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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 Lou Gorno appointed chair of Smart Museum Board of Governors

last edited on Tue. June 5 2018

Mary Lou 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.

Smart Museum acquires new works for Art to Live With program

last edited on Mon. May 21 2018

UChicago student committee selects 9 new works in a major expansion of the Art to Live With collection

Smart Museum establishes Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry

last edited on Tue. February 13 2018

Smart Museum of Art announces the launch of the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry, a new center focused on integrating object-driven inquiry into the intellectual fabric of the University of Chicago. 

Lobby and cafe temporarily closed

last edited on Tue. August 15 2017

The Smart Museum’s lobby and Miriam’s Café will temporarily close for renovations between August 21 and September 11. 

Smart and DuSable museums receive $250,000 grant from Terra Foundation

last edited on Thu. June 29 2017

The Smart Museum of Art and DuSable Museum of African American History have been jointly awarded a $250,000 grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art in support of the special exhibition South Side Stories.

Orianna Cacchione named first Curator of Global Contemporary Art

last edited on Mon. June 26 2017

Orianna Cacchione has been appointed to the newly created position of Curator of Global Contemporary Art at the Smart Museum of Art. 

A Monster Award

last edited on Thu. May 11 2017

Monster Roster catalogue receives Association of Art Museum Curators 2017 Award for Excellence.

Provenance Research

last edited on Tue. January 31 2017

A report on a yearlong research project into the ownership history of approximately 150 objects in the Smart Museum's collection