South Side Community Art Center
Chicago, Illinois

Special note must be made of the only W.P.A. art center still in existence. After a long and well-organized effort by the Chicago African American community, the South Side Community Art Center was opened in December 1940 in the Georgian Revival-style residence built for grain merchant, George Seaverns in 1892-93. Prior to opening as a community center, it was renovated by Hin Bredendieck and Nathan Lerner and is now a wonderful example of the New Bauhaus style.

The center was dedicated in May 1941 with a nationally broadcast ceremony featuring First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. Among the local artists actively involved in the center were: Henry Avery, Margaret Goss Burroughs, Bernard Goss, Fred Hollingsworth, and Charles Sebree. Chicago artists who worked on the Federal Art Projects include: Henry Avery, Fred Hollingsworth, Charles Sebree, William Carter, Eldzier Cortor, Charles Davis, Charles Dawson, Walter Ellison, Ramon Gabriel, Hughie Lee-Smith, Archibald Motley, Jr., Marion Perkins, Charles White, and Vernon Winslow.

(photograph 1999 Bob Thall)

The South Side Community Art Center is located at 3831 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL. It is open Wednesday - Friday 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 to 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Classes are available. Call for schedule of current/future art exhibitions. Telephone: 773-373-1026. Fax: 773-373-4426.

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