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Rhoades Foundation Seminar and Internship

With the assistance of Art Institute trustee and University of Chicago alumnus Julius Lewis, the Rhoades Foundation endowed a formal scholarly exchange program between the two institutions, enabling Art Institute curators to teach on specialized art historical topics in the University of Chicago’s Department of Art History, and University of Chicago graduate students to hold a 10-month internship in one of the museum’s curatorial departments. This exchange, alongside regular faculty use of the museum’s collections for teaching and a close relationship in terms of jointly organized scholarly events, exhibition and publication collaborations, paved the way for the launch in 2014 of the Chicago Objects Study Initiative (COSI) with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.