Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine ArtPrint
1012 N. Dearborn St. | Neighborhood: Gold Coast
Palette and Chisel is Chicago’s oldest art academy and one of the oldest cooperatives in continuous existence in the nation. It was formed in 1895 by a group of artists and illustrators wanting a chance to work from live models. The Academy (then called the Palette & Chisel Club) was founded in part under the sponsorship of the great sculptor, Lorado Taft.
By 1921, the club had grown from eight members to 400 associates and needed a permanent home. In that year the club purchased a three-story Italianate mansion built in 1874 for William Waller. They turned the drawing rooms on the first floor into gallery spaces, the second floor bedrooms into individual studios and created a large sky-lit studio on the third floor—ideal for working from live models. Now the Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, the building is filled with artists creating paintings, drawings and sculpture.
Behind the Scenes Access: Visit gallery spaces and the top floor sky-lit studio where artists will be drawing from a model.
Architect: Unknown, 1874