Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
Founded: 1991

To recognize the creative work of individuals who demonstrate little influence from the mainstream art world and instead seem motivated by their unique personal visions.

About the Organization:

In early 1991, a small group of artists, collectors, art dealers, and business people began discussing the feasibility of forming a group devoted to the work of untrained artists, known as intuitive and outsider art. A public meeting to launch the organization was attended by nearly eighty people, and Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art was born. Today, Intuit has 600 members nationwide and abroad. Through its exhibitions and educational programs, the center reinforces the nationally prominent role Chicago artists and collectors have played in generating interest in outsider art. Since its founding, Intuit has presented more than fifty exhibitions and scores of lectures, panel discussions, documentary film screenings, and performances. Intuit-sponsored study tours have visited outsider art environments in Kansas, Wisconsin, New York, New Mexico, and Illinois.

Current Programs:

In 2002, Intuit decided to become a collecting organization; initial gifts to the collection include work by Henry Darger, Minnie Evans, Howard Finster, Ted Gordon, Johann Hauser, Dwight Mackintosh, Justin McCarthy, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Oswald Tschirtner, P.M. Wentworth, and Joseph Yoakum. A show of exceptional crafts, "Outside the Lines," will be mounted June 10 through August 28 and will include one-day sock monkey, Popsicle stick, and bottle-cap-centerpiece workshops. Intuit's annual outsider art fair takes place October 1 through 3. There is also a nontraditional (intuitive) music series in the fall. Intuit has a three-person staff, a board of directors, and a budget of more than $400,000; it is currently looking for an executive director.

Web site:

The Intuit Web site showcases the current shows at Intuit's Chicago , which are free, and links to and worldwide, , and Web sites for .


Intuit is funded through grants, fundraising events, membership fees, and admission fees.

Contact: Martha Watterson, Associate Director
Phone: (312) 113-9088
Fax: (312) 113-9089