What Is The Best Art Gallery Or Museum In Illinois?

Thom Bierdz
4 min readApr 23, 2019

For the past 11 years, American Art Awards has decided the 25 Best Galleries and Museums in America. Among the criteria: years in business, industry reputation, online activity, location, size, exhibits, educational programs, represented artists and references from artists, clients and visitors. They pick only one per state per year.

American Art Awards: “The only Native American owned and operated arts institution in Illinois, the stunning 18,000 sf Trickster Art Gallery complex excels on first-voice multi-cultural arts, veterans and social justice issues. With intent to present upbeat images far beyond romantic iconography, Trickster cannot be beat in encapsulating the state of Native America today.

“American Art Awards selects Trickster Art Gallery as our Best Gallery or Museum in Illinois and one of our Top 25 for 2019.”


Established in 2005, Trickster Art Gallery (TAG) includes 10,000 sq ft with multiple gallery spaces, a gift shop area, national veteran program, library room, tech center, artist in residence rooms, an outdoor porch area, and medical garden for all to enjoy. This popular facility near Schaumburg Town Square creates a unique contemporary view of Native arts, cultural education and awareness for everyone and was designed to share with the general public, not only Natives.

The Gallery features contemporary Native art (post 1960s) and augments exhibits with featured speakers, panel discussions, school tours and educator workshops. Their scripted programs advance ideals of tolerance and diversity by combating stereotypes and deconstructing predetermined imagery that has long defined Native Americans with one generalized cultural aesthetic.

TAG now hosts Smithsonian, and other National Education centers, exhibits on a regular basis to meet the needs of multi-cultural artists by providing a vehicle for artistic expression in all disciplines and at all levels by taking a role in the cultivation and dissemination of contemporary Indigenous American art. Believing that Native people have always been placed in a perpetual state of nostalgia, Trickster Art Gallery provides a different aesthetic, showcasing contemporary Native art that places an evolving culture and social issues in the forefront.

TRICKSTER ART GALLERY / 190 S. Roselle Rd Schaumburg, IL, 60193

(847) 301–2090 / www.trickstergallery.com / info@trickstergallery.com

Tuesday — Friday: 10 am — 5 pm / Saturday: 10 am — 3 pm

See all 25 Best Galleries & Museums here: https://www.americanartawards.com/2019-best-american-galleries-and-museums/

www.AmericanArtAwards.com annually awards 25 museums and galleries in spring, and with their critique in autumn, awards 300 artists (painters, photographers, sculptors and digital artists).



Thom Bierdz

One of Medium’s TOP ART CONTRIBUTORS, award-winning author, actor, film-maker, painter. 12 books: 6 on art. President of WAA & AAA & ACCA.