Welcome to ISM-Chicago Gallery

The Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery exhibits and promotes the work of contemporary and historical Illinois artists. The changing exhibition schedule presents Illinois art to a statewide as well as a national and international audience.

The Illinois State Museum opened its doors in Chicago in May, 1985, with the inauguration of the distinctively post-modern James R. Thompson Center, designed by Chicago architect Helmut Jahn. Our recently renovated spacious galleries have for twenty years specialized in showcasing contemporary and historical fine artists such as Edith Altman, Don Baum, Phyllis Bramson, Rodney Carswell, Tom Czarnopys, Ruth Duckworth, Julia Fish, Judith Geichman, Theodore Halkin, Richard Hunt, Mr. Imagination, Michiko Itatani, Vera Clement, and Frank Piatek, along with important historic artists such as Gertrude Abercrombie, Manierre Dawson, G.P.A. Healy, Nathan Lerner, Lazslo Moholy-Nazy, and William Schwartz, to name a few.

Our exhibition schedule ranges across mediums, including our outstanding quilt collection in the Decorative Arts area to electronic art, installations, and collaborative exhibitions wilth community organizations.

Visitor Information
James R. Thompson Center
(312) 814-5322

Mon-Fri: 9-5 
Closed: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
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