Accessing the collection
The Smart Museum of Art’s study room provides public access to our collection of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and photographs.
Organized in collaboration with the Feitler Center’s staff of trained art historians, visits to the study room are flexible, intimate, and enriching. Offering students direct interactions with objects from our diverse collection continually sparks meaningful discussions that contribute to the overall impact of a course.
This seminar-style room located within the Museum makes it possible for instructors of all disciplines to lead classes using work tailored to their curriculum. The room is available, by appointment, to individuals and groups including University of Chicago classes as well as independent scholars, students, and other school groups. A member of the Smart Museum's staff will be available at all times of the visit and will handle the artworks.
The study room is open by appointment Tuesday through Friday, from 9:30am to 5 pm. (Other visit times may be considered on an individual basis.)
Appointments must be made at least two weeks in advance, and lists of objects must be given at least one week in advance. In case of cancellations or rescheduling please give 24 hours notice.
To make a reservation, please complete the scheduling form or e-mail Berit Ness for an appointment.
The Smart Museum is home to a wide range of works, which can all be accessed on the Museum’s online collection database. Generally up to 12 objects can be brought out for view at one time, depending on their size. Interested in using the Museum’s collection, but unsure of which objects to choose? Our staff are eager to assist in this process. Please contact Berit Ness for more information.
Rules and regulations
- No food or drink is allowed. This includes bottles of water and chewing gum.
- Only pencils should be used (extra pencils are available in the study room).
- Backpacks, large coats, and umbrellas need to be checked at the Front Desk or left in the coat closet.
- Laptops and cameras are allowed (no flash or commercial photography).
- Our maximum capacity is about 25 students.