Director’s Circle

A group tour viewing conservation of artwork
Two seated people laughing at a museum event
Two people on an elevated stage talking to an audience

Director’s Circle is a national philanthropic community committed to celebrating the creativity of our nations’ artists, and supporting SAAM’s mission to advance American art and craft. In gratitude for our patrons’ support, Director’s Circle receives premier access to museum scholars and collections year-round.

Core benefits
  • Private tours of museum exhibitions and insider access to special projects
  • Invitations to VIP exhibition openings
  • Reserved seating for public lectures and symposia
  • Reciprocal admission at more than 30 national museums
  • 20% discount in the Museum Stores and the Courtyard Cafe
  • Invitation to annual state-of-the-museum event with SAAM’s Director
Director's Circle dinner in the Kogod Courtyard
Enjoy our Annual Director’s Circle Dinner

Every year we gather to celebrate the contributions of our Director’s Circle and honor a great American artist. Past artist speakers include Nick Cave, Miguel Luciano, Kay WalkingStick. The 2022 Director’s Circle Dinner featured fiber artist Consuelo Jiménez Underwood.

Join and enjoy complementary access to this dinner next September.


Thank you for ensuring that American art is available to all. Your annual support provides SAAM with important funds that allow us to present new research through compelling exhibitions, reach new audiences with dynamic education programs, and be a national leader in conversations about the vital role of art in American life today.

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