Art Museums & Galleries
Carthage is located within an hour’s drive of Chicago and Milwaukee, providing excellent access to world-renowned galleries, exhibition opportunities, and internships. Here’s a look at the art galleries and museums near Carthage:
H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art
The H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art at Carthage College brings established and emerging contemporary artists’ work from the Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison areas, as well as offering student exhibit space.
Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago is a world-renowned art museum that houses more than 300,000 works of art and includes among its treasures “American Gothic” by Grant Wood and Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks.” In May 2009, the Art Institute of Chicago opened a new Modern Wing designed by Renzo Piano, the largest addition in the museum’s history.
Racine Art Museum
The Racine Art Museum is one of North America’s most significant contemporary craft museums, focusing on contemporary crafts from internationally recognized artists in ceramics, fibers, glass, metals, and wood. It features more than 4,000 objects in the permanent collection.
Milwaukee Art Museum
The Milwaukee Art Museum features four floors and more than 40 galleries of art from antiquity to the present. The museum is an architectural landmark on Lake Michigan. Legendary architects Eero Saarinen, David Kahler, and Santiago Calatrava designed its three buildings.
The Field Museum
The Field Museum was founded in 1893 to house the biological and anthropological collections assembled for the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. These objects form the core of the Museum’s collections, which have grown through worldwide expeditions, exchanges, purchases, and gifts to more than 20 million specimens.
Chazen Museum of Art
The Chazen Museum of Art is located at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The permanent collection includes western and non-western paintings, sculptures, photography, and prints. Special exhibits are held throughout the year.
The Smart Museum
Located on the University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus, the Smart Museum of Art houses a permanent collection of more than 10,000 objects, spanning five millennia of both Western and Eastern civilizations.
The Oriental Institute
The Oriental Institute is a research organization and museum devoted to the study of the ancient Near East. Part of the University of Chicago, the Institute is an internationally recognized pioneer in the archaeology, philology and history of early Near Eastern civilizations.
Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art
The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art is one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to contemporary art. The museum invites the public to experience the work and ideas of living artists and understand the historical, social, and cultural context of the art of our time.
Other nearby galleries:
- Anderson Arts Center — Kenosha
- Lemon Street Gallery and ArtSpace — Kenosha
- Pollard Gallery, Rhode Center for the Arts — Kenosha
- The Artists Gallery — Racine, Wisconsin
- Kenosha Public Museum — Kenosha