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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 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 33rd year in December 2014. 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 has sold out since 2012—before invitations were even mailed—and a similarly enthusiastic response is expected for 2016.

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.



Toni Canada

Vice Presidents

Jessica Muinzer
John McGovern


Matt Pettinelli


Lauren Grundhofer Peterson


Shay Bahramirad
Lucy Baird
Maureen Cullinan Bennett
James R. Berger
Rachel Bishop
Jan-Peter Breugelmans   
Marcy A’Hearn Carrington   
Alex Castellanos
Andrew M. Challenger
Francesca Connell
Nicholas C. Cosky   
Chris D. Crawshaw
Matthew Curley
Shannon Curtin
Phoebe DePree
Joe Duffy
Angela R. Elbert
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
Julie Latsko
Loretta Lenzke
Bridget Levy       
Victoria Malkin
Sean McCracken
Tommy Miller
Jade Newburn
Christopher D. Nield
Margo Wolf O’Donnell
Dustin O’Regan
Nina Belsley Owen
Michael Patterson
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

Emeritus Members

Bruce Braun
Wendy Chronister
Kathy Cook
Jay Dandy
Neeta Demeulenaere
Kelly King Dibble
Lisa Giles
Robert H. Glaze
Roxy Goebel
Ellen Greenberger
Carrie N. Healy
Kevin Joy
Jenny Ames Lazarre
Kerry Moriarty Robbins
John Rutledge
John Staib
Elizabeth Treacy
Joan Wagner