Season Schedule

Fall Kickoff: Treasures from the Vault
Join Art Institute curators for a private after-hours presentation of treasures from the department’s holdings of more than 22,000 works. This annual event is preceded by a reception and followed by a seated dinner.

Fall and Spring Lectures
Learn from leading artists and important figures in the photography world with two public lectures: one in the fall, the other in spring. Photography Associates members enjoy VIP seating as well as an exclusive opportunity to meet the lecturers during a private reception in the Photography Study Room following each event.

Spring Collection Visit
Enjoy a private evening reception at a local collection, with a tour led by Art Institute curators and behind-the-scenes insights from the collector.

Hugh Edwards Lecture and Reception
This annual endowed lecture, held in the spring, features a major figure in contemporary photography. Photography Associates members enjoy VIP seating and join the audience at a reception with the speaker.

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Membership in the Photography Associates is open to all members of the Art Institute of Chicago. Photography Associates memberships are partially tax-deductible. Photography Associates is unable to accept checks from donor-advised funds.

For inquiries and information about upcoming events, please contact (312) 443-3663 or