Founded in 1973, the Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute of Chicago is the oldest and most recognized charitable board of its kind in the nation. The board comprises approximately 60 accomplished professionals who represent a broad cross-section of Chicago’s civic, corporate, and philanthropic leadership. Since 2004, the Auxiliary Board has raised more than $1.5 million to support the museum and special exhibitions. The board continued this fundraising tradition with its 40th anniversary celebration in 2013; the event, a masked ball, was held Saturday, October 12, in the Modern Wing, and benefitted Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938.
Through all its events and activities, the Auxiliary Board works not only to support the Art Institute with meaningful financial contributions, but also to generate excitement, promote cohesiveness, and engage its membership. While helping identify future museum leaders, the board also pursues its mission to enrich the lives of those in Chicago’s many distinct communities through exposure to art and art education and to usher new, young, and diverse audiences into the museum.
The Auxiliary Board is well known for hosting some of Chicago’s most legendary events, which regularly attract large and enthusiastic turnouts. The annual Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party, in which children and families from throughout the city spend a day exploring the museum, creating art, and celebrating the holidays, was started by the city’s former first lady Maggie Daley and celebrated its 32nd year in December 2013. The event has grown over the years and now welcomes more than 1,000 participants, making it a hallmark of the holiday season for both the Auxiliary Board and the Art Institute.
The Auxiliary Board is also proud to sponsor Uncorked: A Case for Wine, a signature annual event now in its sixth year. Last year, Uncorked hosted approximately 250 energetic and entrepreneurial art lovers, and the buzz surrounding the event’s unique location and incredible wine and food pairings continues to grow. Uncorked was sold out in 2012 and 2013 before invitations were mailed, and a similarly enthusiastic response is expected for 2014.
The Auxiliary Board represents the best of Chicago’s shared civic commitment to the city’s world-class cultural institutions. Forward-thinking, innovative, and focused, Auxiliary Board members are dedicated to the continued success of their mission and the longevity of the museum. The Auxiliary Board takes great pride in increasing visits, memberships, and financial contributions to the Art Institute from an ever-expanding array of patrons throughout Chicagoland and the world.
Membership by invitation only
Contact the Auxiliary Board office at (312) 443-3674 or email@example.com for inquiries regarding upcoming events and activities.
Rachel Bishop Matt Pettinelli
John E. McGovern III
Shay Bahramirad Lucy Baird Maureen Cullinan Bennett James R. Berger Zoe Bonnette Kathleen Cullinan Brill Alex Castellanos Marcy A’Hearn Carrington Andrew M. Challenger Matt Cimaglia Francesca Connell Nicholas C. Cosky Chris D. Crawshaw Matthew Curley Shannon Curtin Phoebe DePree Jordan Diab Joe Duffy Angela R. Elbert Karen Erikson Wendy Fletcher Franzen Kimberly Masius Frezados Adam Gerchen Scott P. Glauberman James R. Glenn Peter Goldman Michael D. Guerrieri Roger G. Hill II Thomas E. Keim, Jr. Mary Jeanne Kneen Monique Soares Kraft Julie Latsko Jennifer Ames Lazarre Bridget Levy Victoria Malkin Tommy Miller Jessica Humphry Muinzer Jade Newburn Christopher D. Nield Margo Wolf O’Donnell Nina Belsley Owen Michael Patterson Lauren Grundhofer Peterson Frank Ponterio Desmond Pope Caroline Reyes Stephen Somogyi Bonnie G. Stanfield John H. Stewart Jake Townsend Rebecca Woan Abigail Wood Daisy Wood Patrick Wood-Prince Mark Yee Casey Zgutowicz Carolyn Ziebarth
Bruce Braun Wendy Chronister Kathy Cook Jay Dandy Neeta Demeulenaere Kelly King Dibble Lisa Giles Robert H. Glaze Ellen Greenberger Carrie N. Healy Kevin Joy Kerry Moriarty Robbins John Rutledge John Staib Elizabeth Treacy Joan Wagner
The Auxiliary Board is known for hosting events that raise awareness of the museum's collection and special exhibitions. Through these events, the board aims to increase visits, memberships, and financial support of Chicago's finest museum.
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