Thank you for considering a gift of art to the Smart Museum. The majority of our collection has been formed through such gifts.
The Museum collects, principally, in these core areas:
- Modern Art and Design (American and European, 1880–1960)
- Asian art (all periods)
- European art (Renaissance–1900)
- Contemporary art (1960–present)
Members of the staff review all proposed gifts, then submit them to the Collections Committee of the Board of Governors for final review and approval.
To properly assess your artwork, we ask that you contact us with the following information:
- Title of the work
- Artist's name
- History of ownership
- Description of the work's size and condition
- Photographs of the work
Smart Museum of Art
Attn: Director's Office
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
By phone: 773.834.1778
By e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once we receive your information, we will respond and let you know that it is being evaluated by our curatorial team. You can generally expect to receive a decision within 1–2 weeks.
Please note: we ask that you not ship or drop off any art without first contacting us. Though we appreciate the generous impulse, we must be sure that we can handle the artworks properly.