Institute of Contemporary Art





Penn’s Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is internationally recognized for presenting work that amplifies the voices of artists who have not been heard.

ICA is a non-collecting contemporary art museum, a rare kunsthalle. This frees our curators to explore the globe, uncovering original artists in media ranging from painting to performance. We present art that confronts visitors with new ideas, building the muscle to think differently, which is essential to a well-rounded Penn education.

New, ambitious support will allow ICA to ensure the stability of our unique curatorial vision, directly introducing more Penn students to contemporary art and extending the impact of our exhibitions and scholarship by engaging the broader public.

CAMPAIGN GOAL: $30,000,000

Campaign Priorities

  • Open our doors more widely by expanding our public outreach through programming and marketing communications that invite Philadelphians to see ICA as their own.
  • Make our exhibitions more accessible through a wide range of intriguing public programming and interdisciplinary collaborations that will bring students to ICA from across Penn’s campus.
  • Promote our reputation for innovation by increasing endowment for key leadership positions and amplifying their ability to bring fresh and thought-provoking work to the widest possible audience.

Campaign Leadership

David Evan Simon, W’95 WG’01
Co-Chair, Institute of Contemporary Art Campaign

Bryan Scott Verona, W’94
Co-Chair, Institute of Contemporary Art Campaign

Lise J. Spiegel Wilks, C’80 PAR’15
Co-Chair, Institute of Contemporary Art Campaign

Talk To Us

Sheila Raman
Director of Development for Arts & Culture

(215) 898-7923

With this Campaign, we continue our trajectory of showcasing exceptional artists who have otherwise been overlooked—and presenting their work to Penn, to Philadelphia and to the world.”AMY SADAO, DANIEL DIETRICH II DIRECTOR OF THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART

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