To ensure visual arts had a place of importance in culture, academies throughout Europe were established as early as the 16th century. Academies were responsible for exhibiting art, showing works by members and other artists approved by a member-appointed jury. These academies were prestige settings that determined what subject matter of art was appropriate, what medium was deemed respectful, and who could be accepted as an artist. Due to the strict rules, artists were limited in their subject of interest and creative freedom, this restriction lead artists of the 19th centuryto rebel against the academies rules and began to explore new styles and subject matters. This rebellion lead to a growing number of art galleries and exhibitions, increasing an artist opportunity to show their work without restriction. As art became available to the masses, it no longer was limited by a particular view. In this exhibition, the works before you will demonstrate the transition of the academy style of art to the experimental work that changed the meaning of art all together. Art for Art’s Sake: A Revolution pays tribute to the artists who appealed to their senses and who still inspires us today.