Support the Richard H. Driehaus Museum and See Your Gift Doubled — Donate Now!

Since 2008, the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago’s premier destination for Gilded Age and Art Nouveau-era art, architecture, and design, has been following in the long tradition of giving back to the community through its educational and cultural public programs, exhibitions, and lectures.

Located just steps from the Magnificent Mile, the Chicago Landmark home in which the Museum is housed was originally commissioned and built by Samuel and Matilda Nickerson, founding trustees of the Art Institute of Chicago. The purpose-built gallery where the Nickersons first displayed their extensive art collection, before donating much of it to the Art Institute, still serves as a place of learning through art, design, and scholarship for today’s art aficionados and emerging talent.

Driehaus Museum in Chicago
Driehaus Museum Exterior, Photograph by Alexander Vertikoff, © The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 2014.

The Museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions are presented in an immersive experience that illuminates the history, culture, and urban fabric of Chicago. A new initiative, A Tale of Today, offers a window into the Gilded Age through the prism of contemporary work.

Now, the Richard H. Driehaus Museum is expanding its education department and growing its community partnerships in an effort to forge greater connections, and focus more integrally on serving the youth of Chicago. 

By offering fellowships to emerging Chicago-based artists, concerts, lecture series, and daily museum tours alongside its internationally-renowned exhibitions, the Museum promotes architectural preservation and fosters appreciation of decorative arts and the Gilded Age.

The Main Hall of Chicago's Driehaus Museum
The Main Hall. Photo by Steve Hall of Hedrich Blessing, 2008.

Founded in 2019, the A Tale of Today: Emerging Artists Fellowship is a two-year pilot program that engages four emerging Chicago-based artists of color annually. The formal application process for the six-month program, which runs from March to September, rolled out on Nov. 15. 

This level of community outreach and engagement would not be possible without the support of donors like you. Join the Richard H. Driehaus Museum today and your gift will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $10,000, by anonymous donors.

Make a gift today and join us as we work year-round to bring art and cultural education to the City of Chicago, and beyond!

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