The Arts at Harper

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This year, enjoy art exhibitions, concerts and theatre from the comfort of your home or device in addition to live events.

Listen to an acclaimed author’s lecture or contemplate a renowned artist’s work. View our 300-piece art collection or enjoy classic and contemporary dramas and musicals. or enjoy classic and contemporary dramas and musicals. Each fall and spring, Harper’s cultural and performing arts programs bring you an array of arts events featuring visiting artists and renowned performers, including talented students. Browse our Events Calendar to learn more.

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Whether you want to perform, perfect your art or earn a degree, you’ll find boundless opportunities to explore the arts at Harper. With our Associate in Arts and Fine Arts degrees, transfer programs, certificates, credit classes and private study offerings, you can study art, fashion, graphic arts, literature, music, theatre and more. You’ll learn firsthand from working artists and professionals in state-of-the-art facilities and studios. Visit our Art and Design page.

Submit your artwork for a gallery exhibit, see your fashion designs on the runway, or get published in our literary magazine. Join a music ensemble, audition for a theater production, or find your voice with our award-winning Speech and Debate Team, the radio station, WHCM 88.3 FM, read or contribute to the student-run newspaper The Harbinger.

For non-credit music and art classes, explore our Community Music and Arts Center and other Community Education personal interest programs.

interior gallery view of Faculty Exhibition 2022

Art Exhibitions

Faculty Exhibition 2022November 21 to December 8, 2022Art Exhibition SpaceBuilding C, Room C200
Monday to Thursday
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Harper College has an active studio art faculty. In addition to teaching, they are dedicated to making and exhibiting their own work. Collectively, they represent a wide range of concept and material approaches. This biennial exhibition provides an important opportunity for art faculty members to share their work with students, colleagues, and the community.

For information or to schedule a visit, contact: Jason Peot, Gallery Director,

Explore past exhibitions

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Presenting stimulating interviews, discussions, and readings by distinguished artists and scholars from around the globe. Upcoming events are listed below. 

The Jack Kerouac Centenary Conference

Thursday, November 3, 2022 to Friday, November 4, 2022

9:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Building E, Room E106

Free admission for the Harper College community.

The Cultural Arts Committee at Harper College presents: The Beat Studies Association Conference: The Jack Kerouac Centenary This conference is in honor of the writer Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) in this year of his centenary, 2022. Six distinguished Kerouac scholars and the head of the Kerouac Estate will give lectures on the continuing ways Kerouac is relevant to the contemporary literary landscape. In addition, there will be three panels chaired by major Kerouac scholars in which instructors and graduate students will deliver academic papers about various aspects of Kerouac’s work and legacy. Papers will be selected by members of The Beat Studies Association Board for their merit. In attendance will be: Ann Charters, Holly George-Warren, Tim Hunt, Dennis McNally, Matt Theado, and Regina Weinreich. BSA members registration:

For further information please email Dr. Kurt Hemmer, English Professor and Cultural Arts Committee chair at

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Lecture Archives

Use the following links to enjoy archival virtual events presented in recorded format.

The Charles Bukowski Centenary Virtual Symposium

Ranjani Murali Poetry Reading: Playing with English(es)

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Immerse yourself in the captivating sounds and visuals of the below upcoming performances by the Harper College ensembles, faculty, students, and guest artists. 

*Thursday September 29, Guest Artist Series, 12:30 p.m. Performing Arts Center

Sunday October 9, Harper Symphony Orchestra, 3 p.m. Performing Arts Center

*Thursday October 13, Alumni Spotlight Series, 12:30 p.m. Performing Arts Center

*Thursday October 27, Faculty Spotlight Series: Paul Ross - Percussion, 12:30 p.m. Performing Arts Center

*Thursday November 10, Guest Artist Series, 12:30 p.m. Performing Arts Center

Friday, December 2, Harper Ensemble Series: Concert Choir & SPECTRA Concert, 7:30 p.m. Performing Arts Center

Sunday, December 4, Harper Ensemble Series: Festival Chorus Concert, 3 p.m. Performing Arts Center

Tuesday, December 6, Harper Ensemble Series: Steel Band Concert, 7:30 p.m. Performing Arts Center

Wednesday, December 7, Harper Ensemble Series: Jazz Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m. Performing Arts Center

*Event is free and open to the public

Visit the Box Office for ticket information on Ensemble Series events.

One Book One Harper

One Book One Harper

One Book, One Harper celebrates the art of the book by sharing a passion for reading and learning, and an annual theme, with the Harper community. The 2020/2021 One Book, One Harper theme is “food.” Join us from your virtual table by enjoying this year’s delicacies! Events are facilitated by Harper College Library librarians and staff.

Spring 2022 One Book One Harper Events

History in a Jar: Jam, Jelly, Marmalade and the People Who Made It with Sarah Hood

How Research Plans Can Up Your Genealogical Game with Annette Burke Lyttle

One Book One Harper Archives

Lost Restaurants of Chicago 


Expand your horizons with entertaining and thought-provoking productions by the Harper College Theater Ensemble and guest artists. Enjoy events this season presented in livestream, in the Performing Arts Center, and the Drama Lab. 

Proof by David Auburn on a blackboard backround


Proof by David Auburn; November 11 - 20, 2022



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Lettie by Boo Killebrew; March 17 - 26, 2023



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Last Updated: 11/30/22