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From scholarly encyclopedia articles to quick definitions, find a wide range of background information on topics in art.
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Related Art Databases
Use these resources on any Chicago Public Library computer or on non-Library computers with your Chicago Public Library card.
Art Index/Art Index Retrospective »
Art Index/Art Index Retrospective helps researchers find magazine and journal articles of interest back to 1929. Full text is available in the database for some recent articles (1997–present).
Biography in Context » teen pick
Find biographical overviews of artists from reference works such as Contemporary Artists, Contemporary Designers, Contemporary Photographers, and others.
CAMIO (Catalog of Art Images Online) »
Search for images of fine and decorative art from museums.
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Featured CPL Collections and Programs
- Chicago Artists' Archives »
Since the 1940s, the Art Information Center has kept records of visual artists living or working in the Chicago area. Records include biographical information, artists' applications, statements, reproductions of artwork, exhibition catalogs, gallery announcements, reviews, articles, etc.
- Artcyclopedia »
Artcyclopedia is an extensive index to artists' works appearing on museum web sites and other online resources.
- Explore Chicago »
Search for art and architecture-related attractions and exhibitions and events on the City's official tourism site. Limit your search by neighborhood or view only those attractions and events with free admission.
- Loop the Loop Audio Tours: Art Loop »
Download this audio walking tour of public art in the Loop from the Chicago Loop Alliance.
- Chicago Artists Resource »
Chicago Artists Resource is an online community for artists in a variety of fields (visual, performing, literary) sponsored by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Find business opportunities, studio space, educational resources, and more.
- Encyclopedia of Chicago »
This online encyclopedia offers articles on the history of art in the city—from Industrial Art and Design to the Hyde Park Art Center—as well as a list of important events in that history in the "Arts and Education" column of the encyclopedia's Timeline.