John David Mooney Foundation


The John David Mooney Foundation brings to Chicago the very best international artists and architects who exhibit in its International Currents Galleries. Artist Residencies are provided in the Foundation’s studios. Lectures, workshops, and seminars are designed for the public to interact with guest artists.

The Albert I. Goodman Collection of Vietnamese Art has added a series of large posters from the 1960’s and 70’s to its third floor gallery installation. This unique and important collection of wartime and post-war paintings and drawings serve as a study center for cross-cultural investigation.

In 2022, John David Mooney Foundation’s Global Research Center will be hosting innovators, scholars, practitioners, and conservationists to advance sustainability through Art. In its efforts to help preserve our planet, the Foundation’s Fellows and postgraduate Apprentices are engaged in realizing John David Mooney’s “Highway For Trees.” Mooney’s proposal to green the Interstate Highway System’s right of ways and medians with native plants, shrubs, grasses, and trees will reduce the carbon footprint and provide drivers with the beauty of nature and the impetus to take action now.

The guiding philosophy of the Foundation is to promote the responsibility of the artist to society. It is the core of its leadership program for its interns and apprentices and the driving force to which the Foundation aspires.

All seminars, lectures, workshops, gallery walks, concerts, and performances hosted by the Foundation are free and open to the public. The JDMF is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 educational arts organization.

Image: John David Mooney, Crystara, John Crerar Library, University of Chicago