Contemporary Art Society

Since 1962, The Contemporary Art Society (CAS) has promoted the understanding, appreciation, and collection of contemporary art. Through a dynamic series of social and educational events. CAS members enjoy privileged access to curators, artists, private collections, and travel. CAS members significantly impact the collection of contemporary art at the IMA by contributing to acquisitions and participating in voting to bring selected works into the collection.

CAS regularly hosts lectures featuring nationally and internationally renowned artists who have included: Vik Muniz, Layah Ali, Kiki Smith, Amy Cutler, Ghada Amer, James Casebere, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Dawoud Bey, Alfredo Jaar, Orly Genger, Judy Levy, Josephine Meckseper, Tara Donovan and many more. Through their generous support, Contemporary Art Society (CAS) members help build the Museum’s contemporary art collection.

The Contemporary Art Society is led by a Board of Directors and a Museum Affiliate liaison.

Upcoming Events

CAS Annual Meeting

Thursday, September 25 | Social Hour 5:30 to 6; Meeting: 6 – 6:30 | Caroline Marmon Fesler Gallery

Weekend Trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan for Art Prize

October 2 – 5

See more than 1,500 works submitted by artists from 51 countries and 42 U.S. states, all in one place—downtown Grand Rapids. Now in its sixth year, ArtPrize remains the world’s richest, most radical open-art competition. This unprecedented juried art extravaganza awards $260,000 in prize money to winning entries as determined by public vote. Join fellow CAS Members for an unforgettable experience! For more information, please contact Travis DiNicola at

Meet and Greet with New Curator of Contemporary Art, Tricia Paik

Thursday, November 6 | 7 pm | FREE | DeBoest Lecture Hall

Reception following in the Fountain Room.

Stay up to date on the latest by following the CAS fan page on Facebook.

2012-2013 Board Officers

Anne Surak, President
Travis DiNicola, Vice-President
Nela Swinehart, Treasurer
Dr. Beth Peyton, Secretary
Shauta Marsh, Education
Clayton Miller and Kathryn Armstrong, Membership
Anna White, Mindy Taylor Ross, Lauren Zoll, Dorothy Alig, Sherri Roizen, Jessica Lee, At-Large
Michael Kaufmann, Past President

CAS Membership Dues

Become a member of CAS today! In order to be eligible for membership in the CAS, you must be an IMA member. If you are a student and/or under the age of 35, you are eligible for a special membership rate. For more information please contact the Development department at 317-923-1331 ext. 434

Free for students (ID required)
$55 Art Professional/Young Member (under 40)
$150 Member

$250 Contributor
$500 Collector
$1,000 Patron
$2,000 Benefactor

All membership levels include one household or one individual plus a guest. CAS membership is completely tax-deductible CAS acquisition fund. Donor-level members enjoy additional access to CAS organized, curator-led trips in the US and abroad to visit the world‘s greatest public and private collections and art galleries with acquisition opportunities.

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