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Highlights of the Sustaining Fellows

Members at the Sustaining Fellows level enjoy unique opportunities to engage with the Art Institute’s world-class collection, internationally recognized curators, and fellow dedicated supporters. 


Sustaining Fellows provide the single largest source of unrestricted philanthropy to the museum. As a member of the museum’s premier giving society, you can be proud to be among the Art Institute’s closest supporters. Sustaining Fellows also have the opportunity to participate on committees and in leadership positions.

Exclusive Events and Travel Opportunities

Sustaining Fellows are invited to educational programs and private events that deepen engagement at the museum. Exclusive events include:

  • Exhibition previews and receptions
  • Curatorial lectures and gallery walks
  • Art walks and field trips throughout the city
  • Private dinners and artist talks
  • Five-star travel with museum curators


Sustaining Fellows are recognized for their essential, unrestricted support in the Art Institute’s Annual Report

Reciprocal Membership

Sustaining Fellows receive all of the benefits of museum membership, including reciprocal privileges to 15 other art museums.

See all Sustaining Fellows levels and benefits