The Renaissance Society was founded in 1915 by a group of University of Chicago faculty, and our name refers to their intention to create a space in which to foster engagement with new ideas in arts and culture.
The Renaissance Society is at its core a space of possibility. For artists, it offers an unfettered platform for bold experimentation. It’s work with artists frequently results in newly commissioned art, and these presentations in our gallery at the University of Chicago spur further scholarly and creative reflections in our publications and public programs. For visitors, it offers intimate opportunities to engage deeply with art and artists who provide critical responses to our present moment. All exhibitions and events are free to attend.