Guests pose for a photo in the DAM's atrium

Beyond Membership

More ways you can join and support the DAM community.

The Museum Associates

You're invited to join The Museum Associates, a dynamic group that supports the Denver Art Museum’s mission to enrich our cultural community through programs and exhibitions. Membership offers unparalleled access to the DAM and its collections.

Privileges include entry for eight to the museum any time, plus invitations for two to private exhibition previews and opening receptions, private home collection tours, programs with artists and art luminaries, and art-related travel opportunities. Opportunities throughout the year cover all nine museum curatorial departments and give members the chance to meet curators, museum leaders, collectors and other art enthusiasts.

Contact Janine Jackson, Manager of The Museum Associates and The Annual Fund, at 720-913-0037 or jjackson@denverartmuseum.org to learn more.

The Museum Associates Membership Levels

First 100 Museum Associates: $5,000 Annually

First 100 Associates membership is the highest level of The Museum Associates.

You’ll enjoy the privileges of The Museum Associate membership (see below) plus the opportunity to designate half of your gift ($2500) to the general operating fund or any program or department of your choice.

  • Additional invitations to selective donor events
  • Recognition as a supporter on gala invitations

Join First 100 Museum Associates

The Museum Associates: $2,500 Annually

You’ll enjoy privileges of the Senior Museum Associates and the Young Museum Associates (see below).

  • Complimentary membership to the new Museum Friends program (free access to adult lectures and social enrichment programs to one department of interest)

Join The Museum Associates

Senior Museum Associates (65+): $1,500 annually

At the Senior Museum Associate level, you receive exclusive benefits and unique access at the DAM while supporting your Denver Art Museum:

  • Invitations for two to exhibition preview parties, private collection tours, lectures with art luminaries and art-related travel opportunities (please note that invitations to programs with limited capacity may be sent in order of giving level).
  • Unlimited general admission for eight to the museum
  • Listing in our annual report
  • Reciprocal membership privileges at select major museums across the country
  • Complimentary museum catalog of your choice at the Museum shop
  • 10% discount at the museum Shop
  • Subscription to On & Off the Wall, our bimonthly magazine
  • Subscription to Beyond the Walls, our patron insider magazine
  • Discounted rates and priority registration for adult programs and kids' camps and classes
  • The majority of your gift is tax-deductible ($281 is non-deductible)

Join the Senior Museum Associates

Young Museum Associates 45 & younger): $1,000 Annually

At the Senior Museum Associate level, you receive exclusive benefits and unique access at the DAM while supporting your Denver Art Museum:

  • Invitations for two to exhibition preview parties, private collection tours, lectures with art luminaries and art-related travel opportunities (please note that invitations to programs with limited capacity may be sent in order of giving level).
  • Unlimited general admission for eight to the museum
  • Listing in our annual report
  • Reciprocal membership privileges at select major museums across the country
  • Complimentary museum catalog of your choice at the Museum shop
  • 10% discount at the museum Shop
  • Subscription to On & Off the Wall, our bimonthly magazine
  • Subscription to Beyond the Walls, our patron insider magazine
  • Discounted rates and priority registration for adult programs and kids' camps and classes
  • The majority of your gift is tax-deductible ($281 is non-deductible)

Join the Young Museum Associates

Annual Fund Leadership Campaign

Patrons of the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign (AFLC) are part of the Denver Art Museum’s innermost circle and make a profound difference in our community by supporting the development of world-class exhibitions. The museum entered a new era when the Frederic C. Hamilton Building opened in 2007 and allowed for more ambitious exhibitions like Becoming Van Gogh: His Years in Paris, 1886-1888, Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century, Women of Abstract Expressionism, Dior: From Paris to the World, and Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature. The Annual Fund Leadership Campaign is a multi-year fund which makes major exhibitions like these possible for our entire community to experience.

Annual Fund Leadership Campaign supporters are recognized on the prestigious donors’ walls of the museum as well as in the Annual Report. AFLC patrons are invited to top tier events throughout the year, such as the annual Chairman’s Dinner, VIP receptions, and dinners with artists, visiting schools and curators at the museum and in fabulous homes.

Gifts to the AFLC range from $10,000 to $100,000 per year through 5-year pledges. This multi-year support is fully tax-deductible ensures that the DAM’s exhibitions and programs will continue to be innovative and inspiring in the future.

Contact Arpie Chucovich, Chief Devleopment Officer, at 720-913-0036 or achucovich@denverartmuseum.org to learn more.

Textured photograph looking up toward castle-like rock formation perched above a foreground of trees

Abelardo Morell, Tent-Camera Image on Ground: View of Cathedral Rocks from El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite National Park, 2012. Inkjet print. Denver Art Museum: Funds from Photography Acquisitions Alliance and Ralph L. & Florence R. Burgess Trust. © Abelardo Morell

Collectors' Groups

In recent years, the Denver Art Museum has worked with small groups of individual collectors and patrons to thoughtfully build the permanent collection through new acquisitions of art. These individuals commit toward an annual acquisition or project proposed by the curators of their selected department, helping to grow and expand the museum’s collection in a meaningful way. These exclusive, invitation–only groups become deeply connected to the department they support, gaining special insight into the curator’s collecting strategy and development of future exhibitions. This close link to the curator and community of collectors also informs members’ personal collecting knowledge.

$5,000 minimum annual contribution per group includes participation for two people, while a $2,500 Young Collectors level is available for supporters 45 and younger.

Please indicate your interest in joining one of these groups by contacting Mary Beth Polce at mbpolce@denverartmuseum.org or 720-913-0035. If you are interested in making an acquisition contribution at another level or in another museum department, we'd love to talk with you as well.

Collectors' Groups Departments and Benefits

Collectors’ Groups Supporters receive the following benefits:

  • Receive an overview of the department’s collecting strategy, either in print or in person.
  • Meet together three times each year including an annual collecting event where a selection is made for a new acquisition. Other programs may include collection visits, exhibition previews, and behind the scenes opportunities as available.
  • Learn about exhibition plans and other departmental insights and receive invitations to department-related exhibitions and programs.
  • Gain knowledge of collecting trends and opportunities through the curator and other knowledgeable members.
  • Engage with visiting artists/designers, critics, and other art world luminaries.
  • VIP access to art fairs in the U.S. and around the world (as possible, upon request).
  • Supporters at the $10,000 level or above are recognized by name on the acquisition(s) made.

Architecture and Design Collectors' Council

This group helps to grow the Denver Art Museum’s collection of architecture, design, and graphics with the leadership of curator Darrin Alfred. Supporters help to realize important acquisitions that will keep the department’s collection robust and relevant into the future.

Contemporary Collectors' Circle

With the leadership of Vicki and Kent Logan Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rebecca Hart, this group helps to make important acquisitions possible for the contemporary art collection in particular.

DAM Westerners

Supporters of this longstanding group work to build the Western American art collection with Thomas Brent Smith, Curator and Director of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art, and associate curator Jennifer R. Henneman.

Photography Acquisitions Alliance

Supporters of this group participate in making acquisition decisions for the photography department under the guidance of curator Eric Paddock.

Textile and Fashion Circle

This group has unique opportunities to engage with Florence Müller, Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion, and make acquisitions for this newly energized department.

Shockwave Lecture Museum Friends

Museum Friends

Museum Friends is an add-on membership that allows DAM members the opportunity to deepen their museum involvement and broaden their horizons with a community of like-minded art enthusiasts. Denver Art Museum Friends take part in educational activities, lectures, exclusive tours, and more. Choose a department of Interest for unique invitations to social gatherings, but enjoy the ability to connect with all departments across the museum.