Art Design Chicago is a spirited celebration of the unique and vital role Chicago plays as America’s crossroads of creativity and commerce. Led by the Terra Foundation for American Art, this citywide partnership of cultural organizations explores Chicago’s art and design legacy with more than 25 exhibitions and hundreds of events in 2018.

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The Arts Club of Chicago at 100: 1916–2016
  • The Arts Club of Chicago
  • The University of Chicago Press
Published in 2016


Charles White: A Retrospective
  • Art Institute of Chicago
June 10–September 3, 2018

Public Programs

Show the World: 150 Years of Chicago Art and Design
  • WTTW
Forthcoming 2018

Academic Programs

Chicago: City of Design and Commerce, 1890–1990
  • Newberry Library
September 2017–October 2018


Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
April 28–December 30, 2018


Painting the Gospel: Black Public Art and Religion in Chicago
  • University of Illinois Press
Published in 2016




The Terra Foundation for American Art is deeply appreciative of its funding partners who have helped make this ambitious initiative possible.

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