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Project Onward Events

  • Big Tops and Sideshows
    Big Tops and Sideshows
    Fri, May 17
    May 17, 2024, 6:00 PM – Jun 14, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Chicago, 1200 W 35th St 4th floor, Chicago, IL 60609, USA
    Lions, and tigers, and brushstrokes- Oh my!
  • Shed Skin: Works by Luke Shemroske
    Shed Skin: Works by Luke Shemroske
    Fri, Jun 21
    Jun 21, 2024, 6:00 PM – Jul 12, 2024, 5:00 PM
    Project Onward, 1200 W 35th St 4th floor, Chicago, IL 60609, USA
  • Native Bird Clay Workshop with John Behnke
    Native Bird Clay Workshop with John Behnke
    Membership Offer
    Thu, Aug 22
    Aug 22, 2024, 12:00 PM – Aug 29, 2024, 2:00 PM
    Project Onward, 1200 W 35th St 5th floor, Chicago, IL 60609, USA
    Let your imagination take flight!
Past Events
Project Onward Origins show card
Origins Fall Fundraiser

Project Onward has been a place for Chicagoland artists to advance their careers since its founding in 2004 as a Gallery 37 initiative. Origins, hosted by Project Onward's Junior Board, features and celebrates the organization's founding artists and how their talent and passion inspired Project Onward to become a fully independent nonprofit organization.


The evening will feature new work from Project Onward pioneers, including: John Behnke, Ruby Bradford, Jacqueline Cousins, Louis DeMarco, David Hence, David A. Holt, Blake Lenoir, Molly McGrath, Michael Smith, Shiela Smith, Fernando Ramirez, and George Zuniga.

Painting of crowd of 12 people dressed in colourful Venetian carnival costume and masks
Venetian Carnevale Spring Gala

Honoring Jan Feldman, Executive Director of Lawyers for the Creative Arts

Project Onward artists created stunning works of art, masks and sculpture depicting Carnevale in Venice. Music by Project Onward's own DHF Express.

Side by side comparison of photo of Basquiat next to abstracted colorful painting of same photo
Honoring Legendary African American Artists: Distinct Portraits by disAbled Artists

Project Onward artists will honor African American painters, sculptors and installation artists by creating portraits of them during Black History Month.

Please join us for this distinct portraiture exhibit honoring such artists as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Horace Pippin, and Wangenchi Mutu to name a few.


Special Guests include Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Commissioner John P. Daley, Alderman Patrick D. Thompson and Artist Faheem Majeed. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. This event is wheelchair accessible. Free parking available Northside of Building. Project Onward gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Chicago Community Trust.

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