A performer stands upright in the center of a room, right arm straight up, left arm at their sides, as an audience looks on.

Gordon Hall, Brothers and Sisters, performance view, Feb 4, 2018. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Meg T. Noe.

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

The Ren’s community of supporters values our independence and commitment to fostering ambitious artistic expression in its many forms. Our members share with us a belief in art’s capacity to reflect, challenge, and inspire contemporary thought.

We are proud to offer free admission to all of the Renaissance Society’s exhibitions and events. Whether you frequently attend our programs or follow them from afar, your financial contribution represents an investment in our work and helps to make it available to everyone. Please consider joining us from as little as $5 a month!




Open to all undergraduate and graduate students, with a focus on those in the Chicago area.

  • Dedicated monthly student newsletter
  • Invitation to student-only events
  • 20% discount on Renaissance Society publications and posters


$60/year or $5/month:

  • Tote bag designed by artist Peter Wächtler
  • Four exhibition posters mailed quarterly
  • 20% discount on Renaissance Society publications and posters
  • Invitation to annual members event
  • Recognition in our Annual Report

Sustaining Member

$150/year or $12.50/month:

  • Reciprocal admission to over 60 modern and contemporary museums in North America through Mod/Co, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Walker Art Center, the New Museum, and the Hammer Museum
  • plus all FRIEND benefits

Publishing Circle

$500/year or $41.66/month:

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

Curator's Circle

$1,000/year or $83.33/month:

  • 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 Curator’s Circle-sponsored exhibition
  • Artists’ studios visits and other regional travel opportunities
  • Advance ticket and table sales for the RenBen gala
  • Opportunity to serve on RenBen host committee
  • Plus all PUBLISHING CIRCLE benefits


Patrons are among the Renaissance Society’s strongest supporters and ambassadors.


  • Invitations to opening reception dinners with artists, curators, writers, and Board of Directors
  • Access to exclusive Patron events 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 RenBen auction art
  • Plus all PUBLISHING CIRCLE benefits

To learn more about Patron membership or about making a gift to the Renaissance Society, contact Brad Lenz, Development Coordinator at 773 795 2397 or email.


Your support furthers the Renaissance Society’s work as an independent and vital platform for artists and their ideas.

We are grateful for your tax-deductible gift of any size.