ART ON theMART IS A PERMANENT PUBLIC ART
INSTALLATION UNPRECEDENTED IN SCALE, ILLUMINATING
THE 2.5 ACRE FAÇADE OF theMART.
In the spirit of Chicago’s great legacy of public art and culture, theMART is a
next-generation media space unlike anywhere else in the world.
In September 2018, theMART introduced Art on theMART to the world with a launch event that attracted over 32,000 people to the Riverwalk and Wacker Drive in downtown Chicago, transforming its urban context.
With its minimum thirty-year duration, its location in the heart of downtown Chicago along the Chicago River and its substantive and relevant content, Art on theMART is the next iconic milestone on Chicago’s visionary trajectory of public art.
Art on theMART is a singular media platform and a major philanthropic gift to the City of Chicago: local and international works are on display and freely accessible as public art with no branding.
Art on theMART seeks qualification submissions from artists and cultural organizations for consideration by theMART and its Curatorial Advisory Board on a rolling basis. Click below for more information.
theMART (formerly The Merchandise Mart), located in the center of the sought-after River North submarket, is interwoven into the fabric of Chicago as an innovator in culture, art, business, fashion, media and more. As the largest privately held commercial building in the United States, it is one of the world’s leading commercial buildings, wholesale design centers and the preeminent international business location in Chicago. Encompassing 4.2 million gross square feet, theMART spans two city blocks, rises 25 stories, and is visited by an average of 30,000 people each business day and nearly 10 million people annually. Offering continuous innovation and creativity from leading manufacturers and showrooms, theMART serves as a business hub for interior designers, architects, contractors, business owners and buyers, and recently has become home to Chicago's most creative and technologically innovative companies including Motorola Mobility, 1871, Yelp, PayPal and MATTER, as well as Fortune 500 companies Conagra, Allstate, Kellogg, Beam Suntory, and Grainger.