Academic and curatorial leadership

The Smart recruits and retains museum professionals who are preeminent in their fields and who further its reputation as a leader in the research, presentation, and interpretation of the visual arts. The Smart and the University community alike benefit from these visionary professionals who thrive in the stimulating, interdisciplinary environment of the University of Chicago.

Your endowed giving can support curatorial positions in areas central to the museum’s work. Your generosity will provide curators with the resources they need to think expansively and travel widely, fostering relationships that will lead to the acquisition of compelling works of art and collaborations of the highest significance. These in turn will inspire exciting new opportunities for curators and University faculty and students to collaborate on groundbreaking projects catalyzed by the study of original works of art.

Your endowed support can also empower the director of education and interpretation to push the boundaries of museum interpretation and programming. By doing so, you will have helped to transform the experience of the Smart Museum for all of its constituencies—art lovers from across Chicago and beyond—and produce influential new knowledge that can be shared with the global museum community.