ICA produces dozens of cultural events each season, some of which are for Penn students, others are open to all students. Visit the ICA Calendar to find the latest events.

For more than fifty years, ICA has brought cutting-edge contemporary art to Penn’s campus from all over the world. Claim your free student membership to gain an even closer look at the art of today.

    As a member you will:

  • Meet artists and curators at our private exhibition previews
  • Access rare art books in our curatorial research library
  • Be the first to know about each season’s programs when an announcement arrives at your door (or inbox!)
  • Receive a 25% discount in our bookshop
  • Current Penn Student…………Free
  • Student…………………………..$25 and above
  • Artist-Advocate………………..$50 and above
  • Dual……………………………….$100 and above*
  • Enthusiast……………………….$250 and above**
  • Connoisseur…………………….$500 and above***
    * Gifts at this level qualify for the North American Reciprocal Museums (NARM) program.

    ** Gifts at this level qualify for the Modern and Contemporary Reciprocal Membership (Mod/Co).
    *** Gifts at this level receive public acknowledgment in ICA’s lobby.

Penn undergraduates can join the ICA Student Board to help foster engagement between their varied campus communities and the activities of the museum. Student Board members serve as campus ambassadors, organize student events, produce an annual arts publication, and manage promotions to students. They develop pre-professional skills and gain access to artists, curators, and other art world professionals.

Intern and Work Study

Work with ICA’s team to gain valuable museum experience and enrich the arts community at large. Work-Study Students play a vital role in ICA’s mission to provide access for all to engage and connect with the art of our time. We recruit energetic, organized, sharp, and creative people for positions in all of our departments, often working closely with individual staff members. Hours are flexible and there are many opportunities to receive professional training, attend lectures and events, and link up with other art lovers. While ICA is not currently accepting internship applications, there are a limited number of positions available for University of Pennsylvania work-study students; interested parties should apply through the Student Financial Services website (under “Institute of Contemporary Art”).

Research Fellowships

Each summer, Penn’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships funds the Summer Humanities Internship (SHIP), an intensive, full-time apprentice position at ICA that prepares students for entry into cultural professions. Read about SHIP intern Heather Holmes’s ICA experience.

Graduate Student Lecturers

PennDesign MFA students and Penn History of Art PhD candidates can apply for one of four annual ICA graduate student lecturer positions. Lecturers work closely with our programming department to organize and lead exhibition tours and facilitate Coffee & Conversation events on topics related to their practice or research.