Get Involved

Keep us free and support artistic excellence with a gift! There are many ways to join the MoCP community: by becoming a Friend of the MoCP, attending our Annual Benefit, or joining the Museum Council. Since Columbia College Chicago generously covers a majority of our overhead, every dollar of your donation goes directly to organizing exhibitions, maintaining the collection, writing publications, and underwriting education and outreach programs.

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Make checks payable to the
Museum of Contemporary Photography
and send to:

Attn: Jaclyn Silverman
Museum of Contemporary Photography
Columbia College Chicago
600 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

Please write your mailing address, email and phone number on the top of each check so we can thank you!

Friends of the MoCP

Help us bring our critically-acclaimed programming to diverse audiences from Chicago and beyond. As a free museum, friend contributions help us share art, grow our collection, support artists, celebrate photography, contribute new scholarship to the field, and educate visitors of all ages and backgrounds. Enjoy being part of a vibrant contemporary art community and enjoy special benefits. 

Student ($30)

  • 20% off museum publications
  • Special Friend of the Museum tote bag
  • Students receive complimentary ticket to MoCP After Dark

Friend ($50-$249)

  • 20% off museum publications
  • Special Friend of the Museum tote bag
  • Parking discount at Hilton Chicago garage (99 East Balbo Drive)

Partner ($250-$499)

  • NARM Reciprocal Museum Membership
  • Discounts at Photography Connections Network Partner Institutions
  • 20% FIRST LOOK and MoCP After Dark tickets
  • Recognition in the annual report
  • Invitation to VIP Breakfasts and private member tour for each MoCP exhibition
  • Plus all the benefits from the Friend Tier

Benefactor ($500-$999)

  • 10% off MoCP First Prints
  • 15% off custom framing at Seaberg
  • Invitation to join an artist studio visit
  • Plus all the benefits from the Partner Tier

Curator’s Guild ($1,000+)

  • Private behind-the-scenes museum tour
  • Invitation to tour a VIP dinner with an MoCP artist
  • Plus all the benefits from the Benefactor Tier

For more information about ways to give or if you have any questions, contact Natasha Egan at

Museum Council

The Museum Council is a group of creative professionals who are passionate about the medium of photography and the MoCP. Members play an active role in advocating for the MoCP among their peer networks and within the community while also participating in behind-the-scenes events with artists and curators.


  • Members must display a commitment to the arts.
  • Must be an active member of Friends of the MoCP (minimum of $100)
  • In addition to their active Friends of the MoCP standing, Museum Council members must either contribute or fundraise an additional $150 each year.
  • Opportunities to give include:
    • Attending the annual benefit ($175/ticket)
    • Recruit Friends of the MoCP whose contributions total $150
    • Cash/in-kind donations and sponsorships in the amount of $150 and above 
    • Purchase of a print from the fine print program ($400 each)
    • Purchase MoCP publications in the amount of $150

Museum Council Benefits and Programs

  • Quarterly events include private tours of MoCP exhibitions with Museum curators, exclusive exhibition receptions, cocktail receptions with artists, and offsite studio visits.
  • Name listed on Museum Council webpage
  • Name listed in MoCP’s annual report
  • Subscription to eNews
  • 20% off MoCP publications and discounts on art magazines
  • Fall Social Event Planning
  • FIRST LOOK: Fine Print Release Party Planning

Are you a current Friend of the MoCP who is interested in joining? Contact Jaclyn Silverman at  

Executive Committee

Thomas Hellstrom, President
Lindsay Widdel Eberly, Vice President

Current Members

Tapo Banjeree
Clarissa Bonet
Bianca Bova
Kate Bowen
John Broughton
Maya-Camille Broussard
Kristin Cass
George Chen
Vanessa Churchill
Waldemar Colon
Mary Farmilant
Doug Fogelson
Whit Forrester

Gillian Fry
Helen Gebregiorgis
Adrienne L. Glover
Jamie Hendry
Clifton Henri
Greg Hoskins
Jasmine Kwong
Amanda Mayo
Mary Ellen Murphy
Karl Oder
Haven Perry
Colleen Plumb
Keith Pozulp
Ben Ramson

Marina Samovsky
Mamadou-Abou Sarr
Matt Siber
Donnell Spencer
Sean Teska
Abraxas Thomas
Sheridan Tucker Anderson
Rachel Wiese
Justin Witte
Krista Wortendyke
Sophie Zinberg

First Look: Fine Print Party

FIRST LOOK is an annual party organized by the Museum Council. FIRST LOOK celebrates the addition of four new prints to the MoCP Fine Print Program. Tickets to FIRST LOOK support MoCP exhibitions, public programs and community engagement efforts.

The 2023 FIRST LOOK was on December 5 with artwork from Shannon Bool, Marshall Brown, Jess T. Dugan, and Tom Jones. Click here for event details.

Printed especially for the museum by some of the most innovative photographers working today, the sale of editioned fine prints directly supports artistic and educational programs at the MoCP. Prints by nearly 70 artists are available online all year long and include works by artists of local, national and international renown such as Yolanda Andrade, Tim Davis, Ron Jude, Sarah Pickering, Kahn and Selesnick, Jan Tichy and Penelope Umbrico. Works by internationally-collected artists like Candida Höfer, Curtis Mann, Vik Muniz, and Alec Soth have quickly sold out in past years. Learn more here.

MoCP DARKROOM 2023 attendees. Photo by Julie Lucas

Annual DARKROOM Benefit

DARKROOM is the annual benefit and auction for MoCP. Funds raised from DARKROOM support exhibitions, public programs, and community engagement efforts.

Click on the DARKROOM 2024 event page to learn more about the benefit on Leap Night, Feb. 29 – including the awardees, photo albums, and list of sponsors. If you are interested in supporting DARKROOM 2024, please contact Jaclyn Silverman, Development Manager, at