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SCHARPENBERG ART GALLERY

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

90th-Anniversary Exhibit

November 4th - December 4th, 2017
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. 


Past Exhibits

2017

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.

2015

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






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

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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.
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