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New Floral & Flower I Flourish I Finish

Last Friday, Lillstreet Gallery’s two newest exhibitions opened and blossomed into quite an event!  The main gallery features an exhibition curated by Camille Canales, Nora Renick-Rinehart, and Keeley Stitt titled “New Floral“.  Showcasing the work of eight artists from Lillstreet’s own Textiles Department, the work displayed use techniques such as screen-printing, natural dyes, sewing, and embroidery […]

Ready, Set: Contemporary Tableware

Lillstreet’s 7th Annual Juried Ceramics Exhibition featured the work of 19 talented artists from thirteen states and three countries.  Juried by Heather Mae Erickson, this collection of tableware spans the spectrum of functional, sculptural, and conceptual ceramics.  Set on re-purposed wood tables by Chicago’s Rebuilding Exchange and surrounded by large-scale food photography by Stephen Hamilton, […]

Familiar Bedfellows

Lillstreet’s current exhibition showcases the work of two Chicago artists who have lived and worked together for 17 years.  Though their individual work usually differs greatly from one another, their mutual influence is apparent in Familiar Bedfellows.  Made specifically for Lillstreet Gallery, Sarah Nishiura’s quilts become dynamic backdrops for Matthew Grove‘s monumental ceramic vessels.  They […]


This past month, Lillstreet’s Gallery Annex has been showing off the incredible work of our sister non-profit organization, ArtReach.  ArtReach reaches out into the community to bring arts programming to those with limited access to arts resources.  This exhibition displays the outcome of one of these programs, where teaching artist, Gwyneth Anderson led a class […]

Find I Make I Solve

Each year, Lillstreet Gallery showcases the talented group of Artists-in-Residence as they finish their yearlong residencies at Lillstreet.  This past year, Lillstreet welcomed four artists-in-residence to teach, work, and collaborate in the ceramics, jewelry and metals, and textiles departments. Find I Make I Solve exhibits the culmination of their experiences here, displaying a diverse range […]

Monotypes Dark and Light

Along with our “Art & the Urban Garden” show in the first floor gallery is an Annex exhibition that is also perfect for Spring: “Monotypes Dark and Light“, new work by Beth Adler.  Influenced by nature, Adler uses stencils and found objects to create compositions reminiscent of landscapes.  Twelve prints line the walls and each […]

Art & the Urban Garden

Lillstreet’s third annual Spring show, Art & the Urban Garden, is bigger than ever this year.  With work ranging from sculpture to photography, printmaking to ceramics galore, this show is sure to have your next Mother’s Day gift. Not only is this exhibition filled with artwork, it is also bursting with incredible flower arrangements by […]


Closing this weekend is one of our most impressive ceramics exhibitions to date, “Emerged: After the Residency”.  Curated by Bill Griffith, Program Director at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, this exhibition showcases the talent of eleven early-career artists who have each completed a residency within the past three years.  With work ranging from detailed […]

NCECA 2014

The annual National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference was held on March 19-22 in Milwaukee and Lillstreet Gallery was proud to have a booth in the Gallery Expo, where we represented work from an ambitious 55 ceramic artists. In the spirit of education, the booth’s theme was Midwest Educators and Students. […]

Urban Erosion

CAUTION!  The Gallery Annex has changed again, this time filled with bold, graphic patterns and bright colors that energize the gallery space while conveying a familiar message of warning to viewers. “Urban Erosion” by Steven Driscoll Hixson explores the hazardous nature of walking in an urban environment.  Using traffic signage and crosswalks as inspiration for […]

About Lillstreet

Founded in 1975, Lillstreet Art Center is a large community of artists and students working side-by-side in a friendly environment which encourages and inspires artistic growth in the individual. Lillstreet supports the arts through an artist residency program, gallery, studio space, education, and an outreach program.

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Monday - Thursday: 10am - 7:30pm
Friday - Sunday: 10am - 6pm

4401 N Ravenswood (at Montrose)
Chicago, IL 60640 / 773.769.4226
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