Thursday, December 17, 2015
7 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Photo courtesy of Michael Bonesteel.

Photo courtesy of Michael Bonesteel.

Panelists Destinee Oitzinger, gallery coordinator at the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM); Michael Bonesteel, curator of Intuit's current exhibition Mad as Hell: The Collages of Richard Saholt; and Melvin Lyons, a U.S. Marine Corps Iraq veteran and multi-disciplinary artist, will discuss the role of combat-inspired art in a contemporary art and cultural context. The panel will address issues related to combat-inspired art, creative practices and exhibitions Mad as Hell at Intuit and Tactical Formations at NVAM. The panel is moderated by Christine Bespalec-Davis, NVAM education coordinator.

Almost There: Screening and Panel Discussion

Sunday, December 13, 2015
3 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N State Street

We are excited to announce the critically-acclaimed documentary film Almost There will be playing at the Gene Siskel Film Center from December 11-17. Almost There is a coming-of-(old)-age story about 84-year-old Peter Anton, a midwestern "outsider" artist living in isolated and crippling conditions whose world changes when two filmmakers discover his work and storied past. Through his struggle we see his art motivate and heal him through the pain of poverty, disability and isolation.

Sunday, December 13 at 3pm there will be a post-screening discussion with Alison Cuddy (Chicago Humanities Festival Associate Artistic Director) and panelists Aaron Wickenden (Almost There Co-Director); Cleo Wilson (Former Executive Director of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art); and Jerry Stefl (Intuit Board Member and Current Education Committee Chair).

Enjoy a reduced rate of $7 tickets ($11 regular price) to any show when you mention the code INTUIT (code applies to in person purchases only at the Film Center box office). Post-screening panel discussions will take place each day, covering all aspects of the eight-years-in-the-making of Almost There Project.

To learn more or to purchase tickets online visit (discount code does not apply to online tickets).

DIY Workshop: dRAWing Alternatives

December 12, 2015
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Lunch is included
Dwight Mackintosh,   Untitled  , 1993, Ink on paper, 10.5 x 15 inches, Collection of Robert A. Roth,  Photo: Wm. H. Bengtson

Dwight Mackintosh, Untitled, 1993, Ink on paper, 10.5 x 15 inches, Collection of Robert A. Roth,  Photo: Wm. H. Bengtson

Unleash your “raw” ability to create in this workshop that will approach dRAWing in unconventional ways.  Participants will complete a series of drawings approached from the lens of Intuit’s current exhibition dRAW, featuring over 80 drawings by some of the most revered self-taught artists past and present.

All supplies will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own.

Instructor are Scott Sikkema,  education director at Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) and Jerry Stefl,  adjunct associate professor of art education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

Significant/Other: No face that lets itself be looked at

Thursday, December 10, 2015
7 p.m.


Intuit hosts Significant/Other for a performance of "No face that lets itself be looked at".

Think about how your perspective changes from another vantage point. Is it possible to simultaneously observe, express and experience? What is the power relation between inactive and active people in a room? What part of a performance are you making if you listen? If you participate? What are you giving up if you agree to participate without knowing the outcome? What are you gaining? What is your relationship to your own body in a group of strangers? Does your feeling of autonomy change if your main role in a given situation is listening? Is the experience involved in creating art of equal importance to the final result? Do you believe the artistic structure is as important as the art itself? Is predetermined performative art disappointing or less successful if left completely unrehearsed? Are the artists always the most responsible for creating a successful performative experience? How would you define the bourgeois artistic experience?

Tickets available here!

Click here to visit the Facebook event page.

Trained and active in the world of contemporary western art-music, both vocalist/composer, Bethany Younge, and cellist/performance artist, Lia Kohl seek to expand their traditional artistic roles by means of dismantling the binary and hyper-masculinized cycle of composer>score>performer into a process that is both more organic and specifically human. Kohl and Younge’s vision is an autobiographical one, where their artwork directly reflects the two’s relationship and where their self-referential performance represents their process. Both women are fascinated by the function and integration of the audience, the avowal of bodies, and the sound-worlds that emanate from pedestrian objects and their instruments.

High Concept Labs (HCL) is a Chicago-born not-for-profit arts service organization and cultural platform dedicated to supporting working artists and engaging the Chicago community with arts and culture. Partnering with artists at every step of the creative process, HCL offers high-quality custom support services through its Sponsored Artist and Institutional Incubation Programs. HCL also curates and hosts Cultural Conversations, hosts artist showcases, presents special community events, and facilitates educational arts partnerships. With a vibrant cycle of programs, and process-support, High Concept Labs grows community alongside culture and fosters new audiences for the arts.

Holiday Pop-up Market

Saturday, December 5, 2015
1-6 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Join us for a Holiday Pop-up Market at Intuit! Hosted in collaboration with CEW Design Studio, the market will feature handmade fiber works from their studio artisans. We will also welcome artists Della Wells, PopTopCo, David Romero, and Deborah Campbell. This one-day market provides the perfect opportunity to shop for unique and one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones. Treat yourself, too!

Thursday, December 3, 2015
7:30 p.m.

Flak Performance Series presents three works with: Belgian artist and current SAIC graduate student Jeremy Pauly; Zach Moore and Alex Ellsworth of the Chicago-based new music/performance art ensemble Mocrep, who will perform a work by composer Carolyn Chen; and composer/artist Shawn Lucas in a collaborative effort with vocalist Harrah Friedlander and percussionist Isaac Stevenson. The show is very energetic and dynamic in nature using large set installations, masks, theater, physicality, and sound.  Although in many ways each of the three works find cohesion by emphasizing intense visual elements and developing abstract narratives, they are inherently unique pieces that explore their dynamic nature within a structured and focused performance.

Read more info about this performance series on our Facebook event page

Thursday, November 19, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Free admission (donations accepted)

Mocrep is thrilled to present a performance collaboration with Rob Kelsey, an artist who possesses a truly unique voice among young comic book artists. Kelsey's work explores alienation, materiality, character, and emergent narrative. This concert, developed out of several months of collaborative effort, will present four original works that explore the performative and social potential of the comics medium, as well as the rich connections between music, narrative, performance art and visual art. Run time: approx. 50 min

Mocrep is a Chicago-based ensemble dedicated to the performance of radical, 21st century music that engages with contemporary culture - aesthetically, socially, and politically. We specialize in works that not only synthesize music, theater, and performance art, but productively embrace the differences between these mediums. In this way, we hope to expose and explore new possibilities in performance today.

Photo courtesy of Michael Bonesteel.

Photo courtesy of Michael Bonesteel.

Saturday, November 14, 2015
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Join us for a gallery talk with Michael Bonesteel, guest curator of Intuit's current exhibition "Mad as Hell: The Collages of Richard Saholt". Bonesteel will discuss Richard Saholt's life and art, as well as how his work is perceived by others. Bonesteel will also share insight into his personal connection with Saholt which eventually led to the collection being bequeathed to him.

Michael Bonesteel is an art historian with expertise in the field of self-taught, visionary and intuitive art in America, England and Europe. He is an adjunct assistant professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the author of numerous book, newspaper and magazine articles, and catalog essays. His book, Henry Darger: Art and Selected Writings (Rizzoli International) was the first definitive publication in English on that artist.

Friday, October 30, 2015 at 6pm
MANA Contemporary
2233 S Throop St.
Chicago, IL 60608

Please join us at Intuit’s most important annual event: the Visionary Ball. This year’s Old West/New West-inspired Ball is in honor of Visionary Award recipient Jan Petry. The night will feature a live and silent auction featuring art, activities and more! Come ready to enjoy saloon-themed cocktails and Western eats as you support your favorite outsider art museum.

Boots, bolo ties and the whole get-up encouraged.

Lunchtime Lecture and Book Signing with Víctor Espinosa, Author of Martín Ramírez: Framing His Life and Art

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
11:30 am - 1 pm
Free open to the public, light lunch will be served
Book copies will be available for purchase

Martín Ramírez, a Mexican migrant worker and psychiatric patient without formal artistic training, has been hailed by leading New York art critics as one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists. His work has been exhibited alongside masters such as José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Salvador Dalí, Marc Chagall, Paul Klee, and Joan Miró. A landmark exhibition of Ramírez’s work at the American Folk Art Museum in 2007 broke attendance records and garnered praise from major media, including the New York TimesNew Yorker, and Village Voice.

Martín Ramírez offers the first sustained look at the life and critical reception of this acclaimed artist. Víctor Espinosa challenges the stereotype of outsider art as an indecipherable enigma by delving into Ramírez’s biography and showing how he transformed memories of his life in Mexico, as well as his experiences of displacement and seclusion in the United States, into powerful works of art. Espinosa then traces the reception of Ramírez’s work, from its first anonymous showings in the 1950s to contemporary exhibitions and individual works that have sold for as much as a half-million dollars. This eloquently told story reveals how Ramírez’s three-decades-long incarceration in California psychiatric institutions and his classification as “chronic paranoid schizophrenic” stigmatized yet also protected what his hands produced. Stripping off the labels “psychotic artist” and “outsider master,” Martín Ramírez demonstrates that his drawings are not passive manifestations of mental illness. Although he drew while confined as a psychiatric patient, the formal elements and content of Ramírez’s artwork are shaped by his experiences of cultural and physical displacement.

One of the foremost experts on Martín Ramírez and an authority on transnational migration and art, Víctor Espinosa holds a PhD in sociology from Northwestern University and currently teaches at the Ohio State University. He is the author of El dilema del retorno: Migración, género y pertenencia en un contexto transnacional.

Adolf Wolfi, Untitled, Mixed media on paper, 35 x 29 in., Collection of Mike and Cindy Noland

Adolf Wolfi, Untitled, Mixed media on paper, 35 x 29 in., Collection of Mike and Cindy Noland

Outside Chicago Day Trippin': The Outsider Art Collection of Mike Noland and the Rockford Art Museum's Hager Collection of Self-taught African American Art

October 24, 2015
Depart from Intuit at 9am, return by 6pm

Join Intuit staff, teachers and outsider art enthusiasts on a day trip to artist and outsider art collector, Mike Noland’s home and studio in Woodstock, IL.  “Besides being an accomplished artist, Mike Noland has one of the most original and passionate collections of folk, self-taught and outsider art in the United States.”- John Foster.  After the Noland home tour, enjoy time to lunch and shop in historic Woodstock town square, which is filled with artisan studios, antique shops, quaint boutiques and gourmet eateries.  With just a short drive to the west, we will end our day at the Rockford Art Museum (RAM) for a guided tour of the Hager Collection of self-taught African American art and ample time to peruse the galleries of RAM.  Comprised of over 1,900 works of art, the RAM permanent collection consists of American Impressionist paintings to Chicago Imagist works to outsider art, as well as modern and contemporary American art from the 19th and 20th centuries through today.

For more information about Woodstock, IL

For more information about Rockford Art Museum

Image courtesy of Project Onward.

Image courtesy of Project Onward.

October 17, 2015
2 pm - 4 pm
Project Onward
1200 W. 35th St.
Chicago, IL 60609

Presented in partnership with Project Onward, this panel discussion addresses new trends toward entrepreneurship and self-sustaining business models among progressive art studios for individuals with disabilities. How do studios remain true to their missions, follow ethical commercial practices, and promote the work of artists who cannot always speak for themselves? These and other questions will be explored by the panelists. Presented in conjunction with Chicago Artists Month.

Secret Sticker Club Chicago

Image courtesy of Secret Sticker Club Chicago.

Image courtesy of Secret Sticker Club Chicago.

October 15, 2105
6:30 - 9 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

Secret Sticker Club Chicago is coming back to Intuit for another drawing meetup! All ages are welcome to come and create street art on stickers.

For more info, visit:

Revealing Rare Urban Stone Carvings on the Chicago Lakefront with Bill Swislow and Aron Packer

Photo courtesy of Bill Swislow and Aron Packer.

Photo courtesy of Bill Swislow and Aron Packer.

October 11, 2015
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Free for Intuit Members
Refreshments included
Meet at Foster Avenue Beach House

Chicago was once home to what might have been the greatest collection of outdoor stone carvings in urban America. Generations of beach-going carvers whiling away the hours left their marks on huge limestone blocks installed during the Depression to improve and protect the city's park-lined lakefront. Many of these anonymous carvings have been destroyed as part of more recent anti-erosion projects. But the stretch of shoreline between Bryn Mawr and Montrose Avenues still boasts dozens of these small wonders — animals, bathing beauties, presidents, deities, buildings and, of course, initials, names and eternal professions of love.

They're easy to miss and mostly invisible to the hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans who frequent nearby Foster and Montrose beaches. Once you've seen a few of them, however, you can't help but notice more and more of the stone images as you walk along the lakefront.

Join Bill Swislow and Aron Packer on this unique tour of some of Chicago’s rare outdoor urban art. We’ll meet at the Foster Avenue Beach house, at the southwest corner of the beach. From there we’ll explore the carvings north of the beach, and then proceed back toward Montrose.

Global Cardboard Challenge 2015

October 10, 2015
1 pm - 4 pm
Free and open to the public.

Photo courtesy of CodeCreate.

Photo courtesy of CodeCreate.

Intuit is proud to partner with CodeCreate to host the 2015 Global Cardboard Challenge. Join in on a day of creativity!

CodeCreate facilitates technology, art and design education for youth and educators as dynamic and accessible workshops and activities, linking hands-on, tactile construction with electronics and civic media. CodeCreate empowers learners through creative design with everyday technology and learners' own ideas: commands that students retain every other time they see those tools.

For the Cardboard Challenge, CodeCreate will have lots of cardboard, coaches and introductions to design as well as several computers on which young people can "energize" their cardboard creations with original programming!

Click here for more info on the Global Cardboard Challenge.

Also, check out the short film "Caine's Arcade" which inspired the Global Cardboard Challenge.

West Town Art Walk

Saturday, October 3, 2015
10 am - 1 pm


On Saturday, October 3rd from 10 am to 1 pm, the West Town Art Walk and Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art will present Art That Walks, a brand new immersive art making and art sharing experience. Intended for families and individuals, Art That Walks aims to transform the neighborhood into a living, walking work of art. Art walkers of all ages are invited to gather at Eckhart Park (1330 W. Chicago Ave.), where they can test their own artistic creativity by making colorful masks and costumes before parading down the West Town Art Walk strip together. Art That Walks will include a marching band and conclude with a special dance party celebration with live music.

The Art That Walks schedule is as follows:
10:00-11:30 a.m. – Mask and costume making activities in park: 
Staffed by event volunteers, the public is invited to make masks and paint plain white tee shirts at the various stations for free. Participants are also invited to bring their own masks or costumes from home to walk in.
11:30 a.m. – Staging for start of Art That Walks
Everyone who has made a costume or brought a costume will line up in front of the Eckhart Park field house along Chicago Avenue.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Art That Walks Parade
Participants will parade to Western Avenue and back to Eckhart Park, led by organizers and a marching band. After they’re done walking, gathers are invited to stay in Eckhart Park to dance, mingle and celebrate each other’s creativity.

Learn more about the West Town Art Walk at their website.

Chicago South Asian Film Festival Screening at Intuit

September 30, 2015
6:00 - 8:15 pm

Intuit is proud to host a film screening as part of the Chicago South Asian Film Festival! Presented by Zee Cinema, CSAFF is one of the largest multicultural events in the heartland of America and is dedicated to advancing diversity in Chicagoland through cinema, conversation and culture. The Festival was founded in 2010 by the Chicago South Asian Arts Council, a non-profit organization that aims to promote creativity and culture through art.

Film: Patang (Kite) - In Honor of Prashant Bhargava CSAFF 2015

Synopsis: In the old city of Ahmedabad, amid India's largest kite festival, a family duels, spins and soars like the countless kites in the skies above.

Director: Prashant Bhargava
Film Year: 2011
Country: India
Language: Hindi
Run Time: 1 hour 47 minutes
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mukkund Shukla, Seema Biswas, Sugandha Garg, Aakash Maheriya

Museum Day Live!

September 26, 2015
11 a.m.-6 p.m.
For one day only, Intuit will grant free admission to visitors who download a Museum Day Live! ticket. In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone (and a guest) presenting a Museum Day ticket…for free. Visitors must present an official Museum Day Live! ticket to be eligible for free entry.

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.

Image courtesy of Citizen's Relief.

Image courtesy of Citizen's Relief.

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.

Show Reviews: 

Chicago Reader

New City Stage

LA Splash

Chicago Theater Review

How Do, Stranger? Drawing with JJ Cromer

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

J.J. Cromer,  Odd Methods of Clever Teachers,  2006, mixed media, 24 x 19 in.

J.J. Cromer, Odd Methods of Clever Teachers, 2006, mixed media, 24 x 19 in.

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.

Intuit at 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. Visit for fair details.

Chicago Filmmaker Short Film Competition Screening

August 22, 2015
3:30-6:00 p.m.

Intuit will be hosting a screening of the Chicago Filmmaker Short Film Competition submissions, in participation with the Chicago South Asian Film Festival. The film festival is one of largest multicultural events in the Midwest and is dedicated to advancing diversity in the Chicago area through cinema, conversation and culture. All films were made by artists with ties to Chicago and are featuring South Asian content, or a South Asian Director, Producer, Actor or Composer.

The following films will be screened:

Following The Box, directed by Anirban Mahapatra
An estate-sale find of a shoebox filled with old photographs and negatives made in India in 1945 leads a Chicago couple halfway around the world. As they “follow the box” to unravel the mystery behind these compelling photos, they gather together contemporary Indian artists who create new artworks in response. The resulting film is a cross-cultural exploration of the power of art to reveal our different cultures and ourselves over time and space.
Director: Anirban Mahapatra
Cast: Jerri Zbiral, Alan Teller, Aditya Basak, Mamata Basak, Sarbajit Sen, Alakananda Nag, Amritah Sen, Chhatrapati Dutta, Prabir Purkayastha, Sanjeet Chowdhury, Sunandini Banerjee, Swarna Chitrakar
Country of Origin: India
Year: 2015

Lunch Lady, directed by Mansi Nirmal Jain (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)
In a tough economic climate a young woman finds herself in a workplace that she feels is beneath her only to discover relationships and purpose that make her reassess her life.
Director: Mansi Nirmal Jain
Cast: Brandhyze Stanley, Patrick Knighton, Cynthia Bastidas, Lauren Bryant, Aden and Amir Dixon, Sola Fasehun
Country of Origin: United States
Year: 2015

The First Session, directed by Ryan Logan (CHICAGO PREMIERE)
Two women attempt to repair their relationship with the help of an unconventional therapist and the healing power of the mango.
Director: Ryan Logan
Cast: Fawzia Mirza, Parvesh Cheena, Mouzam Makkar
Country of Origin: United States
Year: 2015

Walking The Walk, directed by Moses Tulasi (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)
A spectacular display of color, costume and resilience marks the celebration of the growth and success of LGBTQ movement in India. Unlike parades, these events draw inspiration from India’s anti-casteist and feminist movements, acting as political protests in which everyone marches and no one is simply a spectator.
Director: Moses Tulasi
Cast: Rachana Mudraboyina, Greeshma Aruna Rai, Sadhak Navadeep, Karthik Bittu, Vyjayanthi Vasanta Mogli, Mala Mukunda, Charan Ks, Andy Silveira, Amrita Lawrence
Country of Origin: India
Year: 2015

Doors open at 3 p.m. Screening begins at 3:30 p.m.

Esperanza Art Sale

August 15, 2015
12-5 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Marlon Fisher, A Frame, Acrylic on Canvas, 2015.

Marlon Fisher, A Frame, Acrylic on Canvas, 2015.

In conjunction with the art display currently on view in our performance space, join us for a one-day sale of artwork from the talented artists at Esperanza Art Studio. With prices ranging from $5-$300, there will be something for everyone’s budget. The sale will include work from the artists represented in the art display as well as work from other fine artists from the Esperanza Art Studio.

Esperanza Community Services is an organization dedicated to helping people with developmental disabilities become as independent as possible. The works from Esperanza Art Studio speak to the talents and abilities of their creators, and Esperanza hopes that they remind you of our similarities and our shared experiences.