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BULLETIN OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO 



CONTINUOUS EXHIBITION OF WORKS OF 
ARTISTS OF CHICAGO. 

A project which has been occasionally dis- 
cussed in the art museums of different cities, 
is undertaken for the first time by the Ait In- 
stitute. This is the appropriation of a gallery 
to the continuous exhibition of works of resi- 
dent artists. One of the fine new galleries, 
Room 48, has been devoted to this purpose, 
and is now filled, and creditably filled, by the 
works of sixty-one artists of Chicago and 
vicinity, each artist represented by only one 
work. It is recognized that the visitor of a 
public museum may reasonably expect to find 
in it an adequate representation of the art of 
the city or locality in which it is situated. 
The regulations of this exhibition are some- 
what experimental, but are as follows : 

The jury elected by the artists for the 
Annual Exhibition of Artists of Chicago and 
and Vicinity, is continued for the year. 
Works for the continuous exhibition are se- 
lected from this exhibition and from the 
studios, and with the consent of the artists 
these works are placed on exhibition for six 
months or a year. 

Not more than two works by any one 
artist are exhibited at the same time, nor 
more than four during the year. If works 
from the annual exhibition are not available 
artists are invited to offer other works, subject 
to the approval of the Art Institute and the 
jury. In case of the sale or withdrawal of 
works from the collection, other works of the 
artist may be substituted, with the approval 
of thejury, up to the number of four during 
the year. The Art Committee of the Art 
Institute retains ultimate control of all ex- 
hibitions in its galleries. 

Attention is called to the invitation to artists 
who do not happen to be represented in the 
annual exhibition, to submit works for this 
gallery. It is intended as a general repre- 
sentation of the best current art of Chicago. 



THE NUMBER OF ROOMS IN THE 
ART INSTITUTE. 

The Art Institute externally does not give 
the impression of a very large building. This 
is due partly to the enormous buildings near 
it, and partly to the proportions of the build- 
ing itself. The breadth of the entrance stair- 
way, the large scale of the bronze lions, and 
the great size of the windows of the main 
floor, all tend to diminish a building which is 
in fact 320 feet long and 170 feet deep, be- 
sides the range of school studios in the rear, 
which extend over a length of 678 feet and 
a breadth of from 32 to 38 feet. 

Visitors who are conducted through the 
galleries and school rooms often express their 
surprise at the amount of space. Probably 
few of the members, or even the trustees and 
officers, are prepared for the statement that 
we have in use 145 separate rooms, of which 
50 are public exhibition galleries (including 7 
school rooms just approaching completion), 
54 devoted to school uses, 9 connected with 
the library, 2 lecture rooms, 30 offices, work 
rooms, store rooms, etc. Many of the ex- 
hibition rooms are of great size, the largest 
208 x 58 ft., one go x 33, eleven 50 x 40, 
etc. Twenty-seven of these are top-lighted, 
and they are all fine, modern exhibition gal- 
leries. The area of the exhibition rooms, in- 
cluding library and lecture room, is about 
75,000 square feet, or about an acre and three 
quarters. The school rooms though so num- 
erous occupy much less space. 

The school has 28 top-lighted studios, 
most of them in the rear of the museum 
building, opening upon a straight hallway of 
the extraordinary length of 625 feet. Some 
are in the top of the building. 

The students make free use of the collec- 
tions, and this close relation of school and 
museum is regarded as one of the most excel- 
lent features of the Institute.