As a lover of objects and an appreciator of the varied programs and activities at Bard Graduate Center, you are invited to join the Members Circle. Your support will strengthen our programs and ensure the ongoing success of Bard Graduate Center.


Membership Circle

Levels and Benefits

$75 Level

Basic Member Benefits:

  • Free admission for you and a guest to the BGC Gallery
  • Invitation to Community Openings and member receptions
  • Advance announcements and/or discounts for select programs and gallery talks
  • 10% discount on gift items and books
  • Recognition in the Year in Review

Membership fees are fully-tax deductible


Join at Member level.

$250 Level

All Basic Member Benefits plus the following:

  • Special membership gift
  • Two issues of West 86th, BGC’s Journal of Decorative Arts

The value of benefits at the $250 level is $50


Join at Member level.

$500 Level

All Basic Member Benefits plus the following:

  • Special membership gift and a current Focus Project catalog
  • Two issues of West 86th, BGC’s Journal of Decorative Arts

The value of benefits at the $500 level is $80


Join at Member level.

$1,000 Level

All Basic Member Benefits plus the following:

  • Special membership gift and a current exhibition catalog of your choice
  • Two issues of West 86th, BGC’s Journal of Decorative Arts
  • Invitation to VIP receptions

The value of benefits at the $1000 level is $125


Join at Member level.

If you should have further queries, please feel free to call 212.501.3071 or email us at membership@bgc.bard.edu

The Patrons Circle

Levels and Benefits

Silver—$5,000
Gold—$10,000
Platinum—$25,000+

Silver Benefits:

  • Invitation to Patrons Circle Cocktail Receptions, Lectures, and Special Events
  • One complimentary ticket to the Iris Foundation Awards Luncheon
  • One complimentary ticket to the Director’s Table Dinner in NYC, an intimate dinner hosted by Dr. Susan Weber, Peter Miller, or Nina Stritzler-Levine
  • Complimentary Bard Graduate Center Gallery publication
  • Access to closed symposia and other academic programs
  • Recognition in Year in Review
Join at the Silver level.

Gold Benefits (all Silver Benefits plus the following):

  • Total of two tickets to the invitation only Iris Foundation Award Dinner for honorees and special guests, as well as a total of two tickets to the Iris Foundation Awards Luncheon
  • Total of two tickets to the Director’s Table Dinner in NYC, intimate dinner hosted by Susan Weber, Peter Miller, or Nina Stritzler-Levine
  • Invitation for two guests to attend Bard Graduate Center Gallery’s Exhibition Preview & Receptions (one per year)
  • Access to exclusive Patrons Circle events outside New York City, as they are available.
  • Recognition in upcoming exhibition catalogue and on gallery wall.
Join at the Gold level.

Platinum Benefits (all Gold Benefits plus the following):

  • Table (total of 10 tickets) to the Iris Foundation Awards Luncheon
  • Tickets to attend exclusive international museum events (pending availability and time limitations)
Join at the Platinum level.

Professionals and Scholars Council
We invite professionals in the fields of decorative arts, design history and material culture, as well as interior design and architecture to join us as part of this exclusive council focused on professional development and networking. Your support will ensure the success of the next generation of scholars and specialists to continue these studies.

Levels and Benefits

Fellow—$1,000
Associate—$2,500
Partner—$5,000
Fellow Benefits:
  • Invitation for two guests to attend Bard Graduate Center Gallery’s Exhibition Previews and Receptions
  • Invitations to Bard Graduate Center’s research and academic programs including lectures and symposia
  • Invitations to talks presented by Bard Graduate Center’s faculty and staff (one to two talks per calendar year)
  • Complimentary admission to ticketed public programs
  • Advance reservations and reserved seating at public programs and lectures (advance RSVP required for reserved seating, subject to availability)
  • Complimentary passes to Bard Graduate Center Gallery for members and their guests
  • Donor Recognition in Bard Graduate Center’s Year in Review and website
Join at the Fellow level.

Associate Benefits:
  • Invitation for four guests to attend Bard Graduate Center Gallery’s Exhibition Previews and Receptions
  • Complimentary exhibition tours for up to 10 guests at Bard Graduate Center Gallery (advance booking required, subject to availability)
  • One complimentary ticket and access member level tickets for the Iris Foundation Awards Luncheon (a maximum of four tickets will be available at $150 per ticket)
  • Invitations to Bard Graduate Center’s research and academic programs including lectures and symposia
  • Invitations to talks presented by Bard Graduate Center’s Faculty and Staff (one to two talks per calendar year)
  • Complimentary admission to ticketed public programs (such the Seminar Series and Family Programs)
  • Advance reservations and reserved seating at public programs and lectures (advance RSVP required for reserved seating, subject to availability)
  • Donor Recognition in Bard Graduate Center’s Year in Review and website; as well as on Bard Graduate Center Gallery’s donor well and the Iris Foundation Awards event program
Join at the Associate level.

Partner Benefits:
  • Invitation for four guests to attend Bard Graduate Center Gallery’s Exhibition Previews and Receptions
  • Invitation for 2 guests to attend Bard Graduate Center Gallery’s Exhibition Opening Dinner (one per year)
  • Complimentary exhibition tours for up to 10 guests at Bard Graduate Center Gallery (advance booking required, subject to availability)
  • Invitations to Bard Graduate Center Gallery’s Curator Talks (one to two offered per exhibition, followed by small reception)
  • Two complimentary tickets and access member level tickets for the Iris Foundation Awards Luncheon (a maximum of four tickets will be available at $150 per ticket)
  • Invitations to Bard Graduate Center’s research and academic programs including lectures and symposia
  • Invitations to talks presented by Bard Graduate Center’s Faculty and Staff (one to two talks per calendar year)
  • Complimentary admission to ticketed public programs (such the Seminar Series and Family Programs)
  • Advance reservations and reserved seating at public programs and lectures (advance RSVP required for reserved seating, subject to availability)
  • Complimentary gallery/academic publications
  • Priority placement donor listing in Bard Graduate Center’s Year in Review and website; as well as on Bard Graduate Center Gallery’s donor well and in the Iris Foundation Awards event program
Join at the Partner level.