Corporate Vision Art Award

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March 2, 2021 Reopening Day
Photo: Jeremy Lawson Photography, 2021


The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s Corporate Vision Art Award celebrates arts education philanthropy in Chicago. This award recognizes significant supporters for sustaining the MCA’s robust and responsive arts education programs and more importantly acknowledges the greater need for Chicago’s children to exchange ideas, share creative experiences, and explore contemporary art and culture.

All event proceeds support the MCA’s learning programs, which reach 15,000 students and teachers each year to explore art and ideas at the museum, at home, and at school.

The Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to present this year’s award to Tony Karman, president of EXPO CHICAGO. This virtual program celebrates EXPO CHICAGO’s historical relationship with the museum and brings attention to the corporate community’s generous support of arts education at the MCA.

Cochair List


King Harris
Chairman, Harris Holdings
MCA Trustee

Jim Gordon
Founder and Managing Partner, The Edgewater Funds
MCA Trustee

With support from the MCA Women’s Board, Ellen Wallace, President

Sponsorship Levels and Tickets

Sponsorship Levels and Tickets

  • $25,000 Major Sponsor
  • $10,000 Sponsor
  • $5,000 Supporting Sponsor
  • $1,000 Patron
  • $500 Friend

Individual admission to this event is complimentary.

About the honoree

About our honoree

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents the Corporate Vision Art Award, honoring EXPO CHICAGO for its outstanding contributions to art education in Chicago.

The MCA presents the 2021 award to Tony Karman, President of EXPO CHICAGO.

Tony Karman has been active in the civic, business, and cultural communities of Chicago for over 38 years. Currently, he is President and Director of EXPO CHICAGO, which he founded in 2012. Besides EXPO CHICAGO's longstanding partnership with the MCA, the fair also supports other regional arts organizations.


Major Sponsors:

Carol Prins and John Hart

Zell Family Foundation


Harris Family Foundation
The Hees Family

Anne L. Kaplan

Supporting Sponsors:

Marilyn and Larry Fields
Cynthia Hunt and Philip Rudolph
Front Barnett Associates
Ellen Wallace and Steven Gould