Patron Circle Membership
Patron Circle members provide vital funding for Tacoma Art Museum’s diverse and imaginative exhibitions, award-winning education programs, and civic-minded community outreach initiatives.
By pledging $1,200 or more annually, you will enjoy exclusive events throughout the year with artists, collectors, and community leaders. Together we can bring the power of the visual arts to people of all ages and backgrounds.
Benefits include exclusive opportunities such as exhibition previews, special event invitations, and travel experiences. Travel experiences begin at the Director’s Circle and above.
To see examples of past benefits, click here.
Mary Brickle, Major Gifts Officer
Patron Circle Membership Levels
Curator’s Circle $1,200
All Collector level benefits, PLUS:
- Exclusive previews of exhibitions at VIP Patron Circle receptions
- Recognition on the Annual Donor Wall and in the Annual Report
- 10% discount on TAM facility rentals
- Discounted and free lectures, workshops, and special events
- One Friends and Family Membership to give as a gift
Director’s Circle $3,000
All Curator’s Circle level benefits, PLUS:
- Patron Trip travel opportunity
- Private Home Collection Tours
All Director’s Circle level benefits.
Grand Gallery $12,000
All Salon level benefits, PLUS:
- Individual Consultation/Installation with Museum Curator and Preparator
All Grand Gallery level benefits, PLUS:
- TAM venue rental. Rental fee waived. Catering/security costs not included.
All Premier level benefits, PLUS:
- A customized experience based on individual interests
Highlights of Patron Circle Benefits
Travel Experiences: Houston, Texas
April 13-15, 2018
Each year, our Patron members are invited to travel with knowledgeable Tacoma Art Museum staff and other art enthusiasts, exploring destinations in the Northwest and around the country. This past spring, we 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. Tours are guided by art curators and give you behind the scenes experiences not available to the public.
Travel Experiences: New Orleans, Louisiana
April 20-23, 2017
In Spring 2017, we visited the Louisiana State Museum, McKenna Museum of African American Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, and Where Y’Art Gallery. Patron members 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, we 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). Patron members 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
Patron 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
TAM 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, we 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
We 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, we 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. Tours were guided by art curators/directors and give you behind the scenes experiences not available to the public.
Travel Experiences: Chicago, Illinois
April 25–April 28, 2013
Each year, our Patron Circle members are invited to travel with knowledgeable Tacoma Art Museum staff and other art enthusiasts, exploring destinations in the Northwest and around the country. In Spring 2013, we traveled to the windy city of Chicago to experience some of the city’s impressive art, culture, and dining.