The Society for Contemporary Art (SCA) was founded in 1940 to promote a better understanding and appreciation of the art of our time.
Monthly programs provide SCA members access to an exciting roster of leading national and international artists, dealers, critics, historians, and curators, as well as visits to distinguished private collections in the United States and abroad.
Each year, acquisition committee members review a carefully selected group of contemporary works and present them together as an exhibition. The entire membership then votes to purchase one or more objects on behalf of the museum. Over the years, the SCA has become one of the museum’s most significant donors, contributing over 150 works by artists such as Carl Andre, Lee Bontecou, Larry Clark, Tacita Dean, General Idea, Leon Golub, Dan Graham, Jasper Johns, Guillermo Kuitca, Joan Mitchell, Jackson Pollock, Lorna Simpson, Nancy Spero, Wolfgang Tillmans, James Turrell, and Christopher Wool.
Benefactors provide critical financial support to further SCA's mission through programs and acquisitions.
All Patron-level benefits
Invitations to private events with distinguished guests including the Art Institute’s curators, visiting scholars, and artists
First access to exclusive opportunities such as travel with curators
All Sponsor-level benefits
Special access to contemporary art exhibitions at the Art Institute and opportunities to visit local private collections
Exclusive travel opportunities with curators
All Friend-level benefits
Invitations to special exhibition events at the Art Institute, including access to curators
An invitation to attend the Society for Contemporary Art’s Annual Meeting / Acquisition Vote
Invitations to members-only lectures and other events
Junior (under 35) / Artist $200
Junior memberships are available to those under the age of 35, and Artist memberships to those who are active as working artists