Art Design Chicago is intended to stimulate new understanding of Chicago’s history as an art and design center, expand public access to works of art and design, and catalyze new research and scholarship. Listed below are a number of digital resources and publications intended to support the study of Chicago’s art and design history. Check back for more information as this list grows throughout 2018.

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Digital Resources

Professor Frederick Richardson and students in his illustration class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1903. Dulah Evans Krehbiel Papers, The Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives.

Suite of new Chicago-related research resources from the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution:

Chicago Archival Resources Survey and Web Portal: This new online guide to American art-related archival collections in the Chicago area is the result of an extensive survey of 75 institutions by art historian Wendy Greenhouse. The interactive platform allows visitors to browse by repository or search across the nearly 900 records to discover source material related to the history of American art in Chicago.

Chicago Art and Artists: Oral History Project: New oral history interviews with 10 influential Chicago artists, curators, and gallerists, are now included as part of the Archives of American Art’s renowned oral history program.

Chicago Art and Artists in the Archives of American Art: Rare and unique selections from the Archives’ Chicago-related holdings are now highlighted on the website. Additional Chicago-related materials can be explored via the search and browse interface.

Online Essays on Chicago Artists (forthcoming fall 2018): The Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University is producing original scholarly essays on four Chicago artistsRay Yoshida, Michiko Itatani, James Numata, and Yasuhiro Ishimototo be published as part of a digital humanities project in development, the Virtual Asian American Museum.


Art historian Maggie Taft and Susan Bielstein, Executive Editor of the University of Chicago Press, explore primary sources in the archives.

To advance scholarship about Chicago’s art and design history, the Art Design Chicago initiative is supporting the development of multiple scholarly publications, including the first multi-author compendium on the history and development of art in Chicago from the Great Fire through the early 21st century.

Teacher Guides

Cecil McDonald leads a teacher workshop at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, 2017. Featuring Dawoud Bey, "Sharmaine, Vicente, Joseph, Andre, and Charlie," 1993 from the collection of the museum.

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