Emerge is an MCA Circle Donor affinity group of art enthusiasts, collectors, and art patrons interested in furthering the mission of the MCA.

Emerge supports the museum most notably through its annual art acquisition. In addition to identifying and collectively funding the purchase of new work by artists not currently represented in the MCA collection, Emerge also sponsors events with artists, curators, and arts leaders that reflect the dynamic issues of contemporary art today.

For more information, contact Alexandra Field, Donor Relations Coordinator, at 312-397-3873 or [email protected].


Artist Heidi Norton describes her working process during an Emerge visit to her studio in New York City Photo: © MCA Chicago

Emerge benefits

Membership benefits include invitations to exclusive events that create meaningful interactions between Emerge members and artists, and art world leaders; intimate access to MCA curators; voting privileges for the annual acquisition; and tickets to all Emerge-sponsored public programs.

This group is appropriate for both the new and long-time collector, and anyone interested in learning more about contemporary art.

Emerge dues

In order to be eligible for Emerge membership, you must be an MCA Circle Donor.

Emerge Dues: $1,000

Not yet a Circle Donor?

Circle Donors are among the museum’s most dedicated and consistent contributors. They experience special access to the museum, including invitations to Circle Previews—premier opportunities to see major exhibitions before anyone else—events, programs, and national travel in addition to other benefits based on your level of support. All membership levels include benefits for two. A portion of your Circle Donor membership is tax-deductible.

For more information, visit our Circle Donor page.