The Illinois Historical Art Project [IHAP] is dedicated to original source material and biographical information on artists of Illinois. Because we have consulted over 100,000 source documents such as newspaper articles, artist correspondence, rare exhibition catalogues and diaries to compile biographical information on Illinois artists, our information is accurate.
Your first source for biographical
information on artists should be the Ryerson Library of the Art Institute. Their
entire library catalogue is on-line at http://www.artic.edu.
IHAP has compiled histories of over
1,500 artists who meet the following criteria:
IHAP makes no distinction about the style of an artist’s oeuvre; whether they were modernists, impressionists, genre painters, still-life artists, scenic artists, naïve painters, & c.
Our relational database can help the scholar who is seeking to organize and exhibition generate thematic plans.
If for example you are interested in George Bellow’s impact on modernism in Chicago, our database can provide a student list of those artists who studied under him at the Art Institute of Chicago and when. If you are interested in the Illinois artists who studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, our database will provide the answer.
Our library covers all of the art organizations functioning in Illinois since 1859 including articles and exhibition catalogs.
The Illinois Historical Art Project