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Buckingham Society


Members of the Buckingham Society view photographs in the Never A Lovely So Real exhibition.

In the Art Institute’s early days, the Buckingham family played a critical role in ensuring the museum’s future.

Siblings Clarence Buckingham, Lucy Maud Buckingham, and Kate Sturgis Buckingham each supported the museum: Clarence gifted his collection of 2,500 Japanese prints to the museum in 1914, and sisters Lucy Maud and Kate donated medieval and Asian art and established endowments to support the growth and care of the collection.

Over the last century, many more individuals have provided for the museum’s continued strength and excellence with bequests large and small. 

The Buckingham Society recognizes and honors those who include the Art Institute in their estate plans, thereby carrying on the Buckingham legacy. Buckingham Society members are invited to lectures, receptions, and other behind-the-scenes programs to learn how their commitments support the museum. There is no minimum gift requirement or dues associated with Buckingham Society membership.

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