As one of the country's top academic art museums, the Smart Museum of Art takes an educational approach to the collection, display and interpretation of cultural works.
Founded in 1974, the Smart Museum has been a hinge point for the fine arts collections of the University of Chicago. The institution has been at the forefront of community engagement and an authority on artistic discussion.
Today, the Museum holds more than 10,000 pieces-some works are more than 5,000-years-old. Collections of note include:
- 20th Century Painting & Sculpture
- Postwar Art from Chicago
- Central European Expressionist Graphics
- Small Scale Bronze Sculpture and Works on Paper Since the Renaissance
- East Asian Art
In the 1990s, the Museum launched an innovative educational outreach program for local public schools. This and other initiatives have helped position the Smart Museum distinguish itself as a leader of arts scholarship. The Museum maintains an accessible, exciting and totally free institution that's open to people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.