Meetings, Dues + Benefits

The Acquisitions Circle holds two meetings a year, one in the fall and one in the spring, each joined by the ICA Curators. Upcoming events include:

Mon, Nov 2, 2020
Wed, Nov 18, 2020 | 5:30–6:30 PM
Meeting: Collecting Priorities + Acquisition Vote

This fall the Acquisitions Circle will meet virtually to discuss the ICA’s focus on local artists. In an effort to provide more immediate support and visibility for Boston artists, the ICA Curators will be presenting artworks for the group’s review, discussion, and potential acquisition.

Mon, Apr 26, 2021
Meeting: ​Acquisition Vote

In the spring, the Acquisitions Circle will convene virtually and continue with their focus on local artists, viewing artworks proposed for acquisition to the ICA Collection, followed by a discussion and vote.

Annual dues provide a pool of funds to purchase artworks and are 100% tax-deductible:

$1,000 – Young Collector (ages 45 and under)
$2,500 – Member
$5,000 – Principal
$10,000 – Exemplar

The Acquisitions Circle is open to all active ICA Members​. We ask that you consider a membership at the Friend level ($250) or above. Participation ​​​in the Acquisitions Circle includes:

  • invitations to ICA exhibition opening receptions
  • a private collection tour and artist studio visit
  • the opportunity to reserve VIP Passes to international art fairs, as available


Artworks acquired through the Acquisitions Circle

In its inaugural year, 2015, the Acquisitions Circle collected funds to purchase Hito Steyerl’s Liquidity Inc., 2014, a video installation using water as its guiding theme. The piece was on view at the ICA in conjunction with the exhibition Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today in 2018. 

In fall 2016, the Acquisitions Circle voted and approved the purchase of all three of the proposed acquisitions, paintings which stretch the limits of the medium and materialize the everyday: Henry Taylor’s i’m yours, 2015,  Sadie Benning’s Crowd, 2015, and Laura Owens’s Untitled, 2015. All were shown at the ICA in 2017–18.

In 2017–18, the Acquisitions Circle voted to acquire Frank Benson’s bronze sculpture, Juliana, 2014–15, a highlight of the ICA’s landmark exhibition Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to TodayJuliana was purchased through the generosity of the Acquisitions Circle, together with support from the General Acquisition Fund and from Acquisitions Circle Vice Chair Patrick Planeta and Santiago Varela.

This spring, the Acquisitions Circle acquired Toyin Ojih Odutola’s Heir Apparent, 2018, and with additional support from individual patrons, Tschabalala Self’s Lite, 2018.

The Acquisitions Circle is Chaired by Fotene Demoulas and Vice Chair Patrick Planeta. To learn more about the Acquisitions Circle, contact the Development Office 617-478-3183 or