Annual Fund donors of $2,500* or more become members of the Leadership Circle, the Museum’s premier giving society. Patrons receive many special benefits, including private exhibition viewings, complimentary catalogues, unlimited guest admission, complimentary parking, and more.

Join the Leadership Circle today.

*Annual Fund gifts may be allocated to the Museum, Glassell School of Art, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, or Rienzi, and the cumulative gift determines the Leadership Circle membership level.


The Leadership Circle is sponsored by:



Through a diverse schedule of special programs, including Museum tours, private home cocktail receptions, and travel opportunities, Leadership Circle donors deepen their knowledge of the visual arts and become engaged with like-minded individuals. Past Leadership Circle programs have included:

  • Exclusive preview of the landmark retrospective exhibition, Degas: A New Vision
  • Private cocktail reception in the home of a trustee and renowned contemporary art collector
  • Private seated dinner at the Museum with artist Frank Stella
  • Celebratory opening reception honoring the presentation of Rain: Magdalena Fernández at Buffalo Bayou Park and Houston Cistern

For any questions about the Annual Fund Drives or Leadership Circle membership and benefits, please contact Haley Horan at or 713.639.7559.

The Benefits of Contributing

Leadership Circle Members

A list of Leadership Circle patrons is available here.