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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 20 exhibitions, many of which would not have been possible without the generous commitment of its members.

Membership in The Exhibition Circle entitles two to participate.

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

  • Invitations to openings and special events for exhibitions sponsored by The Exhibition Circle
  • Recognition in exhibition catalogues and related material as appropriate
  • Participation in special curatorial tours and talks 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 dinners or receptions at the Gallery
  • 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 plaza
  • Invitation to programs with Gallery curators and specialists
  • Invitations to family programs with breakfast and children's art activities
  • Complimentary exhibition catalogues or Gallery publications
  • Complimentary 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
  • Invitations to curator-led tours and lectures
  • Invitations to four evening receptions (including two with curatorial lectures) featuring special exhibitions and the permanent collection
  • 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 semi-annual publication for Gallery friends
  • Recognition in the Gallery’s Annual Report and Bulletin
  • 20 percent discount at Gallery Shops
  • Complimentary audio tours
  • Subscription to the monthly Circle e-newsletter
  • Access to the Circle VIP telephone number
  • Access to the Gallery’s Art Research Library

Recent exhibitions sponsored by The Exhibition Circle:

Pleasure and Piety
The Art of Joachim Wtewael (1566–1638)
June 26 – October 4, 2015
West Building, Main Floor
Drawing in Silver and Gold
Leonardo to Jasper Johns
May 3 – July 26, 2015
West Building, Ground Floor
Piero di Cosimo
The Poetry of Painting in Renaissance Florence
February 1–May 3, 2015
West Building, Main Floor