Geoff Adler Internship Fund




Geoff Adler volunteered as Design Museum of Chicago’s director of photography from October 2015 through the end of his life in March 2018. In this role, Geoff photographed seven exhibitions and countless events, and served as a mentor, friend, and trusted collaborator to many.

In celebration of Geoff’s volunteerism and penchant for mentoring young photographers, his family has initiated the Geoff Adler Internship Fund, which will be used to support a student photographer to intern at the museum.

A Celebration of Life

Geoffrey Erik Adler, 35, of Chicago, passed March 27, 2018. After working for several years in corporate and freelance graphic arts, Geoff discovered photography was his real love. Geoff was also involved in the promotion of the Design Museum of Chicago (formerly Chicago Design Museum), providing complimentary photography for its advancement. A Celebration of Geoff’s Life will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 3:00pm – 7:00pm at the Design Museum of Chicago.

A public Facebook group entitled In Memory of Geoff Adler has been created where family and friends are invited to join in sharing memories and photos of Geoff. Please reconnect with old friends.


Geoff’s Photography

Over the course of Geoff’s tenure as the director of photography at Design Museum of Chicago, he photographed seven exhibitions and many events. His work can be seen on the following exhibition pages.

HEY! PLAY! Games in Modern Culture

Confluence • 20+ Creative Ecologies of Hong Kong

Dan Friedman: Radical Modernist

City of Ideas: Architects’ Voices and Visions

ChicagoMade: Great Ideas of Humanity

Unfolded: Made with Paper

New Horizon: Architecture from Ireland



About Design Museum of Chicago

Design Museum of Chicago is a non-profit, with a mission to strengthen design culture and build community. It is volunteer-led, and for the community. All donations are tax-deductible. If you prefer, checks can be made payable to “Design Museum of Chicago” and sent to 108 N State St, 3rd Fl, Chicago, IL 60602.

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