Broaden your mind and your social circle. Join the Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The Evening Associates are a group of young professional Art Institute members who gather about once a month to socialize and learn more about the museum and its iconic collection. Evening Associates host monthly Thursday night programming, After Dark, and Night Heist, an annual gala.
The Evening Associates Board is committed to increasing awareness of art and the resources of the Art Institute by raising funds for audience development programming. Evening Associates enjoy the following benefits and more:
Who are the Evening Associates? Evening Associates are a diverse group young vibrant Chicagoans who share a common interest: to celebrate the arts through after-hours programming. They host events from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.
How will I hear from Evening Associates? Most of our correspondence will come to you via e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure that we have your current e-mail address so you are the first to know about our event schedule or updates.
Invitations to exclusive private receptions in the museum
Invitations to special events throughout the city
Regular e-mail updates regarding Evening Associates activities and news
Opportunity to connect with fellow art-inspired young professionals
How do I include my spouse or partner in my membership purchase? Choose a membership level that includes a partner/spouse (e.g. not the Member or Student levels), then select the Dual Evening Associates option. Please be sure to complete the spouse/partner information.
What if I select a two-year base membership? If you join the museum with a two-year base membership, you will need to select a two-year Evening Associates membership.
When will I receive my membership card? New members will receive an e-mail confirmation after completing the purchase of a membership. Please allow two weeks to receive your membership cards in the mail. Your card will denote your EA status.
Evening Associates Board
Melissa Allen Chairman of the Board
Sakid Ahmed Vice-Chairman
John Reid Executive Secretary
Board of Directors
Tara Anbudaiyan Alexis Abram Scott Banks Vladimir Barisik Elizabeth Bjornseth Tenaya Britton Julia Burke Brandon Clark Lisa Claybon Michael Costante Nicholas Cosky Kristin Culbertson Alexandra Demers Heidi Dollinger Meghan Eagan Glenn Eden* Jennifer Elliott Heather Fairclough Autumn Fincher Sara Hall Master Alex Helfers Anthony Hodes Paulette Jacobsmeier Justin Kay Vinod Kesavan Meredith Klein Deiken Maloney David Mandell Andrew May Grant McMartin Megan McSeveney Melinda Mellman Sarah Meyer Kevin Miller Andrea Moran* Catherine Napier Gina Natale Bill Noonan* Paolo Palazzi-Xirinachs Leann Perlman Ellen Quirk Sara Reeves Erin Rengel Jeremy Rothschild Kati Rust Anthony Salazar Nicole Simon Wade Thomson Raymond Wright Robert Yu Kathryn Zabik Alexandra Zaporozec
* Chairman Emeritus
How to Join
Order your Art Institute and Evening Associates membership together, or allow us to add Evening Associate status to your current Art Institute membership. To become an Evening Associates member:
Opening Reception: Steve McQueen October 2012 Celebrating the opening of Steve McQueen, this VIP event, hosted by the Leadership Advisory Committee and the Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago, featured a private reception with the celebrated artist and filmmaker. The special evening also included McQueen’s talk and film screenings in Rubloff Auditorium, an exhibition viewing, and the evening’s After Dark.
Highlights Tour: An Insider’s Look at Film and Photo in New York September 2012 The Evening Associates got an inside look at Film and Photo in New York. Artists such as Morris Engel, Louis Faurer, Robert Frank, Helen Levitt, Paul Strand, and Weegee, reveled in the genre of street photography and created some of America’s first avant-garde cinema. Katherine Bussard, assistant curator of photography, guided guests through the everyday scenes they captured between the 1920s and the 1950s, as well as the bustling, illuminated nightlife of New York.
Highlights Tour: American Road Trips (the Route 66 Tour) August 2012 Did you know the infamous Route 66 begins just steps from the Art Institute of Chicago’s Michigan Avenue entrance…? Call it what you will, the Will Rogers Highway, Main Street of America, or the Mother Road. It’s the Route 66 visit! From Chicago to Los Angeles, Route 66 runs right through the heart of the country and it starts right here at the Art Institute of Chicago. The Evening Associates enjoyed a road trip through the museum’s collections and a true taste of Americana.
Edward Hopper. Nighthawks, 1942. Friends of American Art Collection.
Highlights Tour: Pop Art and Roy Lichtenstein July 2012 The Evening Associates got a closer look at the pieces that made art pop with a special tour of the 160 drawings, paintings, and sculptures in the exhibition, Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective. Roy Lichtenstein was deeply immersed in art history and popular culture. And the Art Institute of Chicago has worked for more than five years to bring together the largest group of Lichtenstein's works ever assembled and show the full scope of his process, interests, and ambitions.
After Dark: Lichtenstein June 2012 The Evening Associates collaborated with After Dark for a late-night exploration of the museum. Guests enjoyed special tours of Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective hosted by the Evening Associates then rocked out to bands, DJs, and performances by acclaimed theatrical ensemble Collaboraction.
Night Heist: Fashioning the Object April 2012 The second annual Night Heist benefit, hosted by the Evening Associates Board of Directors, returned as one of Chicago's hottest and most eagerly anticipated social events of the year. Hundreds of guests gathered for a private preview of Architecture & Design’s special exhibition, Fashioning the Object: Bless, Boudicca, Sandra Backlund; musical performances by Hey Champ, DJ Hugo Seda, and Edith Yokley; an animated photo booth courtesy of the Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy; flash mob dance performers organized by Dance Chicago; cocktails; and more.
Behind the Scenes: Award-Winning Gardens of the Art Institute April 2012 Evening Associates went behind the scenes with the man behind the award-winning gardens, Tom Wolfe. Tom, the landscaping and grounds foreperson, has been responsible for the lush lawns, towering trees, and abundant urns for more than 30 years. He constructs his masterpieces with a mix of 70/30 native seasonal plants and purchases them from local growers. He is keen to work with the season, environment, and region to support the ecosystem.
Unveiled: International Poster Fair March 2012 The Evening Associates welcomed the return of the International Vintage Poster Fair, the world's oldest and largest sale and exposition of original vintage posters, at the Chicago Cultural Center. The year's feature exhibition, "Seven Deadly Sins," showcased the infamous vices—wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony—depicted through original vintage posters.
Highlights Tour: Love in Paris February 2012 Love was in the air as Evening Associates took a romantic tour of the Art Institute. Famous Impressionist works took center stage as the this tour of amour celebrated Paris, the city of light and lovers, known to be one of the most romantic places on earth.
Highlights Tour: Tropical Escapes January 2012 Because January is the coldest month of the year in Chicago, Evening Associates warmed up at the Art Institute while enjoying the beach, sun, and sand in artworks from the warmer latitudes.
Unveiled: Andy Warhol’s “Empire” December 2011 In December, young Chicagoans gathered to celebrate a once-in-a-lifetime viewing of Andy Warhol’s groundbreaking conceptual film, Empire. The film, projected across Millennium Park onto the Aon Center, was shot in one, continuous take over the course of a single evening in 1964. The silent film features time-lapse footage of the Empire State Building as its stately elegance is transformed by dusk, nightfall, and finally, darkness. This extraordinary evening also featured a private viewing of the special exhibition, Light Years: Conceptual Art and the Photograph, 1964-1977, before it opened to the public.
April 26, 2013 8:00 p.m. Modern Wing The Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago’s annual fundraising event returns for its third year. Hosted by the Evening Associates Board of Directors, Night Heist is fast becoming one of Chicago’s hottest and most eagerly anticipated social events of the season for young professionals. This year, Night Heist guests will enjoy exclusive after-hours access to the Art Institute’s major exhibition Picasso and Chicago—a celebration of the work of Picasso, his connections to the city, and his enduring influence.
Event includes live music, entertainment, themed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and silent auction. Proceeds benefit the museum.
9 hours 19 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago OPENING TOMORROW—Japanese artist Tomoaki Suzuki draws on his life in London, creating painstakingly detailed figurative sculptures of urban youth at one-third their actual size.
1 day 12 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—They Seek a City: Chicago and the Art of Migration, 1910–1950 showcases the rich variety of art created by those who migrated to Chicago in the first half of the 20th century. They See a City closes June 2.