The Block Museum of Art is a dynamic, imaginative, and innovative teaching and learning resource for Northwestern University and its surrounding communities, featuring a critically acclaimed exhibition program that crosses time periods and cultures and serves as a springboard for thought-provoking discussions relevant to our lives today.
Located in Evanston, Illinois, the museum builds on Northwestern’s commitment to interdisciplinary learning, community, and global engagement, and curricular and research strengths through its exhibitions and a growing permanent art collection of 6,000 works. Each year, the Block mounts exhibitions; organizes and hosts lectures, symposia, and workshops involving artists, scholars, curators, and critics; and screens classic and contemporary films at its in-house cinema. The museum reaches national and international audiences through its traveling exhibitions, publications, and digital programs.
Always free and open to all.
The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art enriches teaching, learning, and research on the campuses of Northwestern University and in the communities of their surrounding regions by: Presenting art across time, cultures and media; Convening interdisciplinary discussions in which art is a springboard for exploring issues and ideas; Collecting art that supports the Northwestern University curriculum.
To be a dynamic, imaginative, and innovative teaching and learning resource at Northwestern University through an artistic program that is a springboard for thought-provoking discussions relevant to the curriculum and to our lives today.
To inspire and develop a new generation of artists, scholars, and arts professionals by providing experiential learning opportunities bridging the classroom and the world beyond the campus.
To serve as a crossroads between campus and community, by creating an environment where all visitors feel welcome to participate.