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.

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Art Exhibitions

Student Juried ExhibitionApril 18 – May 12, 2022Art Exhibition SpaceBuilding C, Room C200
Monday – Thursday
9:00am – 3:00pm

View the online gallery

This annual exhibition will include works in various media and styles by students who have taken art courses throughout the year. Each year a professional artist is invited to jury the student’s submissions and select the work for the show. Awards are provided by the Harper Educational Foundation.

For information or to schedule a visit, contact: Jason Peot, Gallery Director, jpeot@harpercollege.edu

Explore past exhibitions

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Student Fashion Show ENIGMA

Step into the mystery and be inspired by Harper Fashion Department student designs that range from new takes on traditional looks to the completely avant-garde. ENIGMA is the culmination of their work presented in Spring 2022.

8 a.m., May 11, Jury Show  Details and tickets.

1 p.m., May 20 Fashion Show Details and tickets.

8 p.m., May 20 Fashion Show and optional VIP Experience with dinner and drinks. Details and tickets.

Hilary Holladay

Lectures

Presenting stimulating interviews, discussions, and readings by distinguished artists and scholars from around the globe. Upcoming events are listed below, or use the following links to enjoy virtual events presented in recorded format.

Upcoming Lectures

Hilary Holladay, Author of The Power of Adrienne Rich: A BiographyOn-campus event on Tuesday, April 19, 202211:00am to 12:30pmBuilding Z, Room Z102

Click here for event details.

Lecture Archives

The Charles Bukowski Centenary Virtual Symposium

Ranjani Murali Poetry Reading: Playing with English(es)

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Music

Immerse yourself in the captivating sounds and visuals of these upcoming performances by the Harper College Jazz Ensemble, Harper College Jazz Faculty Octet and guest artists. 

Upcoming Music Events

Harper Guitar Solo Concert, Peter Aglinskas, Steven Suvada and Steve Vazquez, directors Tuesday, March 15, 7:30 p.m. Drama Lab, Building L, Room L109

Harper Symphony Orchestra, William Anthony Porter, conductor Sunday, April 3, 3 p.m. Performing Arts Center

Harper Jazz Faculty and Guests, Jeffrey Hedberg, director Saturday, April 23, 7:30 p.m. Performing Arts Center

Harper Guitar Ensemble, Steven Vazquez, director Tuesday, April 26, 7:30 p.m. Performing Arts Center

Harper Festival Chorus, Gregory Tipps and Bryan Tipps, conductor Sunday, May 1, 3 p.m. Performing Arts Center

Steel Bands Concert, Paul Ross, director Tuesday, May 3, 7:30 p.m. Performing Arts Center

Harper Jazz Ensemble, Jeffrey Hedberg, director Wednesday, May 11, 7:30 p.m. Performing Arts Center

Harper Wind Symphony and Chamber Winds, Gregory Tipps and Benjamin Clemons, conductors Thursday, May 12, 7:30 p.m. Performing Arts Center

Harper Concert Choir and SPECTRA, Thomas Stauch, conductor Friday, May 13, 7:30 p.m. Performing Arts Center

Harper Piano Ensemble, Janice Larson Razaq, director Saturday, May 14, 7:30 p.m. Performing Arts Center

Harper Symphony Orchestra, William Anthony Porter, conductor Sunday, May 15, 3 p.m. Performing Arts Center

Harper Lab Band, Kenneth Spurr, director Wednesday, May 16, 7:30 p.m. Performing Arts Center

Jazz Lab Band, Kenneth Spurr, director Wednesday, May 13, 7:30 p.m. Performing Arts Center

Harper Commencement Festival Brass, Gregory Clemons, conductor Saturday, May 21, 9:30 a.m. Harper Outdoor Pavilion

World Music Ensemble, Issa Boulos, director Sunday, May 22, 3 p.m. Performing Arts Center

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.

Upcoming One Book One Harper Events

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

Thursday, March 10, 2022 

7:00pm to 8:00pm

Virtual event: Click here to attend.

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

Thursday, March 15, 2022 

7:00pm to 8:00pm

Virtual event: Click here to attend.

One Book One Harper Archives

Lost Restaurants of Chicago 

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Theater

Expand your horizons with entertaining and thought-provoking productions by Harper’s Theatre groups and guest artists. Enjoy events this season presented in livestream, in the Performing Arts Center, and outdoors at the Pavilion. 

Fences, Performing Arts Center, 6 Performances Beginning Friday, July 15, 2022

Last Updated: 4/25/22