Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA)


In existence for over 40 years, UIMA continues to offer a robust schedule of exhibitions, musical and literary events, films, and gallery talks, including the annually anticipated Live and Silent Auction. Musical programs have included evenings with distinguished opera singers Samuel Ramey, Paul Plishka, and pianist Valentina Lisitsia, while the MAVerick Ensemble has filled the galleries with experimental and innovative jazz regularly. Writers and actors have showcased their work, and a variety of artist workshops are offered throughout the year.

As in its early days, UIMA’s programs and events connect an international network of artists, musicians, and writers with West Town’s diverse community, offering intellectually and artistically rich experiences that enhance and expand Chicago’s cultural life. The Institute holds extensive partnerships with both national and international art organizations and museums. As a core member of the Chicago Cultural Alliance we were instrumental in developing a wide coalition of ethnic museums which partner to promote the grand diversity of our multi-cultural city.

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art has pledged to serve as a leader in developing West Town into a vibrant art destination. Our strategic goals currently focus on developing an educational center for students pursuing careers in art and design. As Ukrainian Village has gentrified and diversified, we continue to grow as a vibrant fine art center dedicated to community engagement, and shaping the artistic legacy of the community and our city.

As well featuring a gallery with rotating exhibitions, we also offer an event space, where we typically host events every month.

Image: UIMA gallery

Past Events