Compound Yellow Workspace <Drawing by Madeleine Aguilar>


Compound Yellow is located at:  244 Lake St., Oak Park, IL, 60302

Please contact us before visiting - until further notice we will be open for events and by appointment only.


Compound Yellow is an independent, experimental arts space in Oak Park, IL.

We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) experimental art space with curatorial focus in cultural production, sharing economies, participatory art, and interdisciplinary explorations. Comprised of a group of artists, curators, educators, parents and engaged citizens, Compound Yellow hosts exhibitions, interventions, performances, workshops, lectures, gatherings, and collective imagining. We want to celebrate a culture of sharing, connecting and collective action! We'd love to hear from you.

Compound Yellow is run by a collaborative board of directors:

LAURA SHAEFFER, Founding Director
ANNA OGIER-BLOOMER, Working Director
LORA LODE, Founding Director

We continue to work with a long list of collaborators including Alberto Aguilar, Atlan Arceo-Wiltz, Regin Igloria, Dylan Cale Jones, Jeff Levrant, Matthew Nicholas (a co-founder of CY), Andrew Nord, Erik Peterson, Melissa Potter, Alisa Reith, and Ryan Thompson. And we are grateful for the ongoing support of our many interns and volunteers!

Compound Yellow accepts unsolicited proposals for art and design projects and exhibitions, workshops and educational programming, community activities, and more. To submit a proposal, click here

Self–Reliance School (SRS)

Self-Reliance School (SRS) started as a collaboration by Temporary Services and Compound Yellow. It was inspired by the Self-Reliance Library: an installation by Temporary Services consisting of over 80 books, as well as furniture and banners that take influence from ideas found in the library. The collection is designed to provoke the reader, encourage a deeper relationship with our shared natural and human environment, solve creative problems, or suggest imaginative directions for a range of creative practices. Click here for more details.

The Self-Reliance School is hosting classes, workshops, talks, public events and programs, an artist editions' shop, and exhibition residencies. SRS is currently taking proposals.



We are currently accepting proposals for The Self-Reliance School, an ongoing series of programming led by artists, educators and citizens about collaborative research to develop projects that engage publics with a variety of perspectives and responses to what it means to share knowledge and participate in cultural production.

Programming includes workshops, book clubs, film series, readings + discussions, performative lectures, storytelling, multiples to make and distribute, services to offer and other ideas for a new future. 

*Due to a high volume of requests, we are not able to respond to submissions immediately; we review submissions on a bi-monthly basis. Thank you for your patience.

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