Director's Circle Membership

Being a Director’s Circle Member at TAM means wide-open access to stellar exhibitions and events, plus discounts at TAM Store and TAM Café. Find the right membership for you using our detailed guide, or we would be happy to hear from you directly by phone or email.


Mary Brickle, Associate Director of Development
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Director’s Circle Membership Levels

Curator $1,200-2,999

  • Unlimited General Admission, including reciprocal with NARM, Museums West
  • 8 additional single-use guest passes
  • Discounts and advance notice for TAM programs & events
  • 20% discount at TAM Store & Café
  • In Museum & Annual Report recognition
  • Payment options
  • TAM Day at the museum
  • Invites to VIP first-look exhibition opening receptions
  • Happy Hour Socials (21 and over)
  • 10% discount on facility rentals
  • Invites to TAM curated travel experiences (US/International)
  • Invites to special-access events (private home collection tours)

Founder $3,000-$6,999

All Curator Level benefits, PLUS:

  • Private tour of the museum

Ambassador $7,000-$14,999

All Founder Level benefits, plus:

Innovator $15,000-$24,999

All Ambassador Level benefits, plus:

  • Invites to Annual Dinner with Executive Director

Visionary $25,000+

All Innovator Level benefits, plus:

  • Individual consultation/installation with curator
  • TAM venue rental. Rental fee waived (Catering/security costs not included)

Director’s Circle Experiences, Tours, and Special-Access Events

Each year, Director’s Circle members are invited to travel with knowledgeable Tacoma Art Museum staff and other art enthusiasts, exploring destinations in the Northwest, around the country, or abroad. Tours are guided by TAM’s Executive Director, senior staff, and art curators and offer behind the scenes experiences not available to the public.

Travel Experiences: Palm Springs, California

March 5-8, 2020
In 2020, Director’s Circle members experienced a four day tour of the California desert art scene. Highlights included touring exceptional homes of two art collectors and visiting local sculpture artist Glenn Ostergaard in his private studio. A Director-led tour of Palm Springs Art Museum and Frey House II followed by local gallery tours occupied the days, while a variety of “opt-in” activities like a concert and La Quinta Art Celebration filled the evenings. Unique dinners paired to compliment the week’s activities rounded out a memorable weekend in the desert.

Travel Experiences: San Francisco, California

April 5-8, 2019
Director’s Circle members traveled to San Francisco and stayed in the elegant Nob Hill neighborhood. Guests enjoyed private tours of the de Young Museum featuring Monet: The Late Years and Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Legion of Honor to see Early Rubens. Director’s Circle guests were treated to a visit with noted art collectors who opened their home sharing collections that include work by Berenice Abbott and Andy Warhol.

Travel Experiences: Paris, France

May 12-22, 2019
Director’s Circle members enjoyed an exclusive guided tour through the cradle of French Impressionism led by TAM Director, David Setford. Guests were hosted by The Musée Eugí¨ne Boudin in Honfleur, France located on the estuary of the Seine River. They visited André Malraux Musée d’Art Moderne in Le Havre and studied the works of Eugí¨ne Boudin & Claude Monet in preparation for the upcoming TAM exhibition Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Their Circle: French Impressionism and the Northwest. The trip included painting ‘en plein air’ at the stunning cliffs of í‰tretat, as well as Monet’s House and Gardens at Giverny. Stops at museums showcasing Impressionist works and excellent French cuisine made the adventure an extraordinary one!

Travel Experiences: Houston, Texas

April 13-15, 2018
In April 2018, Director’s Circle members visited the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Contemporary Craft Center, Blaffer Museum, Asia Society Texas, Contemporary Art Museum Houston and The Menil Collection. The group also visited some outstanding art galleries, amazing home collections, and experienced fine dining.

Travel Experiences: New Orleans, Louisiana

April 20-23, 2017

In Spring 2017, the Director’s Circle visited the Louisiana State Museum, McKenna Museum of African American Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, and Where Y’Art Gallery. The Director’s Circle also toured the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, the Garden District, and experienced local fine dining.

Travel Experiences: Kansas City, Missouri and Bentonville, Arkansas

April 28 – May 1, 2016

In Spring 2016, the Director’s Circle visited Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kauffman Performing Art Center, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (including James Turrell’s Skyspace: The Way of Color). The Director’s Circle also toured Thorncrown Chapel and Roger Shimomura Studio, and also enjoyed fine local dining and a private reception with the Director of Spencer Museum of Art.

VIP Exhibition Opening:  Art AIDS America

October 3, 2015
Director’s Circle members were invited to join Rock Hushka, Chief Curator at Tacoma Art Museum, and Dr. Jonathan D. Katz, Director of Visual Studies Doctoral Program at the University at Buffalo, as they guided guests through Art AIDS America before it opened to the general public.

Private Art Collection Tour: Barney Ebsworth

May 13, 2015
Director’s Circle members returned to the Medina home of arts patron Barney Ebsworth. His renowned collection includes notable paintings such as Black White and Blue by Georgia O’Keeffe, which was previously displayed in TAM’s exhibition, Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keeffe and Still Life in New Mexico, as well as Chop Suey by Edward Hopper. Other prominent artists in the collection include Andy Warhol, Marsden Hartley, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and David Hockney.

Travel Experiences: Denver and Aspen, Colorado

April 23-26, 2015
In Spring 2015, the Director’s Circle visited the Denver Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Anschutz Collection Museum, and the brand new Aspen Art Museum by architect Shigeru Ban. The group also visited some outstanding art galleries, amazing home collections, and experienced fine dining.   Tours are guided by art curators and give you behind the scenes experiences not available to the public.

Private Art Collection Tour: Jon Shirley

May 13, 2014
The Director’s Circle returned to the Medina home of arts patron Jon Shirley. His renowned collection includes paintings by Chuck Close and sculptures by Alexander Calder. Other notable artists in the collection include Constantin Brancusi, Frida Kahlo, Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Julie Speidel, and Mark Rothko.

Travel Experiences: Santa Fe, New Mexico

April 24-27, 2014

In Spring 2014, the Director’s Circle visited the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Taos Art Museum, Harwood Museum of Art, Gerald Peters Gallery, San Francisco de Asis Church, New Mexico History Museum, Millicent Rogers Museum, and Chaves-Kelly House. The group also visited some outstanding art galleries and experienced fine dining.

Travel Experiences: Chicago, Illinois

April 25–April 28, 2013
In Spring 2013, we traveled to the windy city of Chicago to experience some of the city’s impressive art, culture, and dining.