West Chicago Art
West Chicago is proud of its public art collection, which serves to beautify the community and inspire its imagination. Many of the installations in various locations throughout the City are the result of the hard work and dedication of the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission. West Chicago's Public Art tells the community's many stories, serves to document the past and present, and creates a sense of place that is uniquely West Chicago.
A partnership effort between the West Chicago Park District and the City Of West Chicago to foster the arts in the community founded by a concerted vision by former West Chicago Mayor, Michael Kwasman and community members.
The Shell officially opened in 2017.
West Chicago is proud of its public art collection, which serves to beautify the community and inspire its imagination.
Many of the installations in various locations throughout the City are the result of the hard work and dedication of the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission. West Chicago's Public Art tells the community's many stories, serves to document the past and present, and creates a sense of place that is uniquely West Chicago.
Gallery 200, an artist co-op, is a creative oasis in downtown West Chicago featuring the work of local artists for sale at affordable prices. It is a division of People Made Visible, an arts not for profit, with support from the City of West Chicago.
People Made Visible, Inc. (PMV) is a non-for-profit organization with a mission to facilitate community while fulfilling the artistic, social, educational and cultural needs of the community through an innovative physical and web-based presence.
The Artist-in-Residency Program was established in 2008 and is run in collaboration with People Made Visible and the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission.
Since 2008, fourteen artists have visited West Chicago from Chicago, Denmark, Germany, Mexico and Spain.
The Gallery Theater fills a creative niche for residents and visitors on both sides of the curtain. Growing and nurturing talent for the performing arts, community theater gives many aspiring actors their first taste of the stage, while more seasoned actors enjoy performing in the intimate setting of their own hometown amongst friends, family and neighbors.
Local Music Night is a free monthly event, where local artists can share their musical talents in a coffee house-type atmosphere. It has featured over 50 different performers and groups since its first event in October 2009.
Recent News about West Chicago Art
Gallery 200 Opening Reception 103 West Washington Street Thursday, March 1, 2018 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Refreshments will be served An exciting month-long exhibit of student work from all seven schools in West Chicago’s Community School District 33, showcases the artwork of students from Kindergarten through eighth grades. The featured exhibit titled Art is […]
Opening Reception at Gallery 200 Sharon Malec & Patty Koenigsaecker 103 West Washington Street February 2, 2018 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Join Sharon Malec and Patty Koenigsaecker as they share their Adventure in Fiber as the February Featured Artists at Gallery 200. Come to the opening reception to meet the artists, hear the stories of their […]
Recently, the City of West Chicago’s Cultural Arts Commission requested community feedback in a multi-step survey process as it works through the many components of the creation of a Public Art Master Plan. The first question posed related to the importance of public art in a community and asked respondents to react to a series […]
Come in from the cold! Watercolor Classes have been scheduled At Gallery 200 at 103 Washington Street, beginning Thursday, February 1, 2018, and continuing each Thursday thereafter during February at the following dates and times: February 1, 2018 Class 1, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.; or Class 2 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. February 8, 2018 […]
Gallery Theater, located at 129 Main Street, announces its upcoming production, Miracle on South Division Street. Show Synopsis Clara Nowak and her three grown kids know they’re special, because the Blessed Mother appeared to Clara’s dad in his barbershop in 1942. Grandpa built a 20-foot shrine as a beacon of hope amidst the urban rubble. But […]
West Chicago’s Viva Mexico Independence Day Festival, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, September 16 & 17, 2017, is fast approaching and the lineup of exciting attractions continues to grow. Due to the scope of this multi-faceted celebration, organizers turned the single-day event into a two-day event last year and were successful in attracting crowds both […]
Location: Reed-Keppler Park 250 West National Street I Love My Country, part of the Randolph Rose Collection, is a detailed bronze statue of children holding the American flag. It measures 39” x 60” x 81”H. The beautiful bronze patina sets off the red, white and blue of the American Flag for an inspiring and patriotic […]
She is known to her family as “The Spider-Mom”. People are often surprised when she tells them she always carries a spool of wire and a crochet hook in a small bag for when she is feeling inspired. Marita Valdizan is a mother and an artist, and her exhibit Expressions – 3 years of Inspiration […]
Gallery Theater of West Chicago will hold auditions for Grace and Glorie by Tom Ziegler, directed by Gail Cannata. Estelle Parsons and Lucie Arnaz starred on Broadway in this charmer set in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Grace, a feisty 90 year-old cancer patient, has checked herself out of the hospital and returned to her beloved […]