WHAT WE DO

We connect Evanston arts to the public.

WHO WE ARE

We are the home for discovering Evanston art events

Maker's Market

The 2nd Annual Maker's Market was a huge success! 75 vendors transformed the 5th floor of Evanston's Maple Street Garage into an art fair! 500 customers came through at staggered entrance times creating a calm socially distanced shopping experience throughout the afternoon.

We are so grateful to all the artisans and customers for braving the cold and supporting the arts in Evanston with enthusiasm and joy!

Click here for a photo recap!

Evanston Made Community Calendar

The Evanston Community Calendar is available to the public.  ANYONE can enter an Evanston based event. Any and all events including art, dance, book signings, poetry readings, trunk shows, writing, theatre, music.

Member's Portfolio Page

Every member artist gets a free portfolio page on the website. They can load up to 15 images. They can load their resume, bio, artist statement and any contact links they would want the public to have.

Professional Development

Our Professional Development Workshop series offer expert advice on different aspects of the working artist's life. Past workshops include "Instagram for Artist who don't Love Instagram" and "Photographing Your Work".

The Interview Project

Lisa D interviews every artist participating in the June 2020 Group Show and Pop Up (thats 95 artists!). Once you know the artist's story you'll love their art even more.

The Interview Project

Equity & Inclusion

We believe that Evanston Made should meet and exceed The 15 Percent Pledge to have 15% of our members be Black, Brown, Indigenous People of Color. We have work to do.

Full Statement here.

2020 Group Show

All the entries to the 2020 Group Show can still be seen here!

Gallery Page

 

2020 Pop Up Show

The Pop Up Shop is over for now. Please go to The Art Shop for tons of great art and gifts!

Shop here.

 

Members Events

*No in-person members events are currently scheduled.

These are monthly social & networking events. We select a different art venue for each meeting, often an artist studio or arts business.

SIDE/LOT Experimental Film Festival

SIDE/LOT, showcases experimental and short-form videos created by video makers who live or work in Evanston as part of Evanston Made.

 

The Evanston Made Blog

Our blogs feature in-depth interviews with member artists, recaps of Evanston Made event, news from the Evanston arts community and more.

 

Curatorial Services

We are often asked to provide artists for public and alternative spaces. Check us out at both Backlot Coffee locations, the Council Chambers and the Mayor's Office in City Hall and more!

Art for the Earth

*Art for the Earth 2020 in-person events have been cancelled or transitioned to online events due to ongoing health concerns.

The month long celebration of the earth through art takes place in April. Gallery exhibits, outdoor installations, presentations, a coloring book, a window contest and more.

Click here for Evanston Loves Nature Coloring Book.

Membership Gift Cards

It's easy to become a members of Evanston Made and join in the fun! We have memberships for individuals, partner businesses and art loving patrons. Sign up today!

 

FEATURED EVENTS

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September 2020

Fahrenheit Exhibit: Connie Gillock’s Recent Paintings

September 23 - October 30
Open Studio Project, 903 Sherman Ave.
Evanston, IL 60202
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Free

Come view this series of paintings about coping with social-isolation during Covid-19. On view through October. Gallery 901, Open Studio Project, open weekdays 12-3 and by appointment

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October 2020

Swantiques Pop-Up at 518 Main Street

October 3 @ 11:00 am - October 25 @ 6:00 pm

Shop a curated collection of one-of-a-kind antique, vintage and mid-century modern pieces at the Swantiques Pop-Up! Featuring Peak Stuff Vintage, Coucou & Olive and John Liberty Art. October 3 - 25, 2020 518 Main Street Evanston, IL Thursday-Sunday 11 am - 6 pm

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Art Under Glass Downtown Evanston

October 11 @ 8:00 am - November 1 @ 5:00 pm
700 Church St., 700 Church Street
Evanston, IL 60201 United States
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Evanston Made is working with building owners, Downtown Evanston, SSAs and the City of Evanston, to activate vacant spaces and empty commercial storefronts with art, fashion, design and more. During October in Downtown Evanston, several buildings host installations in storefronts; 700 Church Street and 1704…

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Graduate Evanston Pop Up Event

October 24 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Graduate Evanston, 1625 Hinman Ave
Evanston, IL 60201 United States
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Calling all art lovers! We've teamed up with Evanston Made to celebrate the opening of Graduate Evanston Hotel at 1625 Hinman Avenue and support our wonderful community of artists. Artists will be set up on the sidewalk space outside the front of our hotel. Come…

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“In Focus” Lecture Series

October 25 @ 3:00 pm
Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201 United States
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The Evanston Art Center (EAC) is pleased to invite the public to the opening of the newest addition to our exhibition programming: “In Focus” Lecture Series. The series brings art professionals and practicing artists to the Art Center to share their knowledge through presentation and…

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Artists Book House presents Stories After Dark: A Haunted Anthology

October 26 @ 7:00 pm - October 31 @ 11:30 pm
Free

We are pleased to present to you a selection of haunted tales, read by some of our favorite writers. For this anthology, you get to pick and choose which order you’d like to hear these creepy stories, and how many you want to experience. Curated…

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November 2020

Mail Art Show

November 1 - November 15
1100 Florence, 1100 Florence Ave.
Evanston, IL 60202 United States
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Description: From staying in touch with friends and family to contacting our representatives to mailing in our ballots, the United States Postal Service plays a vital role in how our voices are heard. This mail art show will explore the idea of expressing yourself through…

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EAC Exhibition: Barbara L. Sykes: Ethereal Abstractions

November 7 @ 10:00 am - December 20 @ 4:00 pm
Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201 United States
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Free

Ethereal Abstractions is an uplifting solo watercolor painting series that premieres at the Evanston Art Center, November 7, 2020 and runs through December 20, 2020. The paintings are lyrical, colorful abstractions reminiscent of organic shapes, ethereal forms and underwater landscapes - evocative impressions of spiritual…

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