, 4-8 pm

Panera Bread
1700 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201

CLICK HERE to print out a flyer. Bring the flyer in when you dine at Panera and they'll donate a portion of the proceeds from your purchase to the Evanston Art Center. It's a handcrafted delicious meal, all for a great cause!

CLICK HERE to Learn more about Fundraising Nights at Panera Bread.


Evanston + Vicinity Biennial Call for Artists

DEADLINE EXTENDED to MAY 20! Our Biennial is one of the Midwest's largest and most prestigious juried exhibitions, offering artists an opportunity to have their work viewed by three talented curators; Lela Hersh, President of Museum and Fine Arts Consulting and Lecturer in the Graduate Department of Arts Administration and Policy at School of the Art Institute of ChicagoMonique Meloche, Owner, Monique Meloche Gallery and Lorelei Stewart, Director, Gallery 400 at University of Illinois at Chicago. Our Biennial will be promoted and viewed by hundreds of visitors, including gallerists, curators and collectors.

All mediums accepted. A non-refundable $30 entry fee is required from each artist. The fee must accompany your online form or CD submission. A complete entry includes: completed entry form, labeled CD, and fee. Make checks payable to the Evanston Art Center.



Online and Mail-in Artist Submission Deadline: all entries by midnight on May 20, 2016

By June 10                           Notification of acceptance

July 5-10                               Accepted artworks delivered to Evanston Art Center

July 11-14                             Installation

July 15, 6-8pm                     Opening and Artists’ Reception

August 28                            Biennial Exhibition closes

August 29-September 4    Deinstall and pick up artworks



Cash awards and gift cards will be awarded at the artists’ reception on Friday, July 15, 6-8pm. Jurors will award five artists from the 2016 E+V Biennial to have an exhibit in EAC's galleries in 2017. 


The 23rd Evanston + Vicinity Biennial is open to artists 18 years of age and older living in Illinois. All work must be original and completed within the last two years.



Notification of acceptance will be emailed by June 10. A valid email address is required.

Financial aid/scholarships and Payment Plans

The mission of the Art Center is dedicated to making arts accessible to everyone. During the year we provide many programs that are free and open to the public. Education is a key component to art making and we want to make that available to everyone. Need-based scholarships are available and can be applied to classes and workshops. 


Financial aid applications are available on our website and at the front desk. Please complete the application and return with your class registration. Payment plans are also available.

For more information, please CLICK HERE or call 847-475-5300.


A huge THANK YOU for everyone that came, bought tickets, donated, bid on the auctions, and celebrated with us this weekend. We had a great time, see you next year!


To view photos from The Art Party 2016, CLICK HERE.



Sat, 05/14/2016 - 6:00pm

Experience…The Lives We Touch and the Art We Create

Join us for a night of silent and live auctions, dinner, dancing, and wine!

Mark your calendar for our upcoming benefit – Saturday night, May 14 at 1717 Central Street! The Spring Benefit Art Party will consist of a live auction showcasing art donated by Chicago-area artists and an Experience Auction featuring special, one-of-a kind experiences. The Silent Auction will offer hotel stays, restaurant certificates, sporting game tickets, and more. Attendees will be able to bid on featured items or services while enjoying a sophisticated sit-down dinner.


Individual Tickets $200

CLICK HERE to purchase individual tickets to the Art Party.


Table Sponsorship available starting at $2500

To purchase Table Sponsorships, please contact the Art Center's Manger of External Affairs, Gabrielle Burrage, at (847) 475-5300 or


The proceeds from the benefit will help the Evanston Art Center to make arts more accessible to our community by providing scholarships for students in need of financial support, and funding our exhibitions and outreach programs.

Art Parties

Party space is available from 1:30-3:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays for a maximum of 15 children. If a party goes beyond 15 children, we charge an additional $15 per child. Parties take place in one room only. To use additional rooms at the Art Center you must pay a $100 room rental fee.

The Art Center provides space, art supplies, a teahcer, and a teaching assistant. 

Time is divided between art making and celebrating a birthday. Parents supply cake, refreshments, forks, plates, and decorations. A table for these things is in the same room.

Hybrid’s Paradise


Our New Location: 1717 Central Street, Evanston

Curated by Sergio Gomez, Curator | Gallery Director, 33 Contemporary Gallery, Zhou B Art Center

Hybrid’s Paradise is comprised primarily of works by Chicago based artists and explores dualities, sequences, pairings, and other hybrid structures of organic, mechanical, social, political, spiritual and psychological natures.


August 6, 2015

7-9 p.m.

$20 per person

21+ / Bring valid ID



The Evanston Art Center will be hosting its premier evening event for art discussion, growth, and fun. The first Thursday of each month will feature an art-oriented event - artist talks, films and small exhibitions - geared towards young professionals. We invite artists, scientists, students, adventurers, creatives of all kinds to join us!


Contribute to a Bigger Picture of Arts Engagement

The Evanston Art Center's new facility located at 1717 Central Street is currently being transformed into a hub for arts and culture.

Our Capital Campaign, SEE THE BIGGER PICTURE, which was launched in July has collected $1,811,596 in generous contributuions. With the addition of future pledges, we are now less than $500,000 shy of our overall goal of $2,500,000. Your tax-deductible constributions will enable us to complete the renovation, purchase studio equipment, and move to the new site in May 2015.

We're planning a dynamic mash-up of discipline-specific visual arts studios and mixed-use spaces in which digital fabrication, craft, design, music, movement, film, language, storytelling, social practice, song, and even the culinary arts will be offered. This new community of makers of all ages and backgrounds will be encouraged to take an active role in the life of the center.


Please consider being part of this important community arts effort which will benefit many. Send a tax-deductible contribution today.


Register Now for Youth Summer Camps!

The Evanston Art Center is very excited to announce that it will be hosting its summer 2015 classes and Summer Youth Art Camps in its new location at 1717 Central Street. Children will enjoy a tidy new building, art classes in 3 beautifully designed youth studios, a new digital lab, and snack breaks out to nearby McCulloch Park. In addition to the camps seen here please check our website in May for more summer youth offerings that meet one-day a week for 5 and 10 weeks.

Thank You to our Faculty for a Wonderful Exhibition

The faculty of the Evanston Art Center comprises over 50 talented teaching artists working in a variety of disciplines. Every other year, the Art Center invites each of our faculty members to submit one work to our all-faculty exhibition.

This eclectic, well-attended exhibition gives our teaching artists an opportunity to invite curators, collectors, press, and friends to view their artworks. Many of the pieces will be for sale and proceeds benefit both the artists and the Art Center.

Register for Spring Classes

Registration for all of our spring session (March 23 through May 24) classes are open. You'll find new classes and workshops worth investigating in all of our departments. Take a Maker Bots family workshop. Join our photo critque group. Explore non-traditional techiques for artist bookmaking. The week of April 6, we will offer a Multi-Arts Spring Break Camp for ages 6 to 10.


CLICK HERE to register for classes.


CLICK HERE to view a PDF version of our Spring Catalog.

Support EAC at Koi Restaurant in November!

Thank you Koi Restaurant for selecting the Evanston Art Center as the nonprofit beneficiary of Table 23 for the month of November. We were thrilled to be part of this generous community outreach program!

All proceeds from Table 23 will contribute to the Art Center's educational programming that provides contemporary art activities for people of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels.

Anyone interested in becoming involved in Art Center activities is encouraged to search our web site and discover the many ways you can become engaged.


EAC's Dialogic Communities Art Discussion Group Convenes at The Smart Museum

Join us at the Smart Museum of Art beginning second Fridays October-December, 2014. We will read and discuss Joshua Decter's new book Art is a Problem. The group will begin by discussing the

preface, introduction, and first 3 chapters of Decter's book. The Smart is located at the University of Chicago, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago, IL. 60637

Meeting 1: Friday October 10, 1-3pm Discussing Preface, Introduction, and Chapter 1 "Institutional Critique and its Discontents"

Fall 2014 Classes Now Ready for Registration

Back to 'art' school time is right around the corner. If you are a current student of the Evanston Art Center you will be receiving your class catalog in the mail in a week. However, you can look through the PDF of the fall class and workshop offerings by clicking here!

The Art Center offers classes in many different disciplines for all ages and experience levels. Please ask us about financial aid and scholarships.

It's simple, find the class or classes you want and then go to our EDUCATION tab on our web site, find your class, and register through our web site. You can also call us at (847) 475-5300 or stop in and register in person at 2603 Sheridan Road. There will be several copies of the catalog at our front desk.


The Evanston Art Center’s “Permeated Surfaces” exhibition is a highly anticipated event of artistic musicality and fluidity. Alison Svoboda’s raw edges of torn paper, Cydney Lewis’s twisted bits of discarded plastic, and Sandra Perlow’s layering of printed and painted paper, creates movement permeated with notes of dissonance.

AA&A’s Howard Sandroff presents “The Obsessive Image”, Thursday, May 8th, 7:00 PM, Evanston Art Center

AA&A’s Howard Sandroff presents “The Obsessive Image” – a presentation and reflection on the relationship between his sculptures and musical compositions - his obsession to freeze the time and motion of music into static spatial constructions, which are now his welded steel sculptures.

Evanston Art Center introduces new Board Member: John Jacobs

The Evanston Art Center’s newest Board member, who is an Evanston resident, will bring the Art Center valuable expertise in the architectural realm

“We’re thrilled to have John R. Jacobs as part of our dedicated team of Trustees, staff, donors, faculty, and volunteers as we look forward to identifying a new, state-of-the art facility for the Art Center’s future home.”

The Evanston Art Center Launches Living Studio Residency with Artist Ben Whitehouse.

The Evanston Art Center is pleased to announce an energetic new program called the Living Studio Residency. The Living Studio Residency is a community-based artist-in-residence program that provides a meaningful platform for local and national artists to transparently make and share work. The residency focuses on artistic visibility and public engagement around contemporary artistic practices and processes. 

New Artist-In-Residence Program

The Evanston Art Center is pleased to announce an energetic new program called The Living Studio. The Living Studio is a community-based artist-in-residence program that provides a meaningful platform for local and national artists to transparently make and share work. The residency focuses on artistic visibility and public engagement around contemporary artistic practices and processes. Click here for more information.

Dialogic Communities: Informal Art Education Discussion Group and Research Project


Dialogic Communities: Informal Art Education Discussion Group and Research Project

Evanston Art Center’s Director of Education Keith Brown discusses how his public art program Dialogic Communities inspires new ways of learning through engaging and thoughtful dialogue.

Evanston Art Center Continues Dialogic Communities Reading Group

Evanston Art Center’s discussion-based art group continues its exploration of contemporary art issues this fall, this time centering its conversations on the book Beyond the Brillo Box: The Visual Arts in Post-Historical Perspective by Arthur C. Danto.

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