2021 Annual Meeting and Acquisition Vote

Virtual Presentation

The Society for Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago is pleased to announce that the 2021 Annual Meeting and Acquisition Vote has been scheduled for Monday, June 14 at 6:00pm CST via Zoom.


By joining this virtual event, SCA members will have the opportunity to listen to curatorial presentations on acquisition finalists and select one of the proposed works to be acquired for the Art Institute’s permanent collection, as well as vote on the Board of Directors slate for 2021-22.


The Annual Exhibition will be on view in the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing by Friday, May 28. Members are strongly encouraged to view the artworks in-person prior to the Annual Meeting.


Further details on how to join the virtual meeting and voting instructions will be distributed to registered members before the event. Absentee ballots may be requested by emailing the SCA.


Please be aware that you must be a member in good standing to attend and vote. If you need to renew your membership before June 14, please do so online at https://scaaic.org/membership/. If you have questions regarding your membership status, email info@scaaic.org.


The production of this event is generously supported by Christie’s.


Board of Directors Slate for 2021-22


David Egeland

Vice President
Jessica Diamond

Linda Usher

Fenton Booth


Larry Antonatos
Eszter Borvendeg
Jacolyn Bucksbaum
Macol Stewart Cerda
Dirk Denison
Michelle Edwards
Stephanie Skestos Gabriele
Aron Gent
Betty Harris
Michelle Holland
Paula Molner
Kate Neisser
William Padnos
Paul Rehder
Patty Sternberg


The Acquisition Committee of the Society for Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago is pleased to announce the five acquisition finalists for 2021: Candida Alvarez (American, b. 1955), Torkwase Dyson (American, b. 1973), Tony Lewis (American, b. 1986), Julia Phillips (German-American, b. 1985), and Catherine Sullivan (American, b. 1968).


Candida Alvarez
Mary in the Sky with Diamonds, 2005
Acrylic and enamel on canvas
72 x 84 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche, Chicago


Torkwase Dyson
Presence, Takes Courage for a Body to Get Down There, 2020
Acrylic and graphite on canvas
96 x 80 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago


Tony Lewis
Equal, 2021
Graphite powder, pencil and colored pencil on paper
84 x 60 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Ackerman Clarke Gallery, Chicago



Julia Phillips
Mediator, 2020
Ceramic, stainless steel, granite, and nylon hardware
69 x 112 x 112 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York




Catherine Sullivan
Afterword Via Fantasia, 2015 (in collaboration with George Lewis and Sean Griffin)
Single-channel: digital video and 16mm film, color / black and white with sound
97 minutes
Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

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