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 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. That’s right, we said FREE. Join today and claim your free stuff.)

  • Free gift: choose between a Museum t-shirt, tote bag, travel coffee mug, or Nalgene bottle
  • Subscription to the Middlebury Arts Calendar
  • Invitations to special lectures, luncheons, and dinners
  • Subscription to the Arts at Middlebury newsletter
  • 15% discount on all items offered for sale by the Museum
  • Invitation to take part in Friends of Art trips at a student rate

Individual ($30)

  • Subscription to the Middlebury Arts Calendar
  • Invitations to special lectures, luncheons, and dinners
  • Subscription to the Arts at Middlebury newsletter
  • 15% discount on all items offered for sale by the Museum
  • Invitation to take part in Friends of Art trips

Family ($50)

  • Individual benefits for two adults

Contributor ($100)

  • All of the above, plus
  • Invitation to a private group tour with a museum curator
  • Member admission prices and member store discount rates at any museums that participate in the North American Reciprocal Museum program (NARM) or the Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (ROAM). You can learn more about NARM member museums here or read an article about how the NARM program works here. You can learn more about ROAM member museums here.
  • All who join at the Contributor level or higher by December 31, 2012 will have their names added to a plaque in the lobby of the Museum.

Sponsor ($250)

  • All of the above, plus
  • Reserved seating for 2 at symposia and lectures with advance notice
  • One free exhibition catalogue

Patron ($500)

  • All of the above, plus
  • Invitation to a private tour of an exhibition with a museum curator

Director’s Circle ($1,000)

  • All of the above, plus
  • Special invitation to lunch with the museum director

Farnsworth Society ($2,500)

  • All of the above, plus
  • Special invitation to dinner with the museum director and guest lecturer
  • Invitation for society member and up to six guests for a unique presentation with reception

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