ARC Gallery is an internationally recognized exhibition space that has been an integral part of the Chicago art scene since its inception in 1973. Founded during the women’s movement as an alternative to the mainstream gallery system, ARC is one of the oldest co-ops of its kind in the country. As a non-profit, woman artist-run cooperative, ARC continues its feminist tradition by providing exhibition opportunities for professional and emerging artists working in all media based on excellence of artwork, without discrimination toward gender, race, age, class, physical/mental ability, sexual, spiritual or political orientation.

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Sunday: 12 – 4 pm

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Northern Illinois University MFA Exhibition

Master of None: Opening  Fri.  April 5,  6-9pm  Note!  This exhibition is at ARC's new locati...

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Cynthia Vaicunas

FLOAT:  Opening Reception Fri.  May 3, 6-9pm In Cynthia's new work gestural big brush strok...

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Katherine Nemanich

Line, Ink, Space:  Opening  Reception Fri.  May 3, 6-9pm  Working with sumi ink and brushes o...

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Susan Emmerson

Afterwards: Opening Reception Fri. May 3, 6-9 pm Susan Emmerson’s work speaks to the cause and ...

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Call for Entries – Frayed: Fiber Beyond Craft

FRAYED: Fiber Beyond Craft JUROR: Jade Yumang Apply HERE   Fiber works — fr...

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Nelson W. Armour

Beyond:  Opening Reception Fri.  May 31, 6-9pm In the series “Beyond” the images are me...

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