Art Interest Groups

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Architecture & Design Society

$250$20,000
With 10,000 square feet of exhibition space and one of the largest collections of its kind in the United States, the Department of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago has earned international renown and is a critical asset to Chicago’s design community. The Architecture & Design Society supports the activities of this esteemed department while offering its members a rich program of events including exhibition openings, receptions, lectures, and exclusive tours.

Your gift will benefit the acquisitions, exhibitions, and educational programs of the Art Institute’s Department of Architecture and Design. Members at every level receive:

  • Free admission to all lectures
  • Access to special events with premier Chicago architects and designers
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friend

  • Invitation to Architecture & Design Society annual event
  • Special access to select Architecture & Design exhibitions at the Art Institute
  • Opportunities to receive AIA credits at lectures

sponsor

  • All Friend-level benefits for 2 people
  • Special access to select exhibition celebrations
  • Invitations to exhibition openings

patron

  • All Sponsor-level benefits
  • Opportunities for off-site tours of uniquely designed spaces and architectural environments
  • Invitations to exclusive receptions

benefactor

  • All Patron-level benefits
  • Unique access to the museum's permanent collection
  • Special opportunities to engage with the chair and curators of the Department of Architecture and Design

bronze

  • All Benefactor-level benefits for up to 4 people
  • Special access to Chicago-area exhibitions and art fairs

silver

  • All Bronze-level benefits for up to 6 people
  • Recognition as a supporter of the Architecture & Design Society's annual event
  • Private curator-led tour opportunities

gold

  • All Silver-level benefits for up to 8 people
  • Invitations to exclusive dinner receptions
  • Early access to purchase tables for Masterpiece, the Art Institute's gala

Asian Art Council

$150$5,000
The AAC is a support organization for the Department of Asian Art of the Art Institute of Chicago, which houses one of the major US collections of Asian art. The AAC acts as a forum for education and discussion about Asian art—from ancient to modern—through lectures, demonstrations, gallery walks, and visits to private collections.

Attend Asian art specific lectures, forums, and demonstrations

  • Visit private Asian art collections
  • Receive the AAC biannual newsletter
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individual

  • Invitation to the Asian Art Council's annual meeting in May and the annual member appreciation program in September
  • Invitations to member lectures, special exhibition events, and Asian Art Council programs, including Encounters with Asia, the annual lecture series focused on in-depth explorations of Asian art and culture
  • Complimentary subscription to the Asian Art Council Newsletter

family

  • All Individual-level benefits
  • Special access to select Art Institute exhibitions of Asian art
  • Opportunity to bring a guest/spouse to any program at the discounted member price

bronze

  • All Family-level benefits
  • Special access to curators of select Asian art exhibitions at the Art Institute
  • Opportunities to gather with other patrons for special occasions
  • Curator-led excursions to Chicago-area Asian art exhibitions
  • Patron-level listing in the Asian Art Council Newsletter

silver

  • All Bronze-level benefits
  • Special opportunities to engage with the chair and curators of the Department of Asian Art
  • Access to exclusive domestic travel opportunities with curators, such as Asia Week in New York City and trips to museum exhibitions
  • Special access to local private collections and exhibitions

gold

  • All Silver-level benefits
  • Select opportunities to travel with curators to international destinations such as Asia Week in London
  • Invitations for exclusive engagement with the museum director
  • Special opportunities to view and understand the permanent collection, interact with visiting scholars and artists, and visit exhibitions and private collections

Classical Art Society

$25$1,000
This society is committed to the study and enhancement of the museum’s collection from ancient and medieval Mediterranean. Classical Art Society member activities include: lectures, international symposia, special projects, and travel opportunities

Annual series of lectures presented by distinguished scholars

  • Special international study trip opportunities
  • Invitation to special events
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academic

individual

couple

contributing

patron

  • Early access to exhibition
  • Behind-the-scenes tour opportunities

sponsor

  • Includes Patron level benefits
  • Special reception with the curators
  • Invitation to a private collection tour

Evening Associates

$30$100
This group of young professional Art Institute members, ages 21-40, meet regularly for lively events hosted here at the museum and throughout Chicago’s art scene. Connect with your art-loving peers and grow your social circles while learning about the Art Institute’s iconic collection and groundbreaking exhibitions. Join today to hear first about upcoming Evening Associates events.

Discounted tickets and early notice to special events like ArtFEED, After Dark, and Night Heist

  • Opportunities to connect with fellow art-inspired young professionals
  • Exclusive behind-the-scenes tours
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single 1 year

  • Incudes benefits for an individual for 1 year

single 2 year

  • Incudes benefits for an individual for two years

dual 1 year

  • Includes benefits for two people for 1 year

dual 2 year

  • Includes benefits for two people for 2 years

Old Masters Society

$200$5,000
The OMS brings together more than 500 members who share a passion for the art of Europe from the 13th to 20th century. OMS programming includes exhibition previews, receptions, dinner and luncheon lectures by distinguished scholars, and trips to museums and private collections both in the United States and abroad.

Support the collection and activities of the Department of Medieval to Modern European Painting and Sculpture

  • Invitations to special programs, trips, and social events with the curators in the department
  • Tour private collections both in the United States and abroad
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individual

  • Invitation to the OMS annual meeting
  • Invitations to member lectures, special exhibition events, and OMS programs
  • Complimentary subscription to the Old Masters Society Newsletter

dual

  • All individual-level benefits for two people

bronze

  • All Dual-level benefits
  • Invitations to curator-led excursions to Chicago-area exhibitions
  • Special access to select department exhibitions with curators
  • Recognition in the Old Masters Society Newsletter

silver

  • All Bronze-level benefits
  • Preferred invitations to department-led international and domestic travel
  • Priority invitations to curator-led excursions to Chicago-led exhibitions
  • Special access to local private collections and visits
  • Special opportunities to engage with the chair and curators of the Department of European Painting and Sculpture

gold

  • All Silver-level benefits
  • Priority invitations to department-led international and domestic travel
  • Select invitations to art fairs, auctions, and previews
  • Invitations for exclusive engagement with the museum director
  • Special opportunities to view and understand the permanent collection (i.e. behind-the-scenes access to the collection via visits to storage or conservation lab)

Photography Associates

$750$5,000
Founded in 1989, the Photography Associates at the Art Institute of Chicago presents programs that foster an appreciation of photography and encourage private collecting. Membership helps to support the acquisitions of the Department of Photography.

Exclusive access to leading artists, exhibitions, and private collections

  • Lectures and private receptions with prominent artists and scholars
  • “From the Vault”: seldom-seen works from the collection
  • Visit to a local private collection
  • Additional invitations to exhibition tours, art fairs, and opening events
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junior

  • For members under the age of 40
  • Includes all regular membership benefits

regular

  • • Annual fall kickoff evening with seated dinner
  • Priority seating and private reception following fall and spring lectures
  • Private collection tour and reception with Art Institute curators
  • Private visit to the studio of a local artist
  • Priority seating and reception following Hugh Edwards Lecture

platinum

  • Luncheon and tour of an Art Institute exhibition with a curator
  • Priority reservations for all Photography Associates events
  • Plus all Regular-level benefits

limited edition

  • Exclusive event with an invited visiting lecturer
  • Curator accompaniment at an art fair in New York, Miami, or Paris
  • Plus all Platinum-level benefits

Prints and Drawings Associates

$1,000$5,000
Print and Drawing Associates members support the exhibitions, acquisitions, and programs of the Prints and Drawings Department. Together we foster and promote a deeper understanding of works of art on paper. For all levels of membership in the Print and Drawing Club, your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Support the collection and activities of the Department of Prints and Drawings

  • Exclusive access to lectures, receptions, luncheon seminars, collector's workshops, and more
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metalpoint

  • Curator-led exhibition tours
  • Invitations to seminars and lectures by artists, critics, conservators, and distinguished scholars
  • VIP access to print and drawing fairs
  • Exclusive access to the prints and drawings collection, library, and study room
  • Opportunity to bring one guest to all Prints and Drawings Associates events

silverpoint

  • All Metalpoint-level benefits
  • Visits to private collections
  • Guided domestic trips, such as trips to New York for print and drawing fairs
  • Behind-the-scenes access to the collection during exclusive events

goldpoint

  • All Silverpoint-level benefits
  • Priority invitations to department-led international and domestic travel
  • VIP access to select art fairs, including TEFAF (Maastricht and New York), Art Basel (Miami and Switzerland), and others
  • Invitations for exclusive engagement with the chair of the Department of Prints and Drawings
  • Choice of department-organized exhibition catalogues
  • Opportunity to bring up to three guests to all Prints and Drawings Associates events

Society for Contemporary Art

$200$5,000
The SCA was founded to promote a better understanding and appreciation of the art of our time It provides monthly programing with access to an exciting roster of leading national and international artists, dealers, critics, historians, and curators, as well as visits to distinguished private collections in the United States and abroad.

Access to an exciting roster of leading national and international artists, dealers, critics, historians, and curators

  • Visits to distinguished private collections in the United States and abroad
  • Vote on a new acquisition to the Department of Contemporary Art
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junior (under 35 years) / artist

  • Junior memberships are available to those under the age of 35, and Artist memberships to those who are active as working artists
  • All Friend-level benefits

friend

  • An invitation to attend the Society for Contemporary Art’s Annual Meeting / Acquisition Vote
  • Invitations to members-only lectures and other events

sponsor

  • Invitations to special exhibition events at the Art Institute, including access to curator
  • All Friend-level benefits

patron

  • Special access to contemporary art exhibitions at the Art Institute and opportunities to visit local private collections
  • Exclusive travel opportunities with curators
  • All Sponsor-level benefits

benefactor

  • Invitations to private events with distinguished guests including the Art Institute’s curators, visiting scholars, and artists
  • First access to exclusive opportunities such as travel with curators
  • All Patron-level benefits

The Textile Society

$150$1,000
This society is proud to support the Department of Textiles, one of the most comprehensive, international collections of textiles in the world. Members are invited to exclusive events, previews of textile exhibitions, special museum and departmental programs, and study trips to different public and private collections.

Exclusive curator-led previews and tours

  • Special access to Department of Textiles resources, study facilities and staff
  • Study trips to visit and view public and private collections
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individual

  • Invitation to the Textile Society's annual meeting in April
  • Invitation to member lectures, special exhibition events, and Textile Society programs

sustaining

  • All individual-level benefits for two people

silver

  • All Sustaining-level benefits
  • Special opportunities to view and understand the permanent collection
  • Select visits to private collections
  • Early access to curator-led travel opportunities

gold

  • All Silver-level benefits
  • Prioritized access to curator-led travel opportunities
  • Special opportunities to interact with visiting scholars and artists