The first chapter of Community Associates was organized in the early 1950s. Today there are 16 separate groups, representing 3,200 active members. The Community Associates are committed to strengthening the Art Institute’s reputation as a world-class art museum through the dedicated efforts of the local boards. Outstanding lectures and other art-related events are offered to all Community Associate members both at the museum and in their local communities.
Select a group in your community from the list below and see its upcoming programs.
Visually engage with the Art Institute's world-class collection
View illustrated presentations by top museum educators and curators
Visit other outstanding museums and galleries in the area
You must have a valid Art Institute membership to become a Community Associates member. If you would like to purchase a dual Community Associates membership, which includes benefits for two people in the member household, you will need an Art Institute membership at the Membership Plus level or higher. Become a member today!
Membership Dues 2015-2016
Community Associates dues are in addition to the yearly museum membership fee.
$25 Single Community Associates Membership $35 Dual Community Associates Membership*
*If you would like to purchase a dual Community Associates membership, which includes benefits for two people in the member household, you will need an Art Institute membership at the Member Plus level or higher.
There are two ways to renew both your Art Institute membership and your Community Associates membership.
Your Art Institute Membership To keep your Art Institute membership up-to-date, return your membership dues upon receiving your renewal notice in the mail. Alternatively, you may join or renew by calling Member Services at (312) 499-4111 or visiting the museum in person.
Your Community Associates Membership To keep your Community Associates membership up-to-date, return your dues to your local membership chairman. Be sure to include your Art Institute member number and expiration date with your renewal. Your Community Associates membership will be effective until October 31 of the following year.
To renew either your Art Institute membership and/or your Community Associates membership, go to www.artic.edu/joinCA.
Please note: Membership in a Community Associates chapter is not restricted to the zip code of residence. An individual can join any group, or multiple groups.
Interested in becoming a Community Associate? Please contact the Community Associates Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 443-3629 for more information.
Learn more about public events sponsored by the Community Associates.
1 day 3 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago "Be a good craftsman; it won't stop you being a genius.”
Advice from Pierre-Auguste Renoir, on his birthday.
See 13 paintings by the great French Impressionist—now on view: http://bit.ly/2lj3AVq
1 day 21 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Go
Speed is both a product of modern life and an agent of it. At the turn of the 20th century, new technologies of mobility and transmission—trains, cars, airplanes, radio, film, television, to name only a few—increased the pace of life, collapsing distances between people and places and assaulting the senses.
Go, the second exhibition in the Art Institute’s Modern Series, explores how artists responded to different ways of experiencing and seeing the world in the accelerated modern age—through paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, designed objects, textiles, books, and films.
2 days 1 hour ago The Art Institute of Chicago Happy birthday to Winslow Homer. In 1883 the artist moved to a small coastal village in Maine, where he created a series of paintings of the sea unparalleled in American art. The paintings he created after 1882 focused almost exclusively on humankind’s age-old contest with nature.
In The Herring Net, Homer depicted the heroic efforts of fishermen at their daily work. While one fisherman hauls in the netted and glistening herring, the other unloads the catch. Utilizing the teamwork so necessary for survival, both strive to steady the precarious boat as it rides the incoming swells. Homer’s isolation of these two figures underscores the monumentality of their task: the elemental struggle against a sea that both nurtures and deprives.
See five paintings by Winslow Homer in Gallery 171 of American Art—http://bit.ly/2l89rfx