“Did you know that Evanston boasts 10 times the amount of artists living/working in the city than any other city of its size?”

When Lisa Degliantoni learned that fact it changed her life. Lisa felt compelled to make the town she lives in and loves a sought-out community for artists to find the perfect balance in their lives. It has become her mission.

She is a “citizen arts advocate” for the city and created Evanston Made to grow and bring together the creatives she saw all around her. In five years the initiative she started has become a beloved source of opportunities for artists. And the annual Evanston Made Exhibition at the Evanston Arts Center is the most popular event of the year.

In her live/work gallery space, 1100 Florence, she hosts pop-up shows, exhibitions, performances and installations while her husband, two sons, a bunny and chickens go about their lives.

But Lisa’s vision is far greater. She believes Evanston has everything an artist could want for a home and work environment. She wants to see artists flocking to Evanston for the natural beauty, the culture, the proximity to Chicago. She wants to see buildings dedicated to artists’ studios, galleries and a vibrant engaged connected creative community in every ward.

One would be wise to join the Get Artsy Train Lisa Degliantoni is driving.


Assistant Director

Kathy Halper has been an artist for most of her adult life. Most. Her early years were spent in some of the largest advertising agencies in Chicago crafting ad copy for skin lotion and TV spots for Wheaties. She stepped away from Michigan Avenue to raise a family and began to paint. Over the years, Halper has been a fixture in the Chicago art scene, exhibiting at Art Chicago, the Union League Club, and being represented by Packer Schopf Gallery and Aron Packer Projects, among others. Her paintings and embroideries have been shown in New York City and Los Angeles, Art Basel in Miami and countless other cities throughout the country. She also co-produces the annual Nasty Women Evanston Art Fundraiser with Lisa.

As a recent transplant to Evanston, yet lifelong Chicagoan, Kathy was eager to bring her expertise and experience to Lisa’s vision. She looks forward to helping Evanston Made reach its potential.