Stony Island Arts Bank

The Stony Island Arts Bank is a hybrid gallery, media archive, library and community center – and a home for Rebuild’s archives and collections. Designed by William Gibbons Uffendell and built in 1923, the bank at 68th Street and Stony Island Avenue was once a vibrant community savings and loan. By the eighties, the branch had closed and the building remained vacant and deteriorating for decades. Reopened in October 2015, the radically restored building serves as a space for neighborhood residents to preserve, access, reimagine and share their heritage – and a destination for artists, scholars, curators, and collectors to research and engage with South Side history.

The Arts Bank collections include:

Johnson Publishing Archive + Collections: Books and periodicals donated by the Johnson Publishing Company, publisher of Ebony and Jet magazine.

University of Chicago Glass Lantern Slides: Over 60,000 slides of art and architectural history from the Paleolithic to Modern eras

Edward J. Williams Collection: 4,000 objects of “negrobilia” – mass cultural objects and artifacts that feature stereotypical images of people of color

Frankie Knuckles Records: “Godfather of House Music,” Frankie Knuckles’ vinyl collection

Collections access requires a free 30 minute library orientation, hosted daily at 2:00pm. For more information contact

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Material Gestures

Material Gestures is an exhibition of multimedia assemblage works by Sheree Hovsepian, macramé from the private collection of Lovie May Coats, slides from the University of Chicago Glass Lantern Slide Collection, and texts and periodicals from the Johnson Publishing Archive + Collections that trace the origin and movement of macramé from Egypt to Iran and the Southern Caucasus….

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Amina Ross

Interested in the ways in which the concept of beauty functions within James Barnor’s work, Amina Ross is using the Arts Bank’s Johnson Publishing Company library and reflections on the theme of beauty, collected from Rebuild’s guests and community, to be featured as text-bearing garments. Additionally, Amina will be leading a two part workshop series,… Learn More

Recent Blog Posts


Victoria Martinez: A Glorious Studio Visit in Little Village

Last week, we visited the studio of Victoria Martinez- an interdisciplinary artist that makes mixed media ephemeral (meaning not long-lasting) collages and oh! what a lasting impression she made!   Our studio visit group this month included Ken Stewart, CEO of Rebuild Foundation, Victor Ivy, a Greater Grand Crossing graphic artist and community member and me-… Learn More

Rebuild Foundation Community Cataloguing Workship

Since July 1st, Rebuild Foundation staff and neighborhood volunteers have been meeting every Wednesday and Saturday at Black Cinema House from 10am to noon, to catalogue the Johnson Publishing Company library. During this workshop series, there have been diverse activities for those who have come join and help with the organization of the books. Volunteers… Learn More