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Smart Museum Receives $1.25 Million Mellon Foundation Grant

The Smart Museum of Art has received a $1.25 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to sustain, strengthen, and extend its academic and curricular initiatives.

Since 1992, support from the Mellon Foundation has spurred new scholarship and strengthened connections between the University of Chicago and the Smart Museum by encouraging the integration of the Smart’s exhibitions and collection into the University curriculum.

The Smart Museum’s current exhibition, The Tragic Muse: Art and Emotion, 1700–1900, is the first project to benefit from increased Mellon Foundation support.  Currently on view through June 5, 2011, the exhibition emerged from a yearlong series of faculty workshops in a variety of fields. With over forty paintings, sculptures, and prints from the Smart’s permanent collection and loans from the Art Institute of Chicago, Milwaukee Art Museum, and National Gallery of Art, The Tragic Muse examines the visual representation of tragedy and art’s power to express and elicit intense emotions.

From the Smart Museum’s press release:

“The Smart Museum has long been characterized by programs and exhibitions rooted in the intellectual life of the University of Chicago,” said Anthony Hirschel, the Dana Feitler Director of the Smart Museum of Art. “Now, thanks to the generosity of the Mellon Foundation, we will be able to pursue these dynamic collaborations with even greater confidence and ambition.”

To learn more about the grant from the Mellon Foundation please click here, and to access more information about The Tragic Muse: Art and Emotion, 1700–1900 and upcoming associated lectures and events at the Smart Museum please click here.

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