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Meg Jackson Fox appointed Director of the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry and Head of Education

last edited on Thu. September 21 2023

Meg Jackson Fox joins the Smart Museum of Art as Director of the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry and Head of Education. 

Into the Archives

last edited on Tue. July 18 2023

Deep dives into objects with he inaugural cohort of the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry’s Collections Research Associates program

Collective Storytelling

last edited on Mon. July 10 2023

not all realisms curator Leslie M. Wilson, in conversation with Meralis Alvarez-Morales (MAPH 2023), shares a few final reflections on the arc of the exhibition’s history and unexpected connections.

Art in Public Spaces

last edited on Thu. June 29 2023

Smart Museum of Art to take expanded role caring for public art at the University of Chicago

Art in Bloom: Innovative partnership brings new acquisition on view

last edited on Mon. May 8 2023

An endless run time digital artwork from the interdisciplinary collective teamLab joins the collection of the Smart Museum of Art, thanks to a partnership with the Physical Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago

A Day of Commemoration in South Africa

last edited on Tue. March 21 2023

March 21st marks Human Rights Day in South Africa. A national holiday that affirms the fundamental rights and dignity of all people, its date of observance commemorates the tragic events at Sharpeville in 1960 and the human costs of the fight for freedom.

Clouds Over Lake Michigan Joins UChicago’s Collection of Public Art

last edited on Tue. February 21 2023

Thanks to a generous gift of Cboe Global Markets, Ruth Duckworth’s “majestic” 1976 wall sculpture will find a new home at the heart of the University of Chicago campus.  

2022 Alum Sticker Commission

by Jad Dahshan, AB 2021, MA 2022

last edited on Thu. September 29 2022

Alum Jad Dahshan shares a fantastical sticker design inspired by their UChicago student experience at the Smart Museum. A limited run of the stickers will be available at the 2022 Student Activities and Resource Fair.

Vanja V. Malloy appointed the Dana Feitler Director of Smart Museum of Art

last edited on Fri. September 2 2022

Vanja V. Malloy, an accomplished museum director, curator, scholar and community builder, has been appointed as the Dana Feitler Director of the Smart Museum of Art. She will lead the University of Chicago’s fine arts museum and its exhibitions, public and arts education programs, and student and faculty collaborations.

Sonny Rollins, Bob Thompson, and Chicago

last edited on Tue. August 16 2022

On April 19, 2022, tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins connected with Lead Museum Educator Nicole Bond for a wide-ranging discussion about his relationship with artist Bob Thompson, how Thompson made everywhere he traveled home, and how Rollins and other jazz legends are depicted in Thompson’s 1960 work, Garden of Music