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
A two-part exhibit by artist Diana Velasco is currently on display at the City Museum, 132 Main Street. Part one is “1/2—Two Nationalities,” which consists of eight photographs of persons who hold dual citizenship with Denmark and another country. The second part is a series of photographs, which she has digitally manipulated, that relate to the family history of […]
Artist Hopes to Involve Many Hands in a Digital Mural Tuesday, August 19, 2014 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. Leman Middle School – 238 East Hazel Street An interactive public art project led by artist, Cultural Arts Commission Chair and West Chicago resident Anni Holm, is being planned as part of a Community Block Party scheduled […]
Buddy Plumlee Paintings, featuring works by local artist Buddy Plumlee, opens at West Chicago’s Gallery 200, located at 200 Main Street in downtown West Chicago, with an Artist’s Reception on June 6, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. While Plumlee is a portrait painter, his portraits are biographies. His pieces reflect an intimacy, with a […]
It’s time to take a stroll down Main Street, West Chicago to view some great works of public art. Assorted banners from the 2014 Community Art Banner Project, sponsored by the West Chicago Cultural Commission, will be on display through the summer and offer a creative look at the theme, (Bi)Cycle of Life. he 2014 […]
West Chicago resident Anni Holm was recently appointed chairperson of the City’s Cultural Arts Commission by Mayor Ruben Pineda, with the consent of the City Council. Her extensive background in the arts will be utilized to advance the projects of the Commission, of which she has been a member for the past six years. The […]
Gallery Theater of West Chicago has announced audition dates for its upcoming spring production of Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park on January 16, 2014 from 7:00 – 8:15 p.m., January 18, 2014 from 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. and January 19, 2014 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. The play runs March 14, 15 and 16, […]
14 contemporary artists contribute to a excitingly relevant exhibit at West Chicago City Museum Since September of this year, Sara Phalen, Director of the West Chicago City Museum, and Anni Holm, guest curator and internationally displayed Danish artist, have been working with 14 contemporary artists on a new exhibit “Where History and Progress Meet: a […]
Our National Parks Opening Reception Gallery 200, 200 Main Street, West Chicago Friday, November 1, 2013 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. West Chicago, Illinois: October 25, 2013 – Award-winning photographer and Gallery 200 member artist Mike Smith offers a glimpse into the grandeur of America’s National Parks, including Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Badlands and others. His […]