Academic inquiry

The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago has the distinct ability to offer UChicago students the opportunity to learn and experience through art objects. Creating a rich, cross-departmental dialogue, faculty and students of all academic disciplines engage with the Smart through formal classes in the galleries and study room, and via social events, programs, and through professional internships.

In 2017, the Smart announced the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry. Building upon a foundation of existing academic initiatives, the Feitler Center offers an expanded exhibitions program, additional opportunities for faculty-curated exhibitions where students learn to advance their ideas through the medium of the Museum, and major scholarly exhibitions that expand research in a particular area, accompanied by major publications. Other programs will integrate the study of objects into the curriculum across campus and will share faculty research with the Smart’s broader public audiences. The Feitler Center creates opportunities for object-driven inquiry across disciplines—from art history to the physical sciences—and at every level of study.

Your support can ensure the Smart continues to serve as a resource for UChicago students, artists, and faculty, and as a destination for scholars and community members to engage in interdisciplinary research, learning, and conversations driven by the study and experience of original works of art.