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.

Public orientations, required to handle special collections, are currently on hold while the collections are being rearranged.

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 black people

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

Hours & Location

Exhibitions

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ICONIC Black Panther

Following groundbreaking exhibitions at American Steel Studios in Oakland and Gregorio Escalante Gallery in Los Angeles, SEPIA Collective is thrilled to announce the third exhibition of ICONIC: Black Panther, at Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago, IL. In recognition of one of the most influential political movements in the past century, this exhibition will be…

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Residencies

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Maggie Brown

Maggie Brown embarks on creating a stage piece that would “edutain” the audience with music and dramatic reflection on the history & evolution of African American music. The show is called “LEGACY: Our Wealth of Music.” It is the vehicle of song, narration and a demonstration of love for a wide range of music styles.  Having… Learn More

Recent Blog Posts

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Announcing Tricontinental ’66 and Other Acts of Liberation

Rebuild Foundation and Stony Island Arts Bank are honored to host, in collaboration with HotHouse and Casa OSPAAAL, Tricontinental ’66 and Other Acts of Liberation. This exhibition and accompanying program examine acts of liberation from imperialism/s and colonialism/s through multiple avenues of creative expression both contemporary and from the revolutionary era of the 1960’s and ’70’s…. Learn More

The Jiā 家 Project: South Side :: Family Portraits by Nancy Wong

Come have a FREE family portrait taken by Chicago photographer Nancy Wong (www.nancymwong.com). This photo project is in collaboration with Gorman House Publishing and the Rebuild Foundation. The Jiā Project celebrates families on the south side by visually documenting their beauty, diversity, and emotional strength. Jiā 家 means “family” or “home” in Mandarin Chinese. The… Learn More

Introducing: Southside Teen Poet Ambassadors Program

The Rebuild Foundation is piloting its first ever Southside Teen Poet Ambassadors Program, a program designed to cultivate a cohort of six disciplined, ambitious high school poets for a six-month ambassadorship from January-June 2018. Using the Stony Island Arts Bank as their home base, the Southside Teen Poet Ambassadors will write and critique extensively within… Learn More