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Friends of the Collection

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Couple looks at a painting by Van Gogh

Looking to support your favorite collecting area and learn more about art and the High Museum’s permanent collection while attending exclusive events? Friends of the Collection is for you!

Benefits

  • Invitations to exclusive opening night receptions for exhibitions in your collecting areas of interest.
  • Two dedicated events per year organized by curators, including: exclusive artist receptions, curator-led exhibition tours, behind-the-scenes collection visits, and more.
  • Advance notice and priority registration for educational programs and opportunities to socialize with visiting speakers.

How to Join:

Friends groups are enhancements for current members.

For Current Museum Members: If you are already a High Museum of Art member, choose the “Museum Member” button beside the Friend group of your choice.

For Not-Yet Members: If you are NOT yet a High Museum of Art member, choose the “Not Yet Member” button beside the Friend group of your choice, and you will be prompted to add a Friends group once you have selected a membership and added it to your cart.

To Join Multiple Friends Groups: If you would like to join more than one Friend of the Collection group, select the appropriate button beside one of your choice groups. After adding this to your cart, you will be asked to select other groups of your choice.

Questions:
Contact Hannah White, Manager of Grants and Donor Relations

Email: hannah.white@high.org

Phone: (404) 733-4422

Friends groups are available in the following areas:

undulating sculpture made from reused golden foil

Friends of African Art

Join Lauren Tate Baeza, Fred and Rita Richman Curator of African Art, for private tours and special events related to the High Museum’s African Art collection. This collection includes works by artists of African ancestry, including African American artists, to highlight cultural bonds throughout the Black Atlantic world and beyond.

Members join for $1000.

Not a member? Join at any level and add a Friend of African Art enhancement at Checkout.

Friends of African American Art

Join Alex Davis, Manager of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships, for private tours and special events celebrating and recognizing the profound contributions African Americans have made to the development of art in the United States. This Friends group supports the development of these holdings across several of the Museum’s curatorial departments.

Members join for $1000.

Not a member? Join at any level and add a Friend of African American Art enhancement at Checkout.

Friends of American Art

Join Stephanie Heydt, Margaret and Terry Stent Curator of American Art, for private tours and special events exploring the High Museum’s robust historical American Art collection. With particular strengths in historical American sculpture and painting, the collection demonstrates the evolution of a distinctly American point of view in artistic representation.

Members join for $1000.

Not a member? Join at any level and add a Friend of American Art enhancement at Checkout.

Friends of Decorative Arts and Design

Join Monica Obniski, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, for private tours and special events celebrating the High’s Decorative Arts and Design collection of more than 2,300 objects, including the renowned Virginia Carroll Crawford Collection —the most comprehensive survey of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American decorative arts in the southeastern United States.

Members join for $1000.

Not a member? Join at any level and add a Friend of Decorative Art and Design enhancement at Checkout.

Friends of European Art

Join Claudia Einecke, Frances B. Bunzl Family Curator of European Art, for private tours and special events related to the High’s collection of more than 900 European art objects. This collection contains paintings, sculptures, and works on paper spanning the 1300s through the 1900s and traces the development of religion, scientific discovery, and social change as reflected in the continent’s visual culture.

Members join for $1000.

Not a member? Join at any level and add a Friend of European Art enhancement at Checkout.

Friends of Folk and Self-Taught Art

Join Katherine Jentleson, Merrie and Dan Boone Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art, for private tours and special events celebrating the High’s prolific folk and self-taught art collection. Beginning in 1975 and officially established in 1994, this collection is especially rich in artworks by Southern and African American artists and features the largest groups of work by Bill Traylor, Howard Finster, Nellie Mae Rowe, and Thornton Dial held by any museum.

Members join for $1000.

Not a member? Join at any level and add a Friend of Folk and Self-Taught Art enhancement at Checkout.

Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art

Join Michael Rooks, Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, for private tours and special events exploring the High’s innovative modern and contemporary art collection. The collection prominently features multiple works by artists such as Radcliffe Bailey, Alex Katz, and Ellsworth Kelly as well as a growing collection of significant individual works by artists including Michaël Borremans, Alfredo Jaar, Anish Kapoor, KAWS, Julie Mehretu, Judy Pfaff, Sarah Sze, and Kara Walker, with a special focus on work by African American artists.

Members join for $1000.

Not a member? Join at any level and add a Friend of Modern and Contemporary Art enhancement at Checkout.

Friends of Photography

Join Gregory Harris, Donald and Marilyn Keough Family Curator of Photography, and Maria Kelly, Assistant Curator of Photography, for private tours and special events celebrating the High’s expansive photography collection. As one of the first museums to begin collecting photographs, the High now has one of the nation’s leading photography programs, with over 7,000 prints. This is the museum’s largest collection, with particular strengths in American modernist and documentary traditions from the mid-twentieth century as well as current contemporary trends.

Members join for $1000.

Not a member? Join at any level and add a Friend of Photography enhancement at Checkout.