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News and stories at the Smart.

Our responsibility

last edited on Fri. June 5 2020

The South Side of Chicago has been and continues to be defined by the visionary work of Black artists, educators, scholars, activists, and others; a powerful legacy of celebrating Black identity and actively working against those who seek to extinguish it.

Covid-19 Updates

last edited on Fri. May 29 2020

The Smart Museum of Art is temporarily closed and on-site programs remain suspended until further notice. Read more for an update on how our staff has begun planning for the safe resumption of public activities at the museum.

Leadership transition

last edited on Tue. September 24 2019

Alison Gass has announced that she will step down from her position as Dana Feitler Director of the Smart Museum of Art, effective September 23, 2019. 

Smart Museum to Organize Multi-Site Exhibition Featuring Art by MacArthur Fellows

last edited on Thu. July 18 2019

Smart Museum awarded $1 million MacArthur grant in support of collaborative exhibition in 2021, appoint Abigail Winograd curator

Smart to the Core

by Nora Lambert, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Curatorial Intern

last edited on Mon. April 29 2019

The first in a series of exhibitions designed by the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry expands object-centered teaching across all fields and disciplines in the University of Chicago’s celebrated College Core.

Solidary & Solitary artist commissions

last edited on Wed. December 19 2018

New work by Bethany Collins, Samuel Levi Jones, and Amanda Williams

UChicago Hong Kong campus art collection

last edited on Fri. November 30 2018

The University of Chicago’s new Center in Hong Kong has a collection of global art to match its global mission. 

Revisited/Reflected

last edited on Thu. October 18 2018

Modeled on events from the 1960s and 70s, a program series organized by Tempestt Hazel convenes and connects artists, institution-builders, and cultural leaders on the South Side.

Jill Sterrett appointed Deputy Director of the Smart Museum

last edited on Fri. July 13 2018

Jill Sterrett has been named Deputy Director for Museum Affairs and Strategic Impact at the Smart Museum. 

Mary Louise Gorno appointed chair of Smart Museum Board of Governors

last edited on Tue. June 5 2018

Mary Louise Gorno, a business executive and alumna of Chicago Booth who serves as vice-chair of the University of Chicago’s Board of Trustees, has been appointed chair of the Smart Museum of Art’s Board of Governors.