History & Mission

History
Founded in 1991, Intuit is a premier museum of outsider and self-taught art, art created by artists who are motivated by their unique personal visions and demonstrate little or no influence from the mainstream art world. The museum’s mission—celebrating the power of outsider art—is grounded in the ethos that the instinct to create is universal and the arts must embrace, represent and be accessible to all, regardless of education level or socioeconomic status.

Intuit offers world-class exhibitions; a collection of 1,200 works of art; resources for scholars and students, such as the Robert A. Roth Study Center, a non-circulating collection with a focus in the fields of outsider and contemporary self-taught art; and educational programming for people of all interest levels and backgrounds. Its centerpiece is its Henry Darger Room Collection, a permanent exhibition and archives, which attracts visitors and scholars worldwide.

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.