Gabriel Sierra, Installation View, 2015.

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago presents contemporary art exhibitions, events, and publications. Founded in 1915 by a group of faculty members, we are an independent, non-collecting museum that combines a flexible, experimental ethos with focused, rigorous inquiry.

We aim to create the best possible conditions for art and artists, and our commitment to supporting ambitious artistic expression frequently takes the form of newly commissioned exhibitions. Regular events include artist talks, lectures, concerts, and readings, which present opportunities for further discovery and discussion, while our publications offer critical reflection on and documentation of the exhibitions.

In our first 100 years over 3400 individuals have contributed to our program. Artists include: Henri Matisse, Alexander Calder, Fernand Léger, Mies Van Der Rohe, Käthe Kollwitz, Joseph Cornell, Joseph Kosuth, Louise Bourgeois, Dan Graham, Mike Kelley, Isa Genzken, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Kerry James Marshall, Joan Jonas, Steve McQueen, Danh Vō, Nora Schultz, and Mathias Poledna.


The Renaissance Society

at the University of Chicago
5811 South Ellis Avenue
Cobb Hall, 4th floor
Chicago, Illinois 60637

P +1 773 702 8670
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For press inquiries:
Please contact Anna Searle Jones,
Director of Communications
773 834 8049

For archives and research inquiries:
Please contact Karen Reimer,
Registrar/Director of Publications


Solveig Øvstebø
Executive Director
Chief Curator
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Jessica Cochran
Director of Finance and Operations
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Julia DeRose
Development Associate
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Max Guy
Program and Research Assistant
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Michael Harrison
Program and Research Assistant
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Colleen Kelly
Director of Development
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Karsten Lund
Assistant Curator
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Karen Reimer
Director of Publications
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Anna Searle Jones
Director of Communications
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Pierre Sondeijker
Chief Preparator
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Raven Thomas Abdul-Aleem
Heiji Choy Black
Anita Blanchard
Mary Frances Budig
Jorge Cauz
Vanessa Copans
Marilyn Fields
Martin Friedman
Laura Front
Mirja Haffner
Glenn Holland
Jill Ingrassia-Zingales
Randall Kroszner
Nancy Lerner
Ivan Moskowitz
Canice Prendergast
Neil Ross
Glen Saltzberg
Margaret Stone
Anne Van Wart
David Williams
Richard Wright


Lead support for the Renaissance Society’s Next Century Fund for the production of new work is generously provided by:

Edlis Neeson Foundation
Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation
Zell Family Foundation

Major support for the Renaissance Society’s Next Century Fund is provided by:

Jorge Cauz and Ugo Alfano Casati
Marilyn and Larry Fields
Conor O’Neil / Chauncey & Marion Deering McCormick Family Foundation
Neil Ross and Lynn Hauser
Richard Wright and Valerie Carberry

The Renaissance Society would also like to thank the following for crucial General Operating support:

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince
The Provost’s Discretionary Fund at the University of Chicago
Illinois Arts Council Agency
An anonymous donor