About Us & Our Town

Our Mission: The Riverside Arts Center is a nonprofit organization. Our guiding mission is to bring an understanding and appreciation of the arts to our community. We provide the means to develop, share and nurture art through art education, gallery exhibits, and community outreach programs.

About us: Since 1993, the Riverside Arts Center (RAC) has been providing Riverside , its surrounding suburbs and the city of Chicago with exhibitions, arts classes, and special events. The RAC is located in the heart of Historic Riverside, IL.  It includes the Freeark Contemporary Art Gallery and a variety of studio space, including a renowned clay studio that has a full range of electric, raku and stoneware kilns.

About Art Education at the RAC: We offer over thirty art classes each term (Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall) for children and adults in mediums ranging from clay, to oil painting, to fused glass jewelry, to printmaking.

The RAC also offers provide tours, field trips, and curricula-based workshops for public and private schools and professional development opportunities for teachers.

This program is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and sponsorship from the Riverside Township.

The Riverside Arts Center is located in historic Riverside, IL. The town, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (the founder of landscape architecture), has a strong community of art makers, art teachers, and art lovers.

To find out more about the town of Riverside, please click on the link below.