Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Art

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1012 N. Dearborn St. | Neighborhood: Gold Coast

Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Art Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Art (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)
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Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Art

Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Art (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Art Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Art (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

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.

Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: 9am-5pm

Architect: Unknown, 1874

Website: paletteandchisel.org

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