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 is advised by Tricia Y. Paik, Curator of Contemporary Art, as well as a Museum Affiliate liaison.

Upcoming Events

Erwin Wurm: Euclidean Exercises

6:30 pm / Conversation with artist Erwin Wurm
The Toby

7:15 pm / Special Performance by Erwin Wurm
Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion

CAS Reception, immediately following
Sutphin Fountain Room

Hear internationally recognized Austrian artist Erwin Wurm. Visiting from Vienna, the artist will speak with Curator of Contemporary Art Tricia Y. Paik about his highly original One Minute Sculptures, his artistic process and other works. Immediately following the conversation in The Toby, Wurm will present a special, one-time performance titled Carry the Curator in the Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion.

The conversation and performance coincide with the opening of the exhibition, Erwin Wurm: Euclidean Exercises. With his irreverent One Minute Sculptures, Wurm invites visitors to complete his artworks. Each of these One Minute Sculptures, as enacted by a different visitor, becomes an entirely unique and fleeting sculpture that can be captured only by camera and one’s memory.

From January 16 – June 21, 2015, visitors will have the chance to encounter other works by Wurm throughout the museum including photos, videos and other sculptures.

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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.