Public art at the University of Chicago makes our campus a truly unique destination, even in the midst of a city long renowned for its collections. With unexpected and arresting sculptures tucked around corners and in buildings, public art creates countless moments for spontaneous community building and conversation. It extends the intellectual life of our university beyond classrooms, libraries, and labs, and into the everyday spaces that shape our experiences.

As you walk across campus, you'll move through decades upon decades of art and University history, sharing in each sculpture's rich past by touching, embracing, and continuously rediscovering their stunning details and visual impact. Students, staff, faculty, and visitors alike participate anew in the life of our public art each time they pass by—each time they find themselves passing slowly or not at all, compelled to stop and to think.

Our public art challenges, fascinates, and perplexes; it turns common spaces into communal places where people gather to experience the life of the mind and the life of the senses. Some of the most hotly-debated acquisitions have now become cherished sites for engaging with the object world and the built environment, like Henry Moore's Nuclear Energy, one of the most discussed and admired sculptures on campus.

Join us and see for yourself the intricacies of Giuseppe Penone's Ideas of Stone, or the mind-bending geometry of Antoine Pevsner's Construction in Space and in the Third and Fourth Dimensions. For more information on the University's public art engagement activities in the community, please visit the Office of Civic Engagement's website at



Guided Tours

As part of the City of Chicago's Year of Public Art, guided tours will be offered throughout fall 2017. More information and registration links will be available in late summer.
Presented by UChicago Arts and the Office of Civic Engagement, in partnership with the Smart Museum of Art.

Self-Guided Tours

Download a copy of the Public Art & Sculpture tour and use University shuttles and CTA to help you get around campus.



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