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
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, […]
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While COVID-19 took center stage last year and disrupted everyday life and its daily routines, many West Chicago residents discovered their own creativity through a project of the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission, and provided hope and positivity to others through the ancient art form of Japanese Haiku. Over 100 Haiku yard signs installed throughout […]
A bee alighted Fiercely exchanging pollen; On petal flower – Judith Horsley Monarch fly and float Life giving milkweed provides Food, growth, existence! – Judith Horsley Moon Desires the Sun Always rushed by night’s despair; Fears being held there. – Judith Horsley Taking the Metra Window watching at nature Eastbound to city […]
Begin your Autumn Haiku adventure by locating the sixty-plus Haiku yard signs that have been installed by the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission on a online interactive map provided by the City’s GIS specialist. The haiku, created by members of the community, provide positivity and connectivity during the difficult days of the pandemic. Residents and […]
For those looking for a unique gift for a friend or a loved one, look no further than 103 West Washington Street and Gallery 200 and the always anticipated annual Small Gifts of Art Show and Sale that takes place in November and December. Featured artists are Margaret Bucholz, Marge Hall, Nadine Buck, Kathi Kuchler, Sharon […]