Middlebury College Museum of Art

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Friends of the Art Museum

The Friends of the Art Museum is an association of alumni, community members, faculty, staff, and current students of the College who, through their annual dues, support the acquisition program and the educational mission of the Museum. You can join the Friends or renew your membership online anytime (link opens in a new window).

Four-fifths of the Friends’ dues are designated for the purchase of artworks for the Museum’s permanent collection, and at the annual Purchase Party in November the Friends have the opportunity to vote on which works to acquire with their funds. Over the past forty years the Friends have gifted more than seventy works to the Museum, including objects ranging from an ancient Chinese mirror and black figure lekythos (the Friends’ first ever acquisition) to works by modern masters such as Chuck Close and Jasper Johns. The remaining dues provide important funding for aspects of the Museum’s educational outreach including events, trips, family programs, and student initiatives.

The Friends sponsor regular day trips to places such as Montreal, Williamstown, and Boston, as well as overnight trips to popular regional destinations such as New York City and Philadelphia. In addition, the Friends coordinate special members-only gallery talks and behind-the-scenes events in the Museum.

The Friends also offer annual Arts Awards for distinction in the visual arts. The awards—bestowed on students, artists, teachers, and leaders in the visual arts living or working in Addison County—encourage appreciation of the visual arts in the community by recognizing individuals who have made outstanding contributions either through exceptional creative achievement or support of the visual arts.

Membership Levels and Benefits

Membership in the Friends of the Art Museum comes with many benefits, including access to special events, Museum store discounts, newsletters, and mailings. Below is a list of membership levels and the benefits associated with each. You can join the Friends or renew your membership online anytime (link opens in a new window). You can also learn more about Friends volunteer opportunities and other ways to support the organization.

Current Student: FREE. Join today and claim your free stuff.

  • Free gift: choose between a travel mug, water bottle, journal, poster, or other items
  • Special notification/invitation to events and preview parties
  • Subscription to the weekly ARTSmail/calendar
  • 15% discount on most items offered for sale by the museum
  • Invitation to take part in Friends of Art trips at a student rate

Member: Free, or Pay What You Wish

  • Admission is always free for friends and family
  • Digital newsletter and Museum to Go subscription directly to your inbox
  • Special notification/invitation to events and preview parties
  • Subscription to the weekly ARTSmail/calendar
  • Personal Friends of the Art Museum membership card

Join the Friends Now for Free

Individual: $65

Family/Dual: $100

Sponsor: $250

  • All of the above and
  • One complimentary Exhibition Catalogue (Let us choose for you)
  • Recognition on the donor plaque for one year

Patron: $500

  • All of the above and
  • Invitation to a private tour of an exhibition offered by its in-house curator

Director’s Circle ($1,000)

  • All of the above and
  • Special invitation to a private lunch with the museum director

Farnsworth Society: $2,500

  • All of the above and
  • Special invitation to dinner with the museum director and a guest lecturer

More Information

For more information on becoming a member, please call Mikki Lane at (802) 443-2309 or email her at mlane@middlebury.edu.

You can join the Friends or renew your membership online anytime (link opens in a new window). Or you may send a check in the amount of the membership level at which you wish to join. Please make your check payable to Friends of the Art Museum and mail it to:

Friends of the Art Museum
c/o Gift Administration
Middlebury College
700 Exchange Street
Middlebury, VT 05753