Department of 20th-Century Painting and Sculpture records from the Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

21.5 linear feet of material consisting of the records of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of 20th-Century Painting and Sculpture. Included are artists' biographical data sheets filled out by the artists themselves, probably in connection with the various exhibitions handled by the department, and exhibition files of two of the Art Institute’s series of annual exhibitions: for works by artists of Chicago and vicinity and for oil paintings and sculpture by American artists. Exhibition records prior to 1939 are located in the appropriate director's records. Files may contain correspondence with artists and jurors, printed matter, and information on installations, sales, and prizes.

Biographical Historical Note

The Art Institute of Chicago’s annual Exhibition of Artists of Chicago and Vicinity was held almost annually between 1897 and 1959. Its Annual Exhibition of American Oil Painting and Sculpture (later known as the American Exhibition) was held almost annually between 1888 and 1951.