Evanston Art Center
1717 Central St
Evanston, IL 60201
Nikki Anderson, Daniel F Andre, Kenneth Avick, Loretta Bourque, Marlo Boyle, Harry Brown, Margie Criner, Shawn Decker, Mimi Dolnick, Justin Fell, Deirdre Fox, Victoria Fuller, Alice George, Lisa Goesling, Ellen Greene, Fletcher Hayes, Jeanine Hill-Soldner, Steven Hudson, Carolyn Hughes, Christopher Hyndman, Sarah Kaiser-Amaral, Jeffrey Krantz, Deanna Krueger, Sungjae Lee, Sandra Leonard, Tim Lowly, Roberta Malkin, Yun Hee Min, Zach Mory, Andrew Nafziger, Carol Neiger, Jack Nixon, Bryan Northup, James Obermeier, Tracy Ostmann-Haschke, Ana Zanic Pavlovic, Mary Porterfield, Janis Pozzi-Johnson, Emily Rapport, Megan Rivera, Renee Robbins, Juan Ruiz, Jeanine Coupe Ryding, Robert Schwieger, James Stephens, Teresa Sturnfield, Bruno Surdo, Vivian Wang, Kathy Weaver, Rebecca Wolfram, Jennifer Yorke, Chunbo Zhang, Annie Zirin
Founded in 1929, the Evanston Art Center has become on of the largest community art centers in Illinois. Created through the efforts of 20 civic organizations, from 1929 to 1943 the Art Center was housed in the basement of the old Evanston Library. In 1942, the Art Center was incorporated as a nonprofit. In 1966 the City of Evanston offered to lease to the Art Center for a nominal fee the Harley Clarke House, a three-story Tudor mansion on the shore of Lake Michigan, just north of Grosse Point Lighthouse on Sheridan Road. Over the years, the interior of the building has been redesigned to maximize space for studio art classes and the exhibition program. It is a classic example of successful adaptive reuse in a historic building that is being preserved through this partnership between the City of Evanston and the Evanston Art Center. The Center also rents classroom space at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center in Evanston.
Since its inception in 1929, the Evanston Art Center (EAC) has been a major force in bringing together people, art and ideas. One of the oldest and largest visual art centers in Illinois, the Evanston Art Center is dedicated to making the visual arts an integral and accessible part of the lives of the diverse audiences in Evanston, Chicago, and the surrounding communities. The Art Center fulfills this mission through an extensive offering of visual arts classes, public lectures, exhibitions, and youth outreach activities, all of which are designed to engage and enrich the individual and the community.