SAVE THE DATE: Join us for Long Time No See, a showcase of Chicago Art Department’s Resident Artists. CAD will host a modified Second Friday Gallery Night, October 9th from 6pm-9pm. Come meet our new and continuing ...

Painting with Natural Pigments. Dec 1-4, 2-5 pm online

BEGINNERS GUIDE TO PROCESS, MATERIAL AND HISTORY This workshop focuses on working with natural pigments, both organic and inorganic. Basis of study will be the pre-historic cave paintings that date back between ...

When We Fight We Win
Opening August 14th, 2020

When We Fight We WinIn the fall of 2019, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and Local 73 (SEIU) banded together and marched in solidarity to demand justice for the students of Chicago Public Schools. Over 30,000 bodies ...

POC Artist Space Salon
July 16th, 5-6pm

Description:POC (People of Color) Artist Space Salon features Roger Bonair-Agard and Kwabena Foli  as they present poetry, their experiences with publishing, and the ways the written word takes other forms in ...

Working with Nature – Inside Out
August 13th – 2 – 4 pm

This workshop focuses on our engagement with nature as we aim to better understand our shared resources and psychological functions in face of an unseen contagion. As we work towards this ambition, participants are ...

Mother to Mother, Virtually. Knots & Nodes.
Opening June 12th, 2020

Mother to Mother, Virtually. Knots & Nodes. Friday, June 12th   Chicago Art Department and Mother Art Revisited (MAR) present Mother to Mother, Virtually. Knots ...

Working with Nature – Inside Out
May 28th, 2-4pm

This workshop focuses on our engagement with nature as we aim to better understand our shared resources and psychological functions in face of an unseen contagion. As we work towards this ambition, participants are ...

Tirar y Soltar
May 8 – June 28

Tirar y Soltar Socially-Distant ReceptionJune 12, 6-8:00PMBy popular demand, we are extending Tirar y Soltar (Pull and Let Go) by studio resident Macus Alonso through June 28th! The solo exhibition features an ...

Sweet 16 Fun-raiser
**POSTPONED** 2020

Save the date for something sweet! CAD is celebrating Spring with our Sweet 16 Fun-raiser, aiming to support our Studio Residency, Think-Tank Programs, Exhibitions, and Pubic ...

POCAS: Salon
March 21

As part of our artist practices, reflecting on our work can be a very giving process. How do you organize your projects? What does it take to submit succinct and successful grant or residency applications? What role ...

Knots & Nodes: Mother to Mother
Opening March 20

Chicago Art Department and MotherArt (MAR) present Knots and Nodes: Mother to Mother, the fifth large scale exhibition by group. MAR is a Chicago-based international collective of mother artists. Recent shows include ...

BISC IB Art Exhibition 2020

Chicago Art Department is excited to collaborate with The British School of Chicago South Loop on this year’s IB Art Exhibition! The show will feature a range of artwork from middle school through high school.Please ...

Opening March 13

Power Of The Feminine: (Re)Interpretadas brings together five Latin American artists working across new media, textiles, and performance to construct and recast new contemporary feminine identities. Artists in this show ...

Merfrau and The Ferocious Five
Opening March 13

Chicago Art Department and Hoofprint are partnering up to bring you Merfrau and The Ferocious Five.Six artists explore graphic territories ranging from clean, biting satire to visceral scratchings, and all the fleshy ...

Macrame & Margaritas
March 8

Macrame & MargaritasJoin us to learn the art of modern macrame! CAD Resident Edyta Stepien and board member Birdie Soti will lead a workshop on knotting techniques to create your own vintage ...

Tax Tips for Artists & Freelancers
February 13

Krystal Boney, Accountant and Founder of Bean Knights, will be hosting a presentation for artists and freelancers seeking tax tips for their individual practices. Topics on expenses, legal entities, and proper ...

Opening February 5

Recalentada Collective consists of artists, writers, educators, researchers, who prioritize immigration issues as part of their everyday life. Through conversation and sharing, they have been engaging in vulnerable ...

Opening February 14

“On Foenem Who Cares?” examines elements of Chicago culture in relation to several artists experiences in the city. Each member of the Dolph creative collective will exhibit work referencing their experience in ...

CYBORGS: Ancient & Current, Imagining & Performing. Exhibition & Performance series. February 7th – February 28th

CYBORGS: Ancient & Current, Imagining & PerformingExhibition & Performance series. February 7th - 28thCAD North Dedicated to the legacy of the Russian Avant-Garde, CYBORGS: Ancient & Current, ...

POC Artist Space: WIP/CRIT
January 18

POC Artist space meet up this month will be in the form of work in progress critique. We will be viewing and discussing the work of Wisdom Baty and Lily Be. ...

Nou La
Opening Reception January 10

Nou La features the mixed-media paintings of artist Alexandra Antoine. These paintings utilize images of friends and family taken by the artist during her travels back to her parent's homeland of Haiti. The mixing of ...

Artoma: The Art of Cancer
Opening Reception January 10

The artists in this exhibition have regarded cancer as an inevitable part of life’s path and allowed their cancer and treatment to guide their art. Using ancient and modern techniques and materials each artist offers ...

Nascent States
Opening Dec 13

Nascent States Mexican immigrant living in Chicago, Rodrigo Lara constructs memorials. The artist molds fragments of personal, social, and intercultural memories into physical form in much the same way our brains and ...

Crystal Ball 2019

SAVE THE DATE!CRYSTAL BALL 2019 – CHICAGO ART DEPARTMENT ANNUAL Crystal BallSaturday, December 7, 20197:00-10:00 p.m.Chicago Art Department1926 South HalstedChicago, IL 60608 Chicago Art Department’s ...

Preparing for Thanksgiving Dinner – The Trump in the room
November 24, 2019

You are invited to The Trump in the room. The event is a large pre-Thanksgiving dinner intervention to prepare us to break bread across the divide. With roughly 50 guests in attendance, participants will have the ...

Opening November 8, 2019

Chicago Art Department is partnering with Instituto Gráfico de Chicago (IGC) for their 7th annual educational printmaking festival, Grabadolandia, scheduled to take place November 15, 16, and 17, 2019. CAD will be ...

Caravana Mx
Opening October 29

CARAVANA MX explores the socio-spatial practices of the Latino community in Chicago, focusing on Mexican Americans living in Pilsen. Organized by the graduating architecture class at Tec de Monterrey Campus ...