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College Students and Faculty

Enhance your classroom experience with a visit to the Art Institute.

In addition to a world-class and encyclopedic collection of art, the museum hosts lectures, seminars, tours, and more. Check out our calendar to find programs that relate to your subject or interest.

Visit with Your Class

To learn more about organizing a guided tour of the collection or to purchase group tickets to the museum, visit Adult and University Groups. You are also welcome to visit the museum on your own and buy tickets once you arrive. If possible, let us know you're coming by calling (312) 857-7104.  

Library Access

All college students, faculty, and staff have access to the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries during open hours

Many departments offer internships for academic credit throughout the school year and summer. There are also year-round opportunities for volunteers

University Partner Program
The University Partner Program at the Art Institute of Chicago is a membership program for colleges and universities that offers students access to the wealth of resources at the second largest museum in the United States. In addition to free admission 362 days a year, students can explore the Art Institute’s renowned encyclopedic collection of more than 270,000 objects, enjoy a robust exhibition schedule, utilize archival materials at the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, and attend diverse lectures and performances throughout the year.

Please contact us at (312) 443-3139 or to learn how your college or university can enhance its curricular offerings and student life programs with the Art Institute of Chicago.
Current University Partners 
American Academy of Art 
Calumet College of St. Joseph 
College of DuPage
Columbia College Chicago
Concordia University Chicago
DePaul University
Lake Forest College
Loyola University Chicago
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design 
National Louis University 
Northwestern University
Prarie State College
Rush University
University of Chicago
Wheaton College

Graduate Student Seminar

For the past 52 years, the Department of Learning and Public Engagement has hosted an annual symposium for graduate students in art history at Midwestern universities. Students are chosen by their universities because of outstanding research or writing projects, and a local faculty member acts as discussant to the panels. One of the papers will be chosen as a public lecture topic.

The 2017 seminar takes place April 21–22 in the Nichols Board of Trustees Suite.

Event schedule for this year's seminar 

For more information, please call (312) 857-7129.

Participating Universities
Participating universities include Indiana University at Bloomington, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri, University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Washington University in St. Louis.