Madeline Murphy Rabb
Madeline Murphy Rabb, president of Murphy Rabb, Inc, is a private dealer and art consultant, providing clients with advisory services to conceptualize and curate diverse art programs and African American art collections. Rabb has been actively participating in the visual arts world for more than 30 years as a studio artist, arts administrator, jewelry designer, collector, and world traveler. Over the years, the firm has built national and international relationships with artists, dealers, galleries, collectors, historians, and colleagues. She brings these resources and expertise when advising and collaborating with corporate and residential clients.
In 1994, she started her own one-of-a-kind jewelry company, Madeline. The jewelry is designed primarily for women who already own fine jewelry and who appreciate one-of-a-kind wearable art. The collection includes necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings. Her trademark, MagneTachTMbroach is revolutionary. The unique fastener is designed to protect women's fine fabrics such as silks, knits, wool, and leather from holes caused by traditional pins. Rabb uses colorful, large, semi-precious beads, natural stones, silver beads, and findings.
Rabb's firm has created art programs, commissioned, and provided consultation to numerous corporate and private collections, including: Brown Capital Management, Northern Trust Chicago South Financial Center, Cityfront Place, AT&T, Ariel Capital Management, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Harris Bank and Trust, Evanston Hospital, Mercy Hospital, UBM Construction Management, MacArthur Foundation, Draper and Kramer, VOA Associates, the Chicago Park District, South Shore Bank, and John H. Stroger Jr., Hospital of Cook County. Rabb has served as consultant to curators, architects, interior designers, real estate developers, facility managers, space planners, business owners, art consultants and private collectors.
She has also provided consultation to local, state, and national arts organizations and government agencies. In 1992, she wrote the first Public Art Plan for the Evanston Library. She served numerous local, state, and national panels, including Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Public Art Committee, the Illinois Arts Council Grants to Major Cultural Institutions, and numerous National Endowment for the Arts panels and committees. Keynote speeches and workshops have been presented to the Maryland Institute College of Art, Columbia College Chicago, Arts Midwest, Spelman College, New Orleans Museum of Art, American Visions Foundation at the Smithsonian Institution, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Jamaica Art Center, and the United States Senate.
Before establishing Murphy Rabb, Inc, Rabb served as executive director of the Chicago Office of Fine Arts, Department of Cultural Affairs for more than 7 years where she oversaw a staff of 27 and a budget of 4 million dollars. She was the first professional artist to head the city's cultural office.
Rabb holds the master of science degree in visual design from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. She has served on numerous boards and arts panels including Arts Midwest, the Joseph Jefferson Committee, the Southside Community Art Center, DuSable Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Woman's Board, Sculpture Chicago, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Illinois Arts Council.
Currently, she serves as chair of the academic affairs committee of the Columbia College Chicago board of trustees, as well as serving on the woman's board of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Advisory Board of the Illinois Arts Alliance, and the alumni advisory board of the Maryland Institute College of Art.