Support Group

Collectors Circle for Contemporary Art

$500 per member
$250 per junior member (under 40)

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Founded in 1991 to support the Museum’s contemporary art collection and related exhibitions, the Collectors Circle organizes a variety of social events, trips, and educational programs for its members.

Benefits of Membership Include:

  • Invitations to Salons at local collectors’ homes and businesses to learn about contemporary art and meet members, artists, and curators
  • Opportunities to travel, both domestically and internationally, with special access to private collections, artist studios, and curator-led tours of museums and galleries
  • Invitations and passes to special events, including exhibition openings, artist talks, performances, and contemporary art fairs

At the Collectors Circle annual dinner, members vote to acquire a new work of art for the Museum’s collection, the cost of which is covered by annual membership dues. This annual event has made a crucial impact on the Museum’s contemporary art holdings, with significant acquisitions by notable artists including Jose Bedia, Bill Viola, Tara Donovan, Nick Cave, and Elizabeth Murray.

General Museum membership is a prerequisite for support group membership.

Questions? Contact Curatorial Support Group Manager, Bethany McClellan 205-254-2567.

Upcoming Events

Burial over the City

March 4 @ 2:00 pm

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Caroline Wingate will lead a discussion on Burial over the City by Purvis Young.

Trip to Crystal Bridges

March 15

Join the Collectors Circle trip to Crystal Bridges to see the special exhibition Soul of a Nation March 15-18. This opportunity is available to active members of the Collectors Circle for Contemporary Art. For more information on support group membership and


Day trip to Auburn University’s Rural Studio

by Collectors Circle member Tina Ruggieri Located roughly 47 miles South of Tuscaloosa is the small town of Newbern, Alabama, population 180, and the home of Auburn University’s Rural Studio. The visionary Samuel Mockbee founded the undergraduate program in the

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