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A Century of Culture: Oak Park Art League at 100

March 31, 2021 - 7:30pm8:30pm

A Century of Culture: The Creation and Early Years of the Oak Park Art League

This year the Oak Park Art League is celebrating its 100th anniversary and OPRF Museum staff is collaborating with our artistic friends at the corner of Chicago and Oak Park avenues to tell their story and the broader story of our region’s artistic roots.

On March 31 at 7:30 p.m. via a Zoom presentation, Operations Manager Rachel Berlinski and Executive Director Frank Lipo will put the spotlight on the origins and the first 25 years of what was founded as the Austin Oak Park and River Forest Art League in April 1921 in the Austin home of noted landscape painter Carl Krafft; Krafft would become the group’s first president.  It was said that the three communities were “centers of culture” for Chicago’s western suburbs and if not true “artist colonies,” surely the large number of accomplished artists and generous patrons should form a new group?

In addition to its art exhibitions, the Art League has conducted a wide range of activities including its popular art classes that have introduced many, old and young, to their craft.  The group’s work has extended far outside its core members, at times offering free classes to needy students, circulating art exhibits in local schools, and creating a scholarship for art students.

While the Art League has occupied the former coach house at 720 Chicago Avenue since 1937, its earlier homes included the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and the Nineteenth Century Club, so the art group’s story has multiple chapters.  This talk will lay the groundwork for the centennial celebration, which will continue all throughout 2021.

Join us for "A Century of Culture: The Creation and Early Years of the Oak Park Art League.” Cost is $10 or $8 for members of either the Art League or OPRF Museum. Click here to purchase tickets on our website.

If you are a member of the Oak Park Art League and wish to receive your membership discount for this program, please log into the Art League's website to purchase tickets.