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Auxiliary Board

This year the Auxiliary Board celebrates 40 years of legendary events, exceptional gifts, and philanthropic leadership.

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 is comprised of approximately 60 accomplished professionals who represent a broad cross section of Chicago’s civic, corporate, and philanthropic leadership. Since 2005, the Auxiliary Board has raised over $1 million to support the museum and special exhibitions. The board continues this fundraising tradition with its 40th anniversary celebration in 2013; the event, a masked ball, to be held on Saturday, October 12, in the Modern Wing, will benefit the upcoming exhibition Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938.

Through all its events and activities, the Auxiliary Board not only works to support the Art Institute with meaningful financial contributions but also to generate excitement, promote cohesiveness, and engage its membership. While helping to 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 31st year in December 2012. 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 fourth 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 before invitations were mailed, and a similarly enthusiastic response is expected for 2013.

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 for inquiries regarding upcoming events and activities.



Dustin O'Regan

Vice Presidents

Rachel Bishop    
Toni Canada
Matt Pettinelli


John E. McGovern III


Monique Kraft


Lucy Baird
James R. Berger     
Zoe Bonnette
Kathleen Brill
Marcy A’Hearn Carrington    
Andrew M. Challenger    
Chris D. Crawshaw
Maureen Cullinan
Phoebe DePree
Jordan Diab
Joe Duffy
Angela R. Elbert
Karen Erikson
Roxy Beatty Goebel
Peter Goldman
Roger G. Hill II
Jessica Humphry
Thomas E. Keim, Jr.
Mary Jeanne Kneen    
Julie Latsko
Jennifer Ames Lazarre
Bridget Levy        
Susan O’Brien Lyons
Diana Peterson Makowski
Victoria Malkin
Olga Markoff
Jade Newburn
Margo Wolf O’Donnell
Nina Belsley Owen
Lauren Grundhofer Peterson
Paulita Pike
Frank Ponterio
Caroline Reyes
Daven Ritter    
Stephen Somogyi
Bonnie Goldsborough Stanfield
John H. Stewart
Rebecca Woan
Abigail Wood
Daisy Wood    
Patrick Wood-Prince    
Mark Yee
Casey Zgutowicz
Carolyn Ziebarth

Emeritus Members

Brooke Brady
Wendy Chronister
Kathy Cook
Jay Dandy
Neeta Demeulenaere
Kelly King Dibble
Lisa Giles
Robert H. Glaze
Ellen Greenberger
Mirja Spooner Haffner
Carrie N. Healy
Kevin Joy
Kerry Moriarty Robbins
John Rutledge
John Staib
Elizabeth Treacy
Joan Wagner