by Alana Ferrari

10 Things You Should Know about the Institute of Contemporary Art

ADMISSION is very affordable and often free!
• $15 general admission, $13 seniors, $10 students
• FREE for members and youth 17 and under
• FREE for all on Thursdays from 5-9 pm during ICA Free Thursday Nights
• FREE admission for up to two adults accompanied by children 12 and under on the last Saturday of every month.

How are artists chosen to present their work at the ICA?
Opportunities for inclusion are very limited and highly competitive. Works from local, national and international sources including commercial galleries, museums, private collections and art fairs are considered.

Are baby strollers permitted?
Of course strollers are permitted! Babies love art! Additionally, the ICA is fully wheelchair accessible.

Is parking available at the ICA?
Though the ICA does not have a designated parking garage, it is located near plenty of affordable parking lots, and there is some on-street parking as well.

What’s with the Building?
Award-winning architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro designed the ICA, conceiving the building both “from the sky down,” as a contemplative space for experiencing contemporary art, and “from the ground up,” providing dynamic areas for public enjoyment.

Is the ICA a typical stuffy boring art museum?
Not on your life. In addition to its incredible galleries, there are endless performances, talks and courses, films, and special programs for families and teens. This is a partial list of what’s going on, so be sure to check out the calendar online.

May I take photographs at the ICA?
Visitors may take still photographs, for their own use, of the ICA building and select works on view in the galleries. However, no flash, tripods, or videotaping is allowed. There are select works of art and exhibitions where photography of any kind is prohibited.

What are ICA First Fridays?
The first Friday of every month is a time you’ll want to gussy up and walk through these doors. Live performances, gallery talks, specialty drinks, and guest DJs liven up the social spaces for a great night out. The on-site Water Café offers small plates and a full bar, including cocktails inspired by the museum’s current exhibitions.

Is there coat and bag storage?
Yes! Visitors are required to check backpacks of any size, shopping bags, and bags 11×14 inches or larger. To avoid a lengthy wait in the checkroom line, visitors should avoid bringing such items.

Can I submit my own work for review?
Unless the ICA has solicited you for your work, the ICA regrets that their resources do not allow for curatorial review of these projects. Feel good knowing they appreciate your interest and your understanding.