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1527 Otto Blvd
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Union Street Gallery was founded in 1995 as part of a small business incubation project, subsidized by the Chicago Southland Economic Development. In 1998, the first Gallery Director resigned and the Studio Artists stepped in and began to run the gallery as a collaborative. The artists recognized the gallery’s potential to be an important art resource both locally and on a national level, and the scope of the Gallery increased with the addition of national juried arts exhibitions and educational programming.
In 2004, the Chicago Southland Economic Development lost most of its funding and shut down the project, including Union Street Gallery. The artists realized the importance and positive impact of the gallery on the community so they worked together to keep the gallery alive. In 2005, Union Street Gallery became its own not-for profit 501(c)3 with an official artists collaborative consisting of 16 artists.
Later in 2005, the artists and the Board of Directors secured the building in Chicago Heights with the help of local government officials. The three-story historic landmark building was rehabilitated and retrofitted specifically for use as a gallery and artists’ studio space with two floors of gallery space and a third floor of artists studios. The gallery opened in its new location in 2006.
Thanks to increased funding, the gallery began offering curated exhibits with no exhibit fee, presenting both local and nationally recognized artists. The gallery also began offering more classes and community outreach activities. The new programming allowed the gallery to expose the community to many more artistic experiences they would have not normally had access to.
Left: images of the building during the rehab
Today Union Street Gallery is the premier arts resource for the Chicago Southland serving 3000 people per year through diverse art exhibits, classes and workshops, and community outreach projects. There are studio artists, guild artists, members, and volunteers, all at varying ages and ethnicity. The Gallery continues to grow and establish itself as a sustainable arts and culture resource for the Chicago Southland
History of the Building
Read the below article on the history of 1527 Otto Blvd published in the December 2010 issue of Historic Illinois by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
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