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Society for Contemporary Art

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.


Membership in the Society for Contemporary Art is available in six categories. 

Membership Levels:

Artist  $150 
Junior (under age 35)  $150 
Regular  $300 
Sponsor  $500 
Patron  $1000 
Angel  $2,500 

Members of the Society for Contemporary Art must also be members of the Art Institute.

For the most recent information on our programs, please contact John McKinnon, Program Coordinator at 312.443.3630, or visit our website: