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 and subscribe to Arts at Harper enews to learn more.

Earn a degree, study and take lessons or classes.

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 award-winning literary magazine, Point of View. 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

Student Juried Exhibition

April 24 - May 11

Art Exhibition SpaceBuilding C, Room C200
Monday to Thursday


Raúl Ortiz

Manipulated Motifs

January 30 to March 9, 2023Art Exhibition SpaceBuilding C, Room C200
Monday to Thursday
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Artist Talk & Reception – Feb. 8, 11:00am

View Exhibition Gallery

Vibrant colors, bold contrast, and diverse patterns are hallmarks of Raúl Ortiz’s work. His painting practice is heavily influenced by years of printmaking, creating abstract compositions through layering, repeating, and refining images and marks. Born and raised in Mexico, Ortiz moved to Chicago as a child where he still lives and works.

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

Explore past exhibitions


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

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)

Choir singing


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

Harper Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, April 2, 2023, 3 p.m., Performing Arts Center 

Harper Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, May 14 , 2023, 3 p.m. Performing Arts Center 

Visit the Box Office for ticket information.

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.

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. 

Lettie written in neon sign over an image of a woman in a welding mask working

Lettie by Boo Killebrew; March 17 - 26, 2023

Harper’s production of Lettie to feature conversations with playwright Boo Killebrew

View the complete program

Last Updated: 3/17/23