Donating Art

Thank you for considering a gift of art to the Smart Museum of Art. Occasionally, we accept gifts of art into our collection. As a university art museum, we are dedicated to building the collection as a resource for the academic community. When considering such offers, the curatorial team evaluates possibilities for teaching with and exhibiting the object.

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

Contact information

Smart Museum of Art
Attn: Martha Burson
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

By phone: 773.702.2368
By e-mail: mburson@uchicago.edu

Once we receive your information, we will respond and let you know it is being reviewed by our curatorial team. Please be aware that, due to the small size of the Smart’s curatorial staff, these reviews can take several months to complete.

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.