SCA & Art Institute of Chicago
Established in 1940 as a not-for-profit organization that supports the Art Institute of Chicago, the SCA promotes a deeper understanding and appreciation of the art of the current moment. SCA programs and events offer this insight to participants through accessing artists, leading critics, historians, curators, dealers, distinguished private collections, and major art destinations within the United States and abroad. The SCA also has made a substantial contribution to the museum’s collection and presentations of contemporary art through its acquisitions, special initiatives, and exhibition support.
In 2017, the SCA Engagement Fund was established to lend financial support to select Art Institute of Chicago initiatives related to contemporary art. Providing further opportunities for SCA members to participate directly in the museum’s work, this includes but is not limited to support for: exhibitions and performances, the production of publications, education initiatives, and programming.
The Society for Contemporary Art (SCA) supports the Art Institute of Chicago by engaging the community in a dialogue about the art of our time and acquiring works that enrich the museum’s collection.
Contribute to SCA fundraising efforts and impact public programing and initiatives by acquiring an SCA Edition. For more information please contact email@example.com.
- Christopher Wool, Untitled, 2022. Intaglio with relief on Arches En Tout Cas paper. 15 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches. Edition of 40 (+15 AP). Available for purchase: $5,000.
- Tony Lewis, Plunder (1-3), 2022. Graphite powder and rubber cement on paper. 11 x 15 inches. From a closed series of five works. Available for purchase: $10,000.
Artist Lecture Archive
Watch over thirty SCA artist programs from the past decade in the SCA Artist Lecture Archive. The archive will continue to grow as we digitize past programs. Recent programs are added at the end of each season. If you are looking for a past program that is not currently available in the online Artist Lecture Archive, contact the SCA Office at firstname.lastname@example.org to place a request for a copy of the digital file.
Initiated in 2019, Iterations is a series of performance commissions that underline the wide range of artistic practices and attitudes in performance today.
Cevdet Erek chiçiçiçichiciçi
Cally Spooner DEAD TIME (a crime novel)
Alexandra Bachzetsis Chasing a Ghost
Paulina Olowska Naughty Nymphs in the Courtyard of the Favorites
Board of Directors
- Patty Sternberg
- Larry Antonatos
- Linda Usher
- Eszter Borvendeg
- David Egeland
- Jessica Diamond
- Macol Stewart Cerda
- Aron Gent
- Michelle Holland
- Michelle Edwards
- Fenton Booth
- Jacolyn Bucksbaum
- Dirk Denison
- Eric McKissack
- Paula Molner
- Kate Neisser
- William Padnos
- Paul Rehder
- Stephanie Skestos Gabriele
- Zach Smith
- Parker James Thomas
- Yi Cao
- Bianca Bova
History & Impact
The SCA has evolved significantly during its history. It all began in April of 1940 with Daniel Catton Rich who served as the director of fine arts at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1938-1958. Seeking to strengthen the museum’s program for purchases in contemporary art, Rich met with a small group of friends who, sharing his goal, incorporated a not-for-profit with the name the Society for Contemporary American Art (SCAA). In 1967, the SCAA opted to formally change its name to the Society for Contemporary Art (SCA), to allow for the international focus of art and artists that continues today.
Years Supporting the Art Institute of Chicago
Artworks Acquired for the Permanent Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago
Viewers of the SCA Artist Lecture Archive
Public Programs & Member Events Held