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Vision Campaign

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The Vision Campaign is about great art and ideas that connect with the community and propel the MCA as a leader in the cultural landscape.

—Pritzker Director Madeleine Grynsztejn


The MCA Vision Campaign began in 2012 with self-reflection and analysis: What kind of museum are we? Who do we want to become? What can we learn from similar arts organizations internationally? How do we serve the Chicago community and how can we do it better? What’s the future of the MCA and how do we get there?

We recognize that contemporary art can be challenging and may not be for everyone. We strive to help our culturally curious audiences understand and interact with contemporary art and artists through interpretive programming and publications. In order to emphasize the creative process, the MCA frequently invites artists to lead and help shape our programming, and highlights art history in the making by showing finished works along with works in progress. These efforts to expose how art is made take place within the museum and beyond our walls, often with forays into current technology.

The goal of the campaign is to strengthen the museum’s commitment to the works of living artists as well as to engage diverse audiences with artist-led programs, multimedia exhibitions, and performances.

Vision Campaign Chair King Harris emphasized the importance of balancing both sustainability and growth, recognizing that because of the Vision Campaign, “the museum today is on solid financial ground and can realize this ambitious vision.”

Vision Donors

Significant gifts to the Vision Campaign support the museum's efforts to reach this goal. We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the following Vision Donors:


  • Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund
  • Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson

Helen and Sam Zell


  • Penny Pritzker and Bryan Traubert


  • The Bluhm Family
  • Marlene Breslow-Blitstein and Berle Blitstein
  • The Crown Family
  • R. H. Defares
  • Efroymson Family Fund and the Efroymson-Hamid Family Foundation
  • Marilyn and Larry Fields
  • Margot and George Greig
  • Caryn and King Harris and The Harris Family Foundation
  • David G. Herro and Jay Franke
  • The Anne and Burt Kaplan Fund of the Mayer and Morris Kaplan Foundation
  • Rebecca W. Knight and Lester B. Knight
  • Sally and Jonathan Kovler
  • Liz and Eric Lefkofsky
  • Elizabeth A. Liebman
  • The Beatrice C. Mayer Fund
  • Sylvia Neil and Dan Fischel
  • Cari and Michael Sacks


  • Michael Alper
  • Rob and Sheryl Bellick
  • Julie and Larry Bernstein
  • Kathleen and Gerhard Bette
  • Liza and Marc Brooks
  • Susan and Michael Canmann
  • John Cartland
  • Lois and Stephen Eisen
  • Laura and Marshall Front
  • Nancy and Nicholas Giampietro
  • Helyn Goldenberg
  • Madeleine Grynsztejn and Tom Shapiro
  • Sandra and Jack Guthman
  • Vicki and Bill Hood
  • Cynthia Hunt and Philip Rudolph
  • Mary Ittelson
  • Gretchen Jordan
  • Susie Karkomi and Marvin Leavitt
  • Don Kaul and Barbara Bluhm-Kaul
  • Ronald and Felicia Levin
  • Nancy Lauter McDougal and Alfred L. McDougal
  • Marquis D. Miller and Pamela Buchanan Miller
  • The Neisser Family Fund
  • Marty Nesbitt and Anita Blanchard
  • Michael and Claire O’Grady
  • Shawna and Jay Owen
  • Cynthia and Terry Perucca
  • Carol Prins and John Hart
  • Irving Stenn Jr.
  • Dorie Sternberg
  • Daryl Gerber Stokols and Jeff Stokols
  • Ambassador Louis and Marjorie Susman
  • Sara Szold
  • Lynn and Allen Turner
  • Dia S. and Edward S. Weil Jr.

As of April 2017