Art Design Chicago was a spirited celebration of the unique and vital role Chicago plays as America’s crossroads of creativity and commerce. Initiated by the Terra Foundation for American Art, this citywide partnership of 95+ cultural organizations examined Chicago’s art and design legacy through exhibitions, public programs, special events, and tours throughout 2018, as well as several new publications, resulting in the first large-scale exploration of the topic to date.

Exhibitions + Events


Digital Resources

Chicago Archival Resources Survey and Web Portal

  • Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Kenneth Josephson

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Virtual Asian American Art Museum: Chicago-Midwest Module

  • Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University



Art Design Chicago was spearheaded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. We are deeply appreciative of our funding partners who have helped make this ambitious initiative possible.

Presenting Partner