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 August 1!

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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.

Ashes to Ashes
by Harold Pinter

Opening Night August 20, 8 p.m.
Playing August 22 - September 20
Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m.

$20/$10 Intuit Members

Intuit is honored to partner with Citizens’ Relief in presenting the Chicago premiere of Ashes to Ashes by Harold Pinter.

Pinter’s 1996 drama Ashes to Ashes begins in silence.  The lights come up on a man, Devlin, standing on the stage.  A woman, Rebecca, sits.  In the midst of this stark tableau the audience finds itself witness to an interrogation.  Pressured by Devlin, Rebecca describes her submission to an act of erotic violence by a former lover.  Devlin pursues the lover’s identity, which Rebecca reveals to have been an agent of atrocity. 

Citizens’ Relief is Simone Jubyna and Mike Driscoll.  Advocates of unknown or overlooked theatrical text, the artists of Citizens’ Relief provide undiluted visions for both the seasoned theatregoer and the curious cultural and community adventurer.  The Chicago Arts Journal described Jubyna and Driscoll as “… operating on the fringe in such a solitary way … they are in an outsider position themselves.”

Running time: 50 minutes. No late seating. Doors open one hour before show time.

Tickets are available through the buttons below. For information or reservations by phone, call (312) 243-9088.

Opening Night

Opening Night





Esperanza Art Studio Exhibition at Intuit

July 17 - September 24, 2015

Intuit is proud to host an exhibition of works by artists from Esperanza Art Studio in our performance space. The works in this exhibit were created by participants of Esperanza Community Services, an organization dedicated to helping people with developmental disabilities become as independent as possible.

Esperanza’s art program rests on four core principles:

  • Creation in a judgment-free environment. This empowers artists to approach their work as pure expression and self-discovery.
  • Independent decision making. The creative process creates opportunities for choice, which we encourage artists to fully explore.
  • Inclusion. The selection and public exhibition of art creates opportunities for artists to stay connected to the community.
  • Self-purpose. Creating art provides a sense of self-purpose for the artist.

These pieces speak to the talents and abilities of their creators, and Esperanza hopes that they remind you of our similarities and our shared experiences. For more information, visit

All works in this exhibition are for sale. Sales inquiries should be directed to Stephanie McNeal, Arts Facilitator at Esperanza Art Studio, via email at

Intuit at the AltArt Fair in St. Louis

August 28-29, 2015
Friday 6-10 p.m., Saturday 12-8 p.m.

Koken Building
2500 Ohio Street
St. Louis, MO

Intuit is pleased to be participating in the AltArt Fair in St. Louis! AltArt continues the tradition of showcasing strikingly brilliant works of contemporary, outsider, raw and self-taught art.

This 2-day event will take place in the historic Koken Building, located at 2500 Ohio Street in St. Louis. Intuit will be on hand with a variety of outsider art publications for sale. Stop by and say hi!

In addition to showcasing original artworks for sale and display, AltArt Fair offers live jazz both days, house-made food for sale and a full bar. The AltArtFair takes place Friday, August 28, 6-10 p.m., and Saturday, August 29, 12-8 p.m. This is a family-friendly event, and children 12 and under are free. Click here for fair details.

Indiegogo Campaign to Restore Henry Darger’s Maps

Now through September 10, 2015

Intuit owns three beautifully illustrated maps of the Realms of the Unreal by Henry Darger. Two of these maps are in poor condition and are being held at the Restoration Division, where they will be properly treated once we have raised sufficient funds. Donate to conserve Henry Darger’s maps and help bring them home to Intuit!


For more information on our fundraising campaign, please click here to check out our Indiegogo page.

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.



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.



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