Director's Circle

The Director’s Circle is a group of art enthusiasts devoted to supporting the Memorial Art Gallery’s innovative exhibitions and programs. Annual membership at this leadership level is essential to the vitality of our museum.

MAG’s commitment to connecting people, inspiring fun, and igniting discovery requires investment. Director’s Circle memberships are philanthropic, enabling MAG to do new research, publish original scholarship, and mount stunning exhibitions that offer something for everyone–from familiar masters like Monet to pioneering media artists like Isaac Julien.

I encourage you to join our Director’s Circle today. You can make an incredible difference with your support.

On behalf of our Board of Managers, our staff, and those who have made MAG a central part of their lives, thank you for your kind consideration.

Warm regards,

Jonathan P. Binstock, PhD
Mary W. and Donald R. Clark Director

$1,750 – $3,499

  • Free admission for members and guests
  • Invitations to two annual Director’s Circle lectures
  • Invitations to VIP receptions at MAG member opening parties
  • Private docent-led tour of the museum (by appointment)
  • Reciprocal admission to 1,000+ North American museums, gardens, and historic sites (click here to view all sites)
  • Coupon for one free Kids Create Date
  • Invitation to Merry MAG Members’ Shopping Night
  • 10% discount at The Store @ MAG
  • 10% discount on Creative Workshop classes, as well as a priority enrollment period
  • 10% discount (for the cardholder only) at Brown Hound Downtown
  • Discount on M&T Bank Clothesline Festival admission
  • Subscription to ARTiculate, MAG’s bi-monthly magazine
  • Borrowing privileges at the MAG Library
  • Acknowledgement in the Vanden Brul Pavilion
  • Dual membership in the George Eastman Circle with a five-year pledge of $1,750 annually*

$3,500 – $6,999

Members of the Georgia O’Keeffe Society enjoy all the same benefits as those in the Winslow Homer Society, with these special perks:

  • Invitation to a special event with the Director
  • One Dual/Family gift membership
  • Acknowledgement in the Lockhart Gallery

$7,000 – $9,999

Members of the Claude Monet Society enjoy all the same benefits as those in the Georgia O’Keeffe Society, with these special perks:

  • One free personal use of MAG facilities
  • Invitation to an annual trip with the Director
  • Two Dual/Family gift memberships


The premier level of the MAG Director’s Circle is the Emily Sibley Watson Society, named after the founder of our museum. In addition to all of the benefits provided to members of the Claude Monet Society, members of the Watson Society receive these exclusive—and priceless—offerings:

  • Invitation to a memorable dinner with the Director
  • Opportunity to attend a special presentation for a new acquisition for MAG’s collection

*A Perfect Partnership: Director’s Circle + George Eastman Circle

MAG’s Director’s Circle and the University of Rochester’s George Eastman Circle recognize donors who support the Memorial Art Gallery with an annual gift of $1,750, or more, as members of both leadership giving societies. Click here to see the remarkable benefits of this dual membership.