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A Presidential Look at the Collection

A Presidential Look at the Collection

Election day is finally here and no matter how you vote, we’ll have a new president-elect before the day is through. Over the last 240 years, American presidents have provided ample artistic fodder for American artists. Here are just a few presidential examples from the museum’s collection. . . Mrs. […]

Connecting Picture Books to the Art Museum

Connecting Picture Books to the Art Museum

November is National Family Literacy Month, a time to celebrate multiple generations coming together to learn. While we often associate literacy with reading, visual literacy is also an important skill that families can develop together. The museum is a wonderful place for family learning and developing visual literacy—it happens when […]

Happy Birthday, Georges Seurat!

Happy Birthday, Georges Seurat!

Happy Birthday, Georges Seurat! Today marks the 157th anniversary of Georges Seurat’s birth. Seurat is best known—by far—for the Art Institute’s iconic painting A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, so in honor of this day we wanted to share 8 fun facts about Seurat and the making of this pointillist […]

Winter Is Coming

Winter Is Coming

And so it begins. Today marks the first official day of winter and according to the Farmers’ Almanac, above average snowfall is predicted for Chicago. To prepare you for the inclement weather, we wanted to take a minute to share The Winter Sun by George Gardner Symons. Symons was familiar […]

Celebrating Sargent

Celebrating Sargent

This week marks the 161st birthday of John Singer Sargent, one of the most renowned American portrait painters. Sargent’s work oscillates between realism and impressionism, lending an utterly human voice to his paintings and portraits; a voice that speaks volumes, and has spoken to me for years. I have cried […]

Chinese New Year at the Art Institute

Chinese New Year at the Art Institute

It’s Chinese New Year at the Art Institute! We’re celebrating with nearly a month of special programming and events, making this the fifth year the museum has commemorated the most significant holiday in China and much of Asia. The festivities began in 2012 when the museum’s Thorne Miniature Rooms keeper […]

Turn Your Liberal Arts Degree into a Paycheck with an Online Master’s Degree

Turn Your Liberal Arts Degree into a Paycheck with an Online Master’s Degree

Recently, students have been focusing on finding graduate schools that best fit their interests and goals. This involves getting acquainted with the possibilities that a particular major or a specific college can offer their prospective students once they complete their degree. Return on investment (that entails, among other things, how […]

Agricultural Engineering Reshaping the Landscape of Farming

Agricultural Engineering Reshaping the Landscape of Farming

This is not your father’s farming community. As improvements in technology have trickled down into all areas of the work force, farming too has taken on a new look as students head to college. Often times these students are getting degrees in Engineering, and specifically in Agricultural Engineering. If you’ve […]