“The Insider's Guide” Of Where To Go And What To Do In Chicago
Chicago’s West Town is filled with culturally rich arts and European heritages, mainly of Polish and Ukrainian descent. The Ukranian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA) is a museum that hosts ongoing exhibits based mainly on culture, literary events, film screenings, and music recitals.
The art museum was established in 1971 by two art collectors and two sculptors because they realized Ukrainian art isn't widely known. They wanted a space to showcase both national and international artists who deserved to have their work recognized. UIMA doesn't just show Ukrainian art, they give anyone a chance, including first-timers. UIMA became so popular that their original two-story location wasn't big enough to hold all their collections so they purchased the building next door to accommodate. They now host six to seven major exhibitions in the main gallery, which occupies 2,100 square feet, and two side galleries hold permanent collections, which mostly includes artists and sculptors of Ukrainian descent. Their main purpose is to show the public a combined Ukranian and American expression of art. It is how they want to spread diversity and introduce people to new views. Besides artwork, they also have musical performances, film showings, gallery talks, and other cultural programs.
The Ukranian Institute of Art is open only Wednesday through Sunday from 12 PM to 4 PM. They are free but suggest a donation of $5 to keep their museum up and running.