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.

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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 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.

Art Exhibitions

Student Juried Exhibition

April 24, 2023 to May 11, 2023

Art Exhibition SpaceBuilding C, Room C200
Monday to Thursday

View Exhibition Gallery

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

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. 


Summer Concert Series 2023

All concerts are free and open to the public. Concerts will be held at the Drs. Kenneth and Catherine Ender Outdoor Pavilion on the north side of Harper's campus. Convenient and free parking in lots 9 and 10. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. No seating will be provided, concertgoers may bring their own lawn chairs, blankets, etc. In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be moved to the J143 Theater. 


June 8: Peter Aglinskas, solo guitar
Award-winning guitarist and Harper Music Department faculty member Peter Aglinskas returns to the pavilion stage for a concert of his solo fingerstyle arrangements of Latin, Jazz, Soul, and Classic Rock gems.  Usher in the summer season with this not to be missed musical event.


June 15: Pan Go Steel
An evening of musical compositions and arrangements for steelpan ensemble.


June 22: Cruising Across the Time Zones

Esteemed violinist Linda Veleckis joins guitarist and Harper Music Department faculty member Peter Aglinskas for a concert of music from around the world featuring Afro-Cuban, Argentinian, Brazilian, Baltic, Eastern European, and African-American styles. You won’t want to miss this imaginative musical journey.


June 29: Harper Radio Presents
OK Cool and Pinksqueeze have emerged as two of the top bands in the Chicago independent music scene. Now, backed by their latest releases, fawn and Be Gay, Have Fun, OK Cool and Pinksqueeze are on the precipice of breaking through nationally.


July 6: Jazz Faculty
Harper College Jazz Faculty will perform Jazz classics, modern favorites and original compositions. All selections have been arranged or composed by the faculty.


July 13: The Continental String Ensemble and The String Shredders
Harpers College’s violin/viola instructor Edgar Gabriel presents a double-header of his two ensembles. The first half is the classical ensemble the Continental String Ensemble presenting material from their brand new 1893 Album "Music from the Era of the Chicago World's Fair". With harpist Tija Danilovics, guitarist Steven Vazquez, Hannah Barton and Edgar on violins and viola. The second half is the pop/rock trio the String Shredders with vocalist Arla Vox, guitarist Ron Steta and Edgar on electric violin.


July 20: Harper Guitar Legacy Concert
Harper Guitar Legacy presents and evening of wonderful music by American Composers. Hear members of the Harper Guitar Legacy and guests perform works by Joplin, Bernstein, York, Morse and more! Hear different combinations of guitars from solo, duo, trio, quartets and Full ensemble in this virtuosic presentation of our majestic American musical landscape.


July 27: Lab Band 
The Harper College Lab band will perform classic and modern songs from the Jazz, Funk/Fusion and New Orleans inspired repertoire. Students will be featured as soloists and arrangers. Selections can range from artist Charlie Parker to Miles Davis to P-Funk.

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: 5/30/23