Mission

Heaven Gallery is a non-profit and multi-disciplinary arts space in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood that presents emerging artists and musicians. In order to encourage submissions from a diverse pool of artists, the gallery widely promotes an open proposal process and does not charge submission or exhibition fees. All of our programs are open to the public and include art openings, artist talks, and community events. Heaven strives to make art accessible to all community members; our art exhibitions are free of charge and all music events are open to audiences on a pay-what-you-can basis. Heaven also hosts regular community events to help promote public discourse through discussion and education. The gallery offers internships that mentor young artists on how to run an art gallery while learning entrepreneurial skills. In 208, the organization also extended it's educational program by partnering with the Parks District in Wicker Park to teach children art.


Support

Heaven Gallery is partially supported by grants from The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, CityArts 1 Grant and a Community Arts Assistance Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. In 2011, the organization created a model of retail sustainability with a small vintage shop in the front of the gallery.

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Board
History

In 1997, David Dobie established Heaven in the Flat Iron Building in Wicker Park, Chicago. In July 2000, the gallery moved across the street to its current location at 1550 N. Milwaukee Ave. Over the past 18 years, Heaven Gallery has established itself as a launching pad for Chicago artists in all media including painting, sculpture, photography, film, and digital art. Heaven has monthly exhibitions as well as various video and film programs on a regular basis. Some of the featured artists include Marie Kennedy, Doug Lussenhop, Eric Fensier, Cat Chow, Doug Fogelson, Setphen Eichhom, Jason Lazarus, Mika Horbuchi, and many others. Early Heaven musical performances include Dark Dark Dark, Anni Rossi, and Angel Olsen. In 2011, the organization added a small vintage shop to the front of the gallery to help fund the program. Since opening the shop, our outreach has expanded to a whole new audience with hundreds of people visiting every weekend.


Contact

1550 North Milwaukee 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60622 773-342-4597
Gallery hours: Friday & Saturday 1-6 pm, Sunday 1-5pm or by appointment

Alma Wieser
Director
Ann Chen
Board Member
Sabrina Greig
Board Member
Teresa Silva
Board Member
Gwen Zabicki
Board Member
Emily Green
Board Member