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South Side Community Art Center

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.

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. www.southsidecommunityartcenter.com