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


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

Academic Programs

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

Public Programs

Statue Stories Chicago
  • The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
Ongoing through December 2018

Academic Programs

American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
  • Newberry Library
fall 2017–spring 2019

Academic Programs

Public Art Symposium
  • Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events
October 26–27, 2017




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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