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Old Masters Society

The Old Masters Society (OMS) of the Art Institute of Chicago brings together more than 300 members who share a passion for the art of Europe from the 13th to 19th century.

Whether you are a student, scholar, museum professional, collector, or art enthusiast, you will enjoy the Old Masters Society's programs, trips, and social events. Old Masters Society programming includes exhibition previews, receptions, dinner and luncheon lectures by distinguished scholars, and trips to museums and private collections both in the United States and abroad. Members are also treated to exclusive behind-the-scenes tours and unique insights from Art Institute curators.

Membership in the Old Masters Society helps to support the collection and activities of the Department of European Painting and Sculpture. The OMS plays an important role in the Art Institute community through contributions towards acquisitions, research, publications, exhibitions, and lectures that foster an understanding of the great art of the past and an appreciation of collecting.


Contact Us

For more information, please contact Mary Claire Vuckovich, Old Masters Society programs and events coordinator, at oms@artic.edu or (312) 443-3615.

Join the Old Masters Society today! Please note that you must be a member of the Art Institute of Chicago to join the OMS.

Membership

The Old Masters Society cordially invites you to join at one of the following membership levels:



Gold ($5,000)

Gold-level members of OMS provide the highest level of philanthropy. 
Gold patrons enjoy:


  • All Silver-level benefits

  • Priority invitations to department-led international and domestic travel

  • Select invitations to art fairs, auctions, and previews

  • Invitations for exclusive engagement with the museum director

  • Special opportunities to view and understand the permanent collection (i.e., behind-the-scenes access to the collection during visits to storage or the conservation lab)



Silver ($2,500)

Silver-level members enjoy:


  • All Bronze-level benefits

  • Preferred invitations to department-led international and domestic travel

  • Priority invitations to curator-led excursions to Chicago-area exhibitions
  • Special access to local private collections and visits

  • Special opportunities to engage with the chair and curators of the Department of European Painting and Sculpture

Bronze ($1,000)

Bronze-level members enjoy:


  • All Dual-level benefits

  • Invitations to curator-led excursions to Chicago-area exhibitions

  • Special access to select department exhibitions with curators

  • Recognition in the Old Masters Society Newsletter



Dual ($350)

Dual-level members enjoy:


  • All individual-level benefits for two people



Individual ($200)

Individual-level members enjoy:


  • Invitation to the OMS annual meeting in the spring

  • Invitations to member lectures, special exhibition events, and OMS programs 

  • Complimentary subscription to the Old Masters Society Newsletter
 

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Mary Claire Vuckovich, Old Masters Society programs and events coordinator, at oms@artic.edu or (312) 443-3615.

Join the Old Masters Society today! Please note that you must be a member of the Art Institute of Chicago to join the OMS.

Upcoming OMS programs include:

OMS Trip to San Francisco with Curators Gloria Groom and Emerson Bowyer
September 12–14, 2018

Storage Tour and Lunch
October 2018
Gold level only

Annual Casino Dinner with Special Guest Laurence des Cars, Director of the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie 
December 5, 2018
All levels


The OMS calendar is always evolving. For the most up-to-date list of events, please contact our office.

Previous events include:

  • John Singer Sargent and Chicago's Gilded Age Walk-Through and Breakfast with Annelise Madsen, Gail and Henry Buchbinder Assistant Curator of American Art
  • Casino Dinner featuring Desmond Shawe-Taylor
  • Rodin: Sculptor and Storyteller Walk-Through and Breakfast with Curator Emerson Bowyer
  • Shockingly Mad: Henry Fuseli and the Art of Drawing Walk–Through and Breakfast with Chair and Curator Kevin Salatino
  • Lecture-Luncheon with Jean Goldman: “Through the Looking Glass”
  • Meet Your Museum: Celebrating Curators Emerson Bowyer and Kevin Salatino
  • Lecture-Luncheon with Dora Thornton: "A Rothschild Renaissance: A New Look at the Treasures of the Waddesdon Bequest in the British Museum"
  • Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist Walk-Through and Breakfast with Curator Gloria Groom
  • Gauguin under the Stars: Exhibition Celebration

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Mary Claire Vuckovich, Old Masters Society programs and events coordinator, at oms@artic.edu or (312) 443-3615.

Join the Old Masters Society today! Please note that you must be a member of the Art Institute of Chicago to join OMS.