Florence, Italy Uffizi Museum tours, 2010

Architecture and Creative Process: Early Modern and Contemporary Architecture in Chicago, May 21 + May 28, 2013, STUDY LEADER
Consider the work of Chicago architects—both past and present. Beginning with a visit to the Graham Foundation in the historic Madlener House, a Prairie-style mansion designed by architect Richard E. Schmidt, the Charnley-Persky House, long recognized internationally as a pivotal work of modern architecture and evidence of the extraordinary power of Sullivan and Wright’s creativity in collaboration. After lunch at the Pump Room, visit the studio of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill learn about the prominent firm’s involvement in the renovation of the Charnley-Persky house and see firsthand the process and practice of contemporary design grounded in the rich tradition of architecture in Chicago. End the day with a visit to the Gensler Studio, located inside the Sullivan Galleries at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, to learn about he mission of this important architecture firm and see how Louis Sullivan’s work has been honored—and also made new. Art Institute Member Travel Experience

Sculpture and Site (Chicago), September 23 + 27, 2013, STUDY LEADER
Begin at the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, a major collection set within the wild prairie swales of Governors State University. After lunch at Cooper’s Hawk Winery, visit the studio of Tony Tasset, a multimedia artist whose work, which includes the towering Paul (2005) in the Manilow Sculpture Park comprises video, bronze, wax, sculpture, photography, film, and taxidermy. Conclude the day with Christine Tarkowski, a Chicago-based artist who works in sculpture, printed matter, photography, and song. Her works range in scale from the ordinary to the monumental and include Working on the Failed Utopia (2005), also at the Manilow Sculpture Park. Art Institute Member Travel Experience

Art and Architecture along Florida’s Gulf Coast, March 2-6, 2014, STUDY LEADER
Discover the vibrant art and architecture of Florida’s Gulf Coast. In Sarasota, tour significant private homes built in the modernist style of the Sarasota School of Architecture, and enjoy a day at the Ringling Museum of Art campus, including a private tour of circus-magnate John Ringling’s bay-front Venetian mansion, Ca’d’Zan; collection highlights; and the special exhibition R. Luke Du Bois—Now at the Ringling Museum. In Tampa, visit the Henry B. Plant Museum, built as the opulent Tampa Bay Hotel by railroad tycoon Henry B. Plant, a turn-of-the-century architectural gem and now a National Historic Landmark; then stop in to see the special exhibition at the Tampa Museum of Art. In St. Petersburg, tour the spectacular new Dalí Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts. Visits to artists’ studios and private collections complete this art-filled winter getaway. Art Institute Member Travel Experience

Architectural Gems Along the Fox River Valley, May 1 + 2, 2014STUDY LEADER
Join Cynthia Noble on this exploration of significant architecture along the Fox River Valley. The Fabyan Villa was the home of Colonel George and Nelle Fabyan from 1905 through 1939. In the 1907 the couple hired Frank Lloyd Wright to enlarge and remodel the existing farmhouse and shortly thereafter took up permanent residence in the villa. Tour the Fabyan’s’ Prairie-style house, which contains their private collection of Asian artifacts, natural history specimens, original furniture, and family relics; then explore the 1910 Japanese garden. After lunch at Wildwood, continue to Hampshire and visit Muirhead Farmhouse, the only known farmhouse designed and built by Wright during his lifetime. The 3,200-square-foot Usonian home, built in the early 1950s, is now surrounded by nearly 800 acres of restored prairie. The house remains in the Muirhead family today and underwent extensive restoration in 2003. Our final visit is to the privately owned Wing Mansion. The stunning 1891 Queen Anne Victorian is situated on one and a half beautifully landscaped acres. With 23 rooms, seven types of wood, four fireplaces, five porches, nine exterior colors, a carriage barn, stained and leaded glass, and a plethora of collections and displays, it is a true architectural treasure. Art Institute Member Travel Experience



Crystal Bridges and Beyond: Oklahoma City, Tulsa, + Bentonville, November 3-7, 2014, STUDY LEADER
Custom-designed trip to Oklahoma and Arkansas. In Tulsa, visit the Philbrook Museum, a historic Italianate villa housing a marvelous encyclopedic collection, and its new satellite facility, Philbrook Downtown. In Norman, tour the Fred Jones Jr. Museum on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, including the new Stuart Wing, designed by noted architect Rand Elliott. Experience the thought-provoking Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, which remembers the tragic bombing of 1995. In Bartlesville, tour the historic Price Tower Arts Center, Frank Lloyd Wright’s only realized skyscraper, and see the current exhibition there. Visit the 3,700-acre Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve, the former country home of Frank Phillips, founder of Phillips Petroleum, and now a stunning wildlife preserve, historic homestead and museum holding one of the world’s most outstanding collections of art of the American West. Spend a full day in Bentonville, Arkansas, for a visit to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, designed by Moshe Safdie. The Museum stands in the heart of the Ozark forest, a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. A tour of Tulsa’s significant Art Deco architecture, visits to the area’s most prominent private collections, plus dinner and an artist evening in a private historic home in Oklahoma City compete this art-filled itinerary. Art Institute Member Travel Experience

Ancient Civilizations Along the Adriatic and Aegean Seas, September 19-27, 2016, STUDY LEADER
Cruise from Venice to Athens along the stunning Dalmatian Coast. Explore the cultural and artistic influence of the Roman, Greek, Byzantine, Venetian, and Slavic civilizations with tours of Split’s Diocletian’s Palace, Dubrovnik’s 15th-century walled city, Kotor’s medieval fortifications, Butrint’s remarkable archaeological site, Corfu’s Old Town, and ancient Delphi. Art Institute Member Travel Experience

Upcoming: The Art and Architecture of Harbor Country, April 3-5, 2017, STUDY LEADER
Explore the artistic offerings of Harbor Country with popular study leader Cynthia Noble. Visit artist studios, attend a performance at the historic Acorn Theater, and tour private homes and collections, including the former home and studio of artist Roger Brown, which boasts an outstanding collection of contemporary art, tribal sculpture and textiles, and Brown’s own work. Art Institute Member Travel Experience

Upcoming: Arts and Culture in Philadelphia, June (dates TBD) 2017, STUDY LEADER
Join Cynthia Noble of Noble Art Tours for a 5-day, 4-night exclusive itinerary featuring the most compelling museums and gardens in Philadelphia and the Brandywine Valley. In Philadelphia, explore the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art; visit the new Barnes Foundation Museum to consider its world-renown Impressionist collection and the controversial vision of its founder; and discover the jewel-box Rodin Museum with its focused perspective on the master sculptor. During a day in the Brandywine Valley, stroll in the famed Longwood Gardens, see the celebrated collection of Andrew Wyeth paintings at the Brandywine Museum and view one of the most important collections of Americana and decorative art at the Winterthur Museum, the former estate of Henry Francis du Pont. Custom tour for private group.