Public Events


Public Events

All events are free and open to everyone and take place at DePaul Art Museum unless otherwise noted.

Upcoming Public Events

William Estrada in conversation with Zakkiyyah Najeebah Dumas O'neal

Thursday, September 23, 6pm

In conjunction with the exhibition Learned Objects, teacher, artist, cultural worker, and urban anthropologist William Estrada will discuss his practice with particular attention to his project Portraits of Resolution (2014/17) on view in the exhibition. Estrada’s current research is focused on developing community based and culturally relevant projects that center power structures of race, economy, and cultural access in contested spaces. Estrada will be in conversation with Chicago based visual artist, educator, and independent curator Zakkiyyah Najeebah Dumas O'neal. Her work is most often initiated by personal and social histories related to family legacy, queerness, community making, and interiority.


Stockyard Radio

Alternating Thursdays, 2:30–4pm

Join us for a bi-weekly radio program with artist Jim Duignan and invited guests. The radio station, located at DPAM as part of the exhibition Stockyard Institute: 25 Years of Art and Radical Pedagogy, will broadcast past and present Stockyard Institute radio projects. Key collaborators include Davion Mathews and Jeff Kowalkowski, who have worked with Stockyard Institute for decades to create community sound projects and radio broadcasts in schools, art spaces, public parks, and beyond. The radio station was built by Charlie Vinz of Adaptive Operations with generous funding from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

DePaul’s Class “Community Audio Art” with School of Music Professor Jeff Kowalski will be assisting to produce the broadcast.

Dates of upcoming radio programs: 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18

Stay tuned!

Recordings will be available every other Friday on Stockyard Institute's SoundCloud

Ear Taxi Festival: Professional Development Day

Wednesday, September 29, 11am–7pm

DPAM is pleased to partner with Ear Taxi Festival for a day of workshops and learning, geared toward musicians, but open to all! Feel free to register for one or all of the programs listed below. 25 reservations will be available for each session as well as 10 day passes.

11am–12pm: Grant Writing and a Dream for Future Philanthropy

12:15–1:15pm: Forging a New Path

1:45–2:45pm: Choreography/Music Collaboration

3:00–4:00pm: Cultivating Creative Communities

4:30–6:00pm: Panel Discussion: What are the components of a thriving ecosystem for new music?


Stockyard Institute Catalogue release + Conversation with Jim Duignan and Lavie Raven

Thursday, September 30, 6pm

Join us to celebrate the catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition Stockyard Institute: 25 Years of Art and Radical Pedagogy. This fully-illustrated catalogue provides rich documentation and scholarship on the work of pioneering social practice artist Jim Duignan and his ongoing community arts platform Stockyard Institute. With contributions by Jennifer Gray, Rachel L. S. Harper, Jorge Lucero, David Maruzzella, Allison Peters Quinn, Nato Thompson, and Julie Rodrigues Widholm.

Duignan will be joined by former student and key collaborator Lavie Raven for a conversation about the past, present, and future of Stockyard Institute. A public school teacher for over 20 years, Raven is a Fulbright Distinguished Teacher, artist, activist, and co-founder of the University of Hip-Hop, a multi-disciplinary school of the street arts.

This event will be both in-person and online. DPAM will have 30 spots available for those who wish to attend in person. To reserve a seat please email

If you would like to attend online please register via Eventbrite below to receive the zoom link.


Ear Taxi Festival: Hear Chicago

Friday, October 1, 11:30am–2:30pm

DPAM is proud to partner with Ear Taxi Festival on the following Hear Chicago performances:

11:30–12:15pm: Sarah Plum: Parameters of Sound: Works by 4 International Composers Associated with Chicago, with Nick Photinos

12:15–1:00pm: Ogni Suono

1:15–1:35pm: Jillian DeGroot: Lecture on Silence for Chicago

1:45–2:30pm: 5th Wave Collective

30 seats will be available for this event.


Nicole Marroquin in conversation with Allison Peters Quinn

Wednesday, October 27, 6pm

In conjunction with the exhibition Learned Objects, interdisciplinary artist, researcher and teacher educator Nicole Marroquin will discuss her ceramic practice on view in the exhibition. Like her research which focuses on recuperating the history of youth and women’s leadership in the struggle for justice, her ceramic explores belonging and spatial justice. Marroquin will be in conversation with Allison Peters Quinn, Director of Exhibitions & Residency at Hyde Park Art Center. Peters Quinn work over the past ten years has been focused on realizing projects that address intersections between art, public space, and civically minded practices.


Regin Igloria in conversation with Rachel L. S. Harper

Thursday, November 18, 6pm

In conjunction with the exhibition Learned Objects, Chicago-based multidisciplinary artist and educator Regin Igloria will discuss his drawings, artists’ books, sculptures, and performances that portray the human condition as it relates to the natural environment and inhabited spaces. He works with various communities to create crossover between disparate populations and cultures, aiming to broaden the roles of both artists and non-artists. Igloria will be in conversation with Rachel L. S. Harper, artist, educator, researcher, and curator of Learned Objects.


Rochele Royster in conversation with Jim Duignan

Thursday, January 20, 6pm

In conjunction with the exhibition Learned Objects, Rochele Royster presents her work Dolls4Peace included in the exhibition, in which she invited children, teachers, and community members across Chicago to create handmade dolls as a means for addressing trauma and gun violence. Royster has worked for the last 20 years integrating art therapy into the educational setting and has worked with youth, adolescents, and young adults with various learning differences. Royster will be in conversation with Jim Duignan, artist and founder of Stockyard Institute.