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Vanja V. Malloy appointed the Dana Feitler Director of Smart Museum of Art

last edited on Fri. September 2 2022

Vanja V. Malloy, an accomplished museum director, curator, scholar and community builder, has been appointed as the Dana Feitler Director of the Smart Museum of Art. She will lead the University of Chicago’s fine arts museum and its exhibitions, public and arts education programs, and student and faculty collaborations.

Smart Museum to Organize Multi-Site Exhibition Featuring Art by MacArthur Fellows

last edited on Thu. July 18 2019

Smart Museum awarded $1 million MacArthur grant in support of collaborative exhibition in 2021, appoint Abigail Winograd curator

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 Louise Gorno appointed chair of Smart Museum Board of Governors

last edited on Tue. June 5 2018

Mary Louise 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 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. 

A Monster Award

last edited on Thu. May 11 2017

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

Recent Acquisitions: Brooks McCormick, Jr. Collection of Japanese Prints

last edited on Thu. May 12 2016

Announcing an exceptional collection of Japanese prints through a bequest of Brooks McCormick, Jr.

Museum begins search for new director

last edited on Thu. September 3 2015

Anthony Hirschel, after completing two five-year terms, has announced that he will step down from his position as Dana Feitler Director of the Smart Museum of Art, effective October 9, 2015.