at DANK Haus German American Cultural Center

The Willi Scharpenberg Gallery hosts rotating exhibits of German American and German artists in a wide range of mediums.

Artists interested in showing are encouraged to apply to the Programming Committee. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.            If you are interested in using the gallery space,  send an email to Marlen Lux: marlen@dankhaus.com

Selection of Past Exhibits


International Art Exhibit - Kulturbrücke 2017

February 18 - March 18, 2017

Kulturbrücke, a cultural bridge of poets, painters, dancers, and sculptors from both Germany and the United States. Curated by Alpha Bruton and Marianne Buchwald of International Art Group Chicago, the exhibit will feature a broad range of works with an intention to deepen cross-cultural ties. There will be a series of events that will entertain and stimulate thinking about how two cultures can create a dialog about what matters in the world of art.


Chicago's Families - "Community as Family" 

June 26 - September 26, 2015

Join the Chicago Cultural Alliance for an unprecedented citywide exhibit that presents a mosaic of voices, memories, and experiences of Chicago's Families. Spanning 6 sites across Chicagoland, 18 members of the Alliance use stories, photos, objects and more to reveal the many ways we need and love family, however you define it.

The meaning of family applies to more than just the nuclear one. This exhibit examines the families we create through shared interests and activities including social clubs, festivals and celebrations. Hear the firsthand experience the festivities in traditional and religious Haitian holidays, vividly expressed by Haitian artists.

Free | Guided Tours Fridays 10 am - 2 pm

2014 and earlier

Freedom Forward, A City Divided: Kai Widenhöfer, May - June 2014

Best of Show: Lincoln Square Art Walk - Block by Block, Oct - Dec 2014

Best of Show: Lincoln Square Art Walk - Block by Block, Oct - Dec 2013

Umlaut: Multi-media curated by Ines Meier, Oct 2011

Passage: German artist DeDe Handon, May 2010

Augenblick: PDML photography exhibit, April 2010

Legacy Project: DANK Haus film history, Oct 2009 - April 2010

Facing Walls

Beauty in the Simple

Germans in Mind

Midsommer Nacht

Hamburg: Port of Dreams

On the Tip of Every Tongue

Renate Summer

German American Cultural Center
4740 North Western Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60625

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