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Portrait Circle

Become an insider at the National Portrait Gallery by joining our most distinguished group of contributors, the Portrait Circle.

Bringing you face to face with portrait subjects and artists, the Portrait Circle provides exclusive opportunities to meet remarkable Americans who have made an impact on our country’s history and culture. In appreciation of your annual gift, you will be invited to:

•    Attend exhibition previews, elegant dinners, and special artist lectures
•    Travel around the country with curators and historians to see some of the nation’s finest  museums and private art collections
•    Host a cocktail hour with the Portrait Gallery’s director for your family or friends
•    Be recognized for one year for “adopting” a portrait of your choice
•    Enjoy heightened exposure to world class art fairs with VIP passes
•    Receive reciprocal benefits from more than 30 other American museums
•    And more!

Membership benefits are tailored to your giving level, beginning at $1,000. Qualifying contributions confer membership for one calendar year and entitle two people to participate in all events. 

Thanks to the generous support of our members, each year, free of charge, the National Portrait Gallery is able to:

•    Take innovative approaches to producing acclaimed exhibitions
•    Conduct advanced and complex scholarly research
•    Diversify our collection through new acquisitions
•    Offer thousands of students personalized educational tours
•    Conserve the 22,000 artworks in our growing collection
•    Present progressive public and scholarly programs
•    Publish original scholarly publications on exhibitions and other research

For more information, contact the National Portrait Gallery Office of Advancement at (202) 633-8238 or NPGAdvancement@si.edu.

 

Pioneers Circle: $1,000
(Value of goods and services provided is $108)

•    Annual Director’s Reception honoring Circle members
•    Invitation for you and a guest to attend one major exhibition opening reception
•    Reciprocal membership benefits at museums across the country
•    Membership card valid for a 20% discount in the museum’s café and gift shop

Donate $1,000  
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Performers Circle: $2,500
(Value of goods and services provided is $536)

•    Invitation for you and a guest to a curator-led tour of an exhibition
•    Special access to interact with contemporary artists through private talks and studio visits
•    Invitation for you and a guest to attend two major exhibition opening receptions
•    Opportunity to attend the Annual Smithsonian Weekend
•    Subscription to the monthly Smithsonian magazine
•    All benefits listed above

Donate $2,500 
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Patriots Circle: $5,000
(Value of goods and services provided is $699)

•    Invitation for you and a guest to a private reception featuring a notable speaker or curator of a new exhibition before it opens to the public
•    Opportunity for you and a guest to attend exclusive visits to galleries and historical sites
•    A complimentary exhibition catalogue published during the year
•    Invitation to all exhibition opening receptions
•    Reserved seating at special events
•    All benefits listed above

Donate $5,000 
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Presidents Circle: $10,000
(Value of goods and services provided is $774)

•    Gallery and online recognition for one year as having “adopted” a portrait of your choosing
•    Private morning coffee or evening cocktails and tour for you and three guests with the director
•    Private, personalized curator-led tour of the permanent collection and special exhibitions for up to ten guests
•    VIP passes for select art fairs and exclusive events around the world
•    Invitations to receptions and special events across the United States in conjunction with the Portrait Gallery’s and Smithsonian’s traveling exhibitions
•    All benefits listed above

Donate $10,000 
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Benefits will be waived for all gifts made through community and family foundations and donor-advised funds.  For more information, contact the National Portrait Gallery Office of Advancement at (202) 633-8238 or NPGAdvancement@si.edu