The School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago
The School's long excellence in arts production has propelled it from its Chicago origins to world-class status. Founded as the Chicago Academy of Design in 1866 by a collective of studio artists, the institution went through many changes before the turn of the century, some necessitated by the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The collecting arm of the School was founded in 1872, and The Art Institute of Chicago was born in 1882 to accommodate a distinct museum and school. The Art Institute moved to its current iconic location on Michigan Avenue after the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893, and it remains the largest museum-school partnership in the country.
The School taught primarily classical fine art and architectural design in the first half of the last century. After WWII, its enrollment increased significantly to make it one of the largest art academies in the country. The post-war years saw an explosion in experimental techniques and new artistic tools for individual expression. During this period, the trans-disciplinary focus was solidified, and liberal arts and design classes expanded to complement the fine arts focus...
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