Roger Brown Study Collection

The RBSC is open to SAIC faculty, students, and staff by appointment. We are generally staffed and can host classes  on weekdays and weekday evenings, all based on staff availability. We are not generally staffed on weekends. Class visits can include a guided exploration of the collection; a focused exploration of artists, objects, concepts, and histories in it; and/or access to archival materials. There is no fee for SAIC students, faculty, and staff. The SAIC community is invited to bring visiting artists, colleagues, family, and friends to visit the collection. A little advance notice is advised. 

Faculty: Complete the Class Tour form to schedule your class visit to the study collection. PLEASE NOTE: SUBMITTING THE FORM DOES NOT CONFIRM YOUR VISIT. YOUR VISIT IS NOT CONFIRMED UNTIL YOU RECEIVE A CONFIRMTION FROM RBSC STAFF.

Faculty, please understand that if a time slot is not listed as "booked," it doesn't guarantee that we can staff a tour at that time; it just means that it's not already booked. We try hard to accomodate the many requests for mornings, afternoons, and evenings, with finite staff.

Location and contact information

The RBSC is open by appointment only.

Visits and tours for the Public and other Schools

Please email (rbsc@saic.edu) or call (773.929.2452) to schedule an appointment. Kindly include a few requested days and times that work for you, the type of tour, number of guests, and your phone number. 

Sneak Peek Tours: If you prefer to skip the more formal Artists’ Museum tour, a Sneak Peek visit will guide you through the collection, provide information, and answer questions for $8 per guest. A little advance notice is advised, and visits are scheduled based on staff availability.

Artists' Museum Public Tours: Guided tours include a slide presentation on Roger Brown's artistic and collecting path and a complete tour of the collection. Tours generally last an hour and a half, are limited to 15 or fewer guests, and cost $15 per guest.

Visits from other schools: Please email information about your requested class visit to rbsc@saic.edu. Include the date (and 2 alternate dates), arrival time and length of visit, the class title, and total # of guests. PLEASE NOTE: there is a $5.00/student fee for all non-SAIC students

Please noteAs a special collection of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), the Roger Brown Study Collection (RBSC) hosts classes, projects, and meetings, which can take place mornings, afternoons, and evenings any day of the week. To accommodate academic programming, there are no specific days/times that the collection is open to the public. However, we welcome guests from the public. All visits are by appointment, and while we strive to accommodate all requests, visits are scheduled based on staff availability.

Location and contact information

Artists' Museum Group Tours

Tours for museums and other groups: We welcome museum and other professional groups. Tours include a slide presentation on Roger Brown’s artistic and collecting path and a complete tour of the collection. Slide presentations can be tailored to specific subjects or areas of interest by request.

Group tours generally take one-and-a-half hours. For groups of more than 15 guests, half of the group will view the slide presentation in the first floor gallery, while half the group tours the collection on the second floor, then the groups switch. There are many restaurants in the area, please feel free to request a list.

  • Group tours are limited to 30 or fewer guests
  • The fee is $15 per guest and can be paid by cash or check on the day of the tour. Apologies, we aren’t equipped to accept credit cards. We’ll be happy to provide you with an invoice in advance and receipt(s) on the day of the trip.

For information or to schedule a visit, please email rbsc@saic.edu or call 773.929.2452.

PLEASE NOTE: RBSC is densely installed with art and objects. Tours are geared primarily for an audience of teenage and older guests. If you bring young children, they must be carefully supervised.

RBSC is located in a historic 1888 storefront building. The collection is located on the second floor and in two stairways, accessible by stairs only. Our facilities are not presently fully accessible but we are actively working towards removing barriers to accommodate people with disabilities. An in-depth slide presentation with many views of the collection can be shown to anyone unable to reach the second floor. Please let us know if you have special needs in advance of your visit. Our wheelchair ramp is located on the south side of the building. A staff member will open the gate. 

All visits are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, based on staff availability.

Location and contact information

 

Roger Brown Study Collection
1926 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, Illinois 60614

voice: 773.929.2452
fax: 773.665.4804
email: rbsc@saic.edu

Directions to the RBSC

The RBSC is located at 1926 North Halsted Street, 1/2 block south of Armitage Avenue on Halsted Street, on the west side of the street.

By public transportation

  • CTA Brown Line: Exit at Armitage and walk three blocks east to Halsted Street. Turn right on Halsted and go 1/2 block south to 1926.
  • CTA Red Line: Exit at North Avenue, go to Halsted St. (1/4 block east) and walk 2 1/2 blocks north to 1926.
  • CTA Bus # 8, Halsted Street Bus, exit at Armitage and walk 1/2 block south to 1926.

By car
From I-94, exit at North Avenue, drive east to Halsted Street. Turn left/north on Halsted Street and drive 2.5 blocks to 1926. There's a parking garage directly across the street (credit card only). 

 

Homes, studios, and collections sometimes overlap. The Roger Brown Study Collection (RBSC) is one such place. It is a house museum, archive, and one of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) special collections.

Preserved in SAIC alum Roger Brown's (BFA 1968, MFA 1970) former home and studio, RBSC is filled with objects from the far corners of the world of thing-making. You will find works by Chicago Imagists and nonmainstream artists, folk art, indigenous art, material and popular culture, costumes, furniture, and things found wandering here and there as well as Brown’s Ford Mustang still parked in the garage.

The 1888 storefront building is a laboratory where students engage in the care, organization, interpretation, and preservation of varied collections. Guests from the public are welcome to engage in wonder here as well.

Information about Brown’s career, his homes, studios, gardens, collections, estate, and other histories, projects, and discoveries, are tucked into various corners of this website. Please explore.

 

Location and Contact Information

Roger Brown Study Collection
1926 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, Illinois 60614

voice: 773.929.2452
fax: 773.665.4804
email: rbsc@saic.edu

 

Resources
RBSC blog
RBSC keyhole video tour
Roger Brown video walk through

 

Social Media
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RBSC instagram

 

 

RBSC is proud to be a member of:
Logo for At Home In Chicago consortium

Logo for Historic Artists Homes and Studios

Logo for the National Trust for Historical Preservation

 

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