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Named in honor of renowned Chicago arts patron and Hyde Park Art Center Honorary Board Chair, Ruth Horwich, Ruth’s Circle is the Art Center’s group of dedicated annual supporters.

Like Ruth, this group impacts Chicago's art and artists directly and supports the Art Center’s ability to:

  • Present 20 original exhibitions annually—supporting nearly 150 artists every year through this program;
  • Reach over 3,000 youth through its outreach programs each year, plus provide free access to the Art Center’s onsite studio classes for talented south side youth—making an investment in the community and supporting Chicago’s next generation of artists;
  • Give 600 students the chance to interact with contemporary art and artists through the Art Center’s field trip program;
  • Host five resident artists from around the world, providing artists with the time and space to create—enriching Chicago’s cultural community;
  • Remain accessible to the 45,000 people who walk through the Hyde Park Art Center’s doors every year by being free and open to the public seven days a week;
  • And much more…

In recognition of your commitment, as a Ruth’s Circle member you will receive:

$10,000 CATALYST

  • All Leader member benefits
  • Recognition as a Lead Sponsor of the program of your choice*
  • Lunch or drinks and a guided tour of the exhibition of your choice for you and a group of up to 15 people*

$5,000 LEADER

  • All Advocate member benefits
  • Recognition as an annual sponsor of the program of your choice*
  • Invitation to annual dinner salon with Hyde Park Art Center leadership


  • All Investor member benefits
  • Recognition as a supporter of the Art Center's yearlong Chicago artist-in-residence and culminating major exhibition, along with an invitation to a pre-opening artist studio visit
  • Or, recognition as a supporter of the Art Center's teen programs, and invitation to the opening reception of the programs' annual culminating exhibition


  • Invitation to the Art Center’s annual Ruth’s Circle members only event—such as a private collection tour, artist studio visit, or intimate dinner discussion that lends a behind the scenes look into Chicago’s dynamic art scene
  • Recognition of your contribution onsite, online, and in the Art Center's triannual newsletter
  • Invitations to exclusive Art Center events

Learn more about Ruth Horwich and her incredible legacy in this commemorative video created upon the opening of the Art Center's first home of its own in 2006.


*Please contact Aaron Rodgers, Manager of Individual Giving at Hyde Park Art Center, at or 773-324-5520 x1022 with any questions and to further discuss your options.