The Smart Museum of Art

The arts play a distinct role in fulfilling the University of Chicago’s commitment to open discourse and rigorous inquiry. Through strong community and scholarly partnerships, the Smart Museum of Art incorporates diverse ideas, identities, and experiences into its exhibitions and collections, academic initiatives, and public programming. The Smart encourages the examination of complex issues through the lens of art objects and artistic practice.

A peer among leading academic museums for nearly 45 years, the Smart draws upon the scholarly strengths of the University and the culturally rich surrounding community to redefine the role of university museums nationwide.

With your support through the University of Chicago Campaign, the Smart Museum will achieve its fullest potential, offering the world a strong and identifiable model of a 21st-century academic art museum.

The University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact will raise $55 million to support initiatives through the Smart Museum of Art. For additional opportunities to support the arts, please visit the UChicago Arts and Court Theatre priority sections.

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