Log in


Hours: Monday - Friday, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

The Willi Scharpenberg Gallery hosts rotating artistic and historical exhibits year round. The Gallery was created to support the DANK Haus mission of preserving and promoting cultural heritage. We welcome submissions that attend to the German American or immigrant experience, cross-cultural projects, or other works/exhibitions that engage with cultural diversity. Artists interested in submitting a proposal for a gallery exhibition should carefully review the Exhibition Proposal Guidelines.  All exhibitions must adhere to the Scharpenberg Gallery Guidelines and Policies.

Current Exhibits

October 14th, 2018 | Sunday, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Chicago Architektur - Photography & Art Exhibit

Join us for the Closing Reception on Nov. 18th, 1:00 - 5:00pm! CLICK HERE to learn more.

Artists :  Angie McMonigal | Mark Hersch | Stephanie McDairmant | Laura Engel | Kelly Anderson | Warren Perlstein

Join us on Sunday, October 14th, 1:00 - 5:00pm for a reception celebrating Chicago architecture. Chicago-based photographers and artists will present works inspired by the city's many architectural oddities. This exhibit is presented in tandem with the Open House Chicago event sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Be sure to stop by the opening reception on Sunday. It is free and open to the public and drinks are available for purchase, so come and join us! 

July 1st, 2018 - September 10th 

"Glory of Germania"

The DANK Haus is proud to host the Glory of Germania porcelain mosaic from the 1983 Chicago World's Fair in the 4th Floor Scharpenberg Art Gallery. This exbibit features 1,057 tiles that amount to 18 feet x 12 feet. It is open to the public Monday through Friday 1 - 5 PM. 

There is a reception for the exhibit at the DANK Haus from 7 PM - 9 PM on August 24th. It cost $5 and advanced registration is required. Please register here.   

Photo credit: Warren Perlstein

Past Exhibits 

March 10th, 2018 - April 1st
"Everybody Dance! Seven Years of Chicago Powwows" Photography Exhibit

February 10th, 2018 - March 10, 2018
Culture Bridge/ Kulturbrücke 2018: Masterful Moxie - the Power of Art

The DANK Haus is proud to host the annual Culture Bridge / Kulturbrücke once again in the 4th Floor Scharpenberg Art Gallery. This month-long international art exhibition features over 50 talented artists and photographers. These works are open to the public in the Scharpenberg Gallery Monday through Friday, 10:00am - 5:00pm for viewing and for purchase. Special weekend and extended evening hours will apply throughout the exhibition to  events. Stay tuned for updates on weekly Culture Bridge events including musical performances, theater, and dance. 

The exhibition officially begins on Saturday, February 10th with an opening reception from 6:00pm-10:00pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Exhibition curated by Marianna Buchwald and Laura Engel.

Culture Bridge Events: Click here for the schedule of events from Feb. 10th through Mar. 10th.


90th-Anniversary Exhibit

November 4th, 2017 - January 12th, 2018

In honor of our building's 90th anniversary, we delve deep into a history that is inextricably linked with the Lincoln Square community. 

Our exhibition showcases the life and work of our building's architect, German-American Paul Gerhardt, Sr., through a display of blueprints, slideshow of Gerhardt designs, and biographic memorabilia provided by Gerhardt's descendants. The exhibit also considers the Independent Order of Odd Fellows/Three Links fraternity who commissioned the building in 1927 as a temple. Taking the Order's early involvement as a point of departure, the exhibit invites visitors on an unforgettable  stroll through DANK Haus history to the present day. 

International Art Exhibit - Kulturbrücke 2017

February 18 - March 18, 2017

Kulturbrücke, a cultural bridge of poets, painters, dancers, and sculptors from both Germany and the United States. Curated by Alpha Bruton and Marianne Buchwald of International Art Group Chicago, the exhibit will feature a broad range of works with an intention to deepen cross-cultural ties. There will be a series of events that will entertain and stimulate thinking about how two cultures can create a dialog about what matters in the world of art.


Chicago's Families - "Community as Family" 

June 26 - September 26, 2015

Join the Chicago Cultural Alliance for an unprecedented citywide exhibit that presents a mosaic of voices, memories, and experiences of Chicago's Families. Spanning 6 sites across Chicagoland, 18 members of the Alliance use stories, photos, objects and more to reveal the many ways we need and love family, however you define it.

The meaning of family applies to more than just the nuclear one. This exhibit examines the families we create through shared interests and activities including social clubs, festivals and celebrations. Hear the firsthand experience the festivities in traditional and religious Haitian holidays, vividly expressed by Haitian artists.

2014 and Earlier

Freedom Forward, A City Divided | Kai Widenhöfer | May - June 2014

Best of Show | Lincoln Square Art Walk - Block by Block | Oct - Dec 2014

Best of Show | Lincoln Square Art Walk - Block by Block | Oct - Dec 2013

Umlaut | Multi-media curated by Ines Meier | Oct 2011

Passage | German artist DeDe Handon | May 2010

Augenblick | PDML photography exhibit | April 2010

Legacy Project | DANK Haus film history | Oct 2009 - April 2010

Facing Walls

Beauty in the Simple

Germans in Mind

Midsommer Nacht

Hamburg: Port of Dreams

On the Tip of Every Tongue

Renate Summer

German American Cultural Center
4740 North Western Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60625

Connect with us

Office: +1 (773) 561-9181
Email: Dank@Dankhaus.com

DANK Haus German American Cultural Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
DANK Haus German American Cultural Center does not discriminate based on race, color, sexuality, national origin, sex, disability or age.
©2017 DANK Haus. All rights reserved.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software