Guests at the Renaissance Society’s 2014 Benefit Gala and Auction

The Renaissance Society is at its core a space of possibility. For artists, we offer a rigorous platform for bold experimentation. For audiences, we offer opportunities to engage deeply with art and artists who provide crucial responses to our times.

Your contribution to the Renaissance Society means that artists have the support and resources they need to realize ambitious, risk-taking projects. It enables the production of critical, scholarly, and creative publications, frequently artists’ first. And it allows us to maintain free entrance to all of our exhibitions, talks, readings, concerts, screenings, and other public programming.

Members of the Renaissance Society share our commitment to artists. We are grateful for your generous contributions, and we invite you to join us at any level.

Student Membership
In addition to the options below, we offer free student membership to all students at institutions of higher education in the Chicago area. Read more.




  • 20% discount on Renaissance Society publications
  • Invitation to annual members event
  • Renaissance Society tote bag
  • Recognition in our Annual Report

Book Club

$500/year ($550 international):

  • One copy of each new Renaissance Society publication (typically four per year)
  • 10% discount on most Renaissance Society editions
  • Plus all Friend benefits

Chicago Committee


  • Annual meeting to learn about upcoming exhibitions, with the opportunity to sponsor one exhibition (as a group) per year
  • Invitation for two to opening reception dinner of Chicago Committee-sponsored exhibition
  • Local/regional travel opportunities to learn about contemporary art here and near
  • Visits to artists’ studios in the region
  • Invitations to the Renaissance Society’s annual meeting and dinner
  • Advance ticket and table sales for the RenBen
  • Opportunity to serve on RenBen host committee
  • Plus all Book Club benefits

International Committee

Members of the International Committee are the Renaissance Society’s strongest outside supporters and ambassadors.


  • Invitations to opening reception dinners with artists, curators, writers, and Board of Directors
  • Access to exclusive International Committee events and meet-ups to convene with collectors and Renaissance Society supporters all over the world
  • Opportunities for art-related travel with Renaissance Society curators, board members, and VIPs
  • Visits to private collections in Chicago and abroad
  • Priority access to view and purchase Editions and unsold Benefit auction art
  • Plus all Book Club benefits

To learn more about the International Committee or about making a gift to the Renaissance Society, contact Colleen Kelly, Director of Development at 773 795 0642 or email.


Donations of any amount are always welcome.