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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) 633-2801 or NPGPortraitCircle@si.edu.

 

Pioneers Circle: $1,000
(Value of goods and services provided is $200)

•    Attend the annual Portrait Circle Soirée
•    Celebrate new exhibitions at exclusive opening events
•    Opportunity to request reserved VIP seating at public programs
•    Invitation to embassy events
•    Reciprocal membership benefits at museums across the country
•    Receive 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 $614)

•    Interact with contemporary artists and scholars through private talks and studio visits
•    Opportunity to attend the Annual Smithsonian Weekend
•    Subscription to the monthly Smithsonian magazine
•    Enjoy recognition in the Smithsonian Annual Report
•    All benefits listed above

Donate $2,500 
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Patriots Circle: $5,000
(Value of goods and services provided is $654)

•    Attend exclusive, expert-led visits to galleries, embassies, and historical sites
•    Visit premier private art collections
•    Opportunity to request art fair VIP passes
•    Receive complimentary exhibition catalogue
•    All benefits listed above

Donate $5,000 
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Presidents Circle: $10,000
(Value of goods and services provided is $729)

•    Adopt a Portrait with one year of in-gallery recognition
•    Enjoy drinks and a tour for you and three guests with the director
•    Arrange a private curator-led tour for you and up to ten guests
•    Experience select art fairs with a curator, including Art Basel, Miami
•    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) 633-2801 or NPGPortraitCircle@si.edu.