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Classes, Exhibitions, Studios, Events, Outreach, Historic Venue

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At Water Street Studios

We use the arts as a tool for personal, professional, academic, and economic growth.


what we do

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Art Education & outreach

Give yourself the opportunity to explore a wide variety of mediums through our high-quality classes offered both on-site and through strategic partnerships in our community.


Gallery & Events

You’re invited to experience new exhibitions every month in our award-winning galleries during our public events or you can book your next memorable event with friends and family with us.

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Artist Studios

Bask in the vibrant arts community dedicated to supporting one another through creativity and collaboration. Resident Artists engage with our community through the sale, teachings, and exhibiting of their art.

Who We Are

We are a 501(c)3 for-purpose art center located in downtown Batavia, IL. Our mission is to help make the arts more accessible to the Fox Valley region and beyond. Our vision is to be a cultural hub in the Midwest. We provide our community with classes, artist studios, gallery exhibitions, free programs for under-resourced families and schools, events in our historic venue, and more.

Water Street Studios is committed to maintaining a welcoming and safe environment for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, or disability.

Our Impact


students are served through our art education and outreach programs every year. We work libraries, school districts, under-resourced families, senior centers, and more to make the arts more accessible to those in need.


artists exhibited in our award-winning galleries every year featuring a wide variety of mediums in the Dempsey Family Gallery located on the first floor and the Chicago Capital Gallery located on the second floor


artist studios on site to support emerging and professional artists seeking opportunities to exhibit, teach, collaborate, and create. We attract an estimated 10,000 visitors to these studios every year through strategic partnerships and community events.

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