Be part of Circle.

Circle comprises the Frist Art Museum’s leading donors. Their generous support ensures the long-term sustainability of the Frist Art Museum and helps the museum continue to bring the art of the world to Middle Tennessee.

As a member of Circle, you enjoy the following exclusive benefits:

  • Benefactor-level membership benefits
  • One complimentary exhibition catalogue
  • Complimentary museum admission when you bring guests (exclusions apply during certain exhibitions)
  • Unlimited free parking during museum hours (visit the Guest Services desk to receive your complimentary parking voucher)
  • Invitations to Circle receptions and the Frist Gala
  • Circle wall and Community Report recognition

For more information about Circle or your benefits, contact or 615.744.3963.

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Exclusive Circle events

Circle receives unparallel access to the museum and its curators. As a member, you are invited to exclusive receptions to enjoy cocktails before touring the latest exhibitions at the museum.

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Circle levels

Your donation as a member of Circle includes exclusive benefits. If you would like to waive your benefits and make your gift eligible for a full tax deduction, contact or 615.744.3963. For more information about the tax implications of your gift, please consult your tax adviser.

Patrons’ Circle

  • Invitation for two to Circle Receptions—curated experiences for our most generous members (three receptions per year)

Curators’ Circle

  • Patrons’ Circle benefits
  • Membership Concierge Service: a personal concierge assigned to help customize your experience at the Frist Art Museum
  • Invitations to special VIP receptions before selected public lectures

Masterpiece Circle

  • Curators’ Circle benefits
  • Intimate talks and exclusive tours with curators
  • Masterpiece selection: select an object in an upcoming exhibition to sponsor

Director’s Circle

  • Masterpiece Circle benefits
  • Opportunity for a private gallery tour, before or after hours, arranged at your convenience
  • Recognition on the gallery wall of a designated exhibition
  • Invitation for two to an annual exploration of the intersections of art disciplines curated by our executive director

Benefactors’ Circle

  • Director’s Circle benefits
  • Recognition on the wall of Conte Community Arts Gallery (at the entrance to the museum)
  • Invitations to tour private art collections (based on availability; there may be more than a year between opportunities)

Founder’s Circle

  • Benefactors’ Circle benefits
  • Invitation for two to the annual Founders’ Society Thank You Dinner at the board chair’s home

Circle levels start at a yearly donation of $1,500. Interested in supporting the museum through a different amount? Explore our membership options and let us help you find the right one today.

Circle Reception Underwriter

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Please consider supporting the Frist Art Museum with a donation. Your gift is essential to our mission of serving the community through the arts and art access in particular. We truly appreciate your generosity.