WHAT WE DO

We connect Evanston arts to the public.

WHO WE ARE

We are the home for discovering Evanston art events

The Art Shop

In the past year Evanston Made has built an extraordinary online shop for our members to sell their wares! We have hundreds of gifts ideas, such as jewelry, calendars, notecards and puzzles, as well as original pieces of art in all shapes, sizes and prices!

Make The Art Shop your holiday gift giving destination!

First Saturdays Evanston Listings

We are proud to have created The First Saturday Evanston initiative. Every month art galleries, organizations and individual artists know to plan their events for the first Saturday of the month to be part of our calendar and robust promotional effort.

Check our calendar for updates and keep up with our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Donate to Evanston by Donating to Evanston Made!

Donate $50 or more to Evanston Made to receive Ben Blount's poster as a gift of gratitude for supporting our mission - Connecting Evanston Arts and Artists to the Public. Click here for more.

 

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.

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.

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!

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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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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Call for Artists: Winter Expo 2020

October 4
Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201 United States
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$35.00

EVENT INFORMATION The Evanston Art Center's Winter Arts & Crafts Expo is one of the largest and most celebrated shows in the Chicago area. The Annual Expo showcases arts and crafts by over 140 selected artisans, featuring original, handmade works of  jewelry, ceramics, fiber, metal,…

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Meet The Artist

October 4 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 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 four exhibitions featuring the work of Jelena Berenc, Chris Hyndman, Carlos Melian and Hiromi Tanaka. The artist will be present during the Meet The Artist event taking place Sunday, October 4,…

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Engage in the Labyrinth of Life: Installation by Corinne Peterson

October 7 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Open Studio Project, 903 Sherman Ave.
Evanston, IL 60202
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Free

What you see through the window is a labyrinth formed from hundreds of clay objects—artifacts of the interior of people’s fists that we call clenches. Hundreds of people made them. They forcefully squeezed soft clay to express frustration, determination, grief, a sense of urgency, or…

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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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2nd Annual Maker’s Market

October 18 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Maple Avenue Garage, 1800 Maple Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
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$5.00

October 18, from 12-5 pm, Evanston Made presents the Maker's Market, in the Maple Street Garage in Downtown Evanston, $5 entry fee, kids 18 and under free. Artists and artisans will set up shop on the 5th floor of the Maple Street Garage to sell…

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Pop Up Performances

October 18 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$5.00

We are excited to feature music and dance performances during the Maker’s Market! At 12p, Gillian Colledge will perform several Bach and Mozart pieces on the violin. Gillian is an 8th grader at Nichols Middle School. She has been playing violin for 9 years under…

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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 4 - November 11
1100 Florence, 1100 Florence Ave.
Evanston, IL 60202 United States
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Linda Summerfield and Evanston Made are partnering to raise funds for Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Legal Defense Initiative with a Mail Art Fundraiser! Mail Art from around the world will be on display in the windows at 1100 Florence Gallery and online, and sold…

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First Saturday November Evanston Art Events

November 7 @ 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

First Saturday Evanston Art Events, 9a-9p, enjoy Evanston's Art Scene at art openings, pop up sales, studio tour & more. Mask Up & Social Distancing. Keep Evanston Artsy! See, Share, Sell Evanston Art! #collectevanstonart Click here for the Google Map that has MORE art to…

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Outside of The Outpost Side Walk Pop-UP

November 7 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
art makers outpost, 609 South Boulevard
Evanston, IL 60202 United States
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Free

Saturday November 7th 11-3pm-OUTDOOR POP up OUTSIDE THE OUTPOST!!!!! Get your Craftivist Kits, Activist T-Shirts & Hoodies, Kids Art Kits, Fine Art Prints, Custom T-Shirt, Hoodie & Print Ordering, Class Sign Ups and MORE!!!!!! Visit us OUTSIDE Art Makers Outpost 609 South Boulevard Evanston IL…

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“HOPE in the DARK: Why I’m Voting” photo exhibit/fundraiser Closing OPEN HOUSE

November 7 @ 12:00 pm
Creative Coworking, 922 Davis St.
Evanston, IL 60202 United States
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The "HOPE in the DARK: Why I’m Voting" is fine art photo exhibition fundraiser that will have its socially-distanced CLOSING Open House on Sat. Nov. 7 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm at Creative Coworking at 922 Davis St. Evanston. This show's goal is to raise money…

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Day of the Dead

November 7 @ 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
2319 Thayer, Evasnton, 2319 Thayer
Evasnton, 60201 United States
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Free

Art Installation Day of the Dead (front yard art) by Teresa Parod, 2319 Thayer St., best seen after dark

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Perspective Gallery virtual artist talk

November 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on December 4, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Perspective Fine Art Photography, 1310-1/2B Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201 United States
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free

Join in a virtual conversation with our November exhibition artists, Anthony Iacuzzi and Kurt Kramer Thursday, November 12, 2020, 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. (Please visit our website to register for this Zoom event.) Exhibition is now on display through Sunday, November 29, 2020 Gallery Hours:…

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Local Artists Perform Chamber Music Benefit Concert 11/15 in Historic Home

November 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Showcasing the 4th quartet of Evanston award-winning composer Stacy Garrop, a concert to benefit Evanston In-School Music Association (EISMA) will be live-streamed Sunday, November 15 at 4:00 P.M.  Acclaimed Evanston musicians Elizandro Garcia-Montoya, Mathias Tacke, Sarah Plum, Catherine Brubaker, and Nick Photinos will perform to…

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A Bright Night For The Arts

November 19 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Join the Evanston Arts Council and Mayor Hagerty for A Bright Night for the Arts at 5:00 p.m. on 11/19. We will celebrate the art and artists of Evanston and announce the Mayor's Awards for the Arts. Fun, free and all are welcome. Just register…

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Chris Pappan Ledger Art

November 20 @ 12:00 pm - December 4 @ 5:00 pm
1100 Florence, 1100 Florence Ave.
Evanston, IL 60202 United States
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Chris Pappan is a Native American artist, enrolled in the Osage Nation and of Kaw and Cheyenne River Lakota descent. Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Pappan studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and is a self-described "Lowbrow Native" artist, with his work based…

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December 2020

Virtual Artist Talk: Barbara L. Sykes

December 3 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201 United States
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Free

At this virtual artist talk, guests will have the opportunity to hear from Barbara L. Sykes. At the end of the event, we will have a Q&A session. ABOUT THE EXHIBITION Ethereal Abstractions is an uplifting solo watercolor painting series featuring work by Barbara L. Sykes that…

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