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The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA) preserves and promotes contemporary art as a shared expression of the Ukrainian and American experience. UIMA develops, utilizes and encourages artistic talent through exhibitions, concerts, readings, lectures and films to serve the cultural needs of our community and city, and thereby strengthen cultural understanding and diversity.

The Institute was founded in 1971 through the initiative of art collectors Dr. Achilles and Vera Chreptowsky, and sculptors Konstantin Milonadis and Mychajlo Urban. They wanted to fill a void in the public’s understanding of nationally and internationally recognized Ukrainian artists engaged with contemporary art. Like so many independent artist organizations across the United States of the early 1970s, they emerged as an alternative exhibition venue, featuring art unsupported by large-scale mainstream art institutions. These included works by Canadian artists, Chicago artists beginning their professional careers, Ukrainian, Polish and Lithuanian artists, as well as first generation computer art, book art, fiber and ceramics. Approximately eight exhibitions were shown each year, accompanied by literary and music programs, artist workshops and programs for children. Studio space was also rented to local artists.

Located in the heart of Ukrainian Village in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood, UIMA originally occupied two floors of a three-story brownstone building, in what today is a parking lot on the southeast corner of Oakley and Chicago Avenues. Within a couple of years, it became apparent that larger space was necessary, not only for temporary exhibitions, but to house a quickly growing permanent collection. A new location, diagonally situated from its original home, was purchased and renovated, its minimalist façade designed by noted local architect Stanley Tigerman.

Since its move in 1978, UIMA has undergone several renovations, increasing exhibition space, library and archival facilities. Its permanent collection has grown to include works by such notable Ukrainian artists as Alexander Archipenko, Alexis Gritchenko, Mychajlo Andreenko, and Soviet era Ukrainian Non-Conformists, as well as many artists of Ukrainian descent. Works by Jerzy Nowosielski, Jules Olitski, Patrick Caulfield, Elisabeth Frink, Mary Fedden, are also featured, as well as Chicago artists Richard Hunt, Thomas Kapsalis, Michiko Itatani and others.

The Institute Today

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 local 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 UIMA members, together we can explore and celebrate the vibrant artistic culture of Chicago’s Ukrainian Village and beyond!

  • Please join today!
  • Basic Member
    – 10% kiosk discount
    – Members Only Event Invites

  • Associate Member $100 – $249
    Previous Level Benefits Plus
    – Guided Tour Invites
  • UIMA Sponsor $250 – $499
    Previous Level Benefits Plus
    Website listing & one exhibit catalog
  • UIMA Benefactor $500+
    Previous Level Benefits Plus
    Brochure and lobby listing & Permanent Collection catalog or two exhibit catalogs


Please Consider Supporting UIMA by Making a Donation!

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art is a non–profit organization under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3)
Other Ways to Support UIMAConsider donating your estate artwork to our permanent collection or for our annual fundraising auctions. For more information, contact UIMA Curator Stanislav Grezdo at stano (a t)

UIMA Benefactors

Dr. and Mrs. Bohdan & Vira Bodnaruk
Dr. and Mrs. Bohdan and Joanne Celewycz
Mr. Andrew Demus
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew and Vera Eliashevsky
Mr. Martin Garcia
Mr. and Mrs. Orest & Ulana Hrynewych
Mr. Andriy Hudzan
Dr. & Mrs. Weldon & Jaroslawa Johnson
Dr. and Mrs. Adrian and Larissa Kesala
Mr. and Mrs. Oleh and Alexandra Kowerko
Dr. and Mrs. Paul & Leonarda Nadzikewycz
Ms. Luba Nowak
Mr. and Mrs. Nestor & Olya Popowych
Mr. George Pryjma
Mr. and Mrs. John and Helen Pryma
Mr. and Mrs. Irving and VALYA Simpson
Mr. and Mrs. Rostyslaw and Christine Sobol
Ms. and Mr. Irka Tkaczuk & Alan Golub
Dr. and Mrs. Vasil and Lida Truchly
Mrs. and Mr. Ksenia and Peter Turula
Ms. Theodora Turula
Mr. Mark Wyshnytzky

UIMA Sponsors

Dr. Myron Wojtowycz
Mr. Joseph Solimini


Board of Directors – 2016
Paul Nadzikewycz – Chairman
Orysia Cardoso – President
Motria Melnyk – VP, Programming & Special Events
Orest Hrynewych – Managing Director
Yaro Melnyk – Legal Counsel
Oleh Kowerko – Secretary
Lubomyr Klymkowych – Treasurer
George Sambor
Olenka Pryma
Marta Farion
Vera Eliashevsky
Andriy Hudzan
Rostyslaw Sobol
Stefanie Wowchuk McDonald
Tetiana Laba
Adrian Kesala
Mark Wyshnytzky

Contact Us

Stanislav Grezdo – Curator
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Robin Dluzen – Exhibitions and Operations Manager
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Motria Melnyk – VP, Programming & Special Events
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