The Intuit Collection

June 19 - September 4, 2015

Simon Sparrow, Untitled (Assemblage), Collection of Intuit, Gift of Lael and Eugenie Johnson, 2006.1

Intuit began collecting and preserving art from outsiders and self taught visionaries in 2007. Each year Intuit generously receives donations of work that strengthen the representative capabilities of its permanent collection.

This exhibition showcases some recent gifts, promised gifts and strong works that have rarely been displayed, including works by Reverend Howard Finster, Wesley Willis, Mose Tolliver, William Hawkins, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Derek Webster and many others.

Intuit’s 2014-15 Teacher Fellowship Program Student Art Exhibition

May 16 - July 2, 2015

TFP Student Art Exhibition Postcard

Intuit presents an exhibition showcasing student participants in Intuit’s 2014-2015 Teacher Fellowship Program. Inspired by self-taught and outsider art, students transform found and non-traditional materials to reflect their own visions. Teachers and students represented in the exhibition are from 11 participating Chicago Public Schools, including: Chicago Vocational Career Academy High School, Columbus Elementary School, John W. Garvy Elementary, Lincoln Park High School, Henry Lloyd Elementary, Jose Clemente Orozco Academy, Nettelhorst Elementary School, New Sullivan Elementary, Suder Montessori, Vaughn Occupational High School and Thomas J. Waters Elementary.

Intuit’s Teacher Fellowship Program is sponsored in part by generous grants from Crown Family Philanthropies, Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust, Polk Bros Foundation and Terra Foundation for American Art.


July 10 - September 26, 2015

Curated by Leonard Cicero and Heather J. Holbus

Untitled (Woman in Red & Yellow), Tempera on cardboard, 22 x 16 inches, Collection of Intuit, Gift of the Zakoian Family, 2007.5.45

Intuit presents Palimpsest, an art exhibition “unveiling the multiple layers of Betty Zakoian,” according to curators Leonard Cicero and Heather Holbus.

Betty Zakoian was a survivor of the Armenian genocide of 1915. “An orphan who demonstrated perseverance, she lived a full life, eventually becoming a proud mother and creator of whimsical, yet haunting, visuals. As a self-taught artist, Zakoian documented the extraordinary trials and triumphs of her life through painting and drawing,” said Holbus. Characterized by rich, vibrant colors, abstract patterns and dynamic lines, her aesthetic balances lightness and darkness.

Her subjects range from the harassment she faced at the hands of the Turks and her long walk from Armenia to Greece, to iconic images of mother and child to workers plowing fields. “It is through these subjects that audiences will peel back and explore the many layers of Zakoian’s story and, in a way, the Armenian genocide itself,” according to Cicero. “In this exhibition, Zakoian’s paintings function as a visual diary, chronicling the events of her past to both reveal her memories and connect her to the greater world and community.”

Intuit is grateful to the Thomas McCormick Gallery and the Zakoian family for their generous gift of Betty’s work to Intuit’s collection.   

*Intuit thanks Revolution Brewing and The Frame Shop for their generous support of this exhibition.

Opening Reception for Palimpsest

July 10, 2015
5:30-8:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Join us for an opening reception for an exhibition of works by self-taught Armenian American artist Badaskhan “Betty” Zakoian.

2015-16 Teacher Fellowship Program Application Deadline Extended

Applications for Intuit’s award-winning Teacher Fellowship Program are now due July 13!

Collage, Assemblage and Poetry
Art from Dreams

July 25, 2015
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

$15/$12 Intuit Members

Create expressive works of art and poetry inspired by dream images!