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
The West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission has been involved in the creation of a Public Art Master Plan and would like feedback from the community about where West Chicago residents and businesses would like to see future installations. A brief survey asks for ideas and suggestions about appropriate locations. The survey deadline is Friday, May […]
Exhibit coordinators at Gallery 200, located at 103 West Washington Street, are pleased to announce an upcoming exhibit of the photography and stories of West Chicago High School English as a Second Language (ESL 2) students titled Torn, during the months of May and June. This exhibit coincides with the previously scheduled Art in Full […]
Gallery 200 is ready to reawaken spring with refreshing works of art created in the spirit of the season. Artists will celebrate in April and May with an exhibit of Art in Full Bloom, bringing the full spectrum of work created to stir the imagination. Painting, photography, glasswork and jewelry are just some of the […]
A call for West Chicago residents and City staff to take steps to continue and increase the planting of milkweed and nectar plants to preserve and strengthen the monarch butterfly population is included in a Proclamation declaring March 31, 2021 as “Mayors’ Monarch Pledge Day” in West Chicago. The Proclamation will be read at the […]
Last summer, Mayor Ruben Pineda contributed to a video produced by the DuPage Monarch Project, which was just released. In it, Mayor Pineda speaks about his signing the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge in 2017, and the momentum it created for monarch conservation in West Chicago. Since signing the Pledge, West Chicago residents and community organizations have […]
Earlier this year, a compelling exhibit of art created during the year in which the COVID-19 pandemic started, was delayed due to the very thing that inspired it. The necessary mandates of resurgence mitigation to reduce community spread of the illness, forced a closure of Gallery 200, a division of People Made Visible, at 103 […]
Autumn haiku in West Chicago
*Due to COVID-19 requiring Gallery 200 to be closed, this exhibit will be postponed until further notice. We regret any inconvenience this situation may have caused. An art exhibit succinctly named 2020 combines the work of artists Margaret Bucholz, Marge Hall, Judi Horsley, Kathi Kuchler, Britta Renwick, Sue Tripp, and Marita Valdizan at Gallery 200, […]