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The Exhibition Circle

Martin Johnson Heade, Giant Magnolias on a Blue Velvet Cloth (detail), c. 1890, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of The Circle of the National Gallery of Art in Commemoration of its 10th Anniversary

With annual gifts of $20,000 or more, members of The Exhibition Circle provide the Gallery with a crucial source of funding for its exhibition program. Since its founding in 2006, The Exhibition Circle has participated in the support of more than 36 exhibitions, many of which would not have been possible without the generous commitment of its members.

With an annual gift of $20,000 or more, members enjoy the following benefits exclusive to Exhibition Circle members:

  • Invitations to openings and special events for exhibitions sponsored by The Exhibition Circle
  • Recognition in exhibition catalogs and related materials as appropriate
  • Participation in special curatorial tours and programs for exhibitions sponsored by The Exhibition Circle

Exhibition Circle members also enjoy benefits of membership in The Circle as listed below:

  • Invitations to additional opening events
  • Special behind-the-scenes opportunities
  • Assistance in arranging private tours led by curatorial staff or docents
  • Opportunity to make arrangements for reserved parking on the Fourth Street Plaza
  • Invitations to four evening receptions featuring special exhibitions and the permanent collection
  • Invitations to programs featuring Gallery curators and specialists
  • Invitations to family programs with breakfast and children's art activities
  • Additional exhibition catalogs or Gallery publications
  • Invitation to an evening reception to share with a friend
  • Use of the Gallery’s private Refectory for lunchtime dining in the East Building on weekdays
  • Reservations for Concert Series performances
  • An illustrated Gallery engagement calendar
  • Priority entrance to all special exhibitions
  • Private daytime lectures and previews of special exhibitions
  • Subscription to the Bulletin, a semiannual publication for Gallery friends
  • Recognition in the Gallery’s Annual Report and Bulletin
  • A 20 percent discount at Gallery Shops
  • Subscription to the monthly Circle e-newsletter
  • Access to the National Gallery of Art Library

Recent exhibitions sponsored by The Exhibition Circle:

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting
Inspiration and Rivalry
October 22, 2017 – January 21, 2018
West Building, Main Floor
Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism
April 9 – July 9, 2017
East Building, Concourse 1
Della Robbia
Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence
February 5 – June 4, 2017
West Building, Main Floor – West Garden Court