Mana Contemporary is a leading arts destination dedicated to celebrating the creative process.


Mana Contemporary Chicago is a rapidly expanding art center set in an enormous landmark building in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Designed by noted Chicago architect George Nimmons, the building is now home to dozens of artists studios, exhibition spaces, classrooms, a central cafe, a library and more. Mana serves as a nexus for many of the strongest artists and organizations in the city. Artists of diverse disciplines, including painting, sculpture, photography, dance, film, sound, and performance work alongside each other in a novel campus environment which fosters experimentation, collaboration, and
mutual inspiration. Very established artists; studios neighbor those that house strong emerging practices, as there is a wide range of studio sizes.

A hub of programming and activity for the vital communities of Chicago artists, Mana Contemporary will also serve as a multi-institutional pedagogical platform, and already serves as home to art schools and organizations dedicated to educating and supporting emerging artists. Chicago’s existing art communities have informed this model, which grows organically with the development of each new floor, customizing and adapting to the needs and opportunities that make up Chicago’s creative landscape. Mana Contemporary strives to grow a vital community of Chicago artists, showcasing their practices, processes, and ideas to the public.



Armitage Gone! Dance
Art in Print
Benito Juarez Community Academy
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
Chicago High School for the Arts
Chicago Urban Art School
Columbia College Chicago
Co-Prosperity Sphere
Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery
Eighth Blackbird
EXPO Chicago: The International      
        Exposition of Modern and Contemporary Art
Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation
Fountain Art Fair
Gallery 400
Gary Lichtenstein Editions
Italian Cultural Institute of New York
Leila Heller Gallery

Lucky Plush
Marina Abramovic Institute
MDW Fair
Milk Studios
Museum of Contemporary Photography
Renegade Craft Fair
Richard Meier
Roots & Culture Gallery
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
The Public Media Institute
The Nexus Project
Umm el-Fahem Art Gallery
University of Illinois at Chicago School of
       Art and Architecture
University of Wisconsin Madison
Version Festival
Zabludowicz Collection
Zemack Contemporary Art