Art to Live With
An art loan program, exclusively for University of Chicago students
Each fall, students living in the University of Chicago’s seven residence halls have the opportunity to personally borrow original works of art to live with in their dorm rooms. Students are able to select from specially designated artworks in the Smart Museum’s Art to Live With collection, including prints by Marc Chagall, Eleanor Coen, Francisco de Goya, Margo Hoff, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, and Yinka Shonibare.
The program is open to current UChicago students living in College Housing. Works will be loaned at no cost for the duration of the academic year.
2018 dates and FAQ
- Preview works during ART-B-Q on October 4, 2018, 5–8pm
- Pop-up exhibition of the collection on view October 4–October 6, 2018
- Line up and select a work during Art Match on October 7, 2018, 8am–noon
- Frequently asked questions (PDF)
Presented by the Smart Museum of Art with generous support from Greg Wendt, AB ’83, who once borrowed an Art to Live With print by Sven Lukin, and Joseph R. Shapiro, the program’s original benefactor.
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“The best way to become acquainted with art—and to appreciate it—is to live with it.”—art collector and alumnus Joseph R. Shapiro, on the launch of the Art to Live With program in 1958
The University of Chicago’s Art to Live With student loan program began in the fall quarter of 1958. It was “the product of conversations between artist-dean of students Harold Haydon and alumnus-art collector Joseph Randall Shapiro,” reported the University of Chicago Magazine. Shapiro, who would become the founding president of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, first loaned and then donated works on paper by modern European and local Chicago artists to the University. It was one of the country’s first university art rental programs.
Shapiro hoped the program “would acquaint students with the experience of having an original work of art to live with.” At the beginning of each quarter, students would select works in Ida Noyes Hall, securing the loan with a payment of 50¢ to $1 for insurance.
In the 1980s, however, the loan program was discontinued and works put in storage. In the 1990s, the collection was transferred to the Smart Museum. Under the Smart Museum, works associated with the program were conserved and installed in University buildings and residential common spaces for students and others to enjoy. In fall 2017, the program returned and works from the Art to Live With collection were once again made available for loan to students.
Art to Live With Registration and Programming Coordinator
Smart Museum of Art