The DePaul Art Museum extends the institution’s commitments to excellence, diversity and social concerns through innovative exhibitions, programs, and events that analyze the variety and depth of artistic expression. The Museum acquires, preserves and displays the University’s diverse and growing collection of works of art. Its exhibitions, programs and collections engage the wide expertise represented in the University’s community of knowledge, giving visible and accessible form to the intellectual and creative work of faculty and students through collaborative exploration of cultural production. For the DePaul community and for wider audiences the gallery serves as a laboratory for the exploration of innovative approaches to art and culture.
From its founding in 1898 DePaul University has focused on its urban setting and the importance of providing higher education to underserved populations. For many years its students were largely drawn from the Chicago area, but in the past decade enrollment has increased dramatically and now two-thirds of entering students are not residents of the city. The university’s commitment to the city and to urban issues has only increased; numerous academic initiatives focus on Chicago, particularly on addressing issues of social justice. All entering undergraduate students participate in courses related to the city and its neighborhoods (the Discover Chicago program), and many students and staff are involved in programs that focus their work directly on aspects of urban life (Community-Based Service Learning).
The DePaul Art Museum is a 15,000-square-foot building on the university’s Lincoln Park campus. Staffed by museum professionals, it serves as a focal point for teaching and discussion through visual arts and material culture. It supports the educational mission of the university through its collections, exhibitions, programs, and events, which allow both students and members of the wider community to explore broadly the visual representation of ideas over time and space. Its collections and programs are diverse, but strongly represent art of the Chicago area. Many of its projects are historical or thematic in focus, but the gallery has a commitment to showing contemporary art as a means of exploring aspects of our own culture.
The Museum offers a wide variety of special exhibitions in all media throughout the year, from thematic and historical exhibitions to works by contemporary artists. Recent presentations include paintings, sculpture, printmaking and installation by contemporary Iraqi artists; early twentieth-century photographs by Eugene Atget and Berenice Abbott, and Old Master prints by such artists as Dürer, Cranach, Rembrandt and Goya. Lectures, concerts, and special events provide additional perspectives.
Exhibitions and additions to the museum’s permanent collection are selected for their relevance to the museum’s mission and to the curriculum of DePaul University. Brief inquiries regarding proposed exhibitions may be sent to the director, but please note that exhibitions are scheduled two or more years in advance. Most acquisitions and exhibitions are initiated by the professional staff, not through unsolicited proposals. The museum is not responsible for the return of any unsolicited materials, including any photos or CDs. Please do not bring or or send original works, as the museum cannot guarantee their safety.