Opening Reception for Palimpsest

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

Free and open to the public

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

Join us for a free opening reception for 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.   

Refreshments will be served during the opening reception.

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

2015-16 Teacher Fellowship Program Application Deadline Extended

The deadline to apply to Intuit’s Teacher Fellowship Program for the 2015-16 school year has been extended to July 13!

Click here for more info and to apply!

Collage, Assemblage and Poetry
Art from Dreams

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

$15/$12 Intuit Members

Everyone dreams. Many find their dream images mysterious and interesting. Making art and poetry from these images helps us understand their messages. Using collage and writing, artist Susan Levin, along with Nancy Gordon, certified in “interactive guided imagery” and poet, Joy Gaines-Friedler will guide participants in a workshop to express dream images in a variety of ways.

Materials will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring in clippings and objects that resonate with them.



Envisioning Howard Finster with Norman Girardot

August 8, 2015
1-2:30 p.m.

$5 suggested donation

Join us for a reading, discussion, and book signing with Norman Girardot, author of “Envisioning Howard Finster: The Religion and Art of a Stranger from Another World”. Copies will be available for purchase at this event.

The Reverend Howard Finster (1916–2001) is considered the godfather of contemporary American folk and visionary art. This book is the first interpretive analysis of the intertwined artistic and religious significance of Finster’s work within the context of the American “outsider art” tradition. This book explores the life and religious-artistic significance of Finster and his work from the personal perspective of religion scholar Norman Girardot, friend to Finster and his family during the later years of the artist’s life.

Norman Girardot is University Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Religion Studies Department at Lehigh University, USA. Trained in the comparative history of religions at the University of Chicago, he taught at Notre Dame University and Oberlin College before coming to Lehigh in 1980. His research areas are broadly comparative but especially involve Chinese religious tradition, particularly Daoism; the intellectual history of the study of China/Chinese religions and the rise of the discipline known as “comparative religion;” the problems of cross-cultural understanding; theory in the study of religion; popular religious movements; and the relation of religion and outsider/vernacular/visionary art. In addition to his ongoing interest in Chinese religion and Daoist studies, his current research and writing largely concerns “outsider” artistic and visionary tradition, especially as seen in the work of artists like Howard Finster, Mr. Imagination/Gregory Warmack, Myrtice West, Norbert Kox, Aloise Corbaz and others. In addition to numerous published articles and catalog essays, he has curated a number of exhibitions about outsider artists (Finster several times, Mr. Imagination, Lonnie Holley, Charlie Lucas, Norbert Kox, Hugo Sperger, Minni and Garland Adkins, Jessie and Ronald Cooper) and related topics (face jugs, popular African signage about Barack Obama). He is currently working on a documentary film about the life and work, the agony and the ecstasy, of Mr. Imagination. Finally, it has sometimes been noted that he has a seemingly perverse, if not an obscene, fondness for calabash gourds.

Blue Star Museums Program

May 25 - September 7, 2015

Intuit is proud to be one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. The Blue Star Museums program runs from Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 through Labor Day, September 7, 2015.

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps – and up to five family members.

To find out more about the Blue Star Museums program, learn about participating museums, and plan your trip, visit

For questions about Intuit’s exhibitions, programs, hours, and more, visit

Drawing and Collage with JJ Cromer
How Do, Stranger?

September 19, 2015
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

$35/$30 Intuit Members
Lunch is included.

JJ Cromer, Odd Methods of Clever Teachers, Collection of Intuit, Gift of Grey Carter and JJ Cromer, 2007.15.2

World-renowned artist JJ Cromer will be in Chicago to lead this drawing workshop and reveal the secret to his art-making process. JJ will help you learn: How to increase confidence! How to build self-esteem! How to make yourself more attractive and alluring! How to make and keep great wealth! But most likely you’ll walk away with an incredible drawing. Materials are included but feel free to bring your own favorite drawing pen(s) and paper.



Closet Clearance Sale

June 6, 2015
11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Closet Clearance Sale
Mark your calendar and start gathering your donations, Intuit’s annual Closet Clearance Sale is back. Start making space for all the treasures you will bring home from the sale! The Closet Clearance Sale features new and gently used women’s clothing, shoes, jewelry, hats, scarves, purses, and accessories donated from some of Chicago’s best closets.

Donations will be accepted May 1-June 2 and can be dropped off at Intuit (756 N Milwaukee Avenue) Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11am to 6pm. We ask that clothes be on hangers if possible and only clean clothes in wearable condition will be accepted. All proceeds from the sale benefits Intuit and unsold items will be donated to various charities.

All donors of clothing items receive a free ticket to attend the VIP First Dibs event on Friday, June 5, 6-8pm. Tickets for the First Dibs Event are $25 at the door for the general public.

Any remaining items will be 1/2 price on Sunday, June 7, 12-2pm.

For questions or volunteer opportunities, please email

Opening Reception for Exposed!! The Intuit Collection

June 19, 2015
5:30-8:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public

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

Join us for a free opening reception for our exhibition, Exposed!! The Intuit Collection.

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 select 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.

Refreshments will be served.

Intuit Workshop at Remix Chicago

June 6, 2015
3-4 p.m.

Logan Square
Milwaukee Avenue between Fullerton and Chicago
Workshops are free to the public

Remix Chicago

Join Intuit at Remix Chicago, Logan Square’s Recycled Art Fair! We will be hosting a free workshop at the fair on Saturday, June 6, 3-4pm. Stop by the workshop tent and make your own Bottle Cap Brooch using found and non-traditional materials.

Remix Chicago is held in the heart of the Logan Square neighborhood, on Milwaukee Avenue between Fullerton and Chicago. Other Remix Chicago 2015 workshop hosts include Bethesda Home, Whole Foods, North Branch Projects, and more.

More information about Remix Chicago can be found here.

Celebrate Memorial Day at Intuit

May 25, 2015
12-5 p.m.

Free and open to the public

We will be open to the public on Memorial Day from 12pm to 5pm with free admission. This will be the last day to see the “Welcome to the World of Mr. Imagination” exhibition before it closes!