The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago opens the world through art and ideas.
The Smart Museum of Art is an intimate museum for bold encounters with art. As the fine arts museum of the University of Chicago, the Smart is home to thought-provoking exhibitions and an exquisite collection of ancient, Old Master, modern, and contemporary art from across the globe. Through collaborations with scholars, the Smart has established itself as a driving force for creative thinking through the arts at the University and a pioneering model of what a 21st century academic art museum can be. The Museum also offers distinctive programs that inspire visitors of all ages to experience the dynamic role of the visual arts in our world. All are welcome and every visit is free.
The Smart first opened in 1974. Throughout 2014–2015, we will be using our 40th anniversary as a catalyst to reflect upon and reinvent the Smart's core practices, with a particular focus on education, interpretation, and engagement.