Donating Art

Thank you for considering a gift of art to the Smart Museum. The majority of our collection has been formed through such gifts.

Collecting scope

The Museum collects, principally, in these core areas:


Members of the staff review all proposed gifts, then submit them to the Collections Committee of the Board of Governors for final review and approval. 

To properly assess your artwork, we ask that you contact us with the following information:

Contact information

Smart Museum of Art
Attn: Director's Office
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

By phone: 773.834.1778
By e-mail:

Once we receive your information, we will respond and let you know that it is being evaluated by our curatorial team. You can generally expect to receive a decision within 1–2 weeks. 

Please note: we ask that you not ship or drop off any art without first contacting us. Though we appreciate the generous impulse, we must be sure that we can handle the artworks properly. 


Top: Attributed to Wassily Kandinsky, Composition (detail), 1914, Oil on canvas. Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Gift of Dolores and Donn Shapiro in honor of Jory Shapiro, 2012.51.