"The University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art collects works of art—more than 15,000 objects and counting—to support academic and artistic study, inspire new ideas, and provide a setting for reflection and conversation by our diverse audiences."

Smart Museum of Art
The University of Chicago
5550 S Greenwood Ave
(773) 702-0200

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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 15,000 pieces, with some works dating back more than 5,000 years. Collections of note include:

  • Asian Art: Of note are the traditional arts of scroll painting and ceramics from China, Japan, and Korea.
  • Contemporary ArtEmphasizing European and American art—with a focus on Chicago—in addition to Asian art—with a focus on China.
  • Modern Art & DesignThe collection draws upon major international artistic movements while celebrating regional approaches to modernism.
  • The H.C. Westermann Study Collection: One of the most significant public collections of artwork and archival material related to Westermann’s life and artwork.
  • European ArtRenaissance and Baroque works are of particular note, as well as works on paper.

In the 1990s, the Museum launched an innovative educational outreach program for local public schools. This and other initiatives have helped the Smart Museum distinguish itself as an arts scholarship leader. The Museum maintains an accessible, exciting and totally free institution that's open to visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.

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