The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago

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.

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(3/4)|82.76 Score


(3/4)|80.78 Score

Accountability & Transparency

(3/4)|85 Score



Headquarter Address

5811 South Ellis Avenue
Cobb Hall, 4th floor
Chicago, IL 60637