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Contemporary Art Society

The Contemporary Art Society (CAS) provides a forum for contemporary art enthusiasts and emerging, as well as dedicated collectors to increase their knowledge of and appreciation for contemporary art. Members of this Museum support group experience the best the contemporary art world has to offer today.

Outstanding programs are scheduled regularly for CAS members to network with others who share their passion for contemporary art. These include lectures and events at the Museum, as well as intimate tours and gourmet dinners in the homes of private collectors. CAS members have the opportunity to meet and dine with renowned critics, leading curators, and influential artists. Artists who have recently visited with the group include Tara Donovan, Michelle Grabner, Isaac Julien, Beth Lipman, Michal Rovner, David Schnell, and Dirk Skreber.

Exclusive CAS travel opportunities take members to such spectacular locations as New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington D.C. to visit museums, experience notable art happenings, attend international art fairs, and view world-class private collections.

Most important, utilizing funds raised through membership dues and the Contemporary Art Society’s biennial art auction, CAS makes significant contributions of contemporary works to the Museum’s collection. CAS-supported acquisitions include work by artists such as Erwin Redl, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Robert Gober, Nikki S. Lee, and Christian Marclay, Jim Campbell, Tara Donovan, Sally Mann, Anthony McCall, Yinka Shonibare, and Thomas Struth.

Ready to be a part of CAS? Current Milwaukee Art Museum Members at the Donor ($400) level or above, and Members under 35 at the Family or Dual ($95) level or above, are eligible to join.

Benefactor Level Benefits

  • Previews and behind-the-scenes tours of the Museum’s modern and contemporary exhibitions
  • Opportunities to meet prominent contemporary artists and art experts in an intimate setting
  • Invitations to hear from experts about emerging artists working in all mediums
  • Private dinners and tours of homes of leading area collectors
  • A chance to purchase outstanding works from nationally renowned dealers and galleries
  • Travel to world-renowned collections and unique sites not open to the public

Philanthropist Level Benefits

  • All Benefactor level benefits
  • Priority access when registering for trips and select events when space is limited

Annual membership dues

Benefactor (Under 35)*






*Members under 35 are eligible to join support groups at a discounted rate with a current Museum membership at the Family or Dual ($95) level or above.

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For additional information about CAS, please contact our membership team at 414-224-3284 or .