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Classical Art Society

The Classical Art Society is dedicated to the study of the art of the ancient and medieval Mediterranean world, encouraging interest in the art of the ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan, Roman, and Byzantine cultures.

The Classical Art Society, founded in 1986, is committed to enhancing the museum's outstanding collection of ancient and Byzantine art, which includes premier holdings of stone and bronze sculpture, coins, glass, jewelry, mosaics, and a world-famous collection of Greek vases. 


  • Annual series of lectures presented by distinguished scholars from September to May

International Symposia 

Past topics include:

  • Marcus Aurelius and Portraits of Power
  • Griffins and Gorgons: The Greek Encounter with the East
  • Egypt and the Minoan World
  • Continuity and Change in Late Antique Art

Special Events

  • Gala to mark the opening of the Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art
  • Reception to mark the 25th anniversary of the Classical Art Society

Special Projects

  • The loan and display of a Marcus Aurelius statue from the Pergamon Museum in Berlin
  • The publication of a museum catalogue on the museum's collection of ancient art


  • Member international study trips to Berlin, Turkey, Sicily, Crete, and Northern Italy
  • Curator-led trips to museum exhibitions, auction houses, and galleries throughout the United States

Member Levels

Individual $75—(fully tax-deductible)
Couple $125—(fully tax-deductible)
Contributing $250—(fully tax-deductible)
*Patron $500—($440 tax-deductible)
*Sponsor $1,000—($940 tax-deductible)
Academic $65—(fully tax-deductible)
Student $25—(fully tax-deductible)

Membership in the Classical Art Society is open to all members of the Art Institute of Chicago. For information, please call (312) 443-3697 or e-mail

*These levels provide access to additional, curator-designed events.