History & Mission

History
Established in June 1991, Intuit is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to presenting intuitive and outsider art — with world class exhibitions; resources for scholars and students; a Permanent Collection with holdings of nearly 1,100 works of art; the Henry Darger Room Collection, a permanent installation; the Robert A. Roth Study Center, a non-circulating collection with a primary focus in the fields of outsider and contemporary self-taught art; and educational programming for people of all interest levels and backgrounds. Through its programs, Intuit bolsters the nationally prominent role that Chicago artists and collectors have played in generating interest in outsider art. After spending its first few years as an itinerant organization, Intuit purchased the former Randolph Street Gallery space at 756 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood to serve as headquarters for the organization’s expanding activities. Comprised of 12,000 square feet, the facility includes two galleries, a performance/ meeting space, the Robert A. Roth Study Center, the Henry Darger Room Collection, and a small gift shop.

Mission
Intuit is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1991. Our mission is to celebrate the power of outsider art. Intuit defines "intuitive and outsider art" as work of artists who demonstrate little influence from the mainstream art world and who instead are motivated by their unique personal visions. This includes what is known as art brut, non-traditional folk art, self-taught art, and visionary art.

Inclusion Statement
Drawing on the power of outsider art to transcend borders—those drawn on maps as well as those existing only in our minds—Intuit is committed to serving as a safe place of open and inclusive inquiry and discussion.  For more than 25 years, we have brought the perspectives of outsider artists to a public hungry for authentic work, made by artists who have created extraordinary beauty from the simplest materials. These artists have realized their personal vision with the aid of few resources, often while facing systemic poverty and discrimination. We honor their courage and reassert our solidarity with all those who recognize that our deepest strength lies embedded within our differences. Rarely in recent memory has art been so necessary to us all, simply because it allows us to see beyond appearances. We invite everyone through our doors to enjoy artwork whose creation embodies our collective search for what it means to be human, overcoming boundaries based on religion, race, ethnic origin, gender, socioeconomic status, orientation, and physical or mental ability.