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We aspire to connect with every department and school at Northwestern and to make The Block meaningful to your work and to your students. We actively seek faculty ideas for projects and programs. Faculty who have worked with The Block come from departments as diverse as Anthropology, Art History, English, and Music, and Schools as diverse as Engineering, Law, and Journalism. We also connect faculty to one another to develop projects and exchange ideas on how to incorporate museum experiences into teaching and research. We can introduce you to other faculty members who have worked with The Block, teaching with its exhibitions, using its collections in their research, and creating public programs. Our door is open—we look forward to working with you.

Our Engagement team is available to orient new faculty to using the Block as a resource during quarterly lunchtime orientation sessions and by appointment.


Examples of exhibitions curated in partnership with Northwestern faculty

Exhibition Resources

The Block presents exhibitions and programs that resonate with the curriculum, research, and resources of Northwestern University. We welcome a range of involvement, from bringing your class for a guided tour, to developing courses relating to existing exhibitions.

  • Schedule time with our staff to learn about upcoming exhibitions and discuss your curricular goals.
  • Meet with our staff to design class visits, course assignments, and programs that integrate exhibitions into courses. In addition to papers and presentation assignments, past faculty collaborations have resulted in performances, readings, and symposia.
  • Lead class visits independently in our galleries, or schedule tours crafted specifically for you and your students.
  • Submit exhibition-related student writing and research for publication on the Block Museum blog.
  • Host a departmental visit or reception in conjunction with exhibitions.
  • Contact us to discuss your ideas for a class-curated exhibition, or exhibition ideas that emerge from your research

Collection Resources

Our Eloise W. Martin Study Center is a special classroom inside the museum that offers an intimate setting for the study and use of artwork in the Block’s collection. Faculty in fields as varied as global health, journalism, and material science have visited our collection to teach close investigation, develop visual literacy, and draw thematic connections. We will help you select artwork based on your research interests and curricular goals—drawing from the museum’s collection of nearly 6,000 works that range from computer-generated prints to works on paper by South African “Township artists” of the early 1990s. The Eloise W. Martin Study Center is equipped with a sound system and digital projector for class visits and discussions.

  • Search the Block collection online.
  • Schedule time to preview artwork and discuss your curricular goals.
  • Contact us for assistance with the selection of artwork and support in teaching with art.
  • Plan course or research visits to the Eloise W. Martin Study Center.
  • Share collections-related student writing and research on the Block Museum blog.

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