• Elly Fishman
  • South Side Community Arts Center executive director Heather Robinson

It’s easy to miss the South Side Community Arts Center on South Michigan Avenue. Unlike other art institutions, the SSCAC building does not advertise itself. The brick facade blends in with neighboring homes, and the small sign is barely visible from the street. Inside, the front entrance is filled with historical photographs, pamphlets for local shows, and paintings from the center’s upcoming show, “Women of a Certain Age.” The place is rich with history and talent, but in dire need of a director who can carve out its role in Chicago’s contemporary art community. That’s why Heather Robinson was hired.