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Director's Circle

Director's Circle

Guests enjoying the annual Director's Circle Dinner. Left to Right: Leigh Stewart, Peter Forbes, Wendy Pangburn, and Lucy Rhame

The Director's Circle is a dedicated group of arts supporters that help the Smithsonian American Art Museum offer exciting exhibitions, build a world-class collection of American art, and offer innovative education programs to students and audiences across the nation. Director's Circle contributions support the museum's docent program, which in 2010 served over 13,000 students through in-gallery tours, workshops, outreach and distance learning.

Director's Circle Levels

Contributor $1,500 ($1,100 tax deductible)

Benefits include:

  • Complimentary invitation for two to the Director's Circle Dinner

  • Invitations to exhibition opening receptions

  • Exclusive tours of exhibitions

  • Exhibition catalogue

Executive $2,500 ($1,900 tax deductible)

Contributor benefits plus:

  • Additional invitation for two to the Director's Circle Dinner

  • Acknowledgement on the Director's Circle Dinner program

  • Recognition in Smithsonian Annual Report

Connoisseur $5,000 ($4,200 tax deductible)

Executive benefits plus:

  • Private curator led tour of the museum for you and your guests

  • Additional invitation for two to the Director's Circle Dinner and exhibition openings

Director's Circle

Top Row Left to Right: Paul Burman, Richard Kurin, Anthony Otten. Front Row Left to Right: Shirley Jacobs, Allyn Kurin, Janice Kim, Beverly Pierce

For more information on the Director's Circle, please contact:
Phone: 202-633-8420
Email: AmericanArtDevelopment[at]