Community Outreach

ARC serves as an educational foundation within the community

Special Events

ARC dedicates on-going exhibition space to community groups working with under-served populations or individuals that use art primarily as a means of self-expression and/or healing. A forum is created to generate cultural, social and political awareness vis-à-vis artwork and ideas that would otherwise go unnoticed by the general viewing public.

For the last ten years, ARC members have been working with a local residence for women survivors of domestic violence and their children. The results of our on-going creative expression workshops culminate in an annual exhibition of the women’s work in Special Events at ARC Gallery.

Scholar & Mentors Strike a Pose

Scholarship Programs

Introduces graduate and undergraduate art students to the cooperative gallery structure including exhibition development, grant writing, publicity work and much more. Scholarship recipients are paired with a member/mentor who provides guidance and direction as well as opportunities to participate in all traveling, exchange and member shows.

If you would like to apply, please download a Scholarship application.Opens in New Window

Chicago in Paris Excahnge

Art Exchanges

ARC promotes artistic and cultural exchange with cooperatives throughout the world. In the last five years such transformative interchanges took place with: Le Genie de la Bastille ~ Paris, France, Patriothall Gallery ~ Edinburgh, Scotland, Galerie der Gedok ~ Hamburg, Germany, Atelierhof ~ Bremen, Germany, Sydney College of the Arts ~ Sydney, Australia and Red Head Gallery ~ Toronto, Canada. Closer to home, domestic swaps occurred with Amos Eno ~ New York, NY, eye lounge ~ Phoenix, AZ, Gallery 10, Ltd. ~ Washington, D.C. and SPARK Gallery ~ Denver, CO. If your art cooperative is interested in an exchange, contact us at

ARC Opening 2004


ARC members provide informal tours of current exhibitions for small to medium-sized groups (5-20 max.) Please contact the gallery at prior to a group visit to make sure there’s no conflict in scheduling.

There is never a gallery admission fee.

Your Art & Travel Hosts, Ann & Adam


Artists share their passion for travel in talks held at the gallery after hours. Witness the alchemy that can happen when images and discoveries are sought after, allowed to ferment, and then given whatever is necessary to emerge.

Visit our News & Events section for the next scheduled ARTinerary.

Carl Jung Center Seminar


ARC rents space during non-gallery days/hours for seminars (C.G. Jung Center and Council for Jewish Elderly); workshops (Chicago Artists’ Coalition); and/or professional meetings (Women’s Caucus for Art, Chicago). If your organization is interested, please email us at


ARC reaches out, and is invited in, to the community in numerous ways through collaborations with other non-profit organizations, arts organizations, community groups, supporters of the arts, neighborhood residents, businesses and volunteers. Recent events include: CAN-TV’s filming and broadcast of “ARC Gallery Walkthrough;” the Dept. of Cultural Affairs’ Artists at Work Forum, panel discussion, “Not the Old Boy’s Network,” on the relevance of women’s art organizations today, at the Chicago Cultural Center; “Movin’ On Mon Amour Fundraiser and Erotic/Love Art Auction;” and ARC’s 33 years of Archives gift of deed to The Art Institute of Chicago’s Ryerson Library, compliments of Joanna Gardner-Huggett, ARC advisory board member and art historian.

Community Partners

We invite you to the visit the websites of all of our Community Partners.